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“Best hostel I've ever stayed at” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Samesun Vancouver

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Samesun Vancouver
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Best hostel I've ever stayed at”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

I'm always hesitant about staying at hostels because of the negative nature of past experiences, so I was so pleasantly surprised when we stayed here! The rooms and common areas are very clean! The bathrooms get cleaned twice a day (yay! - gotta love clean bathrooms!) there is a large kitchen to cook in and fridges and freezers to store everything. The atmosphere is great and we've had the pleasure of meeting some great people! Wifi is fast and the beds are comfy. Yes it can get hot up on the third floor but it is only $35 a night. Each bed has a lil fan and the big window opens up to let the late night cool air creep in so it becomes bearable. Yes it can be noisy from Granville street so come prepared like me with some earplugs and you'll be golden :) they organise activities throughout the week that you can find in the posters everywhere - which I thought were fantastic! They are really well run and are quite efficient! Breaky is free and consists on bagels, toast, muffins and fruit which, FOR FREE, is super sufficient for me :) after speaking to a lot of our friends that have stage around vancouver, this hostel seems to dominate over them all. Well done guys!

Stayed August 2014
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

My friends and I left here the other day, we had a very pleasant 2 nights and could have easily stayed for longer. Breakfast is excellent, with fruit salad. Also, after breakfast unclean dishes and cutlery are washed for you by the staff which is good. The whole hostel is very clean, and we had a spacious, modern 4 bed room with a large window. My friends found the room rather warm, although personally I found the temperature fine. There a lot of stairs, and with luggage its rather intimidating. However, the staff are more than happy to help and carried my luggage each way. The location is central and close to Vancouver's shopping and eating districts. It is placed on the strip and there are some red light areas, but the atmosphere is very good. There is a lock room for luggage and the communal shower rooms were very clean. My only qualm was the staff in the evening restaurant, not the politest or most informative staff I have met. This was my only drawback, from an overall very good stay here.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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46 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

Very good clean hostel, with friendly staff and lots of activities to offer. Only thing I didn't like was the amount of people to a bathroom but that's just personal preference. We are staying in a few weeks at the samesun hostel at Venice beach so we clearly did enjoy our stay. The beaver inside the hostel is a cheap and friendly place to eat..

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

Stayed here with my wife. I am 29 she is 30. She had her reservations about staying in a hostel but i assured her it would be a great time. we made some amazing friends with a bunch of Germans during world cup and even caught a little bit of the football fever. they are pretty good about their noise policy so after 11 you can expect to get some sleep. however if you like the nightlife this location is on a main drag full of bars and shopping, and transit stops right out front and will take you anywhere in the city. IF you choose to stay in you will not be disapointed, The Beaver restaurant / bar located in the bottom/main floor of the building will keep you full of drink and food. along with their complimentary continental breakfast to start the day. or perhaps you will stay in , enjoy the games/pool table and drink in the commons for a night in with new international friends
all in all we had an amazing experience and even though we shared a room with 2 random other guys we felt safe about leaving our stuff not always locked up

Room Tip: its all stairs. no ac in the rooms but vancouver isnt too humid.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Calgary, Canada
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

Really love staying at this hostel when I am in Vancouver. Ifn fact I like it so much I changed rooms so I could stay with them for my trip. The hostel is clean and the bar/restaurant downstairs is such a good deal. Central location and fantastic staff. Also rooms are pretty spacious for a hostel. Only negative this time was that Vancouver was having a heat wave and it was hot in there! But they had as many fans going all over the place to try and help.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Arcata, California
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121 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

SameSun is a well run hostel with a friendly, helpful staff. We had a great time watching the World Cup in the bwar/restaurant. Good food. I felt very safe and comfortable here. The location was convenient to public transportation, and the staff was very helpful with giving directions and advice .

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Dallas, Texas
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56 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

The staff was friendly and helpful. The common areas were very clean. The location was as advertise, centrally located, easy to get to from the airport, and in the heart of the "clubbing" area. The breakfast was decent. The wifi was mediocre and required you to sign in every time you switched rooms which was a bit annoying. The place feel fairly secure even with locker that had seen better days (the roof of one was falling apart). No A/C but not an issue while we were there.

My biggest complaint is that the beds squeaked constantly.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Samesun Vancouver
Address: 1018 Granville St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1L5, Canada (Formerly Global Village Backpackers)
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Granville Street
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 49 Speciality Lodging in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Samesun Vancouver 1.5*
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The largest hostel in downtown Vancouver with a central location in the entertainment district. We boast a clean environment with a great atmosphere and friendly staff. Everything you need in a hostel! Clean, comfortable, safe and fun, SameSun is the place to stay in Vancouver! You get what you pay for in this city, so if you want the best experience for your stay in Vancouver, check out the #1 rated hostel in the city! ... more   less 
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