Monday, 17 Dec 2018

The 15 Best Hostels in Hanoi

Backpacking Vietnam is a dream coming true to every backpacker: not only the destination is fascinating but it’s also one of the easiest and cheapest countries to backpack in the whole world. I’ve had the privilege of spend more than a month exploring the country and over three weeks living in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital and largest city.

You definitely won’t have a problem finding things to do in Hanoi, but Hanoi is not about doing all you can in the time you have. Walking through Hanoi is an open invitation to enjoy the real life of the city – a city that wakes up early in the morning, that has life happening around its lake from dusk to dawn with wide open doors, looking in on family meals and conversations.

The tranquillity of the lakes contrasts with the typical “chaos” that Southeast Asia makes you love after a while: insane traffic, many colours everywhere, endless electric wires and constant lights and sounds. All this can make you a bit tired at the end of the day, so is essential to have a great place to sleep while in Hanoi – so here are the 15 best hostels in Hanoi:

How To Find The Best Hostels In Hanoi For Your Trip

The majority of hostels in Hanoi are located in the Old Quarter, a region around Hoàn Ki?m Lake. Beyond being the most touristy region of the city, the Old Quarter is an important commercial and social centre, and the lake itself a very important place for Hanoians. So it is definitely the area to stay if you want to be in the heart of the action. Other areas, like the H? Tây Lake (known as West Lake), can be perfect for those looking for a place a bit off the beaten track.

Hanoi offers a huge amount of hostels, with all sorts of prices, vibes, rooms and facilities that fit any traveller. The party backpacker, the chill couple, big groups, everyone will find a perfect fit. Most hostels in Hanoi offer free breakfast and have travel desks while many others include bars and restaurants. You can expect to spend around £2.50-£7 for a single bed in a dorm, and £13-£20 for a double private room.

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Best hostels in Hanoi for solo travellers

Hostels with great vibes to meet people and make new friends. For those solo travellers looking for a great atmosphere, but not for a party hostel.

Chien Hostel

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Best hostels in Hanoi - chien hostel

  • Free breakfast
  • Terrace with BBQ
  • Bar and restaurant

Located right by St Joseph’s Cathedral, an important spot of the Old Quarter, Chien Hostel has facilities and atmosphere as great as the location and the view. After walking around the city, grab your daily free beer in the evening, head to the terrace, chat with travellers from all around the world and enjoy a surely amazing night.

Address: 12 Au Trieu, Hang Trong

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book at Chien Hostel here

Central Backpackers Hostel – Original

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  • Free breakfast
  • Elevator
  • Travel desk with bicycle hire

Do you like the word FREE as much as I do? This is your place. Central Backpackers Hostel – Original offers free beer, free breakfast, free walking tours, free pub crawls… and so it goes! What is also free is the amazing vibes around the hostel, specially at bar, were the backpacker opening line “Hi! Where are you from?” is often heard.

Address: 16 Ly Quoc Su st.

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book at Central Backpackers Hostel – Original here

7 Fridays Hostel

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  • Pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Bicycle hire (to ride around West Lake!)

This is the perfect destination for who doesn’t feel quite ready for the intense energy of the Old Quarter. The 7 Fridays Hostel is located by the shore of the huge West Lake, a lovely area perfect to be discovered with a bicycle hired at the hostel. After the cycling, the pool and other solo travellers are waiting for you to enjoy a perfect chill time. And, don´t worry, is not hard or expensive to travel to and from the Old Quarter.

Address: 22 Quang An

Neighbourhood: Tay Ho

Book at 7 Fridays Hostel here

Best hostels in Hanoi for couples

Tidy but still sociable hostels to relax after long days. For those couples who like to socialise when feeling like it.

Nexy Hostel

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  • Free breakfast
  • Terrace
  • Game room

Modern, elegant and well though, Nexy Hostel is the kind of hostel you might want to live forever in. With fashionable private rooms and many cool common areas, this hostel is a perfect pick for couples while backpacking in Hanoi.

Address: 12 To Tich

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book at Nexy Hostel here

Friends Inn & Travel

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  • Free breakfast
  • Travel desk
  • Bar and restaurant

The word friends in the hostel name couldn’t be more accurate: this a friendly hostel were the staff is so lovely you will leave the hostel being their friend. The simple but clean decoration, the restaurant and the travel desk that will help you with everything you need make Friends Inn & Travel even more welcoming.

Address: 46 HangGa

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book at Friends Inn & Travel here

Best party hostels in Hanoi

Party hostels that take the title of being a “party hostel” very seriously. For those party animals that can’t get enough.

Central Backpackers Hostel – Old Quarter

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  • Free breakfast
  • Free walking tours and pub crawls
  • Terrace

Take a moment to look at the face of that guy in the picture above… Do you need any more convincing that this is a place were you will go crazy and have great nights?! If you still do, the free beer once a day and the very social common areas, including a small terrace, will make the job.

Address: 16 Thanh Ha Street

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book at Central Backpackers Hostel – Old Quarter here

Flipside Hostel

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best hostels hanoi - Flipside Hostel -private rooms

  • Free breakfast
  • Terrace
  • Travel desk

Like the best of both worlds? In this hostel you can party until late and then have a great night of sleep in a stylish (but still not expensive!) private room or in the well-equipped dorms. Meet travellers in the terrace and engage in drinking games to relax from a busy day exploring Hanoi.

Address: 23 Bat Dan street – Hang Bo ward

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book at Flipside Hostel here

Vietnam Backpacker Hostels – Downtown

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  • Free breakfast
  • Free walking tour
  • Terrace

A costumer review said: “Gets pretty wild every night”, and I think that sums it up! This chain of hostels is known by its parties, especially this hostel: Vietnam Backpacker Hostels Downtown (Pay attention! This chain has two hostels in Hanoi and the other one is right below). So if you love to party, to earn a free beer every day and be in the IT place, this is the perfect match for you.

Address: 9 Ma May

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels – Downtown here

 Vietnam Backpacker Hostels – Original

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best hostels hanoi - Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - Original - dorm rooms

  • Free breakfast
  • Free walking tour
  • Travel desk

Central Backpackers Hostel – Original is located a few meters from St Joseph’s Cathedral in a very busy and commercial area with many options of delicious food and coffee shops. Is not as crazy as its Downtown hostel brother (hostel above), but, don’t be fooled, it still gets pretty hectic! Free daily beer and free activities around the city make the big crowd that sleeps there come together day and night.

Address: 23 Bat Dan street – Hang Bo ward

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book at Vietnam Backpacker Hostels – Original here

Hostels that gives you a room to call you own. For those who care for privacy or just need a break in a big and quiet room.

Luxury Backpackers

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  • Free breakfast
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Curtains in every bed

Look at (and fell in love with) the size of that bed in the first picture… I assure you in few places in the world you’ll get a bed that big for this kind of prices! Luxury Backpackers, as the name says, is a fancy hostel for those in need of some refinement – characteristic of both dorms and private rooms. The great location and friendly staff are the icing on the cake.

Address: 56 Ngo Huyen Street

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book at  Luxury Backpackers here

Hanoi Tomodachi House

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  • Free breakfast
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Little terrace

This boutique hostel is a little surprise in the Old Quarter. The decoration and Japanese style of hosteling make it a very unique place and the helpful staff can sort out all types of things for you. A good choice for those looking for private bedrooms with good prices and a quiet atmosphere.

Address: 5A Tong duy Tan street

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book at Hanoi Tomodachi House here

Best hostels in Hanoi city centre

Republik Backpackers Hostel

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  • Free breakfast
  • Cinema room
  • Bar (with pool!) and restaurant

The ones with a love for neat and stylish places will love the Republik Backpackers Hostel. Every detail and colour of this fairly new hostel was given a thought, including great built in beds. The atmosphere is very friendly and the restaurant food… oh the food!

Address: 14 Phung Hung

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book at Republik Backpackers Hostel here

Old Quarter View Hanoi Hostel

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best hostels hanoi - Old Quarter View Hanoi Hostel - dorm rooms

  • Free breakfast
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Fun common areas

This hostel checks all the boxes a backpacker pays attention at: great location, friendly atmosphere, good beds and bathrooms, common areas and fair prices. Old Quarter View is located just a few meters from Hoan Kiem Lake and staying there you will for sure make friends, relax and explore the city with no difficulty.

Address:  42 Hang Giay, Hang Buom

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book at Old Quarter View Hanoi Hostel here

More best hostels in Hanoi

Bonus hostels. For all those who like good hostels.

Cocoon Inn

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  • Free breakfast
  • Massive beds
  • Travel desk and free city tour

There is a big problem in staying at Cocoon Inn: the beds are so comfy you might not be able to leave them! The massive mattress and great lining will make you have sweet sweet dreams and rest all that travel tiredness you might have been accumulating – you’ll be whole new person to explore Hanoi! So get out the bed, enjoy the bar and restaurant and make friends at the commons areas to walk around or visit the attractions. At night time you can enjoy the social atmosphere before heading back to one of the best bed in the whole SEA ?

Address: 116 Hàng Bu?m

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book at Cocoon Inn here

Babylon Garden Inn

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  • Free breakfast
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Bar and restaurant with amazing view

The Babylon Garden Inn is definitely not the traditional hostel. To start, it has an indoor swimming pool! That is summed with a Babylon style decoration in the common areas and a restaurant and bar with great city views. The dorms beds have curtains, private lights and private fans. The private rooms are specious and relaxing. All that for backpackers prices – is not a trap, I swear!

Address: 53 Hang Chieu St

Neighbourhood: Hoan Kiem

Book at Babylon Garden Inn here

 

Enjoy Hanoi!

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