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Pacific Spirit Hostel at UBC

1935 Lower Mall | Place Vanier Residence, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1X1, Canada
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All visitors go to the Mackenzie building. The others are for summer camp participants. The hostel is open for reservation only during the summer. Note: my rating is so high as I stay in a hostel during the school semester, so I'm used to sharing a bathroom and to the noise that comes through thin walls. If you have never... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

After researching This hostel it seemed like a perfect spot on my stop tofino.. I didn't call in advance because I knew I'd be in Vancouver at a decent time. Arrived at 9 o'clock at night called the number off of Google for this hostel. Only to be told by a very rude receptionist that the hostel is currently being... More 

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UBCConferences, Manager at Pacific Spirit Hostel at UBC, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear that our staff did not have the opportunity to assist you in finding a hostel for your stay in Vancouver on short notice. Our operating season (May to August) is clearly stated on our website and our partner's websites. Will you please let us know from which website you obtain our hostel information? We would... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I stayed at Vanier Residence for about 3 weeks. I have stayed at UBC in the past in the Gage residence which I do prefer both for location and set up and working kitchen. Those were all booked so I took a room here. Basic enough and clean . No issues with that. Floors are divided washrooms Male on odd... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I rent a single room for three nights here. My experience was wonderful. I paid about 33 CAD for each night. If you understand the prevailing price of a single room in a hotel in Vancouver, it is very expensive. If you go for other hostels near downtown, security may be an issue. Therefore, overall, for a female solo traveler,... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I stayed here for 4 nights recently. Wish that I had known about this last year. I would have saved a bundle of money. I stayed with my partner in a small dormitory room. It was very quiet and once again affordable. It was about $35.00 plus tax minus 10% from my Hostelling International Card. In my opinion this is... More 

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Seattle area
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I spend about a week each June at the Vancouver International Song Institute, which takes place on the UBC campus. Since lodging costs for that length of time can really add up, I am willing to make the tradeoff between price and luxury. It is indeed a dorm room, and the single rooms I've had are quite small, and of... More 

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UBCConferences, Manager at Pacific Spirit Hostel at UBC, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to provide us your feedback. We are pleased to hear that our hostel room met your budget needs and our campus provided you a safe environment for your stay. Thanks for bringing up the odd smell of the cleaning agent, our housekeeping team will look into it. We look forward to welcoming you back... More 

Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Pacific Spirit Hostel on the campus of UBC has served its purpose for brief stays during the past two summers. If you enjoyed your undergraduate days in a small dorm room, the hostel rooms are fine for one person. There are better choices in Vancouver for the price they charge for two people. UBC is a beautiful campus, and it... More 

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UBCConferences, Manager at Pacific Spirit Hostel at UBC, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and comments. There are a number of restaurants nearby the Hostel that opens until 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm respectively. Our Front Desk staff would be happy to provide you with restaurant suggestions, our staff is available 24 hours. Vending machines are available in the Front Desk lobby but options are limited. We will look... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

If I wanted to pay 70 bucks to stay in a crummy dorm room with dirty sheets and no kitchen access, I would go to... oh wait, I would never want to do that. Unfortunately that is what ended up happening when I stayed here. Lop 25 bucks off the price and maybe well talk, but this place was not... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Zero kitchen amenities. Dirty common areas and kitchen, rooms not very nice. Bathrooms on different floors than room. Online pics and info promised way more but didn't deliver. Didn't expect a university run place to be so poor. Recommend staying at any other hostel in Vancouver except this one.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

In an out-of-the-way location, this hostel can be accessed by bus or car. It was quiet when we visited even though it was grad night. I was anticipating rudimentary and spartan, but I wasn't prepared for the smell. Only with the windows open all night did it fade. I understand it's a university dorm but do air fresheners cost so... More 

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