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“You'd better go across the street...” 3 of 5 stars
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SameSun Backpacker Lodge
1.5 of 5 Hostel   |   1018 Granville St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1L5, Canada (Formerly Global Village Backpackers) (Downtown)   |  
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Free breakfast with your stay
Bordeaux, France
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“You'd better go across the street...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Because I had a great experience at Samesun Banff, I choose Samesun Vancouver instead of Hi! Vancouver which is litteraly accross the street. For the same location Hi! is more expensive because it's simply much better. A lot of people did like me, first Samesun and then cross the street to be able to sleep.

The hostel is huge, it looks like a student dorm or a factory if you like. The 6 beds dorms are extremely small, it's simply overcrowded, you have no space for your luggage, not enough plugs for six people, no daylights because there are beds in front of the window...

The girl bathrooms are not big enough, there is a line up on the morning... the kitchen is as well wayyyyy to small for such a big building.

If you like to party and are looking for friends, this could be a good spot for you.
However if you want to visit Vancouver and have a good rest at night, just forget about it!

Good point: breakfast is huge.

Room Tip: The 6 beds dorms are way too small, you'd better pay more to have a real room.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Dampier, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

For my first time doing the hostel thing, the Samesun sure did a good job at making me feel comfortable. The rooms are a little small but you dont really spend much time in them anyway, but the experience was amazing! the staff are just wonderful and place has a great vibe to it. The provided breakfast is great for setting up for the day and the bar in the evening really goes off. Being close to everything is very handy and if your not sure what to do I highly suggest booking onto a Moose tour! Will be going back with out a doubt.

Room Tip: Try and get a room away from the washrooms.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

A hostel isn't usually my first choice, but it's a decent hostel overall. The rooms aren't big in size and a full room of 4 can mean you're tripping over everyone's luggage and belongings. However, there are some great facilities including a cinema room, large kitchen and the bar downstairs provides reasonably priced food and drinks as well as live music!

The staff were also very helpful, we'd exhausted most of what Vancouver has to offer so one of the staff members provided information about alternative activities we could do.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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50 hotel reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I've been travelling around all around Europe and stayed in some dodgy hostels but this was easily the worst hostel I've ever stayed in. The rooms are cramped, you can only JUST fit your backpack/suitcase on the floor and you can barely move around when the whole room is full. It doesn't help that it is located on the busiest street in Vancouver and you can constantly hear traffic and the sound of people who clearly couldn't handle their alcohol running up and down the stairs yelling random stuff. The toilets are also terrible, there is like 2 on each floor for about 100 people and 4 showers that have really good water pressure but don't give you any room to put your clothes, shower items, towel etc.

The bar downstairs is pretty cheap though and it has good WI FI but I was glad once I checked out.

Room Tip: Anywhere away from the street
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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petegas78, Manager at SameSun Backpacker Lodge, responded to this review, December 6, 2012
Hey bud,

Sorry you didn't enjoy your stay. It sounds like you were staying in a 6 bed dorm, which do of course have more people and more bags in them. If you are ever unhappy with your room, just ask the front desk and we will do our best to move you to another room. The 6 beds do face Granville St. which is the heart of the entertainment district here in Vancouver, hence some drunken revelry on the weekends. And just letting people know that we have just recently (the past couple of weeks recently) added hooks and shelves in the shower stalls to help people out with their belongings. Each level has 6 showers and toilets, all with recent reno's done on them. Glad you enjoyed the Beaver restaurant, always a good place to meet people. And hopefully the rest of your travels through Canada were filled with moose and bears. =P

Cheers

Pete
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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

Excellent value for money. Clean rooms & facilities, excellent bar with cheap drinks & food, plenty of activities and chances to socialize and top notch staff. Rooms are secure & quiet despite a very popular bar downstairs and a well appointed common room. Kitchen is well equipped and quite large, along with a movie theater with tons of choices. One of the best hostels I've stayed at.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights in September, in a private room, and were pleasantly surprised at the amenities in the room. TV, fridge, hair dryer and 2 towels each, which was great!
A really cool hostel, right in the centre of town, with free breakfast and a bar/restaurant inside it. Really friendly staff too, and must enter a security code to get in and out, so you feel pretty safe.
Only problem was that we had a room right next to the boys toilet and throughout the night people came and went, having conversations...as the walls aren't that thick it was very very loud! Just unlucky where we were I guess!
Over all, pretty good place to stay!

Room Tip: Ask if you can, not to be next to the toilets!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I arrived here to make friends and right from the off it all clicked into place. My first friends were the staff there truly awesome, do anything for yer. After the initial opening, now well happy i relax into an amazing atomsphere of wall to wall characters from all corners of the globe This place brings the world closer together, it,s centre stage stuff. If you value friendship and togetherness, this place will be right down your street. To sum it up for myself, made great choice, loved loved it

Room Tip: Look any room will suit you, relax enjoy your experience and meet loads and loads of awesome staff a...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1018 Granville St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1L5, Canada (Formerly Global Village Backpackers)
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — SameSun Backpacker Lodge 1.5*
Number of rooms: 270
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The largest hostel in downtown Vancouver with a central location in the entertainment district . We boast a clean environment with a great atmosphere and friendly staff. Everything you need in a hostel!Clean, comfortable, safe and fun - SameSun Vancouver is the place to stay in Vancouver! You get what you pay for in this city, so if you want the best experience for your stay in Vancouver, check out the #1 rated hostel in the city! ... more   less 
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