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Hoan Kiem Downtown Backpackers Hostel

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Exeter, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We had booked into Backpackers Downtown from the UK and we were really pleased we did. As young minded 49-50 year olds, we wanted a place with a buzz. You certainly get that here! We were due to go onto Halong Bay but it was cancelled due to a typhoon. The hostel threw a big Typhoon Party to commiserate (we...

Thank Wannasurfwell
Goiania, GO
Reviewed 5 December 2015

That was just the worst hostel I have ever been in my whole life. there was no window in my room the room smells musty It is dirty the staff barely speaks English they confiscate your passport the shower is cold sometimes there is no electricity

1Thank 124brenda
Reviewed 13 November 2015 via mobile

Reception was small and cluttered. No lighting on stairs. Dinning room was one table under stairs with 6 chairs.Our bedding was stained, we had a single quilt cover for two of us, the towels were thread bare.The bathroom smelled constantly of urine,the shower tap was on the sink and took up most of the sink surface. The toilet seat fell...

1Thank Della S
Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
Reviewed 24 September 2015

The only remotely good thing about this hideous place was the location, which is in the center of the Old Quarter. I put my laptop on the shelf and a giant cockroach scuttled away. The entire place is dirty, dark and smells bad. I would not recommend anyone stay here. For a couple of extra dollars you can get far...

Thank John S
Flores, Guatemala
Reviewed 19 June 2015

We stayed in Hanoi for a month and spent our last night here to be closer to our bus pick up. Worst choice ever. Their name is very similar to the better hostel nearby, so I confused them. The staff was nice when I went to check if they had a room, the room looked decent at first. BUT after...

Thank flores-gua
Everett, Washington
Reviewed 5 April 2015 via mobile

I booked a 2-night stay at Hanoi Riverside Inn hotel (address: 9 Hang Mam)... I checked in at 7pm. the manager explained that there was a problem with the air conditioning (broken?!) so he sent me over to his "other hotel" which is a dilapidated, old, dirty Hoan Kiem downtown hostel/GECKO restaurant a few blocks away... (tip: THIS IS A...

Thank fjeorgee
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 March 2015 via mobile

When we first turned up we was slightly disconcerted by the fact that downstairs was a cafe that has nothing to do with the hostel. However it wasn't the first place that we've stayed in that has been like this, so we decided to stay anyway considering that we had already paid via agoda ( our mistake for paying up...

Thank Jamie H
Reviewed 17 February 2015 via mobile

We came to this hotel and regret it. A lot. At first the staff was friendly and helpful. After sitting in our room for a few hours, we could hear rats walking in the 'ceiling'. The room had a big black hole behind a painting and in the floor. We checked out: we had to pay for a full night...

Thank Jiskatravels
Reviewed 22 December 2014 via mobile

I booked a night for 6 days from then after seeing a room i liked. and when we showed up 6 days later they told us that actually this hotel is full so our room is in a different hotel. We had to walk there and were shown 2 rooms both equally disgusting and terrible. When we decided not to...

2Thank Yishai E
Reviewed 2 September 2014 via mobile

Hotel was a big disappointment for us. We stayed 3 nights - the last night we could hear a rat scurrying around the room. Also it says breakfast is included however this is a scam. Rather than eat in the 'Gecko' restaurant, which is nice, for the 'free' breakfast you were sent to a small table on the roof and...

2Thank Sam G

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Our executive location, right in the heart of Hanoi . It is splendidly located on one of the renowned 36 ancient streets, within walking distance to all the main attractions as restaurants, bars, shopping & business centers, sight seeing venues & entertainment. The hotel offers the best convenience to explore the beauty of boutique Hanoi . The hostel is perfectly located to explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hoan Kiem Downtown Backpackers Hostel

Address: 85 Hang Bac, | Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam (Formerly Adam Hotel)
Region: Vietnam > Hanoi
Number of rooms: 20
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“Don't book a room...go to other hostel”
 of 5 bubbles 124brenda, 5 Dec 2015 | Read review
“Do not grace this establishment. That is my advice.”
 of 5 bubbles pokhara623, 24 Sep 2015 | Read review
“The wifi is pirated from the others hostels.”
 of 5 bubbles romainsp, 18 Jul 2014 | Read review
“Strongly advise....do not stay here.”
 of 5 bubbles KiwiinOz2014, 3 Jul 2014 | Read review
“Make your life easier and go to another hotel”
 of 5 bubbles dobrink, 11 Jun 2014 | Read review
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