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1. Posted by itchyfeet2 (Budding Member 58 posts) 8y

Do you have any good recom's for guesthouse in Hanoi? Smething within the $5-$10 bracket - clean, safe ... ???\

thankS!!!

2. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

Hi, we stayed at the Tung Trang hotel 13 Tam Thuong Street, it was a gorgeous room, we negotiated one with a balcony for $12 including air con, bathroom with hot water, fridge and cable tv. The staff were very friendly, there was free wi-fi but not sure if the internet access on the computers in the lobby was free though.

3. Posted by tom77 (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Hanoi Backpackers is a fantastic hostel. I couldn't recomend it enough. www.hanoibackpackershotel.com .

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Quoting tom77

Hanoi Backpackers is a fantastic hostel. I couldn't recomend it enough. www.hanoibackpackershotel.com .

I looked at this hostel, but voted no. They were charging $7 for a dorm bed and I was paying $6 for my own room with bath/TV. A no brainer for me. There is a good atmosphere at the hostel, many to drink/socialize with, but I want my own room when it comes time to sleep. I stayed at two, neither one out of the ordinary, but OK. Wing Hotel on Hang Non was $7/nite. Was OK for food and tours as well. The Real Darling Cafe on Pho Hang Quat was $6/nite. Cafe is OK, tours cheaper than most, good staff. 5 minute walk to Hoan Kiem Lake from both of them. There is so much to see in the old quarter that it is the best area in HaNoi to stay, IMO.

5. Posted by itchyfeet2 (Budding Member 58 posts) 8y

I tried the hostel but full so might give the real darling a shot .... arrive tmorow in Vietnam for first time - am on my own too so wanted to have some accom pre-arranged.

Cheers for the wisdom!

6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Quoting itchyfeet2

I tried the hostel but full so might give the real darling a shot .... arrive tmorow in Vietnam for first time - am on my own too so wanted to have some accom pre-arranged.
Cheers for the wisdom!

Linzi,
Give me shout when you have time. I like to hear how you are finding HaNoi.

7. Posted by Seany (Respected Member 268 posts) 8y

One place I recomend NOT to go is the Hanoi Spirit Hotel. The dorm is filthy, there are rats, the cleaners (if you would call them that) steal from your belongings and the staff will try and overcharge you for a bottle of water because you have come back late and think your dunk. Mind you for $3 a night when your very close to having no money left you have a option!
But somehow its quite fun there....strange!

Beware

Seany

8. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Quoting seany

One place I recomend NOT to go is the Hanoi Spirit Hotel. The dorm is filthy, there are rats, the cleaners (if you would call them that) steal from your belongings and the staff will try and overcharge you for a bottle of water because you have come back late and think your dunk. Mind you for $3 a night when your very close to having no money left you have a option!
But somehow its quite fun there....strange! Beware
Seany

Sean,
I took a look at 'tripadvisors' and read some of the comments by previous guests. All were negative and nobody recommended it to future visitors to HaNoi. Perhaps your comments saved a few TP members from a bad experience while in HaNoi.

Now a few comments about why it was 'quite fun' staying at HaNoi Spirit House. I have found once back home, many of the annoying or 'bad' experiences while travelling become those that you remember the best. I got into a heated argument over price/quality with a tailor in Hoi An. Now it is a funny story, was not funny while standing in his shop. I had a nightmare bus trip between HCMC & Phnom Penh in 2000. Bad road, bad bus, breakdowns, brutally hot. We ended up hitching a ride with a gravel truck to get into PP before 10:00pm. The kids that stayed with the broken bus got back to PP at 4:00am. Now it is great 'bad bus' story. It certainly wasn't a fun day then.

I think the old adage: 'What doesn't kill me makes me stronger' is correct. Once home safe & sound, these experiences become funny or at least memorable. One of the reasons we all travel whenever we can. My 2 cents.

9. Posted by itchyfeet2 (Budding Member 58 posts) 8y

Hanoi is crazy.. Happy New year!
Its cold .... some people havnt been entirley friendly - some really have been nice ...

we were refused street food - the lady wldnt make eye contact and refused to serve us ...
last night - new years eve - we sat on a mat on the grass with 500,000 other people for the fireworks display - a local woman came over and ushered us off the mats to let other locals sit down ... (NICE)!

saying that - we've had friendly locals chatting to us - geat guesthouse owner who shared beer & wine last night... cldnt have been nicer ...

i guess they cancel each other out ...

the city itself reminds me of Prague... Amsterdam .... its strange... in a nice way!!!!

10. Posted by Seany (Respected Member 268 posts) 8y

I think it was quite fun at the Hanoi spirit hotel for all the wrong reasons!
Being that it kept you on your toes! Waking up to find our cleaners extremley quietly having a browse through our bags while we where all asleep! The cheek of it! And only to disover them doing it because a rat ran over my head to awake me!! It was a rat, as we found in the morning somones bag ripped apart to feast on a bag of nuts bought earlier from the market. The buggers ate them all! That was a bad night to find the my £'s a bit lighter which was my train fair when I got home to London. The whole dorm awoke for a big argument! I wasnt funny at the time, but I agree looking back at it, and thinking of it makes me laugh.

Sean