Located on Vietnams’ central coast, Hoi An is a fascinating town and a mandatory stop-off for those backpacking the country.

Hoi An features a historical center cut through with canals, colonial architecture, Chinese style wooden shop houses and of course its attractive coastline.

For many backpackers, Hoi An is a defining place in terms of offering up a taste of authentic Vietnamese culture, delicious food, and a treasure trove of religious and historical gems; Hoi An is pretty darn cool!

That is exactly why I wrote this guide to the best hostels in Hoi An for 2021!

Hoi An is a real treat for backpackers traveling through Vietnam. It might just be the best place in the whole country to get a custom suit made!

Hoi An is such an awesome place in fact that to really round off your experience here, a great hostel is a must (obviously!)

I want you to have the best possible experience backpacking Hoi An.

Whether you are looking to snag a private room with your partner, a sleep cheap, or the best party hostel in Hoi An, my no-stress guide to the best hostels in Hoi An has got you covered.

By the end of this hostel guide you will be able to book your hostel with confidence knowing we found all the best spots in town…

Le’t jump right in…

Quick Answer: The Best Hostels in Hoi An

Best Hostels in Hoi An
This is my epic insider guide to the best hostels in Hoi An…

The 15 Best Hostels in Hoi An

Hoi An – the gorgeous coastal city in Vietnam’s central region. The city is a perfect reflection of the clash of culture and history of Vietnam, and as such remains a massive draw for tourists visiting the country. With so many people visiting every year, there are heaps of cool places to stay in Hoi An.

Except, we’re not talking about any old place to stay… We’re talking about the hostels in Hoi An: the best hostels!

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    Overall Best Hostel in Hoi An – Tribee Cotu

    Tribee Cotu best hostels in Hoi An
    Tribee Cotu is one of several properties in Hoi An with the same owners. WHat ever they are doing, they do a damn good job: Tribee Cotu is the best hostel in Hoi An.
    • $$
    • Bar
    • Free Breakfast
    • Air Conditioning

    The Tribee family of hostels in Hoi An have something of a monopoly on being the best hostel in Hoi An (sorta in a combined way), but it’s for good reason. They’re good. And the overall best hostel in Hoi An has gotta be Tribee Cotu. Not only is it in a great location in Hoi An right next to the old town, but it’s got a great free breakfast (all you can eat eggs, crepes, toast, etc – it’s important to us!) and the vibe is REAL. Think communal activities, a bar with a great atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff, clean, modern… The best hostel in Hoi An 2021. Side note: there are no bunks in the dorms, which is great for ladder-haters.

    Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Hoi An – Tribee Cham

    Tribee Cham best hostels in Hoi An
    The common space is comfy enough and the vibe here is conducive to hanging out without it being too much or too quiet: Tribee Cham is the best hostel for solo travelers in Hoi An.
    • $
    • Bar & Cafe
    • Air Conditioning
    • Tour/Travel Desk

    Yeah, so, um, what were we just saying about Tribee? Oh yeah. That they’re the best. And this one, Tribee Cham, is what we’d describe as probably the best hostel for solo travellers in Hoi An. There’s less of a party vibe going on here than at the other manifestations of Tribee – and at other Hoi An hostels TBH – but that also means that it’s quiet at night, which people who like to sleep will love. And despite the lessened party-ness at Tribee Cham, the friendly, social atmosphere is STRONG here. Clean beds, nice staff, etc. etc – this is easily a top youth hostel in Hoi An.

    Best Cheap Hostel in Hoi An #1 – Little Leo Homestay and Hostel

     Little Leo Homestay and Hostel best hostels in Hoi An
    As far as budget hostels go,  Little Leo Homestay is the best cheap hostel in Hoi An.
    • $
    • Super Friendly
    • Free Breakfast
    • Free Bicycle Rental

    One of the cheapest options in town, we’d say this is the best cheap hostel in Hoi An though because of its location – a 15 min bike ride to the beach and 15 min stroll into the old town. Nicely equidistant, best of both worlds. BTW the bikes are free to use which is a major plus since it’s a great, great way to get around Hoi An. It also offers a decent free breakfast. Basically, it’s great value for money – a solid yet cheap hostel for anyone travelling Hoi An on a budget. And moreover, if you’re looking for a quieter stay in a more local area, then Little Leo is a superb shout. Basic but cute.

    Best Cheap Hostel in Hoi An #2 – Leo Leo Hostel

    Leo Leo Hostel best hostels in Hoi An
    The beer is cheap. The beds are cheap. Enough Said. Leo Leo Hostel is one of the best cheap hostels in Hoi An.
    • $
    • Free Breakfast
    • Rooftop Terrace
    • Tour/Travel Desk

    Well, wow, if we had an award for best hostel staff in Hoi An we reckon these guys would be very very close to winning it. Yep, the team at Leo Leo are amazingly friendly, super helpful, packed with information about what to do, where to go, can hook you up with tours and onward travel. All of that. And they also do a mean family dinner at this recommended hostel in Hoi An, which is perfect for getting to know the people you’re staying with. Maybe you’ll make some friends. Who knows. Oh, and the beer is cheap. Oh and also the location is amazing, so there’s that too.

    Best Cheap Hostel in Hoi An #3 – Hoi Pho

    Hoi Pho best hostels in Hoi An
    Pretty classy for a budget place huh? Hoi Pho rounds of my list of the best cheap hostels in Hoi An.
    • $
    • Free Breakfast
    • Bicycle Hire
    • Tour/Travel Desk

    VERY good location. It’s literally 400 metres from the Japanese covered bridge which is like, a major hotspot in Hoi An. We’ll say it again: a VERY good location. There’s loads of food and so many shops just on the doorstep of this Hoi An backpackers hostel, which is sort of like… well, it’s like a hotel that’s been turned into a hostel. It does the job but it’s not very backpacker-y. But if you couldn’t care less and you’re just after a killer location to scoot around Hoi An on an itinerary, then Hoi Pho comes in at a decent price with some clean, comfortable rooms. (They’re seriously nice.)

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    Best Hostel for Couples in Hoi An – The Seaside Bungalow

    The Seaside Bungalow best hostels in Hoi An
    Charming. Reasonably priced. Close to the beach. The Seaside Bungalow is the best hostel for couples in Hoi An.
    • $$
    • Restaurant & Bar
    • Tour/Travel Desk
    • Bicycle Hire

    For the best hostel for couples in Hoi An, we’d recommend staying away from the old city itself and checking in to this charming and rustic bungalow accommodation near the beach. We’re talking 1 min from the beach. And to get to the old town you can bike it pretty quickly or grab a taxi. But couples love beaches, right? And you’ll also love the charming private rooms here: simple but beautiful. There’s a tasty on-site restaurant and bar too, so you won’t be completely out the loop. Plus the owner, Vy, is literally a wonderful person. This one’s deffo a Hoi An backpackers hostel with a difference.

    Best Party Hostel in Hoi An – Vietnam Backpacker Hostels Hoi An

    Vietnam Backpacker Hostels Hoi An best hostels in Hoi An
    Looking to knock back a few beers with fellow backpackers? Vietnam Backpacker Hostels is the best party hostel is Hoi An.
    • $$
    • Bar
    • Free Breakfast
    • Swimming Pool

    Not ONLY is this a generally top hostel in Hoi An, but it is perhaps one of the most pumping party hostels in Vietnam as a whole! The mix of swimming pool, loud nightly activities, bar and big chill-out areas make it an amazingly fun and social place. The dorms are pretty stylish, pretty clean, spacious… but yeah, really it’s all about the good vibes down at the bar. There’s always something going on – pub quiz, bingo, that sorta thing. And they serve great food. It’s a little far out from the old town itself but if you’re here to party, well, this Hoi An backpackers hostel is the place for you.

    Best Hostel with a Private Room in Hoi An – Lazy Bear Hostel

    Lazy Bear Hostel best hostels in Hoi An
    Looking for peace and quiet? Lazy Bear Hostel is the best hostel with a private room in Hoi An.
    • $$
    • Free Breakfast
    • Bar & Cafe

    What the- Crazy Monkey, Weird Zebra, Lazy Bear… what is it with these hostel names? But we shouldn’t pick on Lazy Bear too much actually since it wins our prize for the best hostel with a private room in Hoi An. Why’s that then? Well, a) because the private rooms here are like mid-to-luxury-esque in decor and quality (like, actually), and b) because they’re pretty cheap. And c) free breakfast. It’s in a quiet, relaxing location (old town and beach both taxiable or cycleable – or walkable, if you’re up for it), it’s tidy and clean, the staff are very very nice, the atmosphere’s decent. Yeah!

    More Best Hostels in Hoi An

    Backpacking Vietnam slowly and languorously? Then maybe (just maybe) you’ll get stuck in Hoi An and need a few extra hostels to chose from,

    Paddy’s Hostel and Bar Hoi An

    Paddy's Hostel and Bar Hoi An best hostels in Hoi An
    Paddy’s Hostel and Bar is a good place to party and also score a cheap sleep.
    • $$
    • Free Breakfast
    • Swimming Pool
    • Free Tours

    Paddy’s, eh? Hmm… Anyway! This recommended hostel in Hoi An is pretty cool if you like drinking – they have an all-you-can-drink deal for 100k from 7-9pm, which is great – again, if you like getting drunk. The dorms are pretty nice, cute little exposed brick walls and pillars with polished concrete floors decorated with rugs and stuff. It’s generally pretty cool decor-wise. There’s also a swimming pool, which is always a great addition, and the staff here are genuinely incredibly helpful. They also offer a free ‘family dinner’ every Thursday night which is pretty tasty. Not a bad place to pregame before heading out to enjoy the nightlife in Hoi An.

    Hoa Binh Hostel

    Hoa Binh Hostel best hostels in Hoi An
    Hoa Binh Hostel always has some interesting activity on offer making it one of the best hostels in Hoi An.
    • $
    • Free Breakfast
    • Tour/Travel Desk
    • 24-Hour Reception

    If you want to be RIGHT NEAR the old town – here’s the place for you. This Hoi An backpackers hostel is somewhat more hotel-like, but there are a few communal activities that make things more hostel-like – these include tours, cooking classes, things like that. Food can be a lil’ pricey in their onsite restaurant but the free breakfast is most heartily recommended: it’s tasty. But yeah, otherwise that hotel-feel is a welcome thing, means it’s very nice, clean and comfy, y’know. And as for that location, well, it doesn’t get much better than this as it is close to all of the top sights in Hoi An: it’s the perfect base from which to start checking off that Hoi An itinerary.

    Sunflower Hostel Hoi An

    Sunflower Hostel Hoi An best hostels in Hoi An
    Sunflower Hostel Hoi is another great party hostel in Hoi An.
    • $
    • Bar
    • Free Breakfast
    • Swimming Pool

    Ah, it was a close call, but Sunflower was pipped to the post as the best party hostel in Hoi An. However, there’s just a big party vibe going on here – not just in the fact that, well, peeps come here to drink and party in the bar, but the way it looks as well: the pool table, the seating arrangements, the spacious bar area in general with graffiti and past travellers’ messages scrawled on the wall. It just feels like more of a pure party place than others. Don’t expect many luxuries (i.e. the beds are a bit hard) but DO expect the hostel life and times in full-force.

    Tribee Kinh

    Tribee Kinh best hostels in Hoi An best hostels in Hoi An
    Tribee Kinh is pretty cheap, party orientated, and yet still maintains the chill vibe.
    • $$
    • Free Breakfast
    • Free Tours
    • 24-Hour Reception

    This is definitely a top hostel in Hoi An because of its combo of party atmosphere, chill vibe, and friendliness. Other party hostels are more… ALL about partying, where here it is less – though obviously still a major part. There’s loads of nightly activities, which really helps liven things up rather than just chucking people into a bar with cheap drinks deals and watching what happens. Free rum & cokes on Tuesdays and Saturdays, free beer on Fridays, free street food tour on Mondays and Thursdays, and free spring roll cooking class and pub crawl on Wednesdays and Sundays. Needless to say, it’s great to meet new people here.

    Tipi Hostel

    Tipi Hostel best hostels in Hoi An
    More of a hotel than a traditional hostel, Tipi Hostel is a comfortable place to land if you are looking for a social atmosphere or activities in-house.
    • $$
    • Free Breakfast
    • Towels Included
    • Tour/Travel Desk

    On the other hand, there aren’t any activities organised by this hostel, and as a result, it isn’t really even a very social hostel – let alone a party hostel. However, Tipi Hostel is not exactly what we’d call a Hoi An backpackers hostel. Well, it IS a hostel, but the vibe, the decor (which is admittedly really nice, modern, and almost luxurious) – it just feels more like a hotel. Basically, there won’t be any beer pong tournaments happening here. Which is fine, if that’s what you’re after, something chilled to use as a base -we’re down with that.

    DK’s House

    DK's House best hostels in Hoi An
    Great for budget backpackers, not so great for location. Still, DK’s House is one of the best cheap hostels in Hoi An.
    • $
    • Swimming Pool
    • Rooftop Terrace
    • Free Breakfast

    Very very cheap but not necessarily in the best location – and with a really cool downstairs area with tables and benches where you can chill or work or whatever – this is a nice little Hoi An backpackers hostel. There’s also a rooftop terrace which is a great spot to watch sunsets from, a free beer granted to you daily (nice token gesture), and a free breakfast included in the very low price. It isn’t the coolest hostel in Hoi An overall, but that downstairs area, the cafe/restaurant bit, does actually look pretty sick. Oh and there’s even a pool, so… Great value.

    Golden Lantern Homestay

    Golden Lantern Homestay best hostels in Hoi An
    Golden Lantern Homestay is great for those looking to get off the beaten path and just CHILL.
    • $
    • Bar & Cafe
    • Bicycle Hire
    • 24-Hour Reception

    The downside to Golden Lantern Homestay is that it’s quite far out from town. The upside to staying at this recommended hostel in Hoi An is that it’s quite far out from town. You see what we did there? Basically, it has a really lovely chilled and quiet vibe, ideal for people who have already done enough partying for the month or if you feel like a bit of a chill. Very homely environment (with clean, spacious rooms) cultivated by the extra-friendly staff who are just the nicest ever. If you’re hanging out outside here, douse yourself in DEET because the mosquito game here is real.

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    What to Pack for your Hoi Ann Hostel

    Pants, socks, underwear, soap?! Take it from us, packing for a hostel stay is not always quite as straight forward as it seems. Working out what to bring and what to leave at home is an art we have perfected over many years.

    Check out our definitive Hostel Packing list for our top packing tips!

    Why you should travel to Hoi An

    There you have it amigos: we have come to the final act of my best hostels in Hoi An 2021 list!

    You are now fully armed with all of the important information regarding the top backpacker accommodation in Hoi An.

    Hoi An is truly a special city in Vietnam loaded with heaps of stuff to do for backpackers to get into. An awesome city deserves an equally awesome hostel.

    The goal of this hostel guide was to lay out all of the best hostels in Hoi An so that you can get the most out of your time backpacking here.

    Where you stay matters! I hope after reading this guide, you have found the right hostel to book for yourself based on your own personal needs and preferences.

    Still undecided? On the fence about which hostel is the best hostel in Hoi An? When in doubt, I recommend that you just book my overall top pick for the best hostel in Hoi An: Tribee Cotu. Happy Travels!

    Tribee Cotu best hostels in Hoi An
    Tribee Cotu is always a good option when visiting Hoi An… Good luck!

    FAQ about Hostels in Hoi An

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