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“Best hostel in Hanoi.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original

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Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original
Ranked #24 of 332 Speciality Lodging in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
Elgin, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best hostel in Hanoi.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

I stayed in the Original Hanoi Backpackers in Hanoi, it is a fantastic hostel full of other backpackers that are out here to socialise and make friends. The atmosphere is amazing. I unfortunately got food poisoning when I was there (street food) and had a few days just in bed which was pretty terrible but the beds are comfy and the room is well air-conned. The staff are all very helpful and accommodating. The food is pretty good too, and free breakfast!

If you're going to be booking trips, don't do it through the hostel, do it at the Travel Agent just next door on the right as you leave the reception, the lady there is lovely and so helpful and a LOT cheaper than booking it through the hostel.

The place seems very secure with 24 hour security and they have lockers as well in the room.

They have lots of computers in the lobby which are free to use.

They also have a rooftop bar which is pretty cool with bbq's and a different thing on every day, (the keg days are the best - FREE BEER). They also have an awesome pub crawl every night so you can experience some very touristy hanoi nightlife. And finally a morning walk where you can see some cool sights and try some food.

All in all a really good hostel, definitely recommend going there.

Room Tip: Get one on the lower floors, its much less hassle!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Cal M
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this review, 25 July 2014
Hi there, Thanks for your great review of our hostel. Enjoy the rest of your trip. VBH Crew Manager.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

I couldn't recommend the place more. We stayed in 2 double rooms. Very clean. Incredible showers. Staff were very friendly. The downstairs bar and restaurant gave the place a great atmosphere. Make sure to ask the staff about the best place to find local street food.

Stayed May 2014
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Thank Patrick D
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Thanks Patrick for your great review of our hostel. We hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. VBH Crew Manager.
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

Go to another place to book tours. They are deceiving. The Buffalo run is great fun- However Alley told us that all meals were included- we had to pay for the last three nights of meals, and all up $500 is very expensive for what you get. You can find better tours for cheaper elsewhere, where they are upfront about prices.

Stayed July 2014
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Hi There, Thanks for your recent review of our hostel and Buffalo Run Trip. We work very hard to make sure we give quality advice and tips on all trips no matter if that trip is with us or another company. I have been assured that this was a an oversight on our sales persons part and we will make sure all staff are fully briefed. I would like to point out that our sales team do not get sales commissions unlike outside agencies and are here to give the best backpacker advice. Thanks for your feedback so I can make sure this is happening at all times. I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. VBH Crew Manager.
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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39 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

We weren't able to stay at this hostel but they were so accommodating to let us do their Castaways Tour for Ha Long Bay (3 days, 2 nights) and hop on their Boomerang Bus down to Hoi An. They were very straight forward with us, we knew exactly what we were getting at all times. They also paid for all of our transfers to and from their downtown location. They stored all of our bigger bags while we were gone and let us shower and clean up upon our return from the trip before we caught the bus. Everything was great value for money and awesome people.

Room Tip: Things get very busy here...book well in advance!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Christine D
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Hi Christine, Thanks for your great review of our hostel and we are pleased you had a great time on our Castaways trip. VBH Crew Manager.
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Boston
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

We booked the $23 airport transport and immediately got off on a bad foot. It took us 3 hours and 4 phone calls (with the help of locals with phones) to obtain the ride, which got in around midnight. Worth mentioning is that for each of the phone calls, the person answering put me on hold (I could hear them conducting other business such as booking excursions etc) and admitted to forgetting calling the driver after the first call. Upon arrival we were escorted to a different and older/grimier hotel ("symphony") across the street and taken up 6 flights of stairs to a room that was thick with cigarette smoke (posted signs prevent this). The next morning we hightailed it out of there and the only saving grace was a great Australian girl who (upon seeing what room we'd been given) profusely apologized and organized a full refund for the room. However even this marred by the other woman at the desk who called the driver to "prove" we were in the wrong (insinuating we were at the wrong gate despite the facts that: 1. When you arrange the ride you provide a flight number whose info (arrival time and gate) is available to driver, and 2. The woman on the phone that night told me on my second call "oops! I forgot to call I'm sorry!" Bottom line I hated this place except for the professional Australian girl.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Demandajean
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Hi. Thanks for writing a review for our hostel. We have investigated our airport pick up service and have brought in new guidelines and penalties so the service can improve, thanks for letting us know so we can avoid this in the future. I hope you enjoyed your trip. VBH Crew Manager.
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Mirissa, Sri Lanka
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46 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

Stayed here as a solo traveller. The staff were really friendly and helpful. Spent one night in a private room which was nice although, maybe overpriced and the rest of the time in a dorm room. The dorm room was clean and included lockable cupboards big enough for all your luggage. This was one of the few places where ive shared dorms with considerate quiet people and didnt get disturbed at all. They seem to offer a lot of space for people to drink around the hostel so there doesnt seem to be people trying to party in the rooms. This is a great place to stay to meet people.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank nata1ie1984
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Thanks for your nice review of our hostel. We hope you enjoy the rest of your trip. All the best - VBH Crew Manager.
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Mechelen, Belgium
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83 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

Slept in a double bunckbed in a nice and clean room. Room mates were friendely and silent :)
There is a great athmosphere in the hostel with nice chill room on the 5th floor with pool and movie. Definitely going back there if I am back in Hanoi

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank lucaret
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James V, Manager at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original, responded to this review, 12 July 2014
Hi Lucas, Thanks for your review of our hostel. We hope to see you back here soon. Enjoy the rest of your trip. VBH Crew Manager
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Property: Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original
Address: 48 Ngo Huyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Hanoi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 332 Speciality Lodging in Hanoi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original 2*
Number of rooms: 23
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