Some friends and I were in town for the Portland Timbers/Vancouver Whitecaps soccer match and this hostel was right around the corner from one of our supporters group's rally point (Railway Club), so it was a good fit for us.
Located mere blocks from the Gastown district, it's pretty well located in downtown Vancouver. We took the SkyTrain in from Surrey, and the hostel is two blocks away from the nearest stop. It's also very near to BC Place, where the match was taking place.
We had reserved a 4 person room in advance, but when we arrived due to a snafu we were given two separate rooms at no extra cost, so I ended up with my own private room. It was as sparse as all other hostels I've stayed at, but the bed was much more comfortable than I've experienced in a hostel, and the room was very clean.
In general, there appeared to be a refrigerator on every floor for food storage, along with a microwave, but no proper kitchen, but that was fine with me. One two-stall bathroom per floor, which isn't bad but the toilet areas are a bit cramped. The TV room was nice, but the TV is a bit outdated; granted, I wasn't there to watch TV, but for the short time I did, I was struggling to make out what I was seeing.
This hostel is within walking distance of almost everywhere I wanted to go during my trip, and near to the bus lines if I wanted to go elsewhere. I'll definitely stay there again on my next visit, which should be this coming Labor Day weekend!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sitting in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the St Clair is a nautically themed 1911 renovated heritage building offering travellers accommodation with character. ... more less
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- St Clair Hotel Vancouver