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Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - Original

48 Ngo Huyen, Hoan Kiem , Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Situated down a small, quiet lane just 1 block north of the steps of the St Joseph’s Cathedral in the centre of town and 3 minutes walk to Hoan Kiem Lake. The hostel is perfectly located to explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

The Original hostel is Vietnam’s FIRST ever hostel and is where the VBH story began. With spacious dorms rooms available, The Original’s downstairs chillout space and Rooftop bar are the perfect place to kick back and make travel plans or just meet cool new people!
Our kitchen and bar serves up complimentary breakfast, tasty comfort food, local Vietnamese food specialties and DAILY happy hours! We have awesome events running every evening.

We also offer:
- FREE Family Street Food Tours most evenings
- FREE walking tours through the Old Quarter
- FREE Beer on Sundays @ 3pm
- FREE water refills
- Airport Pick Ups
- Visa Invitation Letters
- A ROOFTOP BAR with evening events on selected nights
- **Reception hours 06:00 - 22:00**

We have awesome travel desk staff who are ready to help with all your travel needs. Feel free to speak to them about anything from local daily recommendations to full country itinerary planning including a visit to our hostels in Hue, and Hoi An; an escape to paradise at our backpacker resort, Ninhvana; a chance to chill in our NEWEST Mui Ne Backpacker Village; a stay in our brand new urban hostel in Sai Gon; a rural countryside adventure in the North AND of course, we can’t forget to mention that we are the home of the original Castaways Island trip in Ha Long Bay!

Beds include free linen and towel hire - which is washed on site by our dedicated housekeeping team
Laundry service is available on site - minimising our travellers' carbon footprint.
Free drinking water stations provide free refills to save the environment and save you money.
Our kitchen is open daily and uses only fresh locally produced ingredients.
All our beds come with large bag and personal sized lockers as well as environmentally friendly LED personal reading lights.
Our bar serves a wide range of drinks. We only provide straws on request and are busy sourcing suppliers of bamboo straws. We are committed to eliminating the use of plastic cups and we recycle all plastics, bottles and cans. The rooftop bar provides entrainment and events on selected nights and we also offer family style street food nights.
Our mission to is to be Vietnam's first truly “green’ / environmentally friendly hostel.

We look forward to showing you an unforgettable stay in Hanoi!

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 7.9

  • Security 9.2

  • Location 8.7

  • Staff 8.8

  • Atmosphere 7.5

  • Cleanliness 8.5

  • Facilities 7.8

Latest Reviews

  • 8.0


    28 Aug 2018
    Staff Is very courteous and accommodating. She offered to get me replacement day of stay when one of my days I had not used it due to an over-night stay in SAPA trip. All without extra charge. Breakfast is freshly cooked. Can also communicate in English that made things much easier.
    Singapore, Male, 41+
  • 6.9


    13 Aug 2018
    Stayed the year before and it was much more lively with a family feel to it. This year was dead, also the rooftop bar is only open every other day and the menu has been greatly reduced. We miss the old VBH originals
    Gibraltar, Couple, 18-24
  • 6.0


    13 Aug 2018
    We chose this property as it was quieter than the one downtown which was the party hostel. However when we got there, the roof top bar was closed, there was nobody socialising what so ever and the staff were really rude. Had we known it would be so quiet with unhelpful staff and absolutely nothing to do we would have stayed down town ... which we eventually moved to and it was much better!!!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 4.3


    03 Sep 2018
    Cramped room with only one toilet and shower between 12 people. Spare showers upstairs but only 2 could be locked to use. Also only 2 fans in the room which made it unbearable. No floor space to change or open bags because so many bunks were cramped in. Booked castaways with the hostel and the price changed 3 times - first price was 600,000 dong more than on the website - receptionist claimed she misplaced the numbers, a common scam we seen in Hanoi to confuse tourists. Be careful!!
    Northern Ireland, Female, 18-24
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free City Tour
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Postal Service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi


  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew
  • Non Smoking

Things to Note

Cancellation must be confirmed 24 hours in advance
Bookings made within 48 hours of the arrival date should be followed up with an email or phone call to the hostel.

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