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Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - Downtown Reviews

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

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89%

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1389 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 91%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 90%Atmosphere
  • 85%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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100%

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.

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Hey, Cheers for taking the time and leaving us an awesome review and feedback. It is excellent to see that you enjoyed our facilities and services that we provide, and more importantly that you had a great stay with us. Its great to see you had an amazing time out on Castaways too. We hope to see you again in the future. Cheers, Downtown Manager

97%

Great hostel, definitely party atmosphere. Really fun. Staff seemed a little busy sometimes to pay attention to guests, but it wasn't overly problematic. They did push their own tour offerings (Castaway Island), but weren't as aggressive as they could have been. Fantastic rooms and very nice, clean bathrooms. Beds have places where you can slide your bags into- bring your own lock. Air conditioning is only on during certain times. Overall a nice hostel.

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Hey, Cheers for the awesome review and feedback about the facilities that we provide. We would love to see you again in the future, and that the rest of your travels go well. Cheers, Downtown Manager

100%

The hostel was in an amazing location for walking around and exploring the streets. This was one on fly favorite hostel that I stayed at while in Asia. It was walking distance to tons of shopping, food, and nightlife! The rooms were clean and the beds were comfortable. No complaints about the bathroom as well. The atmosphere down stairs was fun and involved with the travelers. I met a nice employee named Jimmy who showed us around and took us to the bars.


91%

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!

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Hey, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and feedback. I am glad to see you had a great stay with us in our hostel and enjoyed our Castaway trip also. Thank you for the feedback about the dorm room, lockers that we provide and the atmosphere we try to create every night. Also thank you for the feedback about the room door, we will get this fixed immediately. Cheers, Downtown Manager

89%

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.


97%

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

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Hey, Cheers for the awesome review. Glad to see you had an excellent stay and an incredible Castaway trip. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers Downtown Manager

89%

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

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Hey, Cheers for the awesome review and feedback about our hostel. It is good to see you had an excellent stay with us and enjoyed the facilities and services we provide. Looking forward to seeing you again in the future. Cheers, Downtown Manager

80%

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.

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Hey, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review and feedback. Great to see you had an excellent time on our Castaway trip, and a good stay in the hostel. We do have another location in Hanoi called the Original, which has a lot more of a chilled out vibe to it, and a cool rooftop bar that shuts at 9:30pm. We hope the rest of your travels go well. Cheers, Downtown Manager

83%

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.

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Hey, Cheers for the review and feedback. Glad to see you had a great time with us and that the nightly events were enjoyable. Hope the rest of the travels go well and hope to see you again in the future. Cheers, Downtown Manager

94%

Great hostel! I had a great time. It's definitely a party hostel, although I do think it's possible to get a good rest if you're not unlucky with your roommates. Only cons are: turning off the AC during the day... (I know most hostels do this, but I could never give it 5*s, as being in your room during the day is just unbearable), and the fact that at 9pm music is so loud in the bar that it makes almost impossible to talk and meet other travelers... However I do recommend it!


86%

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.

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Hey, Great to see you had a good stay with us, especially enjoying the nightly activities that we do to bring people together. It is excellent to see that the hostel was the perfect place to start your trip through Vietnam. Hope to see you again. Cheers, Downtown Manager

86%

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.

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Hey, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review and feedback about the hostel. It is always great to hear that the staff were helpful, that you enjoyed the bar and our facilities that we provide. We would love to see you again in the future. Cheers, Downtown Manager

83%

Awesome welcoming hostel right in the center. Nice bar in the hostel and very helpfull staff. Don't get scammed and just book castaway tours. Only the wifi and shared computers sucks. On the other hand, I have never seen a hostelcomputer that works.


91%

This is a big, party hostel but it is also clean, with free breakfast and good food/ drinks. Nice staff and if you want to get away from the noise you can. I met some great people despite feeling slightly insecure from all the big groups and loud, awful music. Also a great place to buy / sell your motorbike.


89%

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.


80%

Great Hostel! Female dorm was clean. Bathrooms were fine and shower excellent. Free breakfast was standard but good. Did the castaways trip to Halong Bay which was great fun although on the pricy side. Luggage storage room was great so we could leave stuff when going on the trip. Security here was great. Bar was good fun and the evening activities are a good way to meet people. Food was great but pricier than elsewhere. Same goes for drinks. Laundry here was good. Would highly recommend!


97%

Amazing atmosphere and staff were incredible. Food was also all delicious and breakfast was amazing. Rooms were spacious and had lots of rooms for your bags and your own personal plug and safety box. Would definitely recommend. Best hostel I have stayed in in all of Asia and so cheap!


83%

Staff didn't seem to have any knowledge of what was going on. Gave wrong information about basically everything I asked. Castaway tour was awful. The guides were complete idiots. Facilities were nice and would recommend staying here because its a clean place. Although be prepared they jam alot of beds in a small room.


94%

This hostel is the best!!! We had 7 people in the group and stayed there for 3 nights and everyone thought it was amazing and had a great time. The staff are friendly and helpful. The location is great, near the food places and all the tour company. No need to worried about starving. We made lots of friends from different places around the world. Everyday there is a special event which is very fun!! The atmosphere were fantastic.


91%

very good! good hostel!!

  • 22nd May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Korea
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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Hey, Glad to see you had a good stay with us and enjoyed our hostel. Hope to see you again in the future, and that the rest of your travels are awesome. Cheers, Downtown Manager

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