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HI-Whistler
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Toronto, Canada
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“Cheapest rates in Whistler”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2011

My cross-Canada trip led me here. I was originally going to stay only three days. Well, it has been a week and a half so far and I have another week booked.

This place is great. Dorms have two bunk beds for four people. Each two dorm rooms share one toilet, one shower and two sinks. It isn’t too much of a problem because if your toilet is in use than you can access another one by going next door to the next paired dorms. The beds are the most comfortable I have found in a hostel environment.

I have to say this place is well maintained; they have a cleaning crew of two staff that are scheduled from 9am to midnight. These people work really hard to keep the place nice and clean and it shows.

On the main floor there is a coffee shop that is staffed from 7am to sometime in the afternoon; their grilled sandwiches are really tasty. On the second floor are the common areas: A pool-table room; a lounging area with a deck; a TV room with satellite and a 52 inch TV; a state-of-the-art kitchen that you would find in a restaurant; a dining deck with a BBQ; and a laundry room with a TV.

People have reviewed that Internet is free. Yes it is, if you have your own computer. If you need to use one of the public computers then there is a fee. Also, the hostel has made printing available for a reasonable fee.

As reviewed already parking at the hostel is free. The drive to the village is about 10 Km but parking is a pain in the village and worst on weekends. Unfortunately, the Municipality of the Resort of Whistler has recently decided to decrease tourism by charging for parking in most of their day lots. Currently the closest lots to The Village (Lots 1, 2, and 3) are $12 per day. The other lots farther away from The Village are still free, but from the looks of it there are plans to charge at all lots at a future date. I would suggest taking the bus; it runs frequently and is cheap. A day pass on the bus is currently $7.00.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Emmen, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2011

We slept one night in the HI Hostel at the Red Bull Joyride Weekend. The Hostel is 10km away from Whistler Village but Buses connect the Hostel to the town (also during the night, so don't worry if you want to go out). The rooms are clean and 8 people share a toilet and a shower. The beds are very comfortable (better than in many hotels...). I can only recommend the hostel to anybody who stays in Whistler. Parking and Internet are free.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2011

Stayed here for one night on a Moose tour in August 2010 and it's taken me way too long to review it. Fantastic hostel with loads of common room space, brilliant dorms with lovely bathrooms, and because its brand spanking new it feels more like a good quality budget hotel.

Only thing which is a little irritating is its distance from Whistler town centre, although this is remedied by a regular bus service which is fairly cheap. That's if you brave the bears roaming about at night!

Imagine it would be an awesome place to kick back for a ski season.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2011

I'm sure the "charm and atmosphere" that some say it lacks will arrive when it gets older but for now this place is plush. Very nice hotel, sorry Hostel. Its clean, welcoming, friendly and very well equipped. The Private rooms are brilliant and i've stayed in much worse hotels. Location is quiet with little else around other than housing and great views. Bed was very comfy.

Only down side is the fact that its so far out of town but at least the bus runs regularly till late/early (3am). Its easy to hop on an off the bus with a varying selection of passes on offer. It is a little pricey for a hostel but it is very nice and it demands Whistler prices.

Well recommended

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2011

My husband and I stayed here in June 2011 and we were really impressed. Having stayed in hostels all around the world, I know a good hostel when I see one! The other reviews on TripAdvisor are corrent in that this place is more like a hotel than a hostel. The private rooms with ensuite bathrooms could pass for the very best Novotels I have stayed in - uber modern fittings, comfy beds, 32 inch flat screen TVs, double showers, funky artwork on the wall etc.

BUT, it's the communal areas which really set this hostel apart - the foyet/reception has an excellent cafe - reasonably priced too. The TV lounge wouldn't look out of place on 'MTV Cribs' - just amazing. Pool table and table football - free wireless - 4 computer terminals, huge dining room with views of the mountains, a massive deck area for the summer and a suberb kitchen.

Parking is plentiful and free. You are a 10 minute drive to Whistler Village - 30 mins on the bus we were told. That doesn't matter though - there are some excellent cycling and walking trails right on the doorstep - the walk to Logger's Lake is worth doing (note that the signs/directions are rubbish though).

All in all, this is a great place to stay and meet people of all ages who are passionate about travel. Dorms are modern and the shared bathrooms are excellent . Stay here, you won't be disappointed...

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sligo, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2011

This is a lovely hostel and it is so nice you would be forgiven for thinking it was a hotel. The tv room is squeeky clean and big with about 15 leather chairs in it. The kitchen is also very big.

It is a little far out of town but buses arrive every 30 mins or so and the bus drivers are very friendly unlke places like san fran and LA.

Cons: The beds are made from hard wood and when you are climbing to the top bunk your shins and ankles can take a battering especially if you are getting up to go to the toilet in the middle of the night in the dark.

I spent about 5 days here and then I relized that I hate cold weather so I got a 42 hour train back to LA.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2011

The "new" hostel in Whistler is functional and well laid out. But it is very "sterile" (and huge/impersonal) compared with the old Alta Vista hostel in town (which closed once this one opened).

The main complaint I had was that the kitchen was often filthy. Many guests don't wash their own dishes or clean up after themselves, so counters and stovetops are constantly messy. The staff does a good cleaning late in the evening, but they should enforce the "clean up after yourself" policy.

I had one issue with another person in my room breaking the rules. Not sure if there were consequences for that, but the staff took my complaint seriously.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
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Property: HI-Whistler
Address: 1035 Legacy Way | Whistler Village, Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B5, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Whistler
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 53 Specialty Lodging in Whistler
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — HI-Whistler 2*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opened in July 2010, the HI-Whistler is a purpose-built hostel that was originally used as part of the Whistler Athletes' Village during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. This brand new facility sets the standard in hostelling with all the amenities you'd expect and then some.There's more to HI-Whistler than just a place to sleep. Grab a coffee and snack at Cheaky's Cafe in the hostel lobby, lounge on the outdoor decks with mountain views, store your bike, skis, and boards in the equipment storage room, hang out in the media room with its 52" HDTV and meet some cool new folks over a free game of pool or foosball in the games room. ... more   less 
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