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For my pioneer visit to Hanoi I was influenced by the picture of the neat swimming pool to book into Seven Fridays. After a cramped jet flight I find that swimming is by far the best way to loosen up and get the blood moving. The Tay Ho location is stunning and Hanoi itself is quite a lovely surprise as well, embodying much of French colonial charm allied with Vietnamese cultural style - and of course the unavoidable Chinese influence (although they themselves don't like to admit it: it is amazing how the average Vietnamese admires the Americans - who bombed the hell out of their country and poisoned it with chemical warfare - whereas they distrust and dislike their next-door neighbors upstairs). Seven Fridays is managed by a combination of westerners and local staff and is heavily party-oriented. If you want a quiet, calm atmosphere this is probably not the place to find it. But I made new friends from Romania, South Africa and other places. The view of the "West Lake" is stunning, but don't get too close up or you'll see just how foul it is (though the city government has promised to clean it up - big job). Taking a walk around the lake (16km) allows a very nice introduction to Hanoi street life without the stress of getting lost. Just as I found in Ho Chi Minh City, a capital with much less charm and elegance, there is relatively little English or other foreign languages spoken. People in Hanoi are amazingly helpful, tolerant and polite, however, unlike Bangkok, which has really gone to hell with an onslaught of arrogant Eurotrash, transnational criminals, penurious one-beer-five-straws Indian tourists and now the selfie-snapping phalanxes of Chinese (conspicuously absent from Vietnam - although you'll bump into quite a few morose Russians). Nice eateries near Five Fridays, bicycle and motorbike rental is available (traffic considerably less deadly-looking than in Thailand, where getting fatally killed dead on a motorbike is a favorite pursuit of carefree young tourists). I rented a sturdy mountain bike for four days and that made all the difference in the world to roaming around the city. Highly recommend Five Fridays. As for the staff being "snappy" you have to expect that in a work environment where local people have to deal on a daily basis with penny-pinching, smarmy, demanding Euros, snarling, unfriendly Russians and entitled self-absorbed American brats. (I'm a 30 year + expat so I except my good self from the above categories of "bad tourist"). Prices in Hanoi aren't as cheap as you might expect, especially if you hit one of the western-oriented clip joints (pizza palace, bar, or the millions of "designer-coffee" lairs). Check prices carefully before you order. Vietnam is really amazing. You'd never guess they just came through several wars. Bounced right back.
It is a nice place. It’s very chilled and drinks are all good. The service is a bit annoying for someone with a “manager card” on her chest dressing all ‘sexy’ was so rude when we were just asking for a place to charge a phone. ( she turned around and said “ the area is not for customers” :-D).. autumn in Hanoi is amazing. No need to be mad to each other. Cheers.
Stayed at 7fridays three times during my 2-month trip around Vietnam. It is the perfect place for backpackers or anyone really: perfect location right next to the West Lake in a very good neighbourhood, lovely staff who help you with anything you need, possibility to leave your luggage in their office if needed, rooms with air conditioning and great beds... Plus the atmosphere there is very nice, it feels like a family! Would stay there again for sure!
Very cool hostel,I stayed in 6 bed dorm which were very clean,comfy and good toilet facilities. Staff are extremely helpful with the manager Linh helping me to book a tour for the subsequent day at 11pm at night even though the tour desk closes at 10pm. She was very informative, honest & patient when explaining the tours. Also I booked the wrong dates and when I got in touch to correct it the hostel was so accomadating. Real fun vibe day and night and chill for drink around the pool. Fun hostel but can still get a great night sleep. Not far from old town 35-50k in a grab, lake is nice to walk around also.
Had a great time here and would definitely stay again! Staff was great, pool was amazing, the location is nice and it’s still easy and cheap to get to the Old Quarter. Rooms are clean and the beds are comfortable, I miss it already
I have currently been travelling Asia for 5 months and when asked for recommendations of hostels or places where I loved 7Fridays would be my favourite. When travelling, sometimes you wish you could find a place that would make you feel at home and 7Fridays did just that. The staff are all amazing, so helpful and will always go the extra mile to make sure that your trip is amazing. The manager Kris,Linh and all the staff are super friendly and I am glad to say that I can now call them my friends. They have a social area which is amazing for solo backpackers and everyone gets talking plays a few drinking games/card games & also a frequent sing song. The name of the hostel "7Fridays" is exactly what it states... it is Friday everyday and what an enjoyable time I have had here. The hostel is super clean & the beds are so comfy. The food is also amazing and their breakfasts are to die for! I honestly have nothing bad or things to watch out for in this hostel, from start to finish my time in 7Fridays was increidble - so good that I went back 2 extra times to stay. If you visit Hanoi - make sure you stay here and the location is also excellent surrounded by lovely resturants and the lake!
This hostel was a good start to the trip. Nice social hostel with plenty of people to meet and a decent breakfast and ice coffee to start your day. Around 50k grab into the old quarter which keeps you out of the really busy area. Our only down side was that one member of staff had a constant scowl on her face which was strange enough. Apart from that it was all good and we were made feel welcome. I would recommend staying here for sure
I was in this hostel the end of August. I really wanted to write a review earlier but it slipped my mind (better late than never! ;)). I think this hostel is great! The people are very friendly! I washed my clothes there and the laundry service accidentely washed my white shirt together with a red skirt. You can guess what happened… But they handled it very well! I left Hanoi that day, but they insisted to make up for this mistake. They asked me to leave the shirt so they could fix it and they would send it to my next destination. I had my doubts about it, but I decided to give them a chance. The next day (!) I got a message from Rosie from 7fridays with a photo of my shirt, completely white again! She gave it to a bus driver of a tourist bus and he dropped it of in Cat Ba. I was able to pick it up at a tourist shop 200m from my hostel the same afternoon. I think this is a perfect example of great service! And that's why everyone should go to this hostel! :) Thanks Rosie & 7Fridays!
I just checked in, but so far so good!!! Central location. Great view. They provide tour services to other places as well at a reasonable price. Staff are very friendly. The whole layout of the hostel itself is great!!! Definitely worth a visit if ever in Tay Ho.
When we first got to the hostel it seemed pretty nice, nice pool, and good view of the west lake. But! 3 beds on top of each other, wich were really bad and hard in a tiny room. Bathroom is small and smelled like mold. Felt like staying in my bed in the evening, and brought som candy, and some snacks, they told me it was not allowed in the dorm, really? Really bad experience, I will recommend to choose something else, or move to old quarter.
Located in Quảng An, 7Fridays Westlake Hostel is within a few miles (5 km) of popular sights such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hanoi Old City Gate. This hostel has 5 rooms and welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi.
Free cooked-to-order breakfast is served each morning from 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM. In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge.
The 5 air-conditioned rooms feature 3 bathrooms. Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Rooms also include laptop-compatible safes. Bathrooms are shared.
At 7Fridays Westlake Hostel, guests have access to an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and coffee in a common area. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with luggage storage, access to locker space, and dry cleaning/laundry. Additional amenities include a terrace, laundry facilities, and a garden.