There are some awesome backpacker hostels in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, that provide safe havens from the city’s crazy streets! From super sociable party hostels to boutique flashpacker guesthouses, Hanoi has something to suit every taste. If you’re wondering where to stay in Hanoi, check out our list of the 30 best Hanoi hostels, voted by the backpacking community of Southeast Asia. Beds start at just $5 US with many hostels offering “free beer happy hours” – what more could a backpacker ask for?
To 25 Hostels in Hanoi, Vietnam – Voted By You!
1. Vietnam Backpackers Hostel Downtown – From $8 US for dorm bed
VOTED: Best Party Hostel in Hanoi!
At the top of the list is the biggest and most famous hostel in Vietnam, well known for its lively, party atmosphere all day long, busy bar and welcoming staff! Welcome to the institution that is Vietnam Backpackers Hostel. The hostel has a travel desk to help the guests with their Vietnam travel planning, organises nightly events like quizzes, has a great hangout space on the fifth floor and plenty of happy hours!
The hostel is located very centrally in the heart of the bustling Old Quarter, just five minutes walk from Hoan Kiem Lake. The restaurant at the hostel serves Western and local specialities, but for the more curious there are plenty local bars and restaurants in the area as well. Awesome Vietnamese street food and several Bia Hoi corners are right around the corner. This is a place to meet and mingle with fellow travellers, party and organise group trips to Halong Bay, Sapa and other parts of Vietnam. If you’re up for an adventure, check out their extremely popular trip to Castaways Island, Halong Bay!
2. Hanoi Rocks Hostel – From $6 US for dorm bed
VOTED: Best Hostel in Hanoi for Solo Travellers!
With a Rolling Stones logo above the entrance and a catchy name, Hanoi Rocks Hotel tries its best to stand out from the crowd. This quirky rock and roll themed hostel is centrally located in the heart of the Old Quarter of Hanoi and has a spacious ground floor and a rooftop bar where guests can relax, grab a beer and share tales with fellow backpackers. Dorms are spacious, clean and comfortable and other facilities such as a pool table and a TV room help travellers to relax. Breakfast is included in the price.
3. Old Quarter View Hanoi Hostel – From $6 US for dorm bed
The popular Old Quarter View Hostel is located in the heart of yep, you guessed it… the Old Quarter! This is a fun and sociable place where you’re bound to meet loads of other travellers and you even get free craft beer for 30 minutes every day! Rooms are spacious and clean and dorm beds are large and comfortable with privacy curtains and large lockers for storing your backpack. The free breakfast is generous with lots of choices from omelette to fruit, scrambled eggs, toast etc. They also run a free walking tour of Hanoi from the hostel which is a great way to explore the city and meet people. All in all – a friendly budget choice and easy to understand why it’s so popular!
4. Central Backpackers Hostel Hanoi – From $6 US for dorm bed
Central Backpackers Hostel is another great place for budget travellers who are looking to make friends in Hanoi. They offer comfortable, modern dorm rooms in the centre of the Old Town, friendly and helpful staff and parties pretty much every night! WIFI is not the only free thing around here… guests can enjoy free breakfast between 7:00 and 10.00AM, free city walking tour, pub crawl, towels, luggage storage and city maps, and there is also a free beer hour every day! What more could a backpacker ask for?
5. Little Charm Hanoi Hostel – From $7 US for dorm bed
VOTED: Best Flashpacker Hostel in Hanoi!
The first of three hotels with the same name, Little Charm Hanoi Hostel has gone for something a little different in terms of what it offers its guests. Unlike many of the party hostels on this list, Little Charm Hanoi Hostel puts emphasis on relaxation, peace and quiet! The decor is very traditional and classic and there are plenty of areas to chill such as the lovely café, cocktail bar and lounge area. Oh did we mention the best thing? The hostel has an amazing indoor swimming pool which is the perfect place to unwind after a day pacing the streets of the city! An excellent breakfast buffet is included in the price and it’s pretty generous; a variety of fruit, eggs, bread, tea and coffee. This is definitely a hostel for the flashpackers amongst you!
6. Flipside Hostel – From $7 US for dorm bed
Flipside Hostel offers a sweet combination of party and adventure! The super-friendly owners are from New Zealand and are always willing to have a beer and a chat with new travellers and give them advice on exploring Vietnam. As well as friendly staff… the modern design interior, great location in the centre of the city and lively hostel bar are more pluses! There are clean and spacious dorm rooms with bunk beds and if you’re wanting a bit of luxury, their private rooms with balconies are as good as any hotel. The view of city skyline from the rooftop bar is breathtaking, the breakfast free and atmosphere lively and there are bicycles available for hire too!
7. Vietnam Backpackers Hostel: The Original – From $5 US for dorm bed
For those who are looking for a good location and a chill environment, there is a lower key version of the famous Vietnam backpackers Hostel located near the grand St. Joseph’s Church in the Hoan Kiem District of Hanoi. “The Original” is the very first Vietnam Backpackers Hostel and one of the first true backpacker hostels in Hanoi! Its top features are great rooftop bar, a killer location, clean and comfortable dorm rooms and friendly staff. The atmosphere here is definitely quieter than at the Downtown branch, yet it’s still close enough to head over there and party if you fancy it. It’s also the cheaper of the two hostels. Best of both worlds!
8. Hanoi City Backpackers Hostel – From $5 for dorm bed
Besides spacious rooms and comfortable beds, a free beer and wine happy hour, friendly staff and a central location, what else does Hanoi City Backpackers Hostel offer its guests? Well, while the interior design of the hostel won’t blow you away, the location in the city centre makes up for it. Plus, the staff are friendly, the rooms are always clean and the atmosphere is warm. This is a popular hostel amongst couples travelling the country, as the budget double bed rooms get good reviews. The food is tasty, especially the breakfast, which is generous and varied. All in all – a decent budget choice.
9. Hanoi Massive Hostel – From $5 US for dorm bed
Hanoi Massive Hotel is centrally located in the Old Quarter amidst plenty of cheap street food restaurants and cheap massage parlours. You can explore the city on foot easily from here. While the hostel is not spectacular in terms of its interior design, the warm atmosphere and friendly. staff will ensure that your stay is comfortable. A filling free breakfast sets you up for the day and there is a hangout area in the reception with bar stools where guests can socialise and have a drink. The hostel also has a mini-supermarket and a fridge for guests to use. This is an old school backpacker hostel, so don’t expect a hipster vibe, yet it’s perfect for the budget traveller looking for a no-frills, cheap and cheerful stay.
10. Little Hanoi Hostel 2 – From $22 US for double room
Little Hanoi Hostel 2 is a traditionally decorated place, where both exterior and interior vibe emit Vietnamese style. This is a good option for couples or families travelling in Vietnam as they have very decent budget double, twin and triple rooms. Rooms start at just $22 US per night. The hostel is located in quiet area, across the street from Hoan Kiem Lake and near to the famous Water Puppet Theatre. Just like in previously mentioned sister hostel, guests can book tours and trips in Vietnam from here and the staff will help you with anything you need. “Simple and cosy” – as one guest said.
11. Hanoi City Hostel – From $16 US for double room
VOTED: Best Hostel in Hanoi for Couples!
Hanoi City Hostel is an absolute gem and great if you’re looking for a clean, stylish and comfortable double room for you and your beau, or just you and your pal. The location is right in the heart of the Old Quarter, near to street food, Bia Hoi junctions, markets and the train station. Free breakfast is included in teh price, as well as free towels. All rooms have massive beds and in every bathroom there is a bathtub, which is great for relaxation after a long day of exploring the city!
12. Asia Backpacker Hostel Hanoi – From $5 US for dorm bed
Asia Backpacker Hostel Hanoi is a great place to meet fellow travellers, especially because of the well equipped trendy bar stocked with every drink you can imagine. The hostel itself is not very roomy, being located in a very skinny building in the heart of the Old Quarter, but this just adds to the charm of the place. The owners have certainly done all they can to make the most of the space and there’s even a foosball table for guests to play. A basic but yummy breakfast is included in the price and staff are on hand all day to help you with anything you may need and to help you book onward travel and tours.
13. Chien Hostel – From $5 US for dorm bed
VOTED: Best Rooftop Bar!
The atmosphere at Chien Hostel is lively, great for meeting fellows travellers and enjoying a great view of St Joseph’s Cathedral from the rooftop bar! There is no better place in town to snap Instagram shots of the cathedral whilst cradling a cold beer. (There’s a free beer hour here too!) The breakfast is generous offering the chance to get a good fill before exploring Hanoi. The dorms are comfortable and clean with privacy curtains on each bed and there are large lockers for storing your backpack. For those who are looking for a quiet place though, this might not be the best option, as the music here can be loud until late.
14. Nexy Hostel – From $9 US for dorm bed
Nexy Hostel gets awesome reviews for many many reasons. Located in a classic old building, with architectural style typical for centre of the city, the hostel combines traditional Vietnamese style with modern technology and interior design. There’s a small, but stylish and comfortable terrace, a TV and games room with a pool table and a football table and a lively and fun café and a bar where it’s easy to meet fellow travellers (especially during happy hour!). Dorm rooms have large comfy beds with individual lockers, privacy curtains and each one has it’s own reading light and plug. A decent free breakfast is included in the price – you can even have Pho, which is the local’s number 1 choice of breakfast round here!
15. Cocoon Inn – From $8 US for dorm bed
The name ‘cocoon’ conjures up notions of comfort, cosiness and safety – and that’s exactly what is offered here to travellers who stay at Cocoon Inn. The dorm beds are like individual pods – with privacy curtain and individual plug, fan and reading light. One guest reckons that they are the most comfortable beds in the city! If you choose a private room here you are in for a treat as the rooms are spacious with large beds and private balconies. The hostel also has a rooftop bar and a cheerful bartender skilled at making tasty drinks! It’s a great place to hang out after a tiring day. All in all, the place is very modern and the atmosphere is a good combination of chilled and friendly. Breakfast is free and delicious, too.
16. Bedgasm Hostel – From $6 US for dorm bed
Bedgasm Hostel has to be one of the coolest hostels to stay at in Hanoi! The downstairs reception area has plenty of space to relax and even has an attached clothes shop selling all number of trendy items. The unique interior design, central location and cheap price make this hostel a big hit amongst travellers. This is not a party hostel, and while it is of course possible to meet fellow travellers here, the vibe is more private and peaceful than many of the other hostels in the city. Other than that, dorms are bright and comfy, bathrooms are modern and clean and the staff are always on hand to help you out.
17. Republik Backpackers – From $6 US for dorm bed
Republik Backpackers Hostel is located in the heart of the Old Quarter walking distance to all of Hanoi’s famous sites. Besides cheerful staff and nice decor, there are many awesome common areas, including a games room and a beautiful vintage rooftop lounge area with a view over the train railways! This is a great place to hang out with friends or meet new people. The newest innovation at Republik Backpackers is a comfy cinema room, great for chilling at night. Drinks in the bar are affordable, food tasty, coffee good and there is a free beer happy hour every day! Don’t miss the free walking tour from the hostel and be sure to take part in the weekly quiz, which can be a lot of fun!
18. See You At Lily’s Hostel – From $6 US for dorm bed
See you at Lily’s is a quirky and vibrant hostel located right in the centre of Hanoi. It a cheap and cheerful option for budget travellers. The reception and common areas are lively with colourful wall art and friendly staff and the dorm rooms are clean with privacy curtains on each of the dorm beds. The hostel is not so spacious and unlike some of the others on this list, there is no rooftop bar or common area. However, the staff (especially Snowy) are super friendly and willing to help you out with anything. Breakfast is also included.
19. Box Hotel – From $6 US for dorm bed
Box Hotel is a model, well designed place with wooden floors, beds and walls. Rooms and bathrooms are spotlessly clean. Each bed is almost its own capsule with a comfortable mattress, duvet and pillow. The hostel is not big, but it makes the most of its space with clean lines and bright lights to make up for the lack of windows. Located on Hang Buom, one of the most lively streets in the city, it’s a great place to stay if you want to be tucked up in safety in the heart of all of the action. Don’t expect parties and rooftop bars here, but if you want a no-frills budget stay with friendly staff, this could be for you.
20. Hanoi Brother Inn & Travel – From $22 for double room
Another great option for couples travelling to Hanoi, Hanoi Brother Inn & Travel offers excellent double rooms from just $22 US per night. While the interior design is a little old fashioned, the friendliness and value for money make up for it. The staff are really helpful and their English great, which makes booking tours and onward travel easy. The location is perfect, in the heart of Hoan Kiem District, the Old Quarter and there’s a delicious free and generous breakfast which you should definitely take advantage of. As well as free coffee all day!
21. Hanoi Rendezvous Hostel – From $25 for double room
Owned by friendly and helpful Aussie couple, Luke and Sarah, Hanoi Rendezvous Hostel is a home from home for backpackers to Hanoi. Located right in the heart of the Old Quarter, there are plenty of bars, shops, art galleries and cheap restaurants nearby and Hoan Kiem Lake is just a 5-minute stroll away. The hostel itself is modern and stylish with comfortable AC dorms, as well as private rooms with great balconies. You can also book tours and trips from the hostel and the 24-hour reception is a great plus for travellers arriving at all hours of the night. The free breakfast is decent with free bananas and coffee throughout the day!
22. Tomadachi House – From $8 US for dorm bed
Tomodachi House is a Japanese themed boutique hostel located on smack bang in the middle of Hanoi’s food street – therefore a great place for great for food lovers! All rooms are equipped with new furniture, have a key card access, secure lockers are nicely decorated in a unique and modern Japanese style. Dorm beds are comfortable and each guest gets free water, a towel and a mug for free green tea throughout the day! Located in the Old Quarter (like all of the other hostels on this list!) you are within walking distance of everything you need. Tomadachi in Japanese means “friends” and that’s what you are treated as here at Tomadachi House!
23. Hanoi Centre Hostel – From $5 US for dorm bed
Hanoi Centre Hostel is located, yep you guessed it… in the centre of Hanoi! As well as its excellent location, the hostel has friendly staff, clean rooms and bathrooms, a very good free breakfast of eggs, pancakes or fruit and the mandatory free beer happy hour at 5pm every day! The hostel is a good place to meet fellow travellers, but it’s not a party hostel is such – which means it’s a good choice for those travellers who want to socialise but also want to get a good sleep at night! Dorm beds have soft mattresses, privacy curtains, private fans, plugs and reading lights and aa complimentary towel for each guest. There’s even a mini gym at the back of the hostel for those backpackers who miss working out. For couples travelling together, there are also double ‘bunk beds’ which help to save on the cost of a private room though. Don’t forget to leave your mark and write your name on the wall in the corridor!
24. Halley Hostel – From $6 US for dorm bed
Halley Hostel is another great choice for backpackers on a budget wanting to meet other people, but not party 24/7. The hostel organise weekly events like free food tours (every Tuesday), Vietnamese movie nights (every Wednesday) and fun local dinners (every Sunday) which are a great opportunity to make new travel buddies. The hostel also has a great rooftop terrace where you can grab a beer and enjoy awesome views of the city. The decor of the hostel is pretty vintage with wooden beds and an old-fashioned charm. Private rooms are small but stylish and each dorm bed has its own privacy curtain and reading light. A generous free breakfast of bread, eggs, salad, fruit and jams, plus tea and coffee is a good start to the day. All in all a great budget choice for travellers in an excellent location in the middle of the Old Quarter.
25. Luxury Backpackers – From $8 US for dorm bed
Luxury Backpackers Hostel isn’t quite as swish as the name might suggest, but the staff here do their best! The dorms are clean and each bed is like it’s own cocoon with privacy curtain, plug socket, mini shelves and reading light, as well as personal lockers. Private rooms are great value for money and spacious with either double beds or triple beds, making it a good option for a backpacking family. Located near to St. Joseph’s Cathedral, just a five minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, the location is good and there are plenty of bars and cheap local eateries around. There’s also a good breakfast served every day from 7-9.30am with lots of choice to suit different tastes!
So there you have it, there are so many options for awesome and cheap hostels in Hanoi that a backpacker is spoilt for choice. What’s your favourite hostel in Hanoi?