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C & N Backpackers - 927 Main
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C & N Backpackers - 927 Main
Victoria, Canada
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“worst. hostel. ever.”
Reviewed March 1, 2012

I have done my fair share of travelling and staying in hostels in Canada and Internationally, and this is by far the worst hostel I have ever stayed at. It was a bit cheaper than other hostels in Vancouver, but it was SO not worth saving a few bucks for. There was a sink in my room and there were bugs coming up from the drain, I was standing at the payphone and a cockroach crawled right over my foot, and the other guests at the hotel seemed to be homeless people from around the area....pretty rough characters to be honest. I didn't feel comfortable at all so I left really early in the morning. As I was checking out, the man working the front desk was loudly complaining about a guest that he had an argument with and being pretty inappropriate and rude about it. overall, horrible stay. I'm not very picky when it comes to where I stay when travelling, but this place was just that bad.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Sligo, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2011

I stayed here in Jan 2011 because it was the cheapest hostel in Vancouver. To be honest for only $20 a night it was pretty good but if I had paid any more I would have been very disappointed. The worst part of it are the rooms. The bunks are noisey and the rooms are dirty but ill give a 3/5 star rating.

I notice all the 1/5 star reviews are from people that stayed here during the olympics. My guess is that these people may not be used to hostels and were expecting more of a hotel.

Free computer for internet which was good.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
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Vancouver
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Reviewed December 26, 2010

My girlfriend wasn't sure about staying here, but because we were trying to save money and wanted an hostel with a kitchen I persuaded her to stay here.
At first the hostel seems ok, the communal area when we first arrive up the stairs seemed good, the receptionist gave us loads of useful information about Vancouver and I thought my gamble had paid off.......until I got to the room. An odd divan style bed that we found out in the night buckles in the middle. The sink seemed unusable because the amount of rust. The room in general wasn't in great condition. Old rickety desk and chair with a lot of the paint coming off.
Only a limited number of bathrooms. The toilet floor on the lower floor looked like one from an old pub and god knows when it was given a good clean and the shower in the lower shower room was covered in black mould. Again, god knows when they actually cleaned inside. One morning I was pleased that I was going to be the first person to use the bathroom after it was cleaned. But he seems all they did was mop, which instead of removing all of the hair on the floor, just spread it around.
When booking it said it had a laundry, which is one washer and one dryer to service about 40 rooms. But good old C&N have put up notes saying that the hostels gets priority use, so when you see stacks of sheets you seem to realize you'll get no washing done.
2 kitchens in the hostel, in one the oven doesn't work and the other started to smoke because of the dirt when we turned it on and the fridge really smells when you open it.

In general, this hostel could be so much better if they even kept up with simple cleaning and maintenance, but at the moment I would recommend that people find somewhere else to stay

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed September 18, 2010

Okay let me tell you first that my boyfriend and I are young people who arnt really picky and understand that you get what you pay for so we knew the place wasnt gonna be highclass, or very attractive but what we didnt want to pay for is bed bugs. and the hotel is constantly trying to fight them. they spray every tuesday. we paid 320$ for 6 days, only to have found out that the hostel is actually a low rent "hotel" which is very simular to alot of rooming houses I have lived in. and that there are alot of locals who live here for like $400-450 a month, depending on the room. for a little more we coulda stayed alot longer but we're really happy we didnt. Like I said my boyfriend and I have lived in some pretty ruff places in our lives and this place is just like any other rooming house/ low income residental hotel. we can deal with just about anything, but I really hate bed bugs and my boyfriend breaks out in massive welts all over his body when he gets bitten. where as I dont. so for some people like me you may not realise u have them unless you happen to catch the crawling on your bed or wall or worse, on you. we arrived on the monday, and had slept ontop of our own blankets so we didnt notice them the first night, on tuesday the bedbug guys came to check our room and had found 2 bedbugs crawling on the matress and they just picked them off, when we asked if they were gonna spray they said no because "it would be fine". we slept on our blankets again hoping we would be okay, but by morning my boyfriend woke up with these big dollar size red welts on his sholders and back of his legs, in our past experiances when my boyfriend and I are sleeping in the same bed that has bugs, I almost never get biten and they seem to just bite him so we knew from past experiances that they were the cause of his very ichy bite marks. we told the front desk guy about them and after him expaining how they only spray on tuesday and us telling him how they wouldnt they finally sprayed our boxsprings and put sticky paper under our bed. 4 hours later when we were allowed back into our room and within about 5min of being back in we saw a bedbug crawling up the wall and my poor boyfriend continued to get biten. because the hostel is right in the DTES which hosts alot of drug addicts and shady people. we stupidly got ripped off by a guy we met the day before who promised us vip tickets to a downtown club. georcery shopping is hard as all the Asian markets sell only produce and fish, so the convence stores near by within walking distances charge u an arm and a leg for simple items like cereal and milk. u gotta catch a bus to up 2 broadway and theres a "save on foods" near main and broadway.
we had also told the front desk guy that we our bus didnt leave till a little later pass the 11am check out time and hoped that cuz of the bedbug situation that they would have let us stay a bit longer just to wait but they said no because of other peoples reservations. even though we knew there were lots of empty rooms. so that was disapointing too. they did let us keep our luggage in there storage room while we left to kill time b4 we had to catch our bus. I wouldnt reccomend this place to anyone with high standards. it is simply a place to sleep. (if u can) our room was always really cold at night too so it sucked having to sleep on top of our blankets. we ended up giving away our blankets when we left to to advoid cross contamination. this place is good for people who would only be staying a nite or 2 without any expectations of quality.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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Reviewed September 6, 2010

I stayed in this hostel for 3 weeks and it was a pretty easy stay. The staff are friendly and very helpful with any questions, the hostel was always clean and being cleaned. If you are a walker like I am, it only takes 20min to get to Downtown Granville st and 25min to Davie st, there are also buses and trains very close by. it was also a quiet hostel so there werent any problems re noise etc..the other people staying seemed quite friendly and over all it was a great stay..Vancouver is a great city and this hostel helped with that enjoyment, if only Vancouver had work going, I would have stayed.I have already recommaned this place to friends.

Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
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UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2010

We booked a private room, and it was a great place for what we needed. What we needed was a safe place to store our stuff during the day & to sleep at night, and a kitchen to cook some food at night.
The location is good and bad, the good that it is a 5 minute walk from the Amtrak and Grey hound station, and not far from the Sky Train.
The bad is you are not far from Hasting Street, which there are a few homeless, but they will pretty much leave you alone. And the hostel will give you plenty of advise.
But all in all you get what you pay for, and as we were on a budget it was fine for us.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Brussels
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2010

We booked online, website looked fine and there aren't too many budget options in Vancouver. However, we checked out first thing and moved into a hotel after having spent the night in a tiny, cell-like room, opposite the massive washing machines. The sink was disgusting, full of rust, bunk bed mattresses just dusty (the lower bed had to face the mattress bottom, no layer inbetween) and fortunately the sheets were of brown/blue color anyway (must be a reason why they don't provide standard white sheets!). Staff was friendly but they must live in some other reality as it is just beyond me how they dare to rent out such rooms.. Bathrooms were ok, though. The whole area is seedy though, we walked around after 9pm in search of food (nothing) and didn't feel safe at all, despite coming from a major city ourselves. Its centrally located though.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Property: C & N Backpackers - 927 Main
Address: 927 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 2V8, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Yaletown & False Creek North
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #31 of 49 Specialty Lodging in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — C & N Backpackers - 927 Main 1.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
centrally located walking distance to all tourist attractions, across street to Bus depot and Amtrak station, near public transportation The hostel has private rooms and dormitory (3 max 4 beds) free linen nd towels, 2 kitchen, internet, lounge, laundry facilities, rooms with TV and fridge, tourdesk, bike rentals, lockers, luggage storage, no curfew or crazy rules, cheap breakfast available, airport pick up can be arranged, weekly events. ... more   less 
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