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HI Vancouver Downtown

1114 Burnaby St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1P1 Canada
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#9 of 105 Specialty lodging in Vancouver
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, German
Property amenities
Paid public parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Game room
Books, DVDs, music for children
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Parking garage
Vending machine
Board games / puzzles
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Non-smoking rooms


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100Great for walkers
Grade: 100 out of 100
131Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
18Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
308Reviews6Q+A32Room tips
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Jen Chan wrote a review Jan 2020
Hong Kong, China45 contributions13 helpful votes
I stayed at this HI for a total of 4 nights (first 3 nights, then left for Banff for 2 days before returning to stay for 1 more night), and would say that this is a good choice if you're looking for a no-frills, clean-enough pod. I'm commenting as a private room-dweller here, so my experience may differ considerably from the dormers. In general, the rooms I stayed in were clean enough, but I didn't really like how 'private room' here doesn't actually mean en suite, i.e. no private bathroom. Granted, the shared shower was just right across from my room, but if I'm paying for a 'private' room, then I don't think it's too unreasonable to expect a private *en suite* room. Not a huge issue, but definitely, eh, room for improvement there for the folks at HI Downtown! And one more thing: I found the room a bit too warm at times (even for someone staying in late Dec!), and would have appreciated the option of an in-room controllable heater. Now on to the good points: Unless you want to be right in the centre of the action, the location of this HI is actually quite optimal. It's a 1-min walk away from your closest Starbucks and Denny's, a 5-min walk away from the nearest supermarket (called Davie Street's Independent Grocers), and two streets away from a wide range of restaurant options. The only 'downside' to its location is that it's a 15-min walk away from the closest SkyTrain station (which would be Yaletown-Roundhouse), but again, this isn't a *big* deal if you don't mind the walk or don't mind shelling out 3 CAD dollars for the bus ride. Bus station is close enough though, just a 2-min walk from the hostel, so that gives you transport accessibility to Stanley Park, Gastown, Yaletown, the Waterfront / Canada Place etc. The complimentary breakfast is quite good. There's oatmeal and continental options (bread, muffin, scones - even), with a decent selection of spreads on offer (PB, blueberry, raspberry jams, marmalade, margarine, honey). The coffee is free flow Nescafe, which is good enough for a hostel free breakfast. (Again, if you want better coffee you can always walk over to the Starbucks a couple of blocks down, or there's a 24-hour bakery/cafe called Breka's, a 7-min walk away). The front desk staff were all very helpful, and I appreciate that they had let me store my luggage for two nights while I gallivanted off to Banff (lol) - sans storage fee. They were also quick to order taxis (especially when I needed one at 5 am in the morning for a flight to Calgary!) and answer questions, so you've definitely got a friendly, helpful reception crew at this HI. Overall, I found my experience here satisfactory, and everything was good enough. I must, however, say that as a frequent HI dweller, I have definitely stayed at better ones.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Sandra K wrote a review Dec 2019
Toronto, Canada23 contributions28 helpful votes
Spent 2 nights here solo this past summer. While I don't consider the location to be prime (not quite close to downtown or most of the attractions I wanted to see - at least not as close are people are saying it is?), it is conveniently located near major transit lines and several double-decker city sightseeing bus stops. Uber does not operate in BC, so it's important to have a grasp on transit options if you don't want to shell out for a car rental. I took the train from the airport and it was quick and easy. The "closest" attraction by foot was Granville Island. The hostel itself is pretty good- I stayed in a 4-bed female dorm and it was the tiniest room I have ever stayed in, definitely feels like a tight fit when all guests are in the same room at the same time. The bathroom was clean and spacious, with a clear separation between showers, toilets and sinks. It was never crowded at any point during my stay. There seems to be a good range of activities, although I didn't partake as I was out the majority of the day. There is a rooftop in the summer, and the staff put on a BBQ one evening during my stay. The building is dated, but clean and the staff were all friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: June 2019
Sub3B wrote a review Aug 2019
Seattle, Washington46 contributions35 helpful votes
I stayed at this hostel for Seawheeze 2019. For a very expensive weekend, this was great value. The location was amazing and centrally located. There are a bunch of restaurant options a couple of blocks away. The hostel staff were friendly. The wifi worked for the most part. The kitchen was very well equipped. The toilet for the most part was clean.
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Date of stay: August 2019
Sleep Quality
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Response from Maicke A, Manager at HI Vancouver Downtown
Responded Aug 30, 2019
Thank you for your comments! I am happy you had a nice stay and found some good value at our location! I think the Hostel is situated nicely, nestled in between the busy Centre of Downtown and the amazing Beaches. I will mention your comments to the team and am happy that you liked the kitchen and hopefully, the free breakfast! Hope to the you for the Run next year. Regards, Maicke/Hostel Manager
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Adam S wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom177 contributions62 helpful votes
I stayed here for 4 nights last month. I must say this hostel was slightly on the disappointing side. It worked out £40 a night, which in terms of what you get, compared to other HI's (nicest Chicago, LA) I thought it was lacking, and other HI's are cheaper too. Room was small, shabby, with a not great smell. There seemed to be no vibes here, which was a bit disappointing, but I was visiting a friend so I went out with my friend, otherwise I would have been bored. Key card did not even work so had to get staff to help. I do not like to complain, but I would advise staying somewhere else. I did not rate lower, as staff were friendly and helped me out, and loaned me a Compass card for the time I was there, and location is ideal, and can get around to most places you want to easily by foot, bus, or train. I also found my bed comfy, and I was staying in a 4 person room, but only 3 of us were there 3 nights so was nice.
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Date of stay: July 2019
Room Tip: Rooms need a bit of TLC
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Robert Vaughan wrote a review Aug 2019
Marietta, Georgia, United States132 contributions142 helpful votes
I stayed here twice in early August of 2019. Once upon arrival from Juneau, Alasak, and second time returning from Victoria. I stayed in Rm 215 and Rm 219. The hostel is located on a very lightly trafficed street. There are good sidewalks on both sides and appears more people than cars traverse this street. From gthe street the you go down a slight decline to the main entrance. Upon entering the reception desk is about 10 feet in on your left. There is an elevators to the right but be advised it is slow. The stairs are next to it but appears it only allows people down the stairs but not up.. The bathroom for me were right outside my door. It consisted of at least 3 toilets, two sinks, and two showers. Both rooms I was in had 3 double bunk beds. Two back to head with large backpack size lockers in between. You will need your own padlock to lock them There was an electrical outlet with two receptacles next to the lower bunk I was in. Good enough for me. No individual lights per bed. The Wifi here on my first visit of 3 nights was intermittment or slow. I often had to reconnect to the wireless network to reconnect. Or it was slow at times. You have to re-agree to the terms of the Wifi every so often. There is a password to connect ot the network. Then you have to agree to the terms of the connection via your web browser before finally connecting. the hostel is well placed between the West and East end of Vancouver. Stanley Park is about 1.5 miles away and and a bit less to the West and East End. I had no problem walking to any of these places with the good wide sidewalks in Vancouvers. There is a good supermarket very close called the Independent. I think you will find if not all most of what you need here. Located about 400 yards roughly. You go left from the front of the hostel. Then turn right at the next street. Then left at the next street. The grocery store is on the other side of the street. Therare a lot os restaurants and bars in this area.. I took a taxi here from the airport. It costed me $32 CAD without tip. I took a cab from the hostel to Pacific Central(main bus/train station) that costed about $12 CAD without tip. Pacific Central is about two miles away from the hostel. If it is hot outside and I mean like above 70 degrees the rooms can get a bit warm. In my first room the open windows and running the standing fan help a great deal in cooling down the room with the bright sun on that side of the building. My second room I had my rommate was not too smart. he moved the fan away from windows and did not open the shades. The kitchen area is first rate with lots of refrigs. There was plenty of room for several people to cook at the same time. Breakfast is served in the morning I think from 0730 to 1000. I did not have any of the breakfast but it is part of the hostel fee. Overall, this was a very good hostel with close proximity to most if not all the major attractions in Vancouver. I would certainly stay here again if you need it cheap.
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Date of stay: August 2019
Response from Maicke A, Manager at HI Vancouver Downtown
Responded Aug 30, 2019
Thank you for your very useful and descriptive comments! They give such a great insight into our hostel and will help other travelers! I am happy you enjoyed your stay and please come back and visit us again. Kind regards, Maicke/Hostel Manager
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Frequently Asked Questions about HI Vancouver Downtown
Which popular attractions are close to HI Vancouver Downtown?
Nearby attractions include Sunset Beach (0.3 miles), Score On Davie (0.2 miles), and Long Table Distillery (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at HI Vancouver Downtown?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at HI Vancouver Downtown?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at HI Vancouver Downtown?
Yes, a parking garage and paid public parking on-site are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to HI Vancouver Downtown?
Conveniently located restaurants include Giardino Restaurant, Joe's Grill, and Breka Bakery & Cafe.
Is HI Vancouver Downtown located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Vancouver.
Are any cleaning services offered at HI Vancouver Downtown?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at HI Vancouver Downtown?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Are there any historical sites close to HI Vancouver Downtown?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Yaletown (0.6 miles), Engine 374 Pavilion (0.7 miles), and Gaoler's Mews (1.3 miles).
Is HI Vancouver Downtown accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.