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Vietnam Backpacker Hostels - The Original
Ranked #27 of 405 Specialty Lodging in Hanoi
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Stayed here with friends for 4 nights in Hanoi - really really happy with staff, lodging, food, drinks, location. Stayed in the Ma May Hostel, which is in the middle of the Old Quarter - the best place to stay in Hanoi. Shared bathrooms on each level are cleaned by staff every 2 hours - which makes the stay super comfortable. Awesome place to meet new people, everyone is extremely social - and bar staff take everyone to the illegal bars post curfew. Was there for Australia Day 2013 - the hostel bar opens at 6.30 am - definitely a day to remember - if there is a big event whilst your in Hanoi, make sure you are here at the time. Best part about the stay was that the people you meet are generally doing the same trip - we travelled from north to south, and found many people doing the same - so you keep running into the same people at the major stops making your way through Vietnam. Very highly recommend this hostel !

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

I only stayed here one night but during my short stay I was very pleased with the service and overall quality of my stay. It seemed very sociable and they seemed to think of everything to make a backpackers life that bit easier- locker under bed for back pack and small beside locker with plug and light; everyone had a key to the dorm; communal shower but still private with lock, soap, towels to rent; clean maintained toilets, free water tank to refill; activities every evening (drinking related); free internet (but slow wifi); helpful staff; good food at the restaurant; breakfast included (3 choices to order from); great location right in the centre of the old quarter (could get a bit noisy from the street).

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

From all the places i've stayed at while travelling sea i easily liked this one the most. The dorms weren't mind blowing but everything around definitely was. I met heaps of amazing people here, had a great night out which started at the new part of the hostel and just loved the 2 crazy nights at castaway trip. Perfect for open-minded single travellers. But probably a disaster for people who prefer a quiet accomodation.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Stayed here for two nights on our trip to Vietnam.

Good points
Location - very central in old quarter
Busy hostel with other travellers
Free walking tour
Free Breakfast - Pancakes were yummy!

Bad points
Private rooms are in a seperate building opposite where there is no reception. There was an old security guy sitting on the wall opposite, (some of the time!). There was no safe in the room also. So I was concerned leaving passports etc in the room.

The Bar closes at about 9pm and rooftop only open occasionally so there was not the atmosphere I was expecting. Staff were not the friendliest either.

All in all it was OK but I much preferred the Little Hanoi Hostel Le Thai To see my other review.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank 322Mia
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

Spent a week with friends at the Hanoi Backpackers Hostel in Oct. 2012 as we started a 4 month excursion through SEA. The dorms were perfect for a group of 4 and had plenty of secure storage, showers were good, and the rooftop terrace was great for relaxing after a long walking tour of the city. The staff is friendly and it's a great place to meet fellow travellers who you will most likely run in to over and over again in different cities. Although the Ha Long Bay tour was pricey, it was an unforgettable experience.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Dennis S
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Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

To put my review into context my main purpose for traveling is not to get dunk every night or spend time with inconsiderate, noisy travellers.

Focusing purely on the accommodation, it's actually ok. Secure rooms, plenty of storage space, good showers and plenty of facilities. Local staff are friendly if you treat them with equal respect.

It's just not my kind of atmosphere here though when everything is about loud music, drinking and paying for trips to go drinking. Why not stay home and do that?

Drink beer, eat, book your tours and transport outside the hostel to get it cheaper and absorb a little bit more in the culture of the country you are visiting.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

This hostel was one of the best I've ever stayed in. The staff were all extremely friendly and most were very helpful. The location is fantastic, right in the middle of the old quarter. Every night the bar goes off and when it closes at 11ish the group is lead out to surrounding bars. The hostel runs tours which are a bit pricey - but you pay for company. There is a really nice complimentary breakfast but otherwise the food is average.
We stayed in both a dorm and a private room. Both of which were spotlessly clean, had new furniture and working air conditioning. We felt like we were staying in a hotel with a bar underneath.
Definitely stay at the Ma May hostel if youre travelling to Hanoi, you'll have an awesome time!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: 48 Ngo Huyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Hanoi
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #27 of 405 Specialty Lodging in Hanoi
Price Range: $10 - $25 (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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