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

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1325 Total Reviews
  • 86%Value For Money
  • 92%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 92%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 91%Facilities

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This is the best hostel I've staying at in SEA so far! It was awesome having people that can help and answer all my questions. Everyone speaks English which made it really easy. The castaway tour was awesome (you're the best Rory and Courtney!) and it's really easy to meet other backpackers. At night the bar is really fun but if you want a quiet night you can just head to your room and chill. The private double room is awesome but a bit expensive. Dorm rooms are nice and clean! Love this place


Cool hostel, free beer at the barbecue. Dorms were standard and air con turned off at 10. Overall a great hostel in a fantastic location


Stay here if you want to get wasted with 18 year olds. The hostel has a great layout but feels very inpersonal, it's more of a frat bar with a hotel added on. The bed linning really needs replacing as it was covered I stains along with previous guests hair between the sheets. The tour guides who sell the castaway tours seriously need a good meal and a day off, they all look like there on their last legs. Despite this they were all very friendly and made sure they spoke with everyone.


They turn the aircon at 6pm, the rooms can get pretty hot during the day, kinda hard to take a nap if you want to. the breakfast is nice, the common are and bar are very good. nice atmosphere.


Staff were generally helpful, but with such a large number of staff, there were miscommunications. Good party hostel. But with a party hostel comes icky bathrooms at night and early morning when people are drunk and make a mess of things. Rooms were comfortable.


The staff were super friendly and the hostel itself was very modern. If you're looking for a place to party, this is it: the common area and bad on the main floor would be going off every night, to the point where it was almost too much. Wi-Fi did not consistently work which made online banking and reservations a cumbersome task.


Brilliant place to stay. Very friendly staff and great value for money.


Super friendly staff and great hostel; clean, secure, spacious and AC (at night). Great for partying but also good for a quiet one as none of the noise travels past the ground floor. trips are expensive and if you go down the road, you'll get them for cheaper elsewhere!


The ground floor is busy and noisy all the time, with lots of people drinking and chatting all day long. Really good atmosphere to meet new friends. The upper floors are quiet enough to let me take rest, thanks to everyone in the hostel sticking to the house rules. Everywhere is clean and tidy with good wifi signals=] The place is also in good location surrounded by numerous bars and restaurants.


Fantastic place to stay, especially for young people or the solo traveller. So many activities to get involved in (free beer), amazing tours and the most friendly helpful staff. Also 24hr security which is a plus and under bed lockers aswell as safety boxes and lights

  • 13th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


BEST HOSTEL I HAVE EVER STAYED AT. The hostel itself is huge and such a good value. The bar on the first floor has a ton of space and they play fun games every night before taking all of the guests out on a pub crawl. The staff is the best and very helpful - would highly recommend the Castaway tour in Ha Long Bay if you have the time. Everybody staying at the hostel has such a good time and I would highly recommend this hostel to anyone. There is no reason to stay anywhere else.


It's a very social and party hostel- go with enthusiasm and you will have a great time! Would recommend the female form- didn't intend for it but loved that it had an ensuing. Nice big lockers for bags as well as a small one by your bed. Make sure your room door shuts behind you otherwise it won't lock. Trips thru them are overpriced but some people prefer the organised stuff. Castaways is famous, fun, and has to be done- just hope you get a good group!


A very atmospheric hostel, great vibe, great food really modern and quality place! Wifi abit slow but cool chill area and the random free beers at night go down a treat. Bar staff were very friendly. However I was disgusted at the disrecptful, unpleasant and down right rudeness of a couple staff members behind the desk. As a result I won't be staying at the franchises in Hue and Hoi An. Great pity about those indivudals, cause it's one of the best hostels I've ever stayed at.


Amazing atmosphere. Loved the nightly bar crawls and games. Castaway was incredible. No complaints


great hostel with a great location. bar and common room had a great atmosphere. showers worked well, wifi worked great but had a minor issue. hostel offers many tours but are on the expensive side. would stay here again and would recommend. free breakfast is an added bonus


This is the place to go to if you want to get rowdy/drunk and meet a ton of people. It is NOT where you go if you want a more low key Hanoi experience. My friend and I stayed in a 14 bed dorm that was super tiny. There were lockers under the beds but much room around the beds to leave your stuff out. The bathrooms are usually pretty clean but get really nasty as the night continues. Castaway tour was really fun but exhausting. Only book with them-it's their own private island.


very party hostel drinking games at the bar every night. free beer was good. Really good hostel if you are looking to drink and party but it can get quite tiring.


The trips this hostel offers might be a bit overpriced, but it is a perfect place to start your trip through Vietnam, easy to meet people since the staff organises games every night.


Tidy room, mine came with a towel and toiletries which was helpful since I had very little luggage. The bar area was good, lots happening with something going on every night. The staff were very helpful.


Hostel in a great location in the Old Quarter and makes it easy to get about the city. Great atmosphere and easy to get on with other travellers. Staff all really helpful and encourage people to get involved. Having stayed twice either side of a trip to Halong Bay we were put in a 12 bed dorm when we had booked 6 bed dorms on each occasion. Using the Hostelworld App I was unable to check this at the time. Only disappointment.

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