Hanoi Hostel was our first stop after exiting the arrival gates of Hanoi International Airport. It’s a short 10minutes walk from the Bus Interchange (we took a 5000VND public bus 17, which starts at the interchange right opposite the airport, and it takes you directly from the airport to the heart of Hanoi).
Prior to our trip, we had our bookings done online, and the manager of the Hostel, Candy, immediately added us on Whatsapp, making sure we knew our way to the Hostel. She even entertained whatever questions we had about our planning! Their customer service is really top-notched!
The location of the hostel, though slightly away from the main tourist hangout, is very cozy and relatively well furnished for 5USD a night. It has all the necessary amenities you’d need as a traveler - a Hostel lobby with 3 desktops (with internet connection), WIFI connection inside the Hostel, clean rooms and beds, an attached toilet to a room of 6, air-conditioning facilities, proper dining area with daily breakfast served with coffee/tea, Baggage storage area. For 5USD, it’s really hard to believe that it’s NOT a run-down decrepit building.
One thing, however, that was a little “turn-off”, was how the streets surrounding the Hostel at night were a little too quiet for my liking. When we were heading out, the hostel staff was kind enough to remind us to not head back after 11pm. Well, let’s just say that they do not wish for anything untoward from happening to their clients. Besides, the streets of Hanoi generally start to shut down around 10+pm, so there’s no reason to be hanging out till late unless you’re heading for the pubs.
If you were to head to Halong Bay, this Hostel also offers one of the better few packages at a really decent price. We initially wanted to go on a Christina Cruise for 55USD (2D1N), but they recommended us against it, offering a much better Dragon Cruise for 68USD (2D1N). You may think that it’s a scam, like how they always say online that they’ll recommend you to take the more expensive package around. But to me, I felt that they were being very honest with what they were selling, and Christina Cruise didn’t have air-conditioned rooms so that was a major no-no for my friends and I. Though having to pay more, I pretty much enjoyed my time with Dragon Cruise. I felt that it was very worth the price I was paying. The tour guide was really humorous and caring (which tour guide will actually request to sing to the tourists HAHA!), the transport to and from Halong Bay was really comfortable (they don’t over-pack their busses and the busses are relatively new), the rooms on board the cruise were clean and the toilets are really shockingly very well furnished! Price wise, even though 68 compared to 55 is a huge leap, there are many other places offering Halong Bay tours for up to 90USD! So I’d say that for 68USD, it was already really quite a bargain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are HANOI HOSTEL 91C HANG MA STR. The best hostel in hanoi. We get CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENT IN 2012, 2013, 2014. You will have:• Free breakfast• Free Wireless internet connection• Free Hanoi city Maps & advice• Free Coffee & Tea all day• Free Luggage storage• Free individual lockers & locks ... more less
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