We booked three nights at Mike Homestay and decided to cancel our booking after one night stay. Even though it has a severe cancellation policy, it was worth the money to leave.
We arrived and it appeared Mike was not at home, no problem. We were guided to the room and this was quite okay. Entering the bathroom it was clear this was not at all clean. Furthermore, there was no blanket on the bed, so we slept with towels that we brought ourselves to cover us at night.
The evening itself we talked with the host, a friend of Mike. She was not talkative at all and was very negative about Hanoi. "There is nothing to see" and "I don't like Hanoi". We were told that we could have breakfast the next morning in the common kitchen and that the food and some people were around. We were there at 8am and waited for half an hour and did see anyone nor any food.
It appeared that Mike was gone for the week and would return when we had to leave. This is very disappointing as the reason we wanted to experience a homestay was just to connect with local people and to experience the lifestyle of real Hanoi people. you cannot call it a homestay when the host is not there and just rents out rooms. There are 2 apartment blocks with rooms that are rented out under the cover of 'homestay', while I guess it is just an easy way to gain money.