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Best Hostels in Vancouver – Parties to Peace and Quiet

The best hostels in Vancouver are here to save you.

And why do you need to be saved? Well, the city of towering mountains and a sparkling sea has one of the highest living standards on earth.

In other words: it’s expensive as all hell.

I want you to come anyway though, because my city is too magical to miss.

Here’s how to get lodging without breaking the bank.


The Best Hostels in Vancouver

      1. Downtown
      2. Gastown
      3. Stadium
      4. West End
      5. Cheap hostels
      6. How to book

Best Hostels Downtown Vancouver

Samesun Vancouver

Samesun Hostel Vancouver$$$ | Area: Granville Strip | 1018 Granville St | Skytrain: City Centre

This respected hostel chain has its Vancouver location right in the heart of downtown Vancouver, just a 5 minute walk from City Centre Station.

It’s in the heart of the Granville Strip: Vancouver’s main entertainment district. Here you’ll be just steps from the city’s top bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.

Since its location leads to a healthy amount of noise from the streets below it is typically favoured by younger solo travellers and groups who are already down there partying!

Samesun is famous on booking sites for its security and free facilities.

Amenities

  • Free high speed wifi
  • Free breakfast (bagels, eggs, fruit, cereal, hot drinks)
  • Laundry/towels
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Private lockers/keycard access/24 hr reception
  • Onsite bar/games room

HI Vancouver Central

Hostelling International Vancouver Central

$$$ | Area: Granville Strip | 1025 Granville St | Skytrain: City Centre

Hi Vancouver Centre is one of three Hosteling International locations in Vancouver. With over 4,000 affiliated hostels there’s a critical standards guarantee which raises the level of security and comfort.

A nice bonus here is that the hostel offers a variety of tours, social events, and pub crawls while at the same time being less of a party atmosphere relative to Samesun.

This factor makes it a preferred option to Samesun for thirty something solo travellers or digital nomads who value a good sleep but still like a bit of action.

Amenities

  • Free wifi
  • Free breakfast (bagels, cereal, toast, muffins, fruit)
  • Microwave/toaster/kettle
  • Laundry/towels
  • Keycard entry/lockers/luggage storage/24 hr reception
  • Games/pub crawls/tours

Gastown Hostels

Cambie Hostel Gastown

Dorm beds at the Cambie Gastown

$$ | Area: Gastown | 310 Cambie St | Skytrain: Waterfront

This place is quintessentially Vancouver and at the top of the best party hostels in Vancouver.

The hostel is right above the legendary Cambie Bar and some of the cheapest drinks in the city. Here you can mingle with fellow travellers and locals to learn about many of Vancouver’s top attractions.

A few negatives: There could be a bit of noise on the first floor, breakfast is not served, and due to its popularity it may be difficult to put groups in the same room.

I’d recommend this hostel for those looking to save money (it’s one of the best cheap hostels in Vancouver) or those looking to party until the crack of dawn.

Looking for peace and quiet? You’ll want to take a pass!

Amenities

  • Free wifi
  • $5 discounted breakfast at the pub
  • Laundry and kitchen facilities
  • Luggage storage/lockers/24 hr reception

Cambie Hostel Seymour

The Cambie Seymour

$$ | Area: Downtown | 515 Seymour St | Skytrain: Waterfront

As close as you can get to Gastown without actually being there. The Cambie Seymour is a ‘silent sequel‘ of sorts to the famous Cambie Hostel chain above.

Here you’ll find many of Vancouver’s English language schools and a variety of well priced bars (check Malone’s) and restaurants that cater to them.

Despite this, there is much less of a party atmosphere then at its Cambie Street sister facility.

While the hostel does lack a few of the amenities of some of its larger competitors it still receives high rankings for cleanliness, security, and price.

This makes it a good budget option for travellers who’d like to be near the action while still getting a good nights sleep.

Amenities

  • Free wifi
  • $5 discounted breakfast at Cambie Pub (offsite)
  • Lockers/luggage storage/24 hr reception
  • Laundry facilities

St. Clair Hostel/Hotel

Private room at St. Clair hotel/hostel

$$$ | Area: Gastown | 577 Richards St | Skytrain: Granville

In addition to male and female specific dorms, the St. Clair contains a wide variety of private rooms. This makes it a great option for couples, groups, or even families who are visiting Vancouver on a budget.

Visitors should be aware that the St. Clair does lack somewhat in regards to atmosphere with more of a budget hotel feel than that of a traditional hostel.

While there is a small lounge it is used quite infrequently. There is also little on offer in terms of activities and tours and you won’t find a kitchen.

I wouldn’t go here if you’re a young traveller looking to socialize – But you will get peace and quiet and early starts to attractions like Grouse Mountain or the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Security lockers/luggage storage/reception (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Microwave

Stadium District Hostels

YWCA Hotel

Bedroom at the YWCA Hotel Vancouver

$$$$ | Area: Stadium District | 733 Beatty St | Skytrain: Stadium-Chinatown

This Vancouver hostel only offers private rooms so the YWCA isn’t exactly traditional – but as a common budget accommodation (a commodity sorely lacking) I’m gonna put it anyway.

This is very close to BC Place, Rogers Arena, and the Parq Casino making it a fantastic choice for those taking in the big game.

The hotel’s 155 private rooms range from singles all the way up to quintuples, which makes the YWCA a great budget option for larger parties.

Each room contains a vanity area, mini fridge, phone, and even a TV: luxuries you won’t find elsewhere on our list of budget accomodation.

If you don’t mind paying a slight premium this is my preferred option for groups, families or solo travellers.

A bonus: revenue generated here goes towards the YWCA’s fantastic community programs helping women, children, and families for generations.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Full kitchen facilities
  • Televisions, telephones, vanity area
  • Laundry facilities/housekeeping
  • Luggage storage/safety deposit boxes/24 hr reception
  • Tours/travel desk
  • Onsite cafe

West End Hostels

HI Vancouver Downtown

Dorm at HI Vancouver Downtown

$$$ | Area: West End | 1114 Burnaby St | Skytrain: Yaletown

HI Vancouver Downtown is about a 15 minute walk to Yaletown skytrain station, making it slightly less accessible than most of its Downtown competitors. But don’t worry! The area is well serviced by the #6 Davie bus.

The hostel is located right by colourful Davie Village: the city’s main LGBTQ hub. This vibrant area is full of inclusive bars, cafes, and top downtown restaurants that are open late.

Here you’ll get all of the nightlife proximity with a drastically reduced noise level relative to the hostels located on Granville Street. Seems like win-win to me.

Furthermore, the famous Seawall is a 2 minute walk down the hill, providing accessibility to Stanley Park, Yaletown, and even Granville Island via False Creek Ferries.

Overall, you can expect a more laid back, beachy, West Coast atmosphere in comparison to the hostel’s more urban downtown competitors.

Amenities

  • Free wifi
  • Free breakfast buffet
  • Self catering facilities
  • Laundry
  • Luggage Storage/lockers/24 hr reception/key card access
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bicycle hire
  • Games/tours

Best Cheap Hostels Vancouver

Unfortunately, all of the cheapest hostels in Vancouver are located outside of the Downtown core.

But consider this before ruling them out:

Vancouver is a relatively small city. You’re always within 30-40 minutes of downtown due to Vancouver’s efficient  public transit system.

Several of the hostels listed below are often listed at half the price of their downtown counterparts, so if you’re looking to save – read on!


HI Vancouver Jericho Beach

The entrance to the HI Vancouver Jericho Beach

$$ | Area: Point Grey | 1515 Discovery St | Skytrain: n/a

In quiet West Point Grey you’ll find the famous HI Vancouver Jericho Hostel, which is located near many of Vancouver’s top beaches, the hip neighbourhood of Kitsilano and UBC.

The historic building is nestled between beautiful Jericho Beach and the massive Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

Take advantage of the bicycle hire, and explore the local trails and the Westernmost section of Vancouver’s famous Seawall. If you’re feeling inspired attractions such as Granville Island(15 min), Chinatown(30 min) and even Stanley Park(45 min) are well within reach by bike.

Just understand that the immediate area has little in the way of stores, restaurants, or nightlife.  You’ll have to use a bus service (20 min to downtown/10 min to Kits) to get around, but if you’re looking for a quiet nature holiday this is the perfect hostel.

This Vancouver hostel is only open from May 1st to September 30th.

Amenities

  • Free wifi
  • Restaurant (breakfast not included)
  • Self catering facilities/bbq
  • Storage lockers/keycard entry/luggage storage
  • Bicycle hire

Vancouver Backpacker House

Private room at Vancouver Backpacker House

$ | Area: Burnaby | 7020 Gray Avenue | Skytrain: Metrotown

Vancouver Backpacker House is ten kilometres from downtown in the suburb of Burnaby. Sound far? Well it’s just a ten minute walk from Metrotown Station, which is a 14 minutes trip to Waterfront station!

Adjacent to Metrotown Station you’ll find Metropolis at Metrotown: the Vancouver area’s biggest shopping mall. This provides visitors with access to shopping, restaurants, theatres, as well as two grocery stores.

This is more of a shared backpacker house than a hostel, so don’t expect too  much in the way of atmosphere. You’ll be here for a place to sleep with self-catering facility shared with like minded travellers.

I’m recommending this as the top budget hostel in Vancouver if you’re solely looking for value and a place to rest your head.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Self-catering facilities/dining room
  • Laundry facilities ($2.75 per load)

Burnaby Rentals

Two bed dorm at Burnaby Rentals

$ | Area: Burnaby | 7148 6th St | Skytrain: Edmonds

The second of the two Vancouver hostels that are located in the suburb of Burnaby.

This is one of the city’s newest hostels so you’re looking at a fairly high quality-price ratio with furnishings like their brand new Serra mattresses.

In spite of being the farthest hostel from downtown on our list, Burnaby Rentals receives very high reviews for their cleanliness, security, friendly staff, atmosphere and facilities on Booking.com

From Edmonds Station you’re looking at a ten minute trip to Metrotown and around 25 minutes to Waterfront Station in Downtown Vancouver. For this reason I’d only recommend it for the stingiest of travellers!

Amenities

  • Free wifi
  • Self catering facility/bbq
  • Laundry facilities/housekeeping
  • Lockers/luggage storage/limited reception

How to Book Vancouver Hostels

Compared to similarly sized European and Asian cities, Vancouver has relatively few youth hostels. This can lead to many of the cheaper and more popular locations filling up very quickly during peak season.

To secure a bed in your hostel of choice we highly recommend booking online well ahead of time.

Not only can you secure a room in less than two minutes with no money down, but they also offer a unmatched low price guarantee! This means that you are assured the lowest prices in the business!

Sounds like a no-brainer to me!

Don’t Sleep on Us – Ask!

I’ve given my all in compiling this list of the best hostels in Vancouver but maybe I’ve missed something?

If there’s any comment, question, or even insult you have related to this article or your Vancouver holiday please get in touch using the comments below.

Safe travels!

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