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Halifax Backpackers Hostel
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Halifax Backpackers Hostel
Reviewed September 3, 2011

This Place immediately made me feel like i was back home in my best friends house were everything is designed to be used and enjoyed, plus no one is worried about anything. The people here aren't tour guides since tour[ist] based establishments undermine the character of a city causing a city to be a booklet instead of a story, but instead wise folks riding the vibes of halifax, preaching to ya what you need to know to get to see what you want to see and experience the sound and vibes of the great city of halifax. The Size causes everyone in the hostel to mingle, unlike the other hostels in Halifax, and that quality is by far the most valuable thing about this hostel.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

Accommodation here was well priced, the food at the cafe was delicious, and the environment was cozy. The staff were great about giving recommendations for things to see in the city, as well as being very involved in the local community. They have a lovely family unit there - it truly felt like home. The hostel is quite busy and is a great place for anyone who enjoys great people, good music, and an eclectic/alternative ambiance.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

Halifax Backpackers was an excellent place to stay. They provide you with free wi-fi connection and they also have couple of computers in case you are not carrying your laptop.. The staff members are really friendly. The cafe downstairs (also run by halifax backpackers) makes the stay even more convenient. The hostel is clean and tidy.

If you are planning a trip to halifax you must drop in the hostel !!! :D

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

I had so much fun at the backpackers! When I checked in, the gang was just organizing to go play frizbee at the big park and I tagged along. The people who work there are so friendly and the woman who owns is always onsite with her gorgeous and helpful son! They really made me feel at home and had lots of suggestions on what to do to get the true Halifax expereince. It was a short walk to citadel hill and downtown.
Dinfintely stay upstairs, the cafe is usually jamming with music and people. Make sure you check out the Sat market, that apparently runs all week now (?!) and do your best to check out some local music - so good! This place is so much better than an impersonal hotel, if you want to meet locals and other travellers.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 17, 2011

I stayed around two weeks in this hostel when I moved to Halifax. During my stay in this place I met lots of amazing people(guests and locals). The atmosphere of this place is so friendly. The hostel may not look fancy but once you get in you will feel it comfortable and welcoming. Staff and specially the owner are awesome and trying to provide the best services to guests. They'll instruct you to find the best fun in the city. One more thing: This hostel has one of the best local cafes in Canada. Do not miss famous Altereggo

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

I feel compelled to write a review about the Halifax Backpackers Hostel as our experience was absolutely horrible. Checking into our room was very unorganized and the person helping us was very unsure about how to do things and failed to mention there was a $20 key deposit per key that needed to be submitted at the beginning of our stay. We were booked to stay a few nights however due to the horrible condition of the place/room could only fathom staying one night as it was too late to find alternate accomodation. The bed linens were stained (both fresh AND old discolored stains), there were sparkles/glitter on the bed sheet and there was hair on the sheet as well. The pillow case was disgusting and on the pillow itself were many yellow stains as well as BLOOD stains! The bathroom was disgusting and had no soap, was dirty and only had a ripped towel to dry one's hands. There were flys all over the kitchen with a dirty fly trap hanging from the ceiling and the kitchen itself and chairs were disgusting. I could not bring myself to eat anywhere near this kitchen. I have no idea how this place is allowed to operate, the website is done very well and gives a complete opposite picture of how this hotel really is

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Michellestrum, Owner at Halifax Backpackers Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2011

Hi there. I am the owner of the Halifax Backpackers and I just received your review. I am extremely sorry about your experience. Today I called an immediate staff meeting to discuss what happened in terms of the presentation of your room and in general the level of cleanliness you expressed. We have been in business for 10 years and quality of service and cleanliness are our top priorities. This issue is being dealt with immediately and we would like to extend to you a refund for your stay. You may call me personally at 902 830 6821. Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention.
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Reviewed June 17, 2011

I spent 4 nights here in June 2011. Excellent place. Here's why:
1) Clean and safe
2) 10 minute walk from anything in Halifax
3) The common room opens up into a mini restaurant which serves excellent, creative and cheep food (ie. lobster eggs benedict for breakfast for like $6.50 or something - can't remember the exact price for sure - but cheep)
4) Staff and owner are extreemly friendly and care about the guests. See in the reviews below how the hostel owner responds to concerns from some reviewers? Well, she does.. The owner takes pride in the place - a good sign for any place. Go meet her (the owner) - she won the sexiest woman on gottingan street award in 2010!
5) BBQ on the back deck!
6) The area the hostel is located in is interesting - some people say they wern't sure if it was safe as its in an african-Canadian heritage neigbourhood. It is definitely safe. And I parked my new FIAT 500 outside the hostel with no problems - location and safety are good to go, despite what other reviews on here say.
7) Price - can't beet it.

My only negative on the place is that it could use more of a common area with games / guitars that's comfy for people to sit, chat, gather and discus their travels. The front room is tricky for this now as its mostly a resto and the common room attached to the resto isn't as inviting a sitting area since games/tv/social activities are not as aparent.

Overal I would 100% recomend this place - good to go. Stay for breakfast in the attached resto - you won't regret it!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Halifax Backpackers Hostel

Address: Gottingen St, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Halifax Region > Halifax
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Ranked #1 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Halifax
Price Range: $24 - $57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Halifax Backpackers Hotel Halifax
Halifax Backpackers Hostel Nova Scotia

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