Hanoi is a wild whirlwind of a city, packed full of friendly people, crumbling old streets, incredible street food – and millions of motorbikes!
Hanoi is a city of many parts, with a lot of accommodation for travellers based around the Old Quarter, but with so much choice available it can be very difficult sorting through all of them to find what’s right for you.
But we’ve done the hard work for you! We’ve sifted through its wide spectrum of hostel types and chosen the best hostels in Hanoi to suit different travellers needs.
Are you ready to explore the big, beautiful mix of the old and new that is Hanoi? Well firstly, let’s find you somewhere to stay…
The Best Hostels in Hanoi: Round-up
Best Overall Hostel in Hanoi – The Signature Inn Hanoi
Best Party Hostel in Hanoi – Vietnam Backpacker Hostels – Downtown
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Hanoi – Central Backpackers Hostel Original
Best Hostel near Hoan Kiem Lake – Chien Hostel
Best Hostel near Beer Corner – Old Quarter View Hanoi Hostel
Best Hostel near Noi Bai Airport – Hanoi Airport Hostel
Best Hostel near Hanoi Train Station – Hanoi Tomodachi House
Best High-end Hostel in Hanoi – Nexy Hostel
Best Budget Hostel in Hanoi – Ga Hostel
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Hanoi – Satori Hostel and Apartment
Quick Summary: The Best Hostels In Hanoi
The Signature Inn Hanoi
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25 Best Hostels in Hanoi
• Best Overall Hostel in Hanoi •
Why we like The Signature Inn Hanoi…
Located, as many of Hanoi’s hostels are, in the Old Quarter, this place is a great place to meet fellow travellers, which we love; it’s also one of the largest hostels in Hanoi, meaning the vibe is bustling and busy. As the best overall hostel in Hanoi it’s a good mix of good vibes, great decor and social spaces, solid location and lovely staff.
The Signature Inn Hanoi is perfect for…
If you’re looking for somewhere that’s just a great all-rounder of a Hanoi backpackers hostel – stylish, great atmosphere, friendly staff, good value-for-money extras – then The Signature Inn would be a great place for you to stay. The free breakfast is yummy and the free beer in the evening helps the social side of things get moving!
• Best Party Hostel in Hanoi •
Why we like Vietnam Backpacker Hostels – Downtown…
There’s no question of this Hanoi backpackers hostel and its party credentials: it’s big, its bar is legendary and it’s even won awards for the lively, backpacker-friendly atmosphere cultivated in its walls. Needless to say, it’s the best party hostel in Hanoi and we love this place for that reason!
Vietnam Backpacker Hostels – Downtown is perfect for…
Party-lovers! And backpackers! And most suited to this place would be backpackers who love to party. The bar here is known for being lively; the party scene is strong here every night; so if this youth hostel in Hanoi sounds like you, then book yourself a place, grab your favourite tropical fruit-print shirt and come on down.
• Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Hanoi •
Why we like Central Backpackers Hostel Original…
Super friendly staff, a great social atmosphere, cosy spaces to hang out and meet other travellers, an awesome free breakfast and even a free beer hour – yes, it must be the best hostel for solo travellers in Hanoi. Getting friendly with fellow backpackers and independent travellers on the road is easy to do here.
Central Backpackers Hostel Original is perfect for…
If you’re travelling by yourself and you want to stay somewhere that’s great for budget-conscious people like yourselves, plus that has an open, welcoming atmosphere (which is always good when you’re on your own), then this budget hostel in Hanoi would be a great option for you.
#4 – Chien Hostel
• Best Hostel near Hoan Kiem Lake •
Why we like Chien Hostel…
Being near the best hostel near Hoan Kiem Lake means interesting sights nearby; the water puppet theatre, parts of the Old Quarter and – by circumnavigating the lake itself – the French Quarter, too. We like that the lake is so near: going for a stroll near its pretty waters is a great way to spend an hour in the morning before Hanoi really heats up.
Chien Hostel is perfect for…
Besides its awesome location, this recommended hostel in Hanoi is great for meeting fellow travellers. The rooftop area is a great place to sit and socialise – and what’s more, it overlooks the beautiful St Joseph’s Cathedral. Those looking to make the most of their time in Hanoi will also love this place as the staff are helpful and full of recommendations for what to do next.
• Best Hostel near Beer Corner •
Why we like Old Quarter View Hanoi Hostel…
Beer Corner is like a fabled destination in Hanoi, but it really does exist and is definitely the place to go to mingle with a cocktail of locals and international travellers. Staying at the best hostel near Beer Corner means being able to get to this awesome place in just a few minutes’ walk, which we enjoy!
Old Quarter View Hanoi Hostel is perfect for…
It may be near Beer Corner, but this top hostel in Hanoi is also a great base for exploring the charming and bustling Old Quarter. Those looking for easily one of the very best hostels in Hanoi should also check this place out: the dorms are bright, clean, spacious and stylish, the staff are absolutely amazing and the vibe is extremely welcoming.
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#6 – Hanoi Airport Hostel
• Best Hostel near Noi Bai Airport •
Why we like Hanoi Airport Hostel…
When it comes to being conveniently placed for travelling to Hanoi’s airport, this recommended hostel in Hanoi is easily the best. Slightly out of the city, this place is located practically next to the airport itself, meaning those arriving (or departing) in the middle of the night will be able to have a rest for the night without any further travel hassle. Love it.
Hanoi Airport Hostel is perfect for…
If you’re looking for the best hostel near Noi Bai Airport this place is so near to the airport that you can simply roll from your flight to your dorm bed – or vice versa! This cuts out the stress of having to get a bus or taxi to your hostel, which may or may not be ‘open’ yet, meaning peace of mind and a restful sleep. The free breakfast is also great.
• Best Hostel near Hanoi Train Station •
Why we like Hanoi Tomodachi Hostel…
We like the quirky, Japanese-themed decor and interior design of this recommended hostel in Hanoi (tomodachi means ‘friends’ in Japanese). Everything’s very cute and neat, which makes a change for a Hanoi backpackers hostel. Also if you’re arriving on the train at an ungodly hour of the night, this place is easy to get to from the station – much appreciated!
Hanoi Tomodachi Hostel is perfect for…
It’s not just the proximity to it that makes this the best hostel near Hanoi train station; it’s also the fact that it’s a great hostel in itself. The unique decor and newness of the hostel makes for nice surroundings, the staff are friendly – and the free breakfast (as well as the WiFi) is just peachy.
#8 – Nexy Hostel
• Best High-end Hostel in Hanoi •
Why we like Nexy Hostel…
We love this cool hostel in Hanoi: polished concrete floors, industrial lighting, sleek, design-oriented furniture, and a rooftop with an awesome view. It’s easily the best high-end hostel in Hanoi – even if it doesn’t feature high-end prices to match, which frankly we can truly appreciate, being big fans of budgeteering as we are.
Nexy Hostel is perfect for
Looking for somewhere you can work? Not bar work, but laptop work? This is probably the best hostel for digital nomads in Hanoi, as well as being super stylish it features some nice, breezy places to work. Socialising is easy here too, with a bar-cafe, foosball, pool table and a TV room for hanging in.
#9 – Ga Hostel
• Best Budget Hostel in Hanoi •
Why we like Ga Hostel…
What with its free tours, free yoga classes, free breakfast, awesome location in the heart of the city’s Old Quarter, common room complete with internet TV, this place takes value for money to another level, easily positioning itself as the best budget hostel in Hanoi. Couple this with amazingly helpful staff for a lovely bonus.
Ga Hostel is perfect for…
Although many hostels in Hanoi are quite cheap, this budget hostel in Hanoi just features a lot of nice extras (plus a very local location) making it extra-good for those on a tight budget. If you’re looking to get the most out of your hostel, then Ga Hostel is definitely place is for you.
• Best Hostel with a Private Room in Hanoi •
Why we like Satori Hostel and Apartment…
Well placed both near the Old Quarter and just a couple of streets from Hoan Kiem Lake, this top hostel in Hanoi prides itself on the surrounding area, known for being a little more expensive than others. It’s this that possibly that gives it a cutting-edge design focus that we really enjoy. Oh, and the private rooms are immense.
Satori Hostel and Apartment is perfect for…
Those looking to stay in their own room at a Hanoi backpackers hostel should definitely take a look at Satori. Being the best hostel with a private room in Hanoi, the decor and tasteful design going on in this private rooms – complete with views of the bustling city itself – make this an especially great hostel for couples in Hanoi.
More Best Hostels in Hanoi
Why we like 7 Fridays Westlake Hostel…
We love this top hostel in Hanoi for its pool, we have to be honest. It’s a great way to cool off when the tropical, humid heat of the city gets a bit too much. We also like its location: it’s not essential to stay in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and this hostel – near the vast West Lake – offers a different take on Hanoi.
7 Fridays Westlake Hostel is perfect for…
Prefer a good hostel to a central location? Or could you do without the constant noise and almost-madness that is the Old Quarter? Do you like a hostel with a pool? If any of these questions have you nodding away, then we’d definitely suggest you stay at this awesome youth hostel in Hanoi.
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#12 – Jozi Hostel
Why we like Jozi Hostel…
Chilled, comfortable and with friendly staff, this is a Hanoi backpackers hostel with a difference: it’s only open for those 30+ years-old. Whilst that’s unusual, we definitely appreciate Jozi Home is going for here – which is providing an alternative to the quite youthful vibe of many of the city’s hostels.
Jozi Hostel is perfect for…
Are you 30-years-old or above? Does the sound of a youth hostel in Hanoi fill you with dread? Maybe you’re past partying every night, maybe you just want a more chilled experience; and that’s what you’ll get at Jozi Home. Coupled with a more quiet location than other hostels, this is a place for older backpackers to make friends without having to do so at a loud bar.
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#13 – Hanoi Centre Hostel
Why we like Hanoi Centre Hostel…
We like the bright, clean dorm rooms at this top hostel in Hanoi. We also like the delicious free breakfast; there’s a lot of choice! We very much like the free beer every evening from 6:30pm (until the keg is finished).Overall we like the homely, welcoming feel of this Hanoi backpackers hostel.
Hanoi Centre Hostel is perfect for…
If what you’re looking for is somewhere that’s really among the all-round best hostels of Hanoi, then this place is certainly worth your time. In addition this Hanoi backpackers hostel is perfectly positioned for exploring the intricate streets, endless eateries and daily interesting sights of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
#14 – Cocoon Inn
Why we like Cocoon Inn…
Quality. That’s what we truly love the most about Coccoon Inn. The dorms are modern, stylish and supremely well designed: each spacious bunk comes complete with plug sockets, privacy curtains, a very comfy mattress, plus its own fan for extra cooling-down capability. The staff are amazing and the bar is great for meeting people, too.
Cocoon Inn is perfect for…
Flashpackers! Yes, this is probably the best hostel for flashpackers going. If you’re not interested in staying in a ‘traditional’ Hanoi hostel, then staying somewhere that really ups the bar in terms of quality is something you’ll definitely be interested in. Coccoon Inn represents the finer things when it comes to a hostel experience, so if that sounds like you this will definitely be your thing.
#15 – Bedgasm Hostel
Why we like Bedgasm Hostel…
Bedgasm Hostel is one of the coolest hostels in Hanoi and that’s definitely what we like about it the most. The quality of the interior design here, the style of it, the little decorative touches, the sleek wooden design cocktail – all of it adds up to one cool place to stay, that’s for sure.
Bedgasm Hostel is perfect for…
Hipsters. That’s right. If you’re all about somewhere cool to stay, then Bedgasm is for you. This Hanoi backpackers hostel could easily be from the pages of an upmarket travel or design magazine. If this sounds like your sort of place, then we’re thankful to have been able to help you out!
Why we like Republik Backpackers Hostel…
Another one of the coolest hostels in Hanoi, Republik Backpackers has definitely got a lot of style and that’s what we love about it. We also like the free walking tours and the awesome bar area. The food they serve up includes delicious pizzas and tasty burgers, which are great for when you’ve seen too much pho for one day.
Republik Backpackers Hostel is perfect for…
Looking for a lively hostel that isn’t necessarily all about partying? Then Republik is probably a good choice for you; there’s a great atmosphere in the bar that’s very conducive to having a good time and getting to know your fellow travellers. Its large size also suits those looking for a more hotel-esque environment – with hostel prices.
#17 – Luxury Backpackers
Why we like Luxury Backpackers…
This cool hostel in Hanoi has the word ‘Luxury’ in its name for a good reason: the spacious private rooms here feature white-painted brick walls, hard wood floors, stylish en-suite toilets, TVs and a general simple, minimalist style that we cannot help but utterly adore. The beds are also very comfy, which we like, too.
Luxury Backpackers is perfect for…
This place is perfect for a couple. Those travelling on a backpacking budget but also as a couple will really enjoy the affordable private double room at Luxury Backpackers. On top of that, the extremely helpful and friendly staff make you feel very welcome – that, and the free breakfast is very tasty!
#18 – Hanoi Hostel
Why we like Hanoi Hostel…
We like that this recommended hostel in Hanoi has some great credentials: it’s a long-standing hostel that’s been accommodating backpackers for years, so much so that it’s also a member of Hostelling International. We also like that its well located in a quiet part off the Old Quarter, because sometimes the noise is too much!
Hanoi Hostel is perfect for…
If you’re looking for a good quality youth hostel in Hanoi that doesn’t try to be too cool or too much like a hotel, one that’s got a warm and welcoming atmosphere, then Hanoi Hostel is the place for you. Value for money fans will enjoy the free breakfast, free all-day tea and coffee – and the free beer!
Why we like Hay Hostel Hanoi Old Quarter…
Comfy beds, amazing staff who can recommend what to do and (more importantly) where to eat, a delicious all-you-can-eat free breakfast, cheap airport taxi service, personal fans in each dorm bunk, great Old Quarter location… What’s not to like about this top hostel in Hanoi? Not very much, to be honest.
Hay Hostel Hanoi Old Quarter is perfect for…
Flashpackers. Yes, you’ll certainly like this place. It’s stylish, which is important; and it’s set away from the craziness of the loud party areas of the Old Quarter, which is something that flashpackers don’t need to be actually staying in. However, everything’s near enough that it can be comfortably walked – well, ish – it’s hot!
Editor’s Note – if you are going to stay in Ho Chi Minh, you should check out our article about the awesome hostels in Ho Chi Minh.
Why we like Hanoi Brother Inn and Travel…
We loved the private rooms at Hanoi Brother Inn – they’re modern, spacious, offer a nice sense of seclusion, but most of all the staff are very attentive in making sure they’re cleaned and refreshed every day, which makes for a hotel experience at the price of a budget hostel in Hanoi.
Hanoi Brother Inn and Travel is perfect for…
Couples! Of course. With the great location meaning you can both get out and enjoy what Hanoi has to offer, back at the hostel the private rooms are one of the best things about this place, meaning you can have a couples getaway at a very wallet-friendly rate. The staff also make you feel very welcome indeed.
#21 – Daisy Hostel
Why we like Daisy Hostel…
We love that this cosy little Hanoi backpackers hostel is located not in but just outside the Old Quarter, making it a great place to retreat to from all the noise and mayhem. So it’s not a party hostel, but it is definitely a good place to stay if you’re interested in meeting people and having a friendly chat.
Daisy Hostel is perfect for…
Want to make friends? Want to feel welcome? Then the extremely friendly staff and the great, welcoming atmosphere of this recommended hostel in Hanoi will really suit you. If you’re not really interested in partying, but would rather meet some nice fellow travellers, Daisy Hostel is the place.
#22 – V Hostel
Why we like V Hostel…
When it comes to cool hostels in Hanoi this place does it in such a cute and cosy way that it makes it really difficult to not like. In fact, we love the clean, modern style here – it’s a great place to hang out in. We also can’t fault the staff, who are very helpful.
V Hostel is perfect for…
If you’re looking for somewhere that’s cool, but not too cool, somewhere that’s really near Beer Corner, but not too near, then staying at V Hostel might be your thing. It’s also lovely little hostel that would definitely suit a solo traveller – especially one who’s never been to Hanoi before – no doubt about it.
#23 – Hanoi Old Quarter Hostel
Why we like Hanoi Old Quarter Hostel…
What we love the most about Hanoi Old Quarter Hostel are its awesome private rooms; these are quite easily hotel quality. In fact, the whole hostel has the quality of a three- or four-star hotel: the decor, the staff, the food, all of it is just unbelievably good for a budget hostel in Hanoi!
Hanoi Old Quarter Hostel is perfect for…
If you’ve had enough of staying in hostels for a while and would like to stay somewhere that has the vibe of a very good quality hotel, then you’d do well to stay at this top hostel in Hanoi. It may not be the coolest hostel in Hanoi, but it would suit anyone looking for a slice of luxury seclusion – anyone from couples to digital nomads.
#24 – Babylon Garden Inn
Why we like Babylon Garden Inn…
We love how lavish this place feels. With its neoclassical touches – like Roman-esque columns, murals of ancient Greek characters, an indoor Roman Bath-esque swimming pool and a polished marble-style bar downstairs – it’s a cool hostel in Hanoi that gives others a run for their money in terms of no-holds-barred luxury feel. All this whilst still operating like a Hanoi backpackers hostel!
Babylon Garden Inn is perfect for…
If you’re interested in staying somewhere that looks as unique as this, but that also retains a fun hostel atmosphere, then Babylon Garden Inn is waiting for you! With themed dress-up nights, happy hours, beer pong, a ‘beer buffet’ and other things, this place is ideal for quirky, fun-loving travellers.
Why we like Central Backpackers Hostel Old Quarter…
We love the fun-loving atmosphere at this Hanoi backpackers hostel. This is mainly helped by the rooftop pub, which is a great place to drink, make merry and meet fellow travellers staying at the hostel. The parties go strong until 11pm – which is when you go out to the Old Quarter to look for more fun!
Central Backpackers Hostel Old Quarter is perfect for…
Backpacking party people! That’s who would enjoy this hostel the most, we think. You’ll love the pub on the roof – combining awesome views with affordable drinks and good company is always a good idea. The free pub crawls are great, as are the free walking tours at 10am.
And that’s it! Our round-up of the best hostels in Hanoi to make it easy for you to plan your trip. There are so many cool hostels housed in amazing old buildings and with really welcoming staff!
Now you will be able to stay in the best type of hostel to fit your travel needs – and keep to your budget, too.
The hostels are all so well looked after and the young staff want their guests to have the best time, plus with the vibrant city streets just on your doorstep, you really are bound to have the best time ever!
And, if you are finding it had to make your mind up, you can just pick The Signature Inn, our best overall hostel in Hanoi. We’re jealous of all the pho and Vietnamese coffee you get to eat and drink!
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