I stayed one night in the dorm room before doing the 3 day/2 night Halong Bay tour through the hostel and then stayed one night in a private room. I cannot fault anything. The service was fantastic. The dorm was very narrow which made it hard to move around sometimes but the bathroom in the room was the best I'd seen in dorm room. The location is great right in the centre of the old quarter, which is busy but is also where all the action is.
The Halong Bay tour was expensive but worth it. The weather wasn't the best so everything looked a bit hazy but there was a small group on the boat and we all got along well and had a good time. The food was high class. I enjoyed the cooking class where we made fresh spring rolls and learned how to make a rose out of a tomato. I'm glad I did the extra night and experienced Cat Ba Island. There was only me and a couple from Wales so it was relaxed, the scenery was beautiful and the guide was really good.
The private room was the best value room I have ever stayed in. It was like a 4 star hotel. The bed was huge, shower amazing, tv and kettle facilities. I wish I could get a private room like this in Europe for $30.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to May De Ville Backpackers, a hostel with all the furnishings of a five star hotel. Built in 2011, right in the heart of the old quarter of Hanoi, it makes it makes a clean and convenient base from which to explore this exciting city. Spacious six bed dorms with air conditioning and en suite bathrooms as standard. Private double, twin or family rooms, which are all attractively furnished and come with added touches of luxury including big and comfortable beds, LCD televisions and a personal laptop. Free WiFi on every floor and a bank of computers in the lobby keep you connected with friends and family. Complimentary buffet breakfast which includes a wide selection of pastries, fruit, cold and hot meats and eggs cooked to your liking. American pool table, darts' board and cinema room with access to hundreds of great movies. 24 hour security guard to keep you safe, as well as security cameras and electronic key access to all the rooms. For your valuables there’s a safe in each room, while the dorms have secure lockers. In every sense you’ll sleep soundly at May De Ville Backpackers. ... more less
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