Vietnam is a heavenly destination for backpackers with a massive pool of hostels to choose from. In Hanoi, the main area where backpackers and travellers stay is Hoan Kiem district a.k.a the Old Quarter where the famous beer street and Hoan Kiem lake are located.
The Old Quarter is pretty small and every place is walking distance within the area. But if you consider the hot and humid weather, you’d still want to choose the most centrally located place to stay. I’ve chosen top 5 hostels in the Old Town having considered their locations, reviews, facilities and my personal perspective / experience.
Old Quarter View Hanoi Hostel
It is located in a quiet alley just 10m in from the main street of beer street. The beds are comfy and bigger than normal size bunk beds. The lobby area is loved by many backpackers to sit down and mingle with each other. There’s a nice little area behind the lobby with hammocks and artificial grass floor to relax as well. This hostel offers free walking tour around the Old Town, free breakfast and free beer everyday.
Address: 3-5 Nội Miếu alley- 42, Hàng Giầy, street, Hoàn Kiếm
Hostelworld Rating 9.5
Little Charm Hostel
The interior design of this hostel does not look like a hostel, but more of a boutique hotel. The beds are comfy and each comes with private curtain. The lobby area has both outdoor and indoor areas with nice and comfy seats and a chilled ambiance. There’s an indoor pool here, so you can go for a swim to cool down from the heat outside. This hostel also has free breakfast and free beer everyday.
Address: 44 Hàng Bồ, Hoàn Kiếm
Hostelworld Rating 9.5
Buffalo Hostel opened recently in 2019, so it is brand new. You can expect facilities to be newer than other hostels. It is located right on the beer street and there’s a swimming pool at the hostel. Free beer and breakfast are offered here as well. You can also join free walking tour and pub crawl organised by the hostel.
Address: 48 Hàng Giầy, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm
Hostelworld Rating 9.4
This hostel is located very close to the weekend night market. Bunk beds have private curtains, which many guests appreciate for their privacy. Many also comment that the beds here are super comfy and soft. Similar services are offered as all other hostels such as free breakfast and free beer.
Address: 116-118 Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm
Hostelworld Rating 9.2
Vietnam Backpacker Hostel – Downtown
There’s a huge lobby area in this hostel and is where the party is held every evening. It is best for party goers because you can drink and dance with loud music at the lobby. There’s a nice and cosy area with bean bags for relaxing. They offer free beer and breakfast as well as free walking tour and free water-refills.
Address: 9 Phố Mã Mây, Hàng Buồm, Hoàn Kiếm
Hostelworld Rating 9.0