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North Hostel No. 2
Ranked #87 of 436 Speciality Lodging in Hanoi
Reviewed 18 June 2015

Well you get exactly what you pay for here, there was a comfy double bed, wifi, air con and a private bathroom with a temperature setting on the shower no it was clean.
The TV didn't work it that didn't matter to us, and unfortunately while we were there there was a power cut and the electricity was down for most of the day and the. The wifi was t working one night but it was no issue, not the fault of the hotels.
The staff were very friendly and the air con worked in the room. If we returned to Hanoi we would stay there.

Room Tip: Double room with air con was cheap and ideal.
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  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 June 2015

I stayed here on May 2015 with my brother. The person who can speak English is the man who manage the receptionist. The girl who stand by seems so quiet and we don't bother her to asked anything. The man is the only one we rely on to asked about places around, but he seems not always there. He is so nice and helpful.

The room is fine. It is so comfort even though it is small. They have good free wifi and hot shower. The stairs is steep so you need to be careful when you bring luggage. The TV station has a lot of channel. The wall seems thin because I can hear people next to my room talking.

The hotel is located in small alley named Tam Thuong in Hang Bong Street. The place is central. Just need to walk to reach Hoan Kiem Lake, St Joseph Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. There is mini market on Hang Bong Street so it close to this Hostel.

They locked the gate at night so it seems not suitable for people who like to hang out at night. We check out at 5 AM and need to wake up the girl to open the gate.

Room Tip: At night, they locked the gate so it is not suitable for people who like to hang out at night
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  • Stayed: May 2015, travelled with family
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Thank Geraldine T
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Reviewed 5 March 2015 via mobile

Good for travellers on a very tight budget, however if you can afford to spend abit more go to the backpackers area as this hotel is located about a 20 min walk from where all the action is. Room was small and smelt like sewers but the beds were very comfy and clean. Shower was powerful too which is a bonus in Asia. They also shut the shutters and lock up at 12 midnight so not ideal if you are wanting to have a few drinks and a night out in the busy city as you will struggle to get back inside. Boyfriend was banging and ringing the bell for a good 10 minutes. After 10 minutes a lady come down, tried to unlock the shutters with her keys but failed so gave up and walked away leaving us stood outside until we carried on making a huge scene and a lot of noise again for her to let us in. Only 1 person speaks English on the front desk and we seen him once, the other 2 ladies ignore or shrug at you if you ask them a question or need anything. Also the walls are tracing paper thin. I could hear the person next door heavy breathing in his sleep all night long. I'm presuming his bed was right next to ours. Not the best nor worse place to stay.

Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
Thank mshim1234
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Reviewed 6 January 2015 via mobile

I am a 24 year old female travelling with my partner, and by no means do we have high standards when it comes to accommodation. On a very tight budget, we booked this room for $12 per night for two nights. Our first mistake was booking two nights. When we were shown the room, it absolutely reeked of sewage, but we were too polite to say anything as the staff seemed really nice (and we reminded ourselves that we'd only paid $12). However, no matter how many incense sticks we burnt, and no matter how long we keep the windows open, the smell didn't shift. On top of that, the room was dirty and the sheets stained (although they did smell clean), and the stay was pretty rough. We ended up getting hideously drunk and forgetting about the squalor we were living in (it was New Years, after all!), since we'd already paid for the room for two nights up front. I wouldn't recommend this place unless you're seriously not bothered about even basic hygiene and getting a decent sleep!
The sad thing here is that the hotel has so much potential! The room we had was huge, with beautiful furniture and a balcony, but the housekeeping and plumbing were far below standard, even in South East Asia!

Stayed: January 2015
Thank Eliese d
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Reviewed 15 September 2014

Chose this hotel because it was so cheap! Unfortunately you get what you pay for. It seems to be under some sort of construction. When we arrived no one was there except some man doing construction who told us no one was there. As we turned to leave a woman ran up and asked if we wanted to see the room. It's not uncommon for the owners to be hanging out at the shop next door, so we said okay. The rooms are nice, the beds are soft, there is a fan... However the AC doesn't work very well and is only set to whatever they made it (in my case it was 24). They also boast hot water and there is definitely not any! The phone didn't work either. Their website also indicates they have a tour desk available to help during your stay, nope. That is the area under construction and apparently no one is ever there. We went down many times to ask about a variety of things and no one was ever there. This also means that their 24hr reception is a lie. They say they have free cups of lemon juice or tea/coffee are provided for thirsty guests. Since no one is there to provide them that's untrue as well.

Long story short; If you want to get a room and then never have contact with the hotel owners again - even if you need something like the AC adjusted or help with tours/city maps, then this is an alright place to stay. If you enjoy speaking to and getting advice from your hotel staff or getting help when needed then you should stay elsewhere.

Room Tip: Get as far away from the bottom floor as possible as there is banging and lots of noise from the con...
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  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Sara M
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Additional Information about North Hostel No. 2

Address: 5B Tam Thuong Street | Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Region: Vietnam > Hanoi
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #87 of 436 Speciality Lodging in Hanoi
Price Range: €8 - €11 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — North Hostel No. 2 1*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
North Hostel N.2 is located in Hanoi Old Quarter, 500 meters from Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. It offers complimentary tea and WiFi access Free of Charge. Each room features air conditioning, a wardrobe, cable TV and a minibar. The en suite bathroom offers shower facilities. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with airport shuttle, laundry, ironing and luggage storage services. Currency exchange and fax/photocopying services are also available. The hostel is 300 meters from St. Joseph Cathedral and within 1 km of attractions such as Weekend Night Market, Dong Xuan Market, Thang Long Water Puppet Theater and Ba Dinh Square. Noi Bai International Airport is 21 km away. Great Location, Service and Stay! ... more   less 
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