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Charlottetown Backpackers Inn

60 Hillsborough St, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 4W1 Canada
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Marvel_02 wrote a review Jun 2019
Vancouver, Canada84 contributions20 helpful votes
Staff was very nice. House was very clean. Breakfast had free fruit, bread, jams, tea, coffee and oatmeal. Location was very convenient but still a little out of the way so it was quiet with ample parking. Unfortunately, I stayed here because the website says there are bikes to rent. DO NOT rent these bikes. They are rusty, faded, and old. The seat broke on the first one I tried and the second one didn't have rear brakes. I'd still recommend the hostel though.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
Silke M wrote a review Sep 2018
10 contributions4 helpful votes
Supercutest hostel ever! Staff prepares banana bread for breakfast, never saw a cleaner kitchen in a hostel, dorms and washrooms are well kept and staff was super helpful and friendly at any time! No laundry, but laundromat / small grocery store just round the corner.
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Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Traveled solo
BarbaraH53 wrote a review Sep 2018
Alnmouth, United Kingdom62 contributions48 helpful votes
We stayed here for two nights in a lovely private room (think we lucked out on that actually) and from the moment we arrived and Levi greeted us we felt at home. Lots of helpful advice about the town, a comprehensive tour of the hostel and its facilities, a great (included) breakfast each morning and exceptionally friendly and efficient staff. The place was clean, welcoming and felt loved.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for the private suite on the 1st (UK 1st) floor.
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Disgirltravels wrote a review Sep 2018
Toronto, Canada5 contributions1 helpful vote
I initially booked a bed for 4 nights and once I got there, I extended my stay for one week because I wanted to relax a bit after extensive travelling and thought Charlottetown would be the place. Anyway, the very first morning of my stay at the hostel (and in PEI), I was sitting at the kutchen table taking with another guest and one the of staff when in walks Levi (the proprietor--as stated on his business card), and says "how are you doing?" Apparently, he said, "how are you doing (insert staff member name here), however, I did not hear him refer to her and being in a good mood, I replied, "great, thank you." Mr. Levi stood there and said (I kid you not), "You are not (staff member name here). I was talking to (staff member name here)." It took me a moment to realize that he was NOT kidding. He was annoiyed that me, a paying customer to his establishment replied to him instead of his staff member. I sat there, shocked, humiliated in front of the guest and staff member, and feeling incredibly unwelcome and uncomfortable. He even had the nerve to then direct the question to me afterwards as if to say, "ok, now I'm talking to you." Who does that? A rude, arrogant, jerk does that. Several more encounters with him confirmed that this was not an isolated incident. He is rude and arrogant. I decided then that I was not going to stay the whole week and wanted to leave that moment if I could, but I couldn't get a decent priced transportation out of PEI until 2 nights later because everything is so expensive there, especially transportation, so I ended up only staying a rather grueling 3 nights after giving them my 24 hour notice to leave the next day. Frankly, I was ready to get out of there the first day because after walking around the pier and "downtown", which is actually just one street that takes about 1 hour to traverse and see it in its entirety, I had basically seen all that I needed to see in 24 hours of being in PEI. 3 days was overkill. The hostel itself is an old home that is owned by Mr. Charming himself, aka Levi. It is cramped, especially with many people staying in it. The female dorms are on the first floor right next to the main entrance and a foot away from the stairway that leads up to the mens dorms and bathrooms, so expect a lot of foot traffic and noise in the female dorms. And there is only one bathroom for women and it is up a narrow flight of stairs so you have many women vying for one bathroom. When I stayed there, one night there were at least 10 women staying there so yea, not fun in the morning when you have to go to the bathroom and someone is taking a shower in the only women's bathroom. Also, the women's dorms are located right beneath the mens dorms so you hear all the foot traffic and the jumping off of bunks and dropping luggage and bags on the floors. Also, since it is an old home, there is no ac and nights get hot and stuffy even with a fan. When a dorm gets filled up with women, the heat can be brutal. One woman kept jumping off her bunk and going outside in the middle of the night to get cool air because of how hot it was in the room. Also, the "breakfast" advertised is more like a couple pots of coffee, some slices of banana bread, 2 sliced oranges, and 2 bananas sliced with some regular bread and Peter Pan peanut butter and jam and once that is gone, it is gone. I went for breakfast at 9:00am and was shocked that there was nothing there. Many people were complaining about this. Oh, and another annoying factor that made my stay all the more uncomfortable was the fact that Levi keeps personal photos of himself on the walls right at the top of the stairs by the bathroom so everytime I went to the bathroom, I had the agonizing experience of seeing topless pictures of himself (way too much information, thanks), and pictures of him making foolish, dumb faces. It really felt like I was staying in this strange man's home surrounded by his stuff and wierd pictures of him half naked on the walls. Creepy. And when I cancelled the rest of my trip, I heard him speaking to a staff member about my cancellation and whining that it "was a lot of money" (that he would be losing). Yea, well, when you're a rude, arrogant jerk to guests, often that translates into lost revenue. My advice to travellers: I was amazed at how many gorgeous bed and breakfasts there were in Charlotttown in beautiful, charming historic homes, many on the water. And since you don't need a lot of time to see Charlottetown, I would recommend staying at one of the many lovely B&B's. They will also be cleaner because it appears as though this hostel only does one cleaning a week and the bathrooms get gross fast. There was a woman's clump of hair hanging to the rim of the toilet for 2 days when I was staying there. Also, the overall experience would be much more pleasant and enjoyable, in my opinion in a B&B. I wish I had done that. Also note, there were a bunch of students who appeared to be staying there long term and dominated the kitchen with daily cooking and it seemed to be more of a student hangout than anything else. Also, be prepared to walk at least 30 minutes to a regular, large grocery store if you don't have a car because there are no good grocery stores close by. The local stores are small and ill-equipped and super expensive. I tried to buy a bottle of water at a store on the same street and it was $4 a liter for water.
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Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Traveled solo
Nic C wrote a review Sep 2018
6 contributions2 helpful votes
This hostel is in a great location just a few minutes walk from the centre of Charlottetown. The dorms are very clean and have some good touches like individual plug sockets etc. I was in the loft room, which has a rather low and narrow stairway, not ideal for the taller person, but there are normal beds when you get up there which was a pleasant surprise. The staff are also generally very friendly and the free breakfast is a welcome start to the day and a good chance to meet and chat with other travellers. I'd certainly stay here again.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Traveled solo
$60 - $95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
CanadaPrince Edward IslandCharlottetown
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Frequently Asked Questions about Charlottetown Backpackers Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Charlottetown Backpackers Inn?
Nearby attractions include Confederation Centre of the Arts (0.3 miles), St. Dunstan's Basilica (0.3 miles), and Peake's Wharf (0.3 miles).
What food & drink options are available at Charlottetown Backpackers Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Charlottetown Backpackers Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Truckin' Roll Ice Cream, Leonhard's Cafe & Restaurant, and Claddagh Oyster House.
Is Charlottetown Backpackers Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Charlottetown.
Are there any historical sites close to Charlottetown Backpackers Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting St. Dunstan's Basilica (0.3 miles), Beaconsfield Historic House (0.6 miles), and Port-la-Joye - Fort Amherst (2.9 miles).