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Hostelling International Vancouver Central
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Clean but noisy”
Reviewed 6 December 2013 via mobile

The bedroom and bathrooms were spotless - one of the cleanest hostels I've stayed in. Staff were friendly and helpful; they even offered us a cheaper room (we'd booked online). The only problem was the insane level of noise from both outside and inside the building, although it was Friday night so maybe that's to be expected. Got no sleep but at least the sheets and towels were clean and free, and the shower was hot. Breakfast was also free but pretty shabby, unless stale cereal and muffins are your thing.

Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Hamburg, Germany
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30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2013

I stayed in a private room. Prices are quite reasonable for Vancouver. Staff is friendly and helpful. The location is just perfect, in the middle of things on Granville and in walking distance from Gastown. There was a weird smell in the hallway, but the room was clean, nice and silent.

The Wifi on the room did not work, it did at the lobby though.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 11 October 2013

I Loved this place, had a great stay. Made many friends, staff is friendly, nice, helpful, always smily.
The breakfast is great, and they leave the food all day so you can refil at any time of the day.

Room Tip: I was in a female 4 beds dorm. was great, the other girls was friendly and respectful of each other...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Annapolis, Maryland
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74 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2013

PROS:
-- Location ... this hostel is three blocks from the Vancouver City Centre Station SkyTrain station and walking distance from the Waterfront and Granville Island
-- Large bathrooms but sometimes there is a wait and you may have to run to another floor
-- Large lockers in the room
-- You can buy a lock for $4 CAD and sell it back for $3 CAD
-- Seven bus routes stop in front of the hostel

CONS:
-- thin walls
-- creaky floors and the carpeting seriously needs to be replaced
-- wifi can be hit or miss; its excellent in the lobby area (not too surprising)
-- some of the room doors stick and you have to pull really hard to close the door
-- showers don't have a shelf to place your toiletries on
-- the neighborhood had a lot of young homeless people on the streets; most of them harmless but some come up to you begging for money

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2013

I'm not a fan of hostels but this one I really liked. It's right in the middle of Granville Street, a busy street with lots of bars, restaurants and clubs. If you don't like to be in noisy surroundings I would advice to stay at the other HI destination, HI Vancouver Downtown.

The whole place had a pretty good vibe and I met some very friendly guests whilst staying there. Staff is young, helpful and very friendly. The organize great social events and offer a very good breakfast, including bagels you can toast.

Rooms were fine and had good sized lockers. Beds were bunks but large enough even for me (at 1m92cm). Bathrooms were shared of course but once inside you didn't have to share anything. Seemed clean(ish) enough for me.

If you're looking for a affordable hostel and a good time right in the middle of the most bustling street in Vancouver, this is it!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Excellent location! Walking distance to shopping and very close to restaurants and public transport. The breakfast was very good. Plenty of common area space but the wifi, although free, was often unstable. Clean rooms and clean bathrooms/toilets.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Nice hostel. Breakfast excellent. Lots of bagels, cereal, toast, muffins. Quite expensive for a hostel but it's good quality. Rooms are shared with only a few but quite small. Location excellent - very central

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Hostelling International Vancouver Central
Address: 1025 Granville St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1L4, Canada (Formerly Royal Hotel)
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Granville Street
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 49 Speciality Lodging in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hostelling International Vancouver Central 3*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Smack dab in the middle of Granville Street's pub and club district, we're one of the newest Vancouver hostels -- and if you're angling for access to all the partying and good times you could want, without compromising on security, comfort, and cleanliness, then we're where you want to be!If you're looking for the fun of a hostel, but still want privacy, you'll love our ensuite private rooms (cable TV included!) and our two-bed dorms. These are our most popular room types, so make sure to book in advance! ... more   less 
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