HI-Vancouver Downtown – 7.5/10
1114 Burnaby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Length of Stay||1 night|
|Room Type||Private room|
|Cost||$103 total, taxes included|
We only stayed at HI Vancouver Downtown for one night, but it felt like more of a quiet hostel. A few people were sat around reading, but we didn’t really speak to anyone else during our visit. The board behind reception showed a few events that the hostel organised, such as a local bar crawl or tour of Stanley Park, but we were unable to participate in these due to our short stay.
No issues – communal areas were clean, including the bathrooms. Room was decent too, sheets and towels looked fresh.
HI Vancouver Downtown didn’t have a lot to offer. There was a kitchen, common room with a pool table and rooftop terrace (which was empty due to the rainy weather). The hostel didn’t have a bar, but offered organised bar crawls instead. Other daily activities were offered and ranged from free walking tours to paid experiences with external tour companies. Breakfast was included in our stay, with free tea and coffee.
True to it’s name, the hostel is situated in Downtown Vancouver. Approximately 30 minute walk from Gastown or Stanley Park. There are tons of sushi restaurants nearby and the staff are able to make great local recommendations.
The room was a decent size, similar to a standard hotel room. There was a bunkbed with a double sized bottom bunk. The entrance had a small closet area to hang coats and store bags. Opposite the closet was a small sink with a mirror, which was nice and convenient to brush your teeth, so you didn’t have to creep to the communal bathroom in the middle of the night. The view from the window was unremarkable, just the street outside.
Keycards were required for entry to the hallways with rooms, kitchen, outside areas (for re-entry) and were coded for the individual dorms. Our room did not have a locker, but that was expected as it was private. The hostel also offered luggage storage, and a member of staff would let you in to collect your bag.
Staff were friendly and knowledgable about the surrounding area, offering recommendations for different restaurants. Upon arrival, we had an issue with payment and our HI membership cards. The receptionist was understanding, talked us through our available options in a friendly manner and emailed over new receipts. They also agreed to open up the kitchen 15 mins early the next morning, so that we could grab some food before leaving for our tour which started at 8am.
We didn’t spend a lot of time at the hostel, as we wanted to explore Vancouver for the day. The staff were friendly and helpful, but the hostel seemed quiet. The location was ideal for a day in the city. Would stay here again, but probably in a dorm to cut costs.