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Central Backpackers Hostel - Original
Ranked #28 of 372 Speciality Lodging in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
258 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Free beer!”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

We absolutely loved staying here. It had everything you could want from free breakfast and free BEER, to decent beds and lockers. The bar was a great place to hang out and we enjoyed reading the graffiti on the walls. The staff were great, provided some good offers on trips and tours and were more than helpful when we requested to stay a few more nights. Only downsides were no lock on our dorm bathroom and our main door was always unlocked due to other guests.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2013

Nice welcome, friendly staff, the place IS a bit decrepid but the rooms and dorms are fine, great place to meet people, free wifi, very happy hour, free bia hoi (draught beer) from 7.30 TO 8.30, it's not bery drinkable but it's free, it's only 5$ a night with a free breakfast, okay it's not the best brekkie ever but at this price who's complaining,
I would heartily recommend, such a pity I didn't book my onward trip to Laos with them and ended up in the rip off capital of the world the [--] known as Dien Bien Phu

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Wales
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2013

Arrived here after a nightmare bus ride from Hue, the staff were friendly and we were able to check in straight away. The shower seemed to have a limited amount of hot water (i got in after a few others so only had part hot water) but it was clean and modern. The beds have quilts which made the beds super comfy. Within a few hours of being there we had met some people in our dorm and arranged to Catba. We didn't go with the hostel tour but by ourselves. The free beer is available for 1hr and creates a great atmosphere. I would have given more stars but felt the tour could be a little cheaper and also the rooms at $22 a night seem a bit steep. If you looking for somewhere to party and meet people this place is great. Some people we met had been there for 2+ weeks. Just room wise you can get more for your money. Dorm wise this is great!!!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2013

We organised this trip via email and phone and had no miscommunications with staff. Information on what to do in Hanoi was great and using their tour company for Ha Long Bay was simple and hassle free.
The free beer was a great way to meet a few of the other backpackers and the dorm rooms were basic but clean and air-conditioned - a bargain for $5.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013 via mobile

This hostel just has a great vibe! If your young and like to party or have a good time, this place is it! Haven't done any tours with them but they seem crazy! Terrace on the roof with events such as bbq, beer pong, etc most nights. Staff is foreign and so friendly and energetic! Breakfast choice is good but if you have a big appetite you might wanna buy extras ;)

  • Stayed April 2013
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Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Great Hostel, friendly staff, a real backpackers hostel. The dorm rooms have AC & hot water and are clean. Everything is on walking distance, train station, clubs, local food, shops, night market. We were there in august and the hostel was fully booked. Every night there is happy hour from 7:30 till 8:30 with free beer, the whole hostel is there so you can meet new people, A good start for a long night!

For everyone that is going to Halong Bay, book the 3 days two nights here! This place offers it for $115, its good value for money.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Shanghai, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013 via mobile

Rooms were okay but the toilet had a terrible smell. Overall the cleanliness was poor. Breakfast was served on same tables where in the night people killed their cigarettes without washing ... the free beer flow only offered veeeerrry bad beer. Totally horrible.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Central Backpackers Hostel - Original
Address: 16 Ly Quoc Su Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Hanoi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 372 Speciality Lodging in Hanoi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A true backpacker's hostel owned & operated by an awesome Vietnamese guy so I threw on my cape and created a hostel like no other and you know we've got it right! Why only 5 bucks you ask? 'Looks so good, there must a catch. Is there hidden costs?' Nope! ....you're a backpacker right? You're on a budget right? So we cater the price to your needs! Once you are here ... You simply won't want to leave! - The best things about central backpackers are the crazy travellers, super friendly staff, comfy beds, free internet, Breakfast and most of all Free Beer from 7:00pm to 8:00pm every night! Air conditioned, clean rooms, hot showers and did I mention free Beer. - Tour: Do the Halong bay and Sapa trips with us, we guarantee you will get the BEST time and the BEST one with the cheapest price! For Halong Bay tour: we are the 2nd organizer HALONG BAY PARTY trip for guest booking only through the Central Backpackers hostel only. And it is the 2nd tour in Hanoi that stays on a private island in the Cat Ba National Park where is next to the Castaway island and you can join in the crew of young and great fun people and have your own beach with the Bungalows, for Rock climbing, Kayaking and partying. For Sapa trek: We do offer the Sapa trekking tour and going to stay at homestay with the family of tribe hill people and we will show you all of the nicest part of Sapa like the brilliant landscape, the real live, the culture and staying far from the tourist area. We also do some daily tour around of Hanoi as Hanoi city tour, Hoa Lu- Tam Coc, Perfume pagoda, Mai Chau village, Phong Nha cave and open bus, flight or train ticket, visa... Everything you want we can get it. We look forward to meeting you and remember, Happy Hour starts at 7:00PM every night! ... more   less 
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