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Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original
Ranked #30 of 423 Speciality Lodging in Hanoi
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

I stayed here in July 2013. I was backpacking solo and I made tonnes of friends through the hostel and the castaway tour. I met people through this and we traveled down Vietnam together.

Good vibes. If you're looking for a hostel with good parties and a lively atmosphere Hanoi Backpackers is the spot to be. I stayed briefly in both the original and the Ma May location. I would recommend buying a Han Cafe bus pass at Hanoi BP. Fantastic deal for the number of trips that you can. Night buses are horrible but it's the best way. Grab massages to work the kinks out of your back.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2014

Hey Connor, Thanks heaps for your review of our hostel. Always pleases us to hear our fellow backpackers make loads of friends at the hostel and whilst on the Castaways trip and then get the chance to travel the country with your new found friends! Hope the rest of Vietnam was just as awesome. Thanks again - VBH Crew Manager.

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Reviewed 27 March 2014

This review is for the Hanoi Backpackers location near St. Joseph Cathedral. I'll preface this review by disclosing that we are a married couple in our early thirties. We are budget travelers and still like to have fun, so we often stay in hostels and other budget accommodations to save money and meet fun people.

We booked a private room with ensuite bathroom at Hanoi Backpackers based off another traveler's recommendation. The private rooms aren't in the same building as the front desk and restaurant/bar, but across the alleyway. The room was small and pretty tired: the flooring was coming loose, the walls were dirty, and the bathtub was stained and damaged. It was acceptably clean, but not exactly comfortable. It was a little noisy, but not too bad. The breakfast was included, but that's standard in Vietnam, and we found the one at Hanoi Backpackers to be skimpy and not include things like coffee or yogurt that are usually included in other "free" breakfasts.

While our stay at Hanoi Backpackers was would have been fine if it had been the cheapest option, we found out we could get (much) more for less than we paid at Hanoi Backpackers. After our first night we started looking around at nearby hotels and found that we were paying more at Hanoi Backpackers (about $25 USD) than we would have at a much nicer hotel. So we checked out of Hanoi Backpackers and into a small hotel one street away (Serendipity Hotel).

It was nice having native English speakers working the front desk, who helped us get an extension on our visas. We also booked the Ha Long Bay trip, Castaways, through Hanoi Backpackers. We plan to do a separate review of the trip, but in a nutshell we found it to be extremely overpriced ($100 more than the others we considered), the food and accommodations on the boat and island ranging from disappointing to disgusting, and the majority of the fellow travelers on the trip only there to drink until they blacked out, vomited, and/or passed out, egged on by the Hanoi Backpackers "tour guides." If that sounds like fun to you, maybe you'll have a different opinion of the Hanoi Backpackers hostel and Castaways trip.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2014

Hi guys, Thanks for your review of our hostel. We have taken on board your comments regarding our private rooms and are currently in the process of improving these to a higher standard so your comments are much appreciated. (Pictures of these improvements will be up soon). We have also recently sent our management out to Ha Long Bay with the view to improve the services of our trip where needed. Thanks again and I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip.
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Reviewed 25 March 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights. My dorm (in the main building) was noisy since there is a rooftop bar and a bar next to the hostel. I could hear the music til 2.30 am. Big locker under the bed is nice for all your stuff. The bed was good but a big hard. The bathroom is simple but Nice and with a really hot shower. Staff was nice too. The only thing i didnt like was how they sold me the bus. I asked for a 4 stop bus ticket and told them my stops. It was possible and i paid. But when a came at the bus station and checked my ticket, it was not the right one. The lady said it was not even possible in 4 stops what I asked for. I told the lady from the bus company and she called the hostel for me. I got a girl on the phone and she was like: no thats not possible, you need to pay more and take an extra stop. And was laughing About it. I dont think it was really funny. And since the people from the buscompany are the rudest people ive ever met: dont book the bus, book the train at the hostel.

Stayed: March 2014
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2014

Hi Rowan, Thanks for your review of the hostel and I am pleased you had a good time. Our Rooftop bar closes at 9.30pm for the comfort of our guests but we have had problems with the bar next door. We have now spoken to the owner of this bar and the local authorities and this noise problem has now stopped - thanks for your feedback concerning this. I will personally take a look at the bus service to make sure it is running as it should. Enjoy the rest of your trip and hope to see you again.
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

We started off in a private room but then moved in to the dorm as we found they were clean, spacious, and not too noisy (travelling as a pair usually works out to be the same price or a dollar more each to get a private room with a bathroom etc). The rooftop bar is a great place to meet people, even though the prices are nearly double what we paid in a few places and restaurants (for beer). They do have a few different happy hours though, and we were there for ladies' day = bogof beer!
They have a free pub crawl everynight which people seemed to like, but really not my scene.

The hostel was great, definitely worth the 7.50$ per night in the dorm.

On the other hand, as a note and advice to others - they sell tours to Ha long Bay etc. I can't comment on what thier OWN trip is like (the party, castaway one), however, if you book the normal, out-sourced cheaper trips for a night and two days, they charge 110$ for what we paid $75 two doors down in an agency. Two girls we met on the trip were staying at the hostel, paid more and got the same trip as us.
The difference in price for everyone on our boat was insane. From 69-121$ for exactly the same trip. SO if you want a 2 day, 1 night stay in the bay, try and get it for around $75, any more is too much.

Other than that, great hostel, lovely staff!

Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Jason R, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2014

Hi Amysauras! Thanks for taking the time to review our Hostel, we're stoked you loved it. Thanks also for the feedback on the Halong Bay trips we sell for other operators. The situation you described is of concern to us, and has brought this problem to our attention, so thanks again! We have spoken to our supplier and identified the problem. This supplier operates 3 different levels of tour, when trips are quiet, as they are at this time of year, they combine trips onto the better of their 3 boats. In affect they are upgrading those who have paid the cheaper price. They have not been communicating this, so we end up with the scenario that you have described. We sell the trip for the recommended retail price they give us. We are working with our supplier to make sure this does not happen anymore. Thanks again

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Reviewed 11 March 2014

This was my first hostel in Asia, and it definitely set the benchmark (had to wait till the end of the trip before reviewing so i had some comparison to go by)! The hostel on Ma May is the best for atmosphere, especially at night in the bar area. Dorms are super clean, beds pretty good for a hostel and hot water in the showers! Breakfast was super and staff friendly. There are also lockers big enough for luggage and a small deposit box too, which a lot of other hostels don't have! We did the Castaways Halong Bay trip for 2n/3d. Was definitely a highlight especially for the group that we were with for the 3 days - we were pretty lucky with a small group!

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2014

Hi Nat, Thanks for your great review and we are really pleased you enjoyed the hostel and the Castaways tour! I hope the rest of your trip is as awesome as your stay with us :-)
Hope to see you again - VBH Manager.

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Reviewed 10 March 2014 via mobile

I had a very nice stay at Hanoi Backpackers hostel. While traveling in Asia it's not easy to find a well organized hostel, but these people working in this here totally make it. In addition, everything is clean, you are very well taken cared of all the time. Go here and have a nice stay, and you won't regret it!

Stayed: March 2014
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2014

Hi Pauline, Thanks for your great review and we hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. Please let us know if you are passing back through as we would love to see you again. All the best - VBH Manager.

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Reviewed 7 March 2014

We stayed in a double dorm bed which was comfy. The lockers are a good size and it's handy to be able to charge your electronics whilst they are locked away. It is a noisy place to stay though as the bar downstairs is busy. They do kick everyone out if the bar though between 11pm and midnight. The staff are really helpful and gave us advice after we had some problems with an external travel agency - we then booked through them which I would recommend for peace of mind! You can use their locker storage when your on trips which has CCTV and a security guard. The level 5 'chill out zone' is great if you have a late train and need somewhere to spend the day after check out. Food is expensive but there are great places near by!

Stayed: March 2014
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2014

Thanks heaps for your review and I am really pleased to hear you enjoyed the hostel and your stay. Just to let other travelers know this page is for the more chilled out Original hostel and this review is for our larger Downtown hostel. Thanks again and enjoy the rest of your trip. VBH Manager.

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Address: 48 Ngo Huyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Hanoi
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Ranked #30 of 423 Speciality Lodging in Hanoi
Price Range: £8 - £22 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original 2*
Number of rooms: 23
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