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Hanoi Backpackers Hostel - Downtown Reviews

9 Ma May, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam

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964 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 91%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 90%Facilities

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Great hostel. Facilities etc are everything you need, location is perfect close to bars. Atm, good brekkie! Few of the English 'staff' aren't good. Just get on people nerves. But you wouldn't choose anywhere else to stay in Hanoi as a backpacker. Downtown hostel 👍


The hostel is awesome, you can party downstairs and relax upstairs! The beds are very comphy! The staff is very nice and helpfull. Only bad thing is that the wifi is not working very well.... Don't forget to do the Halong Bay Castaway tour!!

  • 18th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Terrible wifi but otherwise comfortable and a good social atmosphere. Slightly overpriced I feel for Hanoi but I'd probably stat again.


It's a party hostel- you know what you'll get there. I booked a mixed 8 bed dorm and got a female 12 bed dorm (...), the offered tours are super expensive and so are the drinks. There is an extra lounge on the 5th floor, they have enough computers, it is clean and central. Obviously great to meet others. A free walking tour is offered, too.


Awesome hostel, one of my favourites so far! Will definitely be recommending to other travelers I meet! Great helpful staff and extremely clean hostel!


Great hostel for meeting people whether it be breakfast, on a tour, or on the bar crawl that starts at the hostel each night. Rooms are pretty good with decent air con and comfortable relatively large beds and lots of secure storage. The castaway tour was a highlight, although best line your stomach first cos there'll be plenty of drinking. And don't let then blindfold you whilst drunk if you're near a ledge. Still got the bruises thanks Damon.


This hostel is right in the centre of old quarter of hanoi so great location, the breakfast was good and staff friendly. The bar is great fun with cheap drinks and it's where all other hostels bring their guests to to begin the night! Rooms are good and bathrooms clean


This hostel was great. The Castaways Island Ha Long Bay tour is very expensive compared to the others offered at the tour agencies on the streets. It is the best, but only if you have a good group. Look to see who will be on the tour before you commit. We were stuck with a lot of 17 year-old boarding school kids who were really immature and annoying the whole time. It made it a terrible experience, but the hostel itself if the best in Hanoi, by far! So clean, fun, and great atmosphere.


very good

  • 4th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Binge drinking starts at 6pm and you will be forced to join in! Staff are very pushy and it feels like you're on a club 18-30 holiday. Seats are removed so they can make a dance floor where the very rude Aussie woman will tell you you must join in because 'you're in Hanoi backpackers'. Tours are very overpriced so book elsewhere, the western staff on the travel desk will lie to you about the weather being all bright and sunny


Decent hostel, albeit a little loud. Thankfully the pub closes down at 12 midnight so you'll be able to sleep. Breakfast was nice.


serious party place, but nice free breakfast.

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