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“Great place for families too!”
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HI-Whistler
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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
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“Great place for families too!”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Stayed here with my family (wife, 6 year old boy and 4 year old girl) just for a weekend trip to Whistler from Vancouver. It was great staying amongst young (teenagers and twenty year olds) travelers from different parts of the world. There was a cross country competition on, so lot of the other guests were taking part in that. There were no issues with noise or feeling like our family was intruding. All the guests were friendly and polite, the staff were also accommodating and friendly. Even though the rooms were basic, we had our own private room for 4 and the kids LOVED the bunk beds.

As it is a new hostel tit is clean and well laid out. Nice coffee shop on the ground floor and a large kitchen and dinning room upstairs. There was a games room and TV room as well, which was appreciated by the kids amongst us.

We are looking forward to satying again as well as other hostels around the world with the family.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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London, Canada
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Stayed for three nights from march 27-30. The staff were all friendly and super helpful with anything. I really like how I could store my snowboard and gear and not have to worry about someone taking off with it as the board room also had security camera in it. I stayed in a fourbed dorm and the bed was very comfy and clean. There were lockers in the dorm to lock all my stuff up plus you get a towel and extra linens. The common room had a pool table and four PC's which you have to purchase time for. Big screen with satellite tv, Xbox 360 and leather theatre style chairs. Great place to chill and have a beer and meet some new people after boarding all day. The kitchen was quite large with four oven ranges, multiple microwaves, lots of utensils for use and a massive fridge to store your food in with tags to put your name on your food. Only ate at the cafe twice for a quick breakfast and it was expensive but everything in Whistler is. Only a couple minor down points. The kitchen has no oven just a tiny little toaster oven. lol took a while to cook our full size pizza in there. The other was location it is about 10-15 minutes from the village by bus(which comes like every 20 min) but i didnt mind it as I only stayed for 3 nights. If I was staying longer it may get a little annoying. Overall it was a great stay for the price and what you get, it is definitely worth it.(probably the best hostel I have stayed at). Will be back next time Iam boarding in Whistler. Check it out.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Newington, Connecticut
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2013

Great place to stay for those traveling to Whistler on a budget. The hostel is really nice. I stayed in one of the dorms. The bed was surprisingly comfortable, there were cabinets available to stash my stuff in and the room was pretty clean considering there were four guys staying there. I forgot to bring a lock, but felt comfortable leaving my things in the room. On the 2nd floor they have a tv room, common room and kitchen. In the lobby there's a caf and a secure room to leave your gear. The staff was really helpful and provided maps and suggestions for visiting Whistler and riding the mountains. I had a rental car which made it easy making the 5 minute drive to the mountain If you don't have a car there is a shuttle that runs back and forth and loads in front of the hostel. If you do drive to the mountain there is free parking right in front of the gondola at Whistler creek. All and all, for those traveling on a budget this place is a pretty good option for a trip to Whistler.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

This hostel is amazing, by far the best hostel I have stayed in so far! Everything was so modern, the hostel was always well cleaned, including the bathrooms every day!!! We had our own bathroom in our room so we only had to share with the others in our room, (rather than the whole hostel). The kitchen is big with plenty of pots and pans to use, great pool table, tv room great, plenty of pay phones available, the hostel was warm, had a cafe down stairs and a small shop across the road if you felt like getting some easy snacks. The bus runs regularly up to the resort for $2.50 each way and if you have a car, plenty of free parking spaces were available. This hostel is a must stay for any travellor heading up to Whistler!

  • Stayed March 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Very nicely kept hostel in Whistler, BC. Everything is very clean and relatively quiet. The hostel staff is always friendly and willing to help. Be aware that this is a HOSTEL and by definition you can have other people in your room that you don't know (depending on your accommodation selection). You can always lock up your stuff before you leave the room - although I never felt the need.

The thing to keep in mind is that you cannot walk to the village or lifts from the Hostel. So if you have a car, no big deal. Buses run pretty frequently to the village for $2.50 Canadian. Getting back can be more of an issue is you go out in the village at night, so either plan your return trip, or be prepared to pay the $25 CAN back to the Hostel.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Prague, Czech Republic
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed March 1, 2013

Very nice hostel, everything was perfect except for the location. We had car so we didnt have any problems but for those who travel by bus it sucks...it's very far from the village. Otherwise it was clean,peaceful,a lot of activities offered, all for reasonable money. ISIC discount for students was very pleasant...i would totally stay here again (if i had car)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in this hostel for 3 days but could have stayed much longer. It's one if the nicest hostels I've ever stayed in. It's the old athletes village so all the facilities are very modern. There is cafe in the reception area for those that don't want to make the trek into the village (its only a $2.50 15min bus ride). Also, there's a ski/board storage room and an elevator. I will stay at this place again in future and recommend it to anyone who wants to do a budget trip to Whis. Staff were very helpful even helped to organise my ski hire.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Additional Information about HI-Whistler

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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