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Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - Downtown Reviews

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

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90%

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1650 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 95%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 87%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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83%

Great hostel - fantastic location and great facilities. Staff were helpful and the food was great! Always lots happening each night and the New Years party was insane!

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Thank you for the incredibly positive review. Awesome to hear that you had lots of fun with us and managed to survive our massive NYE party. Safe travels!

100%

Very nice place, full off people who want to have some party.

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Thank you for the excellent feedback and please come back to party with us anytime!

97%

YOU HAVE TO DO CASTWAYS!!! yes it's expensive and yes it's worth it. We did it for New Years and loved every second of it. The hostel was also the best hostel I've stayed at thus far. Very clean, spacious, well organized and great parties. Highly recommend.

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Thank you for the super positive review! It's awesome to hear that you not only enjoyed the hostel but also had an amazing time on Castaways over New Years. As you've witnessed, Castaways is an incredibly unique trip to Halong Bay and therefore does cost a bit more so it's great to hear that you found value in the trip and had an excellent experience. Cheers, the Downtown Manager

94%

Everything is good. It looks like W Hotel, but a hostel version. The staff there are kind and helpful. Good location to have a walktour and find food. Amazing DJ and Christmas party. It's a place easy to meet one night stand. Not sure good or bad. It's better not to do it in the dorm bed.

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Thank you for all your compliments regarding the hostel, walking tour and our nightly events. We do strive to create a social atmosphere where it's easy for our guests to meet one another although we also encourage guests to be mindful of their dorm mates. Hope you've been having a great time since leaving us!

94%

Loved the stay here, perfect hostel for partying love the free beers and the events every night. The chillout room is good to stay in when youre hungover with hundreds of movies to choose from which is great. If you want to chillout more go to original which has a more laidback attitude and you can still go to downtown every night if you want for the bar crawl.


86%

Great staff who are helpful and will go out of their way to assist you. Food can be a bit pricey at times but they have great drink specials. Wonderful atmosphere ,loud but social. They also offer great free walking tours. Scott is amazing!!


100%

The definitive party hostel in Hanoi


100%

Probably the best hostel I've stayed in, in SE Asia. The staff are second to none! So helpful and friendly! Not to mention always ready to get drunk


83%

I spent Christmas here so purposefully booked a busy, party place. This came with everything you'd expect - noise, drunk people, mess and bunks crammed together. But it was great. Felt safe, location was perfect and the staff absolutely made it. Friendly, helpful, very fun.


94%

Great hostel if you want to party, Christmas dinner in the hostel was insane. Might not be the best if you want to get a good nights sleep.


97%

Stayed here only one night before heading to Halong Bay. This is definitely a party hostel and can get pretty loud at night. Everything else was great. Clean rooms, clean bathrooms and good atmosphere to meet people.


43%

we booked to stay 1 month in advance to ensure securing the hostel over the course of Christmas so we have accommodation, when we got to the hostel they had told us the price we paid via hostel world isn't the correct price and insisted we pay 3X the amount quoted by hostel world. False advertisement. Left us trying to find somewhere to stay last minute at the busiest time of the year.


97%

Great party hostel. Not if you want to sleep early. Many people have sex in the dorms. But the showers and toilets are clean, as are the dorms. Bar is always giving away free drinks. Food is good too. Castaway tour to Halong bay is brilliant but they don't prepare you for no hot water or electricity most of the day (no wifi at all).


89%

I can't think of a better location for a hostel, so much to do in easy walking distance. The room was pretty spacious, with both an under the bed locker, and a small locker above your bed. When I was there the bathroom light didn't work, but I think they were fixing it when we checked out. Hostel organises many trips, however they're more expensive than if you find and book through an alternative company. We saved 20usd, so a big difference! Overall, good hostel with great breakfast.


97%

This was a great hostel too meet people and party. Great location to see the culture as soon as you step outside. Most of the staff were very friendly but others made you feel like you were annoying some of the time. The chill out area had a pool table, foosball table and a tv lounge area. Overall we enjoyed out stay and would recommend this hostel to anyone travelling to Hanoi


91%

Please put soap on the bathrooms in each dorm!


86%

The staff was really nice. It was super easy to meet people in the bar area.

  • 20th Dec 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


89%

Room 107's baggage storage lock needs repairing.


80%

The room was pretty noisy at night due to poor soundproof. You can hear the people creating havoc outside the room. It was so noisy that I couldn't really sleep for that period. Once the night gets darker, everything went back to normal. They have a lot of shower and toilet facilities so you don't need to worry that you will need to compete with anyone. Breakfast was deemed decent given the amount you paid for the hostel. You shouldn't expect that much. Not for those who wants peaceful place.

  • 18th Dec 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Singapore
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


89%

An amazing hostel. The castaway experience is awesome...defo recommend. Staff are a great bunch. If you're looking for a social hostel in Hanoi, this is the one. Had a great few days here.


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