Barney’s Backpacker House ~ a Review
Write a blog post about a TV show themed hostel in Da Nang, when I’ve never actually watched said TV show?
(side note: you know your show is a cult hit when even those who haven’t watched the show know the running gags)
How I Met Your Mother fans.. this hostel is for you! A great rooftop space that overlooks the river, memorabilia all over the hostel, and the best bathrooms I’ve ever seen in a hostel, Barney’s Backpacker’s House was an awesome place to recharge. It felt like a home away from home, with incredibly friendly staff who always greet you by name.
Sadly I didn’t get to explore as much of Da Nang as I wanted to. The sniffles I’d been fighting off since Yen Bai turned into a full blown cold. Thankfully the hostel has a small restaurant, so food was always nearby when I emerged from my self-imposed quarantine.
Most people fly into Da Nang on their way to get to Hoi An, but I’m glad I was given the chance to spend a few days here. In the daytime, Da Nang feels like any other modern cities in SE Asia. But when the sun sets, the real beauty of Da Nang comes to life. All the bridges light up with flashing neon designs, the archways over the streets light up in colourful patterns, and the river boardwalk fills with street vendors and kids play areas. It has me curious about the city’s electricity budget! My original plan was to rent a motorbike from the hostel (a reasonable $6 CDN per day) to explore the beach and top rated restaurants. Sadly, my body had other ideas. Recovering from a cold meant the most I could do was a very leisurely walk down the river. My favourite place, Happy Heart Cafe, was about a 30 minute walk from my hostel, and worth every step. Plus since I was walking, I could enjoy their famous apple pie guilt-free!
My stay at this Da Nang hostel was nothing short of legen …. wait for it … dary!
I highly recommend stopping in Da Nang and staying here for at least one night, especially if you are a How I Met Your Mother fan. If it works with your schedule, try to be here on the weekend, when their “Dragon Bridge” shoots fire!
Disclaimer: in exchange for my honest review, I was given two nights free at this hostel. All words and opinions are my own.