Where to Stay in Vancouver

Content originally written for the Let’s Go: USA & Canada Guideby our researcher-writer, Graham Bishai.

Hostelling International Vancouver Downtown ($)

1114 Burnaby St.; (604) 684-4565; http://hihostels.ca/en/destinations/british-columbia/hi-vancouver-downtown; reception open 24hr

Tucked away two blocks into a residential area, this hostel will give you the peace and quiet you need to unwind after a long day, while still being a stone’s throw away from the action. Just two blocks from Davie Village, Vancouver’s gayborhood, clubs and bars are a three minute walk from this hostel. There’s no pub in-house, but there are plenty of places to hang out: a ground floor and a big rooftop patio, a game room with pool and foosball, and a spacious dining room with a lot of natural light. People gather organically here at night, but don’t expect a party. Most rooms are two bunk beds, meaning four people sharing a room and a bathroom in the hall, but there are also some private rooms for two or three people. There are group activities, like pub crawls or outdoor adventures you can sign up for. Some are free, others up to $38 CAD.   

Dorms from $50 CAD; BGLTQ+ friendly; wheelchair accessible; Wi-Fi, breakfast, tea, coffee, towels, linens, lockers, luggage storage included; bike rentals and storage; parking

Hostelling International Vancouver Central ($)

1025 Granville St.; (604) 685-5355; https://www.hihostels.com/hostels/hi-vancouver-central; reception open 24h

Much simpler than its neighbor across the street, this place gives you the location of the Samesun, without the rave-style environment. There’s no in-house pub or anything, so the inside is not nearly as social. It is, however, smack in the middle of downtown nightlife, so this place provides the best of downtown’s fast-paced living, but some semblance of tranquility when you return back to your room. Most rooms are shared between four people. Private rooms with in-suite bathrooms are available and can accommodate up to three. Sign up for group activities in the lobby.

Rates vary, dorms from $70 CAD; max stay of 2 weeks for Canadian guests; non-local only; Wi-Fi; breakfast, towels, linens, lockers, included; luggage storage and laundry facilities available

Samesun ($)

1018 Granville St.; (604) 682-8226; https://samesun.com/backpackers-hostels/vancouver-old/faq/; reception open 24hr

For all you free-spirited rave kids out there who need a little hot sauce on your accomodation for you to be able to taste it, this place will make you feel right at home. If it’s your first rodeo, or you like calm in your place of stay, look elsewhere. Smack in the center of the downtown party scene, it’s a very happening location; you can easily walk to several downtown attractions. Do not expect peace and quiet. 11pm brings out a dynamic crowd, so expect loud, drunk passerbys on the sidewalk. The party doesn’t stop when you get home; in the lobby there’s a party, too. The foyer spills right into the in-house sports bar, where hostel guests get 15% off. There’s a sign-up board for daily activities, like free walking tours during the summer season. Most rooms are two sets of bunk-beds accommodating four people.

Dorms from from $70 CAD; max stay of 2 weeks for Canadian guests; non-local only; Wi-Fi; breakfast, towels, linens, lockers included

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