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Reviewed 8 June 2017

Loved my stay at Central Backpackers in Hanoi, but especially loved the Hideaway Tour. The tour was a good balance between social and active. It's not a total booze cruise, so you actually get to see and enjoy the islands more! The first day was more party with a great boat ride, swimming and kayaking. The second day, much more active, with trekking and biking, and the last day a little more chill.

The food was great! Fresh buffet style for all meals. The rooms aren't very nice, kind of reminded me of summer camp (a close quarters 24 person dorm) but because you there's so much to do they get the job done. Definitely recommend this tour if you're looking for a balance of fun and active, with the chance to meet lots of cool people!

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Awesome hostel, really nice helpful staff and nice rooms and bathrooms. We went on a 3 day Ha Long Bay tour with them and 2 day sapa tour, both were fun and great value. If you're considering doing Ha Long Bay and like doing outdoorsy stuff definitely do the 3 day as it takes 5h to get there so it makes your time worth it. Sapa is fine for 2 days and they offer an option to take a 4pm bus back instead of overnight which I recommend (was scheduled to be in at 11 but was in at 9:30 which was awesome). Would stay again and recommend to friends!

Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

Good value, good location. Room was clean, beds were quite comfortable and each bed had two plug sockets. The lockers in the room were big enough for our entire bags, and had a key to lock, and an option to use your own padlock if you want to be extra safe.We booked a Hideaway Tour to Halong Bay through reception (also really good value, and was a great trip) and our onward train tickets to Sapa. The free breakfast was fairly generous, and free beer 7pm-8pm was a perk! We joined the free walking tour and bar crawl. Throughout our entire stay (including Hideaway) Nathan was such a good tour guide!

Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
2  Thank annachap1
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

A group of us went on the hideaway tour last weekend, food was amazing, tours were really good. Accomodation could have been better for the price. Nina and Nicholas were great tour guides really friendly. Nathan was not good, very rude and we couldnt wait to leave after one night with him.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Eleanor C
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Hienvantran, Người quản lý at Central Backpackers Hostel - Original, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2017

Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciated that. It is good to know that you enjoyed our tour and had great time.
We have been trying to upgrade the room on the island and it could take some more time to be done.
We also had a meeting with all the tour guides and also with Nathan about your complaint and we all agreed that this problem would not allowed to happen again to our any customer, doing the hideaway tour.
Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to show us the things that we should do better. We wish you all the best!!!

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Reviewed 25 April 2017

Great hostel for a few nights or a week. Not the cleanest but at $5 it has good value. Showers have good pressure and hot water. Dorm rooms have good lockers. Great location to walk anywhere. Close to the lake to walk down to and relax. Lots of good restaurants near by as well. If it were a little cleaner it would be a 5/5. Free breakfast is not the best but it's free so it will do you for a couple days until you get to know the area better and find a spot for breakfast. Staff were very helpful and friendly as well.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled solo
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