After several years of extensive travelling, I can easily say that this is the worst hostel I've ever stayed at. Worst part was the price, which went from $70 for a single room (no a/c or air circulation) to $110 for the summer music festival. On top of that, they charge extra for second guests, meaning I stupidly paid $145/night for a single room when my girlfriend came to town. (By contrast, I got a full suite at Quality Suites for a total of $89/night from ----------.) The manager, Steve, told me that they boost the prices because of supply and demand, though he openly criticized the owner, Pierre, for raising prices too much. I think Steve is bi-polar - he was friendly at times, though at other times was a complete jerk and a total rules Nazi. He will lecture you on the most minor stuff, and is always there keeping a close eye on things. When I checked out late (after getting Steve's permission to do so), after staying there for 9 days and paying exorbitant prices, he started yelling at me and slamming cupboard doors. My girlfriend and I were seriously concerned for our safety. T
The location isn't bad but isn't great - it's near some restaurants and pubs, but it's a 15-20 minute walk uphill from downtown. The rooms are very hot and pillows are uncomfortable. Good luck trying to get any sleep, esp. if you're in one of the dorms facing the sketchy bar across the street. The place is dirty and the couches are covered in hair from the owner's dog. The fridge is filled with rotting food. I would highly recommend the other main Quebec City hostel, which I stayed at a few years ago and had a great time at - but if you can't get in there, consider booking on - or stay--------ing at pretty much anywhere else with 4 walls and a roof because Auberge Jeunesse La Belle Planet Backpacker is absolutely horrible.
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