Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 4.50€ up to 10€ per night. You see, Hanoi hostels are really cheap. This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Location: Everybody is looking for hostels in Hanoi Old Quarter. This is the most famous part of the city. The bustling city center is quite active, especially at night. We recommend to stay on the edge of the Old Quarter instead of directly in it. It will be much more comfortable to get a good night sleep.
Quality of hostels: the quality of hostels in Hanoi differs; a lot! You can stay in really bad hostels for 3-5€, or choose an epic one for 10€ per night. It is a totally different experience, no kidding. As a rule of thumb, we would recommend you never choosing the cheapest hostels in Hanoi and Vietnam.
The hostels that offers lowest prices do not include anything else except cockroaches and dirty linen. We actually experiences this first-hand. Better invest 1-2€ per night and your experience will be a much better one.
Scams: In Vietnam and Hanoi you will have the typical taxi-driver scam: Your hotel is full/ closed/ doesn’t exist. Do not fall for it. It is a common traveler scam to bring you to a different hostel or hotel and charge you more; plus the cab driver gets a cut from your payment. Do not fall for it!
Communist Country: Vietnam is yet a communist country. Bear this in mind. Remain respectful.
Visa: For entering Vietnam, you will need a visa. Check the Visa Section in this guide.
Fun things to do Vietnam: We wrote a big guide on “best things to do in Vietnam“. If you start your adventure in Hanoi, read this guide – thank us later, it is packed with epic stuff!
This is the #1 hip, cool and quality hostel in Hanoi. The best backpacker hostel Hanoi has to offer!
Located right at the edge of the Old Quarter Hanoi, NEXY Hostel is the only 5 Star Hostel in town.
The design of this hostel emphasises Vietnamese charm with contemporary design.
It’s vibrant, cool and friendly; a perfect place for the sociable traveller.
And again, the location is perfect. You will be in the Old Quarter in 100 meter, but stay away at night from all the noise. This way you can have a drink in the busy Old Quarter, and literally walk away from it to sleep at NEXY Hostel.
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. And certainly there is cheaper hostels than the ones we listed here.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out in Hanoi and Vietnam in general.
The difference is usually as little as 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Although, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city center costs you more in transport.
Good to know: The difference in quality for 1€-2€ more (or less) is actually insane. Paying 1€ less per night in a cheap, dodgy place could easy come with cockroaches and unclean sheets etc.
No kidding! We experienced this first hand. The 1€ more per night goes a loooooong way!
Rule of Thumb: Never go with the cheapest hostels in South East Asia. Always pay a tiny bit more, and you won’t have any issues with bed bugs or anything.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places to stay in Hanoi.
Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Hanoi
Order the listing by price
Simple as that. Remember to filter by ratings and read the reviews. Best way to do that is to check the “extreme comments”, meaning the best and worst reviews. This gives you a pretty good idea what to expect.
More Hanoi Hostels worth a mention
There are many backpacker hostels downtown and not all is worth your money and effort. Let’s help you out.
Enjoy your stay in a hostel with your partner with their double bed dorm room. There’s no need to spend extra cash in a private room because you and your partner can fit together in this bed.
The hostel is always clean and staffs are friendly and warm.
24-hour front desk
Location: Set in the Hanoi’s Old Quarter Area, Hanoi Centre Hostel offers accommodation in Hoan Kiem District, 400 m from St. Joseph Cathedral. Hoan Kiem Lake is 700 m from Hanoi Centre Hostel, while Vietnam Fine Arts Museum is 1 km from the property. Noi Bai International Airport is 21 km away.
Chien Hostel is very close to Hoan Kiem lake and Red River so you can enjoy the relaxing beauty of nature.
Every bed had fan and small locker in addition to a big locker in the room.
If you want to dine in their restaurants, don’t worry because they will give you discounts.
24-hour front desk
Location: Chien Hostel is 21 km away from Noi Bai International Airport. You can visit Hoan Kiem lake and Red river in walking distance. Around 0.6 mi from Trang Tien Plaza, the property is also next to St. Joseph Cathedral.
Need a visa to Vietnam? Yes, you most likely do. Yet, this is always changing. Seriously! In 3 years it changed now 3-4 times. So better be up to date.
Read our full review on iVisa, the shortcut for your visa around the world.
We got our visa with iVisa, it was super fast and cheap. Certainly much cheaper than other travellers we met. Unfortunately this German guy did not tell us his online company he got the visa from, but he paid 80€ while we paid 25€.
Map of Hanoi Hostels + TOP Sights
It’s time to discover our handy map! All of the hostel location are pinpointed along with these top sights:
Hoan Kiem Lake (West Lake)
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Thang Long Imperial Citadel
One Pillar Pagoda
Hoa Lo Prison Memorial
Dong Xuan Market
St Joseph’s Cathedral
We highlighted the Old Town Hanoi in light Orange in the map.
Looking for fun things to do whilst you’re in Hanoi?
Like in any other hostels, it is considered safe if they have legal permits to operate. So, you should be very careful on this.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Hanoi. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.