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The Riding Fool Hostel
Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

I've stayed here twice now and I've enjoyed both stays. It's quaint, comfortable, clean. The heritage building is absolutely gorgeous and the set up is great. Rooms are well decorated, beds are comfortable. Awesome shared shelves in the kitchen and amenities like a pool table. Local bus goes back & forth between Cumberland and Courtenay so it's easily accessible. Great local music, too (either the Waverly on weekends or the Cumberland Hotel on Wednesdays). I haven't gone mountain biking, but the town is well-known for its trails and there's a bike shop.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

I was here in July 2013 and was definitely one of the best hostels I stayed in during my one month trip though western Canada. Very welcoming hosts (!!), clean and I loved the interior design! Cozy, homely and comfortable. I would definitely recommend visiting once you are looking for a quiet , nice place to stay. Also if you're not into mountain biking (like me)!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

This place had great staff, was very clean, and the little town was a great base for enjoying the outdoors. The kitchen was well equipped and the common room was one of the best we have ever seen. The cozy feeling here made us wish we could stay longer. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

We loved this hostel. It is not so big, so it has a homely feel. It is super clean, spacious and the kitchen is amazingly well kitted out. Also has a pool table and darts. It is very well designed and laid out and nice details like comfy bath mats and hand towels. Really exceptional. The only slightly negative is that the curtains are quite thin so you wake up with first light and as it looks over the main street it can be a wee bit noisy. Bring ear plugs!

Room Tip: Double beds also available as well as dorms
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ned D
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Reviewed 5 May 2013

When compared to other hostels on the west coast, this hostel ranks on the top 5. There is nothing on which I could complain. Storage for skis and mountain bikes, huge fully-equipped kitchen ( with bins for your food!), big living room area with a lot of things to do, nice bars nearby, huge dorms with comfortable and stable beds. Also, the people working over there are very friendly and respectful of the customers.This is also the cleanest hostel I've been into. Happy 10th year anniversary!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

This is a fun place to stay in a friendly little town with lots going on if you enjoy the great outdoors. Rooms are clean and comfortable and the hostel well equipped and spacious. Large comfortable common room with lots of space to lounge and eat. Kitchen is huge and very well equipped with a large commercial fridge and bins for your food.
They cater to the bike crowd with bike washing area and places to store your gear.
Tip - ask for a room at the rear away from common areas if you want to sleep in. On the weekends there can be a lot of noise fro the nearby hotel lounge and yahoos partying after the bars close.
Great hospitality and reasonable base of operation.

Room Tip: Go for the rooms at the rear.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

Comfortable, cheap, and cosy accommodation with bike storage and tools for mountainbikers.

The hostel has a massive kitchen and living room area for post-ride chilling, assuming you're not heading to the Waverley for a cheeky beer or two.

In case you didn't already know, the riding around Cumberland is top drawer stuff, whether you like XC, DH or anything in between.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Riding Fool Hostel

Address: 2705 Dunsmuir, Cumberland, British Columbia V0R 1S0, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Comox Valley > Cumberland
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Cumberland
Price Range: £18 - £41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Riding Fool Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in historic downtown Cumberland, this Tourism BC Approved Accommodation occupies an 1895 heritage building which served as the village hardware store prior to being tastefully restored & converted into a 30 bed hostel. Cumberland has become home to those seeking a slower pace, the arts and unparalleled access to recreation resulting in a vibrant, youthful mountain valley culture. The Riding Fool is at the trail head of world class mountain bike trails and a quick drive to Mt. Washington Alpine Resort, Forbidden Plateau Recreation Area, Strathcona Provincial Park, Comox Lake, kayaking, scuba, rock climbing, hiking & more! If you enjoy a more relaxed travel experience rich with recreational opportunities and steeped in history you will most certainly enjoy the Village of Cumberland and the Riding Fool. ... more   less 
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