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“One of the best price-quality tradeoffs I found in Asia”

Friendly Backpackers' Hostel
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Friendly Backpackers' Hostel
Ranked #126 of 436 Specialty Lodging in Hanoi
Reviewed October 20, 2012

For only 5$, we got excellent wireless access, a dorm room with a-con, comfy beds with personal plug-ins, fans and reading light, hot shower, towel, locker and luggage room access and even free buffet breakfast. Did I mention it was in the city center, just in the old quarter? It was indeed an amazing place, the only caveat being that it does not have a common area.

The staff was amazing (THANK YOU PEARL!!!) and the tours we bought there at the reception were definitely not overpriced: everyone else we met up both at the Halong Bay and Sapa excursions had payed more than we had! And the hostel always offered to keep our big backpacks in Hanoi so we could travel around a bit lighter. They were amazing!

I would definitely recommend this place:)

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Teresa L
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

The location was strategic where the old streets, Hoan Kiem Lake, Water Puppet Theater,etc were in walking distance. They offered reasonable price for rooms which comfortable enough for those in budgeted trip. We did booked the Sapa and Halong Bay Tour from them and we enjoy the trips very much! Staffs were friendly and helpful. They provided us some useful information during our tour at Hanoi.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Sue88_30
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Most comfortable bed I had in months in Asia. Bathrooms are small and compact like the stairway but if you're after a good night sleep at a good price staying close to the action but not inside it, this is the place!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Traveller99999255068
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

The nice things of this place first: They have a really friendly and helpful staff, they offer pleasant dorms, the wireless works and the location is really good if you want to stay close to the old quarter (Hoan Kiem).

Some negative things I observed:
- They offer male and female dorms on hostelworld.com but actually treat the rooms as mixed dorms. Also they offer private rooms which I didn't see in the hostel. I don't mind about that but maybe some girls/guys do.
- One early morning a girl was waiting in front of the door (she arrived at 5am) because the night guard wasn't there.
- The mattresses are hard but I like that :)

Maybe the manager can explain some of these

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Gregory I
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

Stayed in a 6-bed dorm. Decent location on the edge of the Old Quarter. Room and beds were clean; simple breakfast included; staff was friendly and helpful; there was wi-fi and two computer terminals available for use. No complaints really, except for the narrow stairwell.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank Mal572
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

Really liked the staff, they were extremely helpful and fun. The rooms were clean and the beds were very comfortable. With big lockers in the dorms. Breakfast was ok for the price.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Nadieh W
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

For US$6 per night for a clean dorm room, this place fits any backpacker budget. The staff was really helpful to show explain all the places to visit in the Old Quarters of Hanoi. When I come back, will stay here or their US$12 private rooms at their sister property across the street --- it is called Elizabeth Hotel.

Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Friendly Backpackers' Hostel

Address: 9 Nguyen Huu Huan Str, HoanKiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Hanoi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #126 of 436 Specialty Lodging in Hanoi
Price Range: $10 - $25 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Friendly Backpackers' Hostel 1*
Number of rooms: 28
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