Wall mural at 9 Station Hostel in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Finding a decent place to sleep and store my things is pretty important.  I feel like most people share this value.  With that being said, I’ve stayed in some pretty horrific hostels.

Obviously, I’m a budget traveler so I anticipate that most of the time.   When you’re only forking out $5 USD for a nights sleep than you seriously can’t expect the sun and moon.

I’m definitely someone who takes the time to read the reviews.  I always do this in advance so I don’t have to make any rash decisions.

When I was headed to Phu Quoc island, Vietnam it was no different.  I did my research on Booking.com and made my calculated decision.

I was so pleasantly surprised by how amazing my hostel was that I felt the need to share exactly where to stay in Phu Quoc.

NOTE: Planning a trip to Phu Quoc?  Let me tell you how to get there.

Wall painting at 9 station Hostel on Phu Quoc Island , Vietnam

I’m not going to lie, the first thing that really sold me about 9 Station was the fact that I could do my own laundry there.   It could have been half bad and I would have been happy just to run my own clothes through a washing machine.

You know I’m a weirdo.  I’ve said it before but I hate that I feel dirty all the time as a backpacker.  I swear that 90% of the time when I pay to have my laundry done they don’t use detergent or even clean water for that matter.

Several times I have picked up my laundry from the cleaners, the service that I paid for, and my clothes still smell sweaty and dirty.  I know, so gross.

But hey, if you’re not a psycho clean freak like me, then this amenity I’m sure doesn’t excite you.  So let me tell you a little bit more about the facilities.

Welcome sign from 9 Station Hostel in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

WHAT TO EXPECT

My first impression of the place was that it was huge!  The wall of retractable windows on the ground floor opens the bar and lounge area up to the world.  Making you feel like you’re in a Phu Quoc luxury hotel.

I briefly thought to myself “am I in the right place?  This is a hostel?”

Checking in was painless, quick and efficient.  The staff were pleasant and helpful and spoke enough English to accomplish the check-in without any confusion.  If you are arriving late, don’t worry because the front desk is 24 hours.

The hostel at the time of my stay cost me $8.80 USD, which is more expensive than most Vietnam hostels but it was worth every penny.  As per usual I was asked to hand over my passport, as well as leave a deposit and then I was shown to my room.

The place was seriously ginormous.  The impressive downstairs was tastefully decorated with wood carved tables and sculptures.

There were comfortable lounge chairs, a fully stocked bar, foosball, pool table, and a large downstairs bathroom.

The rooms were a decent size with plenty of space for bags and humans.  Each bed had a mid-sized locker, personal light, and plugin.  Mattresses were large and extremely comfortable and my personal favorite feature was the thick curtains for privacy.

The bathrooms were not en suite but there was a shared bathroom on the same floor.  They were kept clean and always had a stock of toilet paper, which I personally really appreciate.  I never once had to wait for a toilet or a shower.

Outdoor pool at 9 Station Hostel in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

LET’S TALK EXTRAS

Swimming Pool

When I was looking for the best place to stay in Phu Quoc, having a swimming pool was never on my radar.  I’m not a huge swimming pool kind of girl.  I’m more of a hang out poolside with a cocktail kind of person.

The pool was a nice touch for this place though.  It was smaller in size and only had a few lounge chairs, but it was hardly ever occupied, so who really cares?

I didn’t actually use the pool but I did chill out on the loungers while I washed my clothes because it was next to the laundry room.

In the early morning, I would go down to the pool area to catch up on calls home to the family.  It was tucked back behind the building making it quiet and private.

Laundry

If you are like me and are excited to wash some laundry it is free of charge.  Yep FREE OF CHARGE.  Does it get any better than that?

You do need to supply your own detergent which you can pick up at any store, or you can purchase some from the hostel for .50 cents.

Business Center

They advertise that they have a business center, but honestly, I didn’t see one.   They did, however, have a computer that anyone was able to use in the main downstairs area.

Motorbike Rentals

If you want to explore the island and find some of the best beaches then I suggest you rent a motorbike.  You can rent right from the hostel, which doesn’t get more convenient than that.

The prices were only slightly higher than other places in town.  I paid $6.50 USD per day and the gas cost me about $2.25.

Breakfast Included

I love it when breakfast is included in the accommodation.  I hate having to think about where to get food first thing in the morning.  I need food and coffee stat for my brain to start ticking. 

I’ve become quite accustomed to the plain eggs and white bread and honestly, that’s still better than nothing.  

However, the breakfast at 9 Station was really quite good.  They had 6 different options to choose from and that made me happy.   They had fruit, muesli, bread, noodles, and eggs.  

Restaurant

They have a restaurant in the hostel as well, but I didn’t actually eat there outside of breakfast.  I always ended up eating out during the day and then munching my way through the market for dinner.

Seeing as I didn’t eat there, I can’t actually say if it was good or bad.   If I remember correctly they had western and Vietnamese food options.  Not entirely sure though.

 

 

 

 

Painted wooden pool sign at 9 Station Hostel in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

NIGHTTIME ENTERTAINMENT

I wouldn’t consider 9 Station Hostel to be a party hostel, however, it definitely is a great spot to hang out, grab a drink and make some new friends.

As I mentioned before, the downstairs area is huge and has a great environment for mingling.  With little sections of comfy chairs to sit in groups, or to challenge a stranger to a foosball or pool tournament.

While I  was there, the world cup was taking place and they aired the games each night on a giant projector.  There was ample amount of space for all the rowdy soccer fans and they offered drink specials during the games.

They play a great mix of music that accommodates all different tastes, have nightly happy hour and sometimes even offer live entertainment.

Meaning you never really need to leave the hostel to have a fun night out.

 

Bathroom wall sign painting in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

WHERE IS 9 STATION?

Location is everything when you’re thinking about where to stay in Phu Quoc Island because it is quite big.  Not all parts of the island have places to stay, restaurants and access to beaches.

If you want to be where the action is then Long Beach is the place to be.  It is where the majority of the Phu Quoc accommodations are, there are cute little shops and restaurants along the main street and the nightly market is held here as well.

9 Station is located centrally in the Long Beach area and shopping district in the city of Duong Dong.  It’s tucked back in an alley making it quieter and more secluded.  The alley does get a bit muddy after a good rain but it’s not like you’ll need rain boots, just avoid the puddles.

The hostel is less than a mile from the night market, 5 minutes walk from the beach and about 5.5 miles from the Phu Quoc airport.

Within a short walk, you can find many shops, bars, restaurants, and ATM machines.

9 Station does offer an airport or ferry shuttle for an additional charge

The address is: 91/3 Đường Trần Hưng Đạo, Khu phố 7, Phú Quốc, tỉnh Kiên Giang, Vietnam

 

 

NOT A HOSTEL PERSON?

There are many places to stay in Phu Quoc so if you’re not a fan of the hostel life than you still got some options.

I didn’t want to spend much time talking about others because you all know I’m a budget traveler through and through.   I don’t fancy suggesting things that I haven’t actually experienced.

However, for the sake of being versatile, below are a few Phu Quoc hotels that look pretty amazing and have stellar reviews.  If I had money and wasn’t a tightwad, I would be all over these places.

La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc- MGallery By Sofitel

This is definitely somewhere I dream to be able to stay one day.   La Veranda Resort is a French-style mansion that is set amongst a gorgeous lush garden.

Offering free airport shuttle, complimentary beach trip, on-site spa and restaurant, and world-class service.

I always suggest the MGallery hotels when it comes to top-notch options because they always have the best reviews and look fantastic.

Prices start at about $400 USD per night.

Address: Tran Hung Dao Street, Duong Dong Beach, Duong Dong, 920000 Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Quoc Valley Resort

This I would consider a great mid range hotel.  The Phu Quoc Valley Resort is fairly new to the scene being built in 2015.  Being located in the forest near a mountain offers beautiful green scenery.

They have a gorgeous pool and offer breakfast each morning from their Asian inspired restaurant.

Prices start at $100 USD per night.

Address: Group 3, Cua Lap, Duong To, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Quoc is a gorgeous little island and I hope you get the opportunity to visit and explore this beach bliss destination.  As always, if you enjoyed this article, then please remember that…

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