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“terrible - dirty sheets, dirty shower, and bed bugs”
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Samesun Vancouver
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San Francisco, CA
1 review
“terrible - dirty sheets, dirty shower, and bed bugs”
Reviewed August 9, 2009

I stayed here three days (because I had reserved for three days and couldn't cancel the reservation without losing money). The sheets were a dingy gray, the shower was stopped up with hair, and there were little critters roaming about. Save up your money for the YWCA or find a place through airbnb. This was not a happy place. Also, if you're not used to city hostels, the noise will keep you up until 4am on Saturday.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
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washinton dc
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Reviewed June 29, 2009

Want a place in Vancouver that is centrally located, cheap and on the skytrain line? Choose Samesun.
PROS: Location, plenty of backpackers from all over, in the middle of nightlife, cost of room
CONS: Free bkfast consists of toast and juice, mattresses are quite thin (bring an extra pillow), hallways smell like B.O., pretty hard to meet people who are already with friends....

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2009

The place was in the centre Vancouver. The staff were very helpful and could answer any questionsi had. The satff was a mix of locals and from all around the world, so I felt very at home. I really enjoyed the bar, the food is cheap and the drinks the same. All in all I would love too go back there, it was great..

  • Stayed January 2006, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 4, 2009

We originally wanted to stay at HI Central or Downtown but there was no opening, so we booked our entire stay at HI Jericho Beach. The location is definitely great, so if you can't find a bed, definitely check both the HI Central and SameSun.

The Jericho beach location was too inconvenient for enjoying downtown, so we tried to find a room at HI Downtown again only to find it was full again, then found the SameSun across the street. We were able to find beds for us, so we stayed four nights there.

Room:
It wasn't the cleanest, but not inhabitable. My friend had to change his bed on his 2nd night, because someone else decided to sleep in his bed for whatever reason.

Shower/Bathroom:
If I recall correctly, there was only one or two showers per floor, but you can always go to a different floor instead of waiting around.


Security:
There were no lockers in our room and they were in the hallway on first-come-first serve basis, however the area was monitored by CCTV. I can say security is quite good. One of my local friends wanted to stop by to use the rest room, but front desk stopped him. It's good to see they're paying attention. Seeing the locker areas are monitored and they pay attention to unauthorized guests I wouldn't be too worried about your belongings.

The social lounge downstairs was pretty fun, but it can get quite smokey from people smoking on the patio with the door open.

Internet:
Accessible only on their computers (for a fee) or WiFi in the lounge.

  • Liked — Location, bar on the first floor and security
  • Disliked — rooms and customer service wasn't the best
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled with friends
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2008

Arrived at this hostel after a long flight from Melbourne. The staff on the front desk were rude and not helpful at all!!

Checked in to my room and it was a disgrace, they basically have no time limit on how long people can stay for, the room i stayed in, one of the girls had been living there for 6 months, so you can imagine all the crap around the room.
The bathrooms were below average and you often had to wait 20 - 30mins as some showers were out of order!! (same problem on each floor)

This was the first hostel i stayed in and possibly the worst!!! I have stayed in many many more along my travels and would only stay back here as a last resort!!!!

Also very very noisy!!!

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  • Stayed May 2008, traveled solo
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1 Thank Becky-Lee8
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Cairns, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2008

A good location, with a bar and good restaurant downstairs. Password for the door changed daily for safety. Towels are available for hire, linen supplied. Free wifi and cheap computers to hire. Fridges available with a simple kitchen. Free breakfast is pancakes you cook yourself. Just allow a long time cause they take ages!!

This is a busy and tired hostel. Ear plugs are a must. I thought it was a bit smelly. The HI across the road is better if you want something a bit quieter.

  • Liked — location and free wifi
  • Disliked — smelly and noisy
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled solo
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Solihull, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2008

The staff at the samesun are very friendly and can help you out with anything you may need. The hostel was clean but could probably do with some maintanence. The rooms are pretty small so feel a bit crowded as are the common areas.
It is located in downtown Vancouver, full of homeless, so expect them to be hanging around any hostel that you would stay in on Granville Street. Granville Street is full of clubs but can be dangerous at night on the weekend.
This hostel would be a great place to meet people if travelling on your own and is about what you would expect from a large hostel.

  • Liked — Sociable place
  • Disliked — Overcrowded
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Samesun Vancouver
Address: 1018 Granville St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1L5, Canada (Formerly Global Village Backpackers)
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver > Granville Street
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 49 Specialty Lodging in Vancouver
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Samesun Vancouver 1.5*
Number of rooms: 69
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 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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