Fitting a cavernous hostel into a small Old Quarter street is quite a feat. And the facilities here are so wonderful, you might have trouble actually stepping out on to the streets of Hanoi. Streetside is the popular chill-out lounge, bar, and restaurant. Upstairs, there's more lounging on offer with a computer zone, pool table, bar football, sun terrace, beanbags and book exchange. There's a roster of activities, too – free morning walking tours, Wednesday pub quizzes, Sunday barbecues, parties, sport screenings and a nightly organised bar crawl. And if you want to sleep, there are a handful of private rooms but mostly dorms complete with huge lockers, thoughtfully placed individual electricity sockets above your pillow, and little bed lamps. And eggs on toast for breakfast.
•+84 4 3935 1890, dorms from $4.70, doubles from $31 B&B