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Hanoi - The Original

Situated down a small, quiet lane opposite the famous St. Joseph's Cathedral, the Original Hostel is where the VBH story all began! The hostel is a short walk to Hoan Kiem Lake in the center of town, and is perfectly located to explore and get lost in Hanoi's historic Old Quarter. The chilled out atmosphere on both the rooftop bar and in the downstairs hangout area is perfect for planning travel and mingling with other fellow travellers.

Getting There

By Taxi:

Hanoi International airport is approximately a 45 mins to 1 hour drive to the hostel. Getting local metered taxis will cost you around $25-30 USD and are available from the arrivals terminal.

Private Pickup:

We can help to organize a safe and hassle free airport transfer from as little as $23 USD for a 4 seat car OR $25 USD for a larger 7 seat private car. We can help to organize a driver to meet you when you arrive at the airport if you book below or under the tab “more”.

Please note that this service is only available between 6am-10pm. Be aware that some taxi drivers operating at airports, train stations and bus stations may be accepting commissions from other hostels claiming to work with us.

Original hostel is situated on a lane too narrow for shuttle buses or taxis to drive down. If you find yourself in a situation where you have been taken to the wrong address, or they are claiming you are directly outside the hostel, politely decline and make your way to St Joseph’s Cathedral on Nha Tho Street. If you face the cathedral and then head to your right you will end up on Ly Quoc Su Street and Ngo Huyen is located on this road.

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Mixed Single Dorms

Mixed single dorm beds are equipped with a huge locker, personal reading light and
convenience shelf. Rooms are air-conditioned (between 6pm to 11am) and fitted
with fans. Common areas have air-conditioning at all times. Accommodation
includes complimentary breakfast as well as FREE wifi.



I came to Hanoi and stayed at both Downtown and Original. Loved it so much I extended my stay in Hanoi!! Downtown’s a great place to meet fellow travellers and have an awesome bar crawl led by the fantastic staff. The Original has a very sociable atmosphere and a rooftop bar where you can enjoy the good vibes. It also gives you the opportunity to chill and relax which made it the perfect place to go after doing their Castaways tour! I highly recommend checking out both hostels! Thanks VBH for the great memories and fantastic tours!

Passenger592742 9/11/2019

I stayed in VBH The Original with 3 of my friends. All of the staff could not have been kinder or more welcoming. It is a lovely chilled out hostel. Rosie the manager was incredibly friendly and made us feel so welcome. She was also great at asking what we fancied doing in the evenings and making it happen, even if it was watching Pitch Perfect 3! All of the staff are a credit to this company and I’d have no problem recommending this hostel to anybody. Thanks again!

EmilyOR123 8/14/2019

If you'd like some separation from the chaos of the Hanoi party scene, the VBH-Original location is the perfect location for you! Dorms were quiet and cozy and the washrooms were clean. What more do you want in a hostel?! I'd definitely stay here again.

Michael & Stephanie 1/16/2019