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Hanoi - Downtown

Right in the heart of Hanoi's old quarter, Downtown Hostel is the biggest hostel in Vietnam, and is known for its legendary bar. With nightly events, Downtown is a constant hive of activity. It's close to delicious street food, cheap Bia Hoi spots (local fresh beer), and pumping nightlife. The hostel has a bustling travel desk servicing full country travel planning; along with a fifth floor hangout space, flush with a large tv, football table, pool table, and computers.

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples, including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Ðong Xuân Market, selling household goods and street food. You also have quirky attractions like train street and famous bridges like Long Bien bridge to visit. In the center of the Old Quarter you have the famous Hoan Kiem Lake. You also have many museums to visit, including the Women’s museum and The Hoa Lo Prison museum. The Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is a must visit whilst in Hanoi and is the resting place of the revolution leader Ho Chi Minh. Whilst in Hanoi you will have the opportunity to eat and drink lots of local treats, from the famous egg coffee to street side Pho, Bun Cha (even Obama ate Bun Cha) and late night Banh Mi.

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Getting There

So you’ve finally arrived in Hanoi, now what? Getting to one of our hostels of course!

Don’t panic, you have many options available to you! We will happily help you arrange a private taxi pick up, which will bring you directly to our doorstep (talk about red carpet treatment!) This option will cost you around 24$ and is all conveniently organised online through our website.

Alternatively, you can opt to make use of local transport options such as Grab (Vietnam’s equivalent to Uber), simply download the Grab app before you arrive and enter your details. A Grab car will cost you around 13$. To be noted however, if you choose to get a Grab without using the app, be prepared to put your bartering skills to use or else you stand a chance of being overcharged by the driver. Make sure you get in to the right car!

Your cheapest option would be to catch a local bus (number 86), which will cost around 2$, but will take around 1 to 2 hours (if they are running on time!) and will not drop you outside the hostel, meaning you’d either need to walk or catch another mode of transport.

Another option is to get a local taxi, however we do not recommend this as they are notorious for overcharging tourists.

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OUR ROOMS

Mixed Single Dorms

Mixed Double Dorms

Female Single Dorms

Double Privates

Single bunk beds equipped with lockers and personal lock boxes on every bed with charging ports. All dorm rooms are air-conditioned (between 6pm to 11am) and fitted with fans, windows, and electronic door locks. Common areas have air- conditioning at all times. Each dorm level has a shower block with 5 showers, 5 toilets and 4 hand basins with hot water 24/7. Accommodation includes complimentary breakfast, FREE wifi and use of the Lounge Level on the 5th floor.

Extra large double bunk beds equipped with lockers and personal lock boxes on every bed with charging ports. All dorm rooms are air-conditioned (between 6pm to 11am) and fitted with fans, windows, and electronic door locks. Common areas have air-conditioning at all times. Each dorm level has a shower block with 5 showers, 5 toilets and 4 hand basins with hot water 24/7. Accommodation includes complimentary breakfast, FREE wifi and use of the Lounge Level on the 5th floor.

Female only single bunk beds equipped with lockers and personal lock boxes on every bed with charging ports. All dorm rooms are air-conditioned (between 6pm to 11am) and fitted with fans, windows, and electronic door locks. Common areas have air-conditioning at all times. Each dorm level has a shower block with 5 showers, 5 toilets and 4 hand basins with hot water 24/7. Accommodation includes complimentary breakfast, FREE wifi and use of the Lounge Level on the 5th floor.

Private rooms are equipped with a super-sized double bed, en suites bathrooms, WIFI, cable TV, and electronic door locks. Rooms are air-conditioned (between 6pm to 11am) and fitted with fans. All rooms have large windows and look out over the surrounding city skyline. Accommodation includes FREE wifi and use of the Lounge Level on the 5 th floor. Common areas have air-conditioning at all times. This room also includes a choice of breakfast off the menu with tea or coffee.

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Reviews

Perfect hostel for a solo female traveller, Great to meet people! Ideal location, has a bar and food there too as well as booking further trips. Very clean comfy beds ! Amazing hostel , highly recommend this hostel!

Lily 12/27/2019

I don’t throw around the word ‘Paradise’ too often but this is pretty darn close. Such a mint location with great free beer, cheap cocktail buckets & amazing staff. Big shout out to James and Sav for making our trip as fun as it was & helping with planning the rest of our Vietnam leg

Matt, Australia 10/17/2019

My stay at the Backpacker Hostel Downtown was incredible. Right from the start you felt welcome and comfortable and the staff provides a lot of entertainment and energy for good mood and fun. Here you can make friends all over the world and experience insane party nights. This hostel and the warmhearted people there were the reason I stayed 5 days longer in Hanoi than planned. And it was definitely worth it! Ask the staff for information about tours and definitely book them at the hostel. And don’t miss out on a stay at VBH downtown.

Lucia 9/15/2019