Hostelling International Vancouver Central
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- Hostelling International Vancouver CentralMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBackpackers+ 1First to ReviewOct 27, 2013
This hostel was in the midst of renovations when I was there, so the photos don’t quite do it justice (e.g. there is usually bedding in the private rooms). In a few months time, there should be new paint, carpeting, etc., but I’m not sure that that will do the trick.
I was expecting more from Hostelling International. I usually choose HI hostels over private ones because they feel cleaner and safer, but there was something dingy and depressing about this location. In all fairness, the building is about 100 years old, so there’s not much that can be done in terms of structure. Still, the rooms were small and stuffy and the layout of the common area made everything feel really dark and divided. It just didn’t feel like there was any life to the place. On the upside, all of the washrooms are private.
As much as I like HI as an organization, I don’t see what this location has to offer. SameSun Backpackers across the street has more of a social/party atmosphere, and the HI Downtown location is brighter and has much more to offer in terms of facilities (full kitchen, games rooms, rooftop patio, etc.).
- Hostelling International Vancouver CentralJul 05, 2012
Located right on downtown Vancouver’s entertainment strip, Hostelling International’s Vancouver Central location is right where it should be for youth travelling on the cheap. Surrounded by mass-transit and street-food kiosks, Granville offers lots of opportunity for entertainment and excursion starting-grounds.
The hostel itself isn’t the most attractive, even for hostels. It’s entryway seems dark and quiet and it is currently undergoing some repainting so it’s a little disheveled anyway. The repainting should be completed towards the end of April though, so things are looking up.
HI-Vancouver Central has some nice features such as individual-use washrooms and 25 rooms with ensuites, complimentary wifi and breakfast, and two to four-bed dorm rooms. There’s also an activities board that has daily activities such as pub nights, ice skating, or comedy club nights that guests can participate in.
Unfortunately with dorms starting at $30 and privates for $76, some of the other brighter and livelier hostels start looking a little better.