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Central Backpackers Hostel - Original
Ranked #39 of 459 Speciality Lodging in Hanoi
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Reviewed 25 July 2017

We ended up staying here for 6 nights in the end. And partied for most of them.
This hostel has a great vibe. You can sit in the bar area for just a few minutes and other travellers will come and chat with you.
The rooms are clean, bathrooms modern and the staff are very friendly/helpfull. There is free wifi in each room which was good enough for our needs.
There is free beer from 7-8pm which is a great way for lone travellers to make friends. And a free pub crawl starts after.
If you didn't party too hard the night before the free breakfast is good. And then there is also a free walking tour which is worth it if you're up in time! You also go to a cafe along the way to try the infamous egg coffee.
We also bought our bikes through the hostel. We just asked at the reception and they arranged for someone to pick us up and take us to their garage. The service was better than anyone else we spoke to seemed to get and the bikes have lasted us so far travelling from Hanoi to Laos.
All in all a good place to stay and meet like minded travellers.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

We stayed here July 2017 and it is a nice friendly hostel. If I were to know this before booking, I would stay in the old quarter sister to this hostel, just as it's bigger and a bit livlier.

It's a comfy, welcoming hostel with really a really nice en-suite bathroom in the 8 bed dorm that we're in.

From 7-8pm every night you get unlimited free beer which is always a winner, and then at 9:30 you all walk to the sister hostel for more free beer at 10pm. Then go out after!

The staff are friendly and there is free breakfast which is nice and always a bonus.

  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Jesskeryl
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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Great location. Just 5mins walk from the Main Street but far enough away to sleep from the noise. Receptionist we're very helpful and did all they could to accommodate us and make recommendations. Rooms were clean. Only flaw was a very bad breakfast as I am vegan.

Stayed: July 2017
1  Thank DavyDox
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Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

The island and its surroundings are beautiful, but for 85 USD you'd expect more activities. On the first day you go swimming and kayaking, on the second day there was a very short hike/climb of about 20 mins, where you climb to the top of the island. The food is great but the drinks are expensive at the resort, and not included. Overall a fun trip but a bit overpriced!

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Charlotte A
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Hienvantran, Người quản lý at Central Backpackers Hostel - Original, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2017

Thank you so much for you feedback.
To your mention about the price of the tour, we could say that our tour is not overpriced for what you got . $85 for boat trip cruising to visit the bay, boat jumping, kayaking, swimming and hiking on the second day. Compared to other halong bay tour with same rates, you even dont have chance to do hiking if you do those tours.
To the complaint about drinks, we could say that not only our tour but any other tours, drinks are always not included unless you prepay for that. You will see that when you do other tours and we do believe that everyone who has been doing our tour, knows that and also we always inform our guests that when they book the tour.
The drinks on the island are more expensive than when you buy in supermarket cause we have to pay a lot for transfering them to the island from mainland.
Once again, thank you so much for booking and doing our tour. All the best for you.

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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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Additional Information about Central Backpackers Hostel - Original

Address: 16 Ly Quoc Su Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Hanoi
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #39 of 459 Speciality Lodging in Hanoi
Price Range: ₹ 638 - ₹ 893 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A true backpacker's hostel owned & operated by an awesome Vietnamese guy so I threw on my cape and created a hostel like no other and you know we've got it right! Why only 5 bucks you ask? 'Looks so good, there must a catch. Is there hidden costs?' Nope! ....you're a backpacker right? You're on a budget right? So we cater the price to your needs! Once you are here ... You simply won't want to leave! - The best things about central backpackers are the crazy travellers, super friendly staff, comfy beds, free internet, Breakfast and most of all Free Beer from 7:00pm to 8:00pm every night! Air conditioned, clean rooms, hot showers and did I mention free Beer. - Tour: Do the Halong bay and Sapa trips with us, we guarantee you will get the BEST time and the BEST one with the cheapest price! For Halong Bay tour: we are the 2nd organizer HALONG BAY PARTY trip for guest booking only through the Central Backpackers hostel only. And it is the 2nd tour in Hanoi that stays on a private island in the Cat Ba National Park where is next to the Castaway island and you can join in the crew of young and great fun people and have your own beach with the Bungalows, for Rock climbing, Kayaking and partying. For Sapa trek: We do offer the Sapa trekking tour and going to stay at homestay with the family of tribe hill people and we will show you all of the nicest part of Sapa like the brilliant landscape, the real live, the culture and staying far from the tourist area. We also do some daily tour around of Hanoi as Hanoi city tour, Hoa Lu- Tam Coc, Perfume pagoda, Mai Chau village, Phong Nha cave and open bus, flight or train ticket, visa... Everything you want we can get it. We look forward to meeting you and remember, Happy Hour starts at 7:00PM every night! ... more   less 
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