Hotel Name: Hoan Kiem Hostel
Address: 9 Hai Tuong Lane, Ta Hien Street, Hoan Kiem, Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam
The Hoan Kiem Hostel is not far from the lake and it is next the the backpacker beer street which is a big pedestrian area at night. The guesthouse/hostel is in a little alley off Ta Hien Street.
I got a friendly welcome at the reception, and downstairs they have information about travel in and around Hanoi.
I got a double room with private bathroom. I had a window which looked out into a narrow alley, which I didn’t mind – as long as there is a window.
My bed was soft but is was saggy in places, so I felt like I was sleeping on a hilly incline.
The room was spacious and I had a good internet reception in my room. There was a feint smell of something not quite right in the room though, and the sheets also smelled of fake fabric freshener which was annoying.
The bathroom was in a bad state. There was a smell which I couldn’t work out where it was coming from. Initially I thought is was from the drain, but then I realised that half of the floor tiles were loose so water was getting in under the tiles. Who knows what things were going on there. That alone was a turn off for going to the bathroom.
Overall this place is only ok if you are a budget backpacker looking for a cheap room. The guesthouse is now at a point that they need a renovation and I wouldn’t recommend staying here.
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