The 15 Best Hostels in Hanoi

The 15 Best Hostels in Hanoi

Backpacking Vietnam is a dream come true for every backpacker. It’s not only fascinating but also one of the easiest and cheapest countries to backpack in the world. I’ve had the privilege of spending more than a month exploring the country and over three weeks living in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital and largest city.

You definitely won’t have a problem finding things to do in Hanoi, but Hanoi is not only about filling your time with as much as you can. Walking through Hanoi is an open invitation to enjoy the real city life. It’s city that wakes up super early in the morning, that has life happening around its lake from dust to dawn. This frequently presents opportunities to meet the locals, with wide-open doors, meals and family conversations.

The tranquillity of the lakes contrasts with that typical “chaos” that you grow to love about south-east Asia: The many colours, endless electric wires and constant lights and sounds. All this can make you a bit tired at the end of the day, so it is essential to have a great place to sleep in Hanoi – so here are my tips, for finding the 15 best hostels in Hanoi!

How To Find The Best Hostels In Hanoi For Your Trip

The majority of hostels in Hanoi are located in the Old Quarter, a region around Hoàn Kiếm Lake. Beyond being the most touristic region of the city, the Old Quarter is an important commercial and social centre, and the lake itself is a very important place for Hanoians. So this is the area to stay if you want to be in the heat of the action. Hồ Tây Lake (known as West Lake), is perfect for those looking for a place a bit off the path.

Hanoi has a huge hostel offering, with all sorts of prices, vibes, rooms and facilities that fit any traveller. The party backpacker, the chilled couple, big groups, everyone will find their perfect hostel. Most hostels in Hanoi offer free breakfast and have travel desks while many others include bars and restaurants. You can expect to spend around £2.50-£7 for a single bed in a dorm, and £13-£20 for a double private room.

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Best hostels in Hanoi for solo travellers

Hostels with great vibes, best for meeting people and making new friends. For those solo travellers looking for a great atmosphere, but not a party hostel.

Chien Hostel

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Best hostels in Hanoi - chien hostel

  • Free breakfast
  • Terrace with BBQ
  • Bar and restaurant

Located right by St Joseph’s Cathedral, an important spot of the Old Quarter, Chien Hostel has facilities and atmosphere as great as the location and the view. After walking around the city, grab your daily free beer in the evening, head to the terrace, chat with travellers from all around the world and enjoy an amazing night.

Address: 12 Au Trieu, Hang Trong

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book your stay at Chien Hostel now

 

Central Backpackers Hostel – Original

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  • Free breakfast
  • Elevator
  • Travel desk with bicycle hire

Do you like the word FREE as much as I do? This is your place. Central Backpackers Hostel offers free beer in the evening, free breakfast, free walking tours, free pub crawls… and so it goes on! What is also free are the amazing vibes around the hostel, especially at bar, where the backpacker opening line “Hi! Where are you from?” is often heard.

Address: 16 Ly Quoc Su st.

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book your stay at Central Backpackers Hostel - Original now

 

7 Fridays Hostel

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  • Pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Bicycle hire (to ride around West Lake!)

This is the perfect destination for who doesn’t feel quite ready for the intense energy of the Old Quarter. The 7 Fridays Hostel is located by the shore of the huge West Lake, a lovely area perfect to discover with a bicycle hired at the hostel. After the cycling, the pool and other solo travellers are waiting for you to enjoy a perfect chill time. And, don´t worry, it is not hard or expensive to travel to and from the Old Quarter.

Address: 22 Quang An

Neighbourhood: Tay Ho

Book your stay at 7 Fridays Hostel now

 

Best hostels in Hanoi for couples

Comfortable but sociable hostels to relax after long days. For those couples who like to socialise when they feel like it.

Nexy Hostel

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  • Free breakfast
  • Terrace
  • Game room

Modern, elegant and well-liked, Nexy Hostel is the kind of hostel you might want to live in forever. With fashionable private rooms and many cool common areas, this hostel is a perfect pick for couples while backpacking in Hanoi.

Address: 12 To Tich

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book your stay at Nexy Hostel now

 

Friends Inn & Travel

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  • Free breakfast
  • Travel desk
  • Bar and restaurant

The word friends in the hostel name couldn’t be more accurate: this a friendly hostel where the staff are so lovely you will leave the hostel as their friend. The simple but clean decoration, the restaurant and the travel desk that will help you with everything you need to make Friends Inn & Travel even more welcoming.

Address: 46 HangGa

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book your stay at Friends Inn & Travel now

 

Best party hostels in Hanoi

Party hostels that take the title of being a “party hostel” very seriously. For those party animals that can’t get enough.

Central Backpackers Hostel – Old Quarter

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  • Free breakfast
  • Free walking tours and pub crawls
  • Terrace

Take a moment to look at the face of that guy in the above picture… Do you need any more convincing that this is a place where you will go crazy and have great nights?! If you still do, the free beer once a day and the very social common areas, including a small terrace, will do the job.

Address: 16 Thanh Ha Street

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book your stay at Central Backpackers Hostel - Old Quarter now

 

Flipside Hostel

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best hostels hanoi - Flipside Hostel -private rooms

  • Free breakfast
  • Terrace
  • Travel desk

Like the best of both worlds? In this hostel you can party until late and then have a great night’s sleep in a stylish (but still not expensive!) private room or in the well-equipped dorms. Meet travellers on the terrace and engage in drinking games to relax from a busy day exploring Hanoi.

Address: 23 Bat Dan street – Hang Bo ward

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book your stay at Flipside Hostel now

 

Vietnam Backpacker Hostels – Downtown

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  • Free breakfast
  • Free walking tour
  • Terrace

A customer review said: “Gets pretty wild every night”, and I think that sums it up! This chain of hostels is known for its parties, especially this hostel: Vietnam Backpacker Hostels Downtown (Pay attention! This chain has two hostels in Hanoi and the other one is right below). So, if you love to party, to earn a free beer every day and be in the IT place, this is the perfect match for you.

Address: 9 Ma May

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book your stay at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - Downtown now

 

 Vietnam Backpacker Hostels – Original

best hostels hanoi - Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - Original

best hostels hanoi - Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - Original - dorm rooms

  • Free breakfast
  • Free walking tour
  • Travel desk

Central Backpackers Hostel – Original, is located a few meters from St Joseph’s Cathedral in a very busy and commercial area with many options for delicious food and coffee shops. It’s not as crazy as its Downtown hostel brother (hostel above), but, don’t be fooled, it still gets pretty hectic! Free daily beer and free activities around the city make the big crowd that sleeps there come together day and night.

Address: 23 Bat Dan street – Hang Bo ward

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book your stay at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - Original now

 

Best hostels in Hanoi with private rooms

Hostels that give you a room to call you own. For those who care for privacy or just need a break in a big and quiet room.

Luxury Backpackers

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  • Free breakfast
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Curtains in every bed

Look at (and fall in love with) the size of that bed in the first picture… I assure you in few places in the world you’ll get a bed that big for this kind of price! Luxury Backpackers, as the name says, is a fancy hostel for those in need of some refinement – characteristic of both the dorms and private rooms. The great location and friendly staff are the icing on the cake.

Address: 56 Ngo Huyen Street

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book your stay at Luxury Backpackers now

 

Hanoi Tomodachi House

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best hostels hanoi - Hanoi Tomodachi House - private room

  • Free breakfast
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Little terrace

This boutique hostel is a little surprise in the Old Quarter. The decoration and Japanese style make it a unique place and the helpful staff can sort out all types of things for you. A good choice for those looking for private bedrooms, with good prices and a quiet atmosphere.

Address: 5A Tong duy Tan street

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book at Hanoi Tomodachi House here

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Best hostels in Hanoi city centre

Republik Backpackers Hostel

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best hostels hanoi - Republik Backpackers Hostel - dorm beds

  • Free breakfast
  • Cinema room
  • Bar (with pool!) and restaurant

Those with a love for neat and stylish places will love the Republik Backpackers Hostel. Every detail and colour of this fairly new hostel were given thought, including great beds. The atmosphere is very friendly and the restaurant food… oh the food!

Address: 14 Phung Hung

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book your stay at Republik Backpackers Hostel now

 

Old Quarter View Hanoi Hostel

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best hostels hanoi - Old Quarter View Hanoi Hostel - dorm rooms

  • Free breakfast
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Fun common areas

This hostel ticks all the boxes a backpacker pays attention to: great location, friendly atmosphere, good beds and bathrooms, common areas and fair prices. Just a few meters from the Old Quarter’s lake, you will make friends, relax and explore the city with no difficulty – Old Quarter View will certainly give you good time.

Address:  42 Hang Giay, Hang Buom

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book your stay at Old Quarter View Hanoi Hostel now

 

Best of the rest hostels in Hanoi

Bonus hostels. For all those who like good hostels.

Cocoon Inn

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  • Free breakfast
  • Massive beds
  • Travel desk and free city tour

There is a problem with staying at Cocoon Inn: the beds are so comfy you might not be able to leave them! The massive mattress and great lining will give you sweet, sweet dreams and a rest from all that travel tiredness – you’ll be whole new person to explore Hanoi! So, get out the bed, enjoy the bar and restaurant and make friends in the common areas, and explore the city. At night you can enjoy the social atmosphere before heading back to one of the best beds in the whole SEA 😉

Address: 116 Hàng Buồm

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book your stay at Cocoon Inn now

 

Babylon Garden Inn

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best hostels hanoi - Babylon Garden Inn - restaurant

  • Free breakfast
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Bar and restaurant with amazing view

The Babylon Garden Inn is definitely not the traditional hostel. To start with, it has an indoor swimming pool! There is Babylon style decoration in the common areas and a restaurant and bar with great city views. The dorm beds have curtains, private lights and private fans. The private rooms are specious and relaxing. All that for backpacker prices – it’s true I swear!

Address: 53 Hang Chieu St

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book your stay at Babylon Garden Inn now

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Iami Gerbase (Hostelworld)

Hi! My (weird) name is Iami and I'm a Brazilian journalist tired of hearing "You don't look Brazilian". I love to taste street food, read at the beach and watch Naked and Afraid. 🌏 Favourite place on earth: Praia de Palmas, SC, Brazil. 🏠 Favourite hostel: Bananas Bungalows, Krabi, Thailand. You can follow my travels on Instagram: @iamigerbase.

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