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“Not Much Sleep....Nice Beach Location” 3 of 5 stars
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Hostelling International Vancouver Jericho Beach Hostel
1515 Discovery St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6R 4K5, Canada   |  
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Qualicum Beach, BC
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“Not Much Sleep....Nice Beach Location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

I recently stayed 3 nights in a private room. There is no soundproofing in these "private" rooms and the walls are paper-thin, Got very little sleep....it felt like the four private rooms were just one big dorm. On the first night, there was a baby crying at 4:00am which kept everyone awake and that was the end of my nights sleep (even with ear plugs!). The next two nights, it was people talking loudly and someone that kept slamming their door half the night with mad sprints to the washroom (I am guessing!). I would have slept better probably in an actual dorm room!! Not good value for $66 per night...paid $198 for what? I can stay downtown for $76 each night and actually get some sleep!! Phoning in to make reservations, the staff act impatient and bored with their job. The only good thing is the nice location by the sandy beach.

Room Tip: Don't bother paying for private rooms...stay in the dorms...you might sleep better.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 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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Shanghai, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

We stayed here as a family during the summer. It was very busy, with a large group having some sort of retreat. It was very loud with no apparent quiet time at night. People were running up and down the stairs, down the halls, slamming doors and having a late night party on the front lawn. We stayed for three nights and did not sleep at all. It was hell.
The location is fabulous if you are looking for beach and hiking and a bit of an escape from the city. We loved the location.
Our room was not clean when we came in, so we left for a while, returning in the evening. The floor had still not been vacuumed.
The staff was very courteous and they seem to work hard. It seems they are understaffed and not equipped to handle a larger crowd.
The kitchen with so many people there was understandably dirty. There was one toaster, plugged into the same power bar as two kettles, so getting a turn making anything was a bit tricky.
This is a good place if you want the location close to a nice beach. The sleep quality was terrible, which means we won't be back, given that basic shelter is what we are looking for.

Room Tip: not on the main floor - too noisy
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

We were here off season - so we were the only group here at this time. It is far from town - but close to the University. On the water, but the water isn't much to play in. Kitchen is spacious and well stocked, restaurant onsite. Staff was very friendly and worked with us on group rate. We were in small double rooms, which were nice and peaceful. Group rooms were large and ....not something I would want to be in, but I'm mid30s. the 20somethings were fine in there. Bathrooms were large and on every level and had plenty of outlets. Great fridge space.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

I was booked into HI Jericho by my tour operator and I wasn't happy. It is so far out of town and not even walking distance to restaurants. We had to eat at the cafe downstairs with a limited menu and a cook that did not want to take your order let alone make you anything (in between popping out for a smoke) took agessss to get our average meals. The setting was like an old mental hospital, very old and run down. Wouldn't go back

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2011

Peaceful.. out of the center of the city and the beach is nearby.. But the staff are a horrendously miserable crew. If you are hoping to have an online conversation with anyone lasting more than an hour for a sentence or two this is the place to stay.

The woman serving breakfast in the cafe could not have had more contempt for the patrons if she tried. Throwing utensils in disgust, slumping shoulders at requests, audible sighs etc. Leave your problems and your life issues at home dont bring them to work when people are looking at traveling the world each morning.

The internet does not work at all here save but for a tiny space in the lobby.. The same place that 30 other people are trying to either log on or check in..

THe sneering snobberry of the housekeeping stafff was a marvel too.. a simple good morning results in a mumbled reply and averted eyes .. as though a conversation with a guest might infect their social standing.. All in all a beautiful facility ruined by a miserable staff whose idea of customer service can only be derived from their collective experience as prison guards and security guards

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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HI-VancouverJericho, Manager at Hostelling International Vancouver Jericho Beach Hostel, responded to this review, May 3, 2012
Hi,

First, I must say sorry for the delay in my response. Secondly, I'd like to thank you for such an honest and insightful review.

Your review has since become part of our training material, and while I'm sorry that we certainly didn't meet your expectations (or mine) during your stay, we aspire to do better. I hope that your comments will help us to get there, since each new season we begin with new staff.

Shortly after your review, we began to make changes - changes in training and supporting our staff, and also changes to our operations. it became apparent that our cafe service was not meeting expectations, so we changed it. We changed the management, the menu, and most of the decor in the cafe to try and improve the services provided. Our cafe is now run by the North Shore Culinary School; a non-profit organization teaching students, who otherwise couldn't afford culinary training, the skills to re-enter the workforce. While I agree I'm biased, I really do think the quality of food and service in our cafe is now far greater than anything we've had before.

Our wireless situation is improving as we have made equipment and service provider upgrades, but we still realize that we must do more to meet the demands that we have been experiencing. We hope that this season, and with further guest feedback, we will finally find a more suitable solution.

Again, thank you for taking the time for your review.

Stephen Campbell
Manager

HI-Vancouver Jericho Beach
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newport KY
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

I can't say enough good things about this place. Clean and friendly,!. Beds were clean and storage lockers were spacious. The beach was fantastic!!!!! So easy to access the gardens, the mountains and downtown, the public transportation in this city cannot be beat! The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is here ! http://thefestival.bc.ca/#

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

I stayed in Vanouver for a week and stayed in this HI. It is a little outside (20-30min into town) and you need to walk a little from the bus stop to get there (depending on your luggage it takes longer... ;) ). The hostel is nice, clean and near the beach (5min). The big dorm rooms don't seem as big, as there are little compartments with four beds (if you're lucky as i was you get a bed at the very end - there's only two there...). There's loads of showers - if you go and check upstairs. There's a big kitchen that get's cleaned daily. The Internet connection was free - but also often not working properly and had to be reset on a regular basis. Other from that it's a nice place. There are also tours you can join or parties depending on the time you're there. As far as i remember it's only open during the summer months though.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1515 Discovery St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6R 4K5, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 286
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vancouver's hostel by the beach is located just 20 minutes from downtown and 10 minutes from the University of BC. At HI-Vancouver Jericho Beach you'll be surrounded by parkland and sandy beaches, with views of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park, and the North Shore Mountains at your doorstep.Live like a local and experience all Vancouver has to offer. Cycling, kayaking, beach volleyball, wind-surfing and hiking are within easy reach. Travelling to Vancouver with your bike? HI-Vancouver Jericho Beach provides secure bike storage, and our friendly staff can direct you to the many bike trails, street routes and pathways.HI-Vancouver Jericho Beach is the only Vancouver hostel with a licensed café on site. Jerry's Cafe is open for breakfast, dinner, and drinks seven days a week. Join us for our weekly activities while experiencing the great food and some great Canadian Beer selections.HI-Vancouver Jericho Beach is the ideal West Coast home base for outdoor adventurers, beach-goers and summertime relaxers - we've got it all! ... more   less 
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