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Hanoi Backpackers Hostel - Original Reviews

48 Ngo Huyen, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

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1107 Total Reviews
  • 79%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 87%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 85%Facilities

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Hanoi Backpackers is an efficient hostel that's easy and convenient. Like a lot of the hostels this size it's kind of like a hotel with no personal touch, but the bar and cafe are good places to hang out and meet people. The rooms are clean, safe and secure with en suite showers and toilets. Only downside really is that the backpacker staff are really keen to push their expensive Castaways tour on you, and don't offer much support unless it's a service of theirs explicitly.




The hostel is a good place to start your trip. It is a really social hostel. Don't come there if you want to have a quiet stay because it's quite a party hostel. It's located on a good spot in Hanoi and the rooms are clean.


Decent place to stay with lots of stuff to do here. Quieter than the Downtown Hostel if you want more people and more of a party. Free beer on Sunday is a winner 👍


Mild smell in our room wasn't pleasant, but all in all a good deal. Lively atmosphere. Good free walking tour to get a better idea of the city.

  • 3rd Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


All Good!! Excellent place to meet people and get some great westerm food into you when you have the craving!


Had a good stay here. Breakfast included, beds are good and showers are hot. We stayed a few days later one night as well, inbetween trips to sapa and halong bay, and we would only sleep in the bed for a few hours and leave very early. Price for the night was the same and the (rude) guy behind the desk would not arrange anything for breakfast. He was only able to say that the kitchen opened at 6.30. I think hospitality is to make an exception sometimes, everyone can chop up fruit right?


Great hostel. Very social, although not as party party as their sister hostel. Cleaners always seem to he cleaning, so they clearly take pride in that. Good location in the old quarter. Definitely recommend for a solo traveller!


The dorm very expensive, the bed not really clean and very smelly . They were very pushy to sell their tour


Good staff, aircon, wifi, lockers, computers, food u can order-- its good becuz its not as party crazy so u can get sleep. But it has a great backpacker/meeting other travellers atmosphere. Other ppl i met wish they were at this hostel instead of theirs! Its also. Ear the airport shuttles.


This is definitely a party hostel so be aware of that when you book! Everyone is really helpful and friendly, everything is clean and it's close to a lot of great sights. The rooftop bar is awesome too and a great place to meet people, but you may regret stepping up there when you find yourself with a hangover for the seventh day in a row - pace yourself.

  • 26th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Africa
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Nice stay, good midway between party and rest. there is a roof terrace to drink a beer and have some fun and after the pub crawl starts at 21:30 the hostel gets it's rest. so you can choose to go along or just stay at the hostel.


Really good hostel for meeting people, very sociable. Let me leave my bag while I went to ha long bay even though I went with another tour company. Overall a very professionally run hostel which ticks all the boxes


If you're looking for a more chill, quieter hostel tucked away in Hanoi, then I'd recommend this over downtown but I wish I picked downtown. However, the staff was incredible and friendly and helped me out of a scam situation. The vibe is very relaxed, food is great, a little far for walking around to get to places. Rooms were made everyday but I woke up to cockroaches on my bed and all over the bathroom every morning. Air con wasn't working and wasn't fixed. Need to bug the place!


Best decision ever! The staff were friendly, location was superb and shopping is so easy, I could literally walk next door to get my vegetarian lunch.


The hostel is in a great location with good street food all around and in a central location between the centre of Old Quarter and the other attractions in Hanoi like the museums. It has great atmosphere, great staff and great guests! [A Japanese guest was playing beautiful piano music on their piano in the lobby when we were there]. Well organized hostel, with popular, established extras like tours, drinks bar, laundry, etc. We would come back again the next time we're in Hanoi.

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