I was a first time backpacker and The Drift was our first stop in Vietnam. We booked ahead online and they arranged a taxi for us to pick us up at the airport which was great. Even at 3am we got the warmest welcome in the world from Alicia and I knew we were on to a winner.
Dorm rooms were a good size and had loads of space for you pack and bits and bobs. Air conditioning was amazing as a lot of other hostels dont have/are stingy with it. Clean sheets and towels everyday and a clean bathroom which actually has space for you to get changed in. I agree the beaded curtain thing was annoying but I dont really care. Movie room was wicked, spent a lot of time in there when should have actually been out and about seeing Hanoi but what can you do when you're in good company. Free high speed internet and loads of PCs meant we were able to plan the next leg of our trip easily and the staff were great at offering honest advice. I didn't feel pressured or lead on at all.
Breakfast was a bit rubbish but we'd brough our own Veggimite! so we were happy - and what can you expect really for that price?! The food in the cafe, particularly the burgers were amazing and you could ring orders through from the movie room and have it brought up - luxury!! Didnt really spend a lot of time in the bar because there wasnt any air con up there and I just boiled alive but everyone up there was super friendly when I did make it up there - thank god for the lift!
WE'd only planned to stay for 2 nights but ended up staying a whole week cuz we were enjoying it so much. Only down side for me was I thought it was a bit too far away from the main sights and old town - but then I'm a lazy backpacker!!
Basically I thought it was the best hostel I stayed in for the whole trip and i did Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. And so I think that's praise enough. Well done ladies!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Drift - A chilled out and comfortable hostel owned by 3 Aussie backpackers - your home away from home with a rooftop bar, cafe, tours, movie room and more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Drift Backpackers Hotel Hanoi