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“cheap stay, awesome times!!” 5 of 5 stars
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American Backpackers Hostel
347 West Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1T3, Canada   |  
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“cheap stay, awesome times!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I stayed here last fall/winter, i came for the low prices but stayed for the friendly people and the great downtown location. I was able to enjoy downtown vancouver as a tourist and also able to easily walk to work everyday. I met a lot of really awesome travellers at this hostel. Definitly had an awesome time :)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

i stayed at the hostel over the summer came to visit in winter and you can't beat the price, location people, right downtown will defiantly be coming back next year. it's a place where people care about each other like a home

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona, Spain
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

you will not find a cheap place like this all over the canada!
excellently located right in the city center and a step away from the skytrain and all the major tourist attractions.
very informal atmosphere: average customers are young age.
in summer make they make party even with free spaghetti.
the rest of the services are basic level but for the price you pay is more than good.
also suitable for long stays for people like me who has the working visa.
I have been here for many months and I felt right at home.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Malmo, Sweden
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

I was here for two weeks recently and I found a really unique and interesting.
the atmosphere is unique, I made a lot of friendships with people different from me and I absorbed different cultures from around the world.
the hostel is in a fantastic location: right in the center.
obviously the highlight are the prices: unbeatable!
as if that was not enough one night I even found a party with free spaghetti! (very tasty)
recommended.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Munich, Germany
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

You can't find another place cheap like this one and with great atmosphere.
Hostel is located just in downtown close to everywhere.
Skytrain station is just two block away.
Also great party on friday night.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

By far the cheaper hostel in the city, American backpackers is the place to go if you are a low budget travelers. The hostel have everything you need and there's always nice people from everywhere. I've been there a week and i have nothing to complain. A great place and i recommend it for everyone.

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I like to think that I am open minded about a lot of things, but this hostel put me to the test.
I had reserved a single room for x1 night, but when I arrived, they had given the room away so my only open was a 6 bed dorm. & to be fair to them, they did give the room to me for free, but the room & bathrooms were disgusting.
The bunks were very unstable, the sheets had stains on them, the bathrooms stunk & were very grubby. A lick of paint wouldn't have gone astray.
If you aren't fussed about any of these kinds of things, then this place is for you.
There aren't any proper locks on the doors & the lockers in the room I was in were all full of others food so there were cockroaches & other bugs in the room.
The price is great, but for me, the hostel was not.
The only way to survive this place is to get so drunk you don't notice the dirt & scum.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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mazara1, Manager at American Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
There is another side of the story ,she arrived at 10 p.m instead of 3 pm she did not pre pay in advance she got 1 night free in dorms ,she got several free beers total $20 because that night we had free beer she did bother other gust in the room that been there for months had no respect for long term tenant and only stay one night our long term guest are more inportant than one night people when they come all jet lag stressed from the bad trip they had or they come from anice home and stay in cheap hostel were guest on working holiday live and make they home they complain when other guest been there for months and they are very happy , here comes 1 night stay and judge a hostel that been around for 29 years ,do people should take serious a comment from somebody who barely spent a night unless you are obsessed reading review and actually read business status of a hostel that has solid ground those comment should be put in garbage because some travelers are there to complain all the time when they are actually the problem them self ,, aider don't clean after them-self don't behave and get rowdy and drunk or are naive and need actually bouncers to keep quiet our hostel is a easy going place every body is welcome of any religion and race but when comes to rich and poor there is a divide and those they should be smart before they choose a place don't be cheap and complain some people need those cheap place don't screw up for others
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Address: 347 West Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1T3, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver
Amenities:
Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The American Backpackers hostel has been around for 28 years. It is the cheapest hostel in town but also the most friendly,and has kept the same price for 28 years. Big communal kitchen,socializing room with stereo we have bike parking fridges lockers in winter is ideal for long term working holiday students,and tourist in summer price. ... more   less 
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