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Pioneer Hostel

8.6 | Very Good
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Highly rated by guests for cleanliness, service, location & guest kitchen

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking and free shuttle service from the ferry terminal and the VIA Rail station
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the town area on foot
  • Many guests found the kitchen area well equipped
  • A few reviewers found the beds comfortable
Cons
  • No on-site restaurant
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 29, 2014
Overview
This hostel is situated within a 4-minute walk of the waterfront and the Museum of Northern British Columbia. Offering some shared rooms and shared bathrooms, this property is well suited for guests looking for budget-friendly, more intimate, accommodations.

This hostel offers a same-gender dorm rooms with 2 bunk beds which utilizes a shared bathroom (down the hall), a co-ed dorm room (with 8 beds) with shared bathroom (down the hall), private rooms with shared bathrooms (down the hall) and private rooms with en suite/private bathrooms. All rooms are smoke free and include free Wi-Fi and linens. Small lockers for valuables are available in the dorm rooms.

This property has one wheelchair-accessible room with its own accessible bathroom.

Free parking is available on site. This hostel provides a free shuttle service to the hostel from the ferry systems and VIA Rail. Shuttle service operates on demand from 8 am to 11 pm in the summer (May to September) and from 9 am to 10 pm in the winter (October to April). Pets are permitted in select rooms for an additional fee of $20 for first night and $5 for each subsequent night.

Other on-site amenities include a guest kitchen (with freezer space) and a garden area with a BBQ and fire pit.

Access to Highway 16 is less than a 1-minute drive away, while the Kwinitsa Station Railway Museum is 12 minutes away on foot. The Centennial Golf Course is also 15 minutes away on foot or a 3-minute drive away. 

The BC and Alaska Ferry Terminals and the VIA Rail Station are all about 6 minutes away by car, while the North Pacific Historic Fishing Village is about a 26-minute drive away. The Digby Island Airport (YPR) is about 35 minutes away by car and ferry. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
Many guests seemed impressed with their stay at this hostel, among the reviews used for this analysis, and several aspects of the property received praise.

The rooms were often described as clean and comfortable, while a couple of guests added that their rooms were quiet. A few reviewers mentioned that the beds were comfortable, while one guest described the hostel as having character.

Many guests said that the hostel was conveniently located for exploring the area on foot, and several reviewers mentioned finding restaurants and cafes within walking distance.

The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service. One reviewer mentioned that the staff were "respectful of space".

Many reviewers found the kitchen area well equipped, while a couple of guests enjoyed the on-site garden area. A couple of reviewers appreciated the free Wi-Fi, while a couple of other guests thought that the hostel offered good value for the money they spent.
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The Bad
There were no common concerns or complaints found for this hostel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. However, travellers considering this property may want to note that this property does not have an on-site restaurant.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hostel #1 out of 4 specialty lodging properties in Prince Rupert, with an average score of 4.5 out of 5, from 89 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 8.6 out of 10, based on 36 guest reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
8.6
Very Good
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2 / out of 10
hotels in Prince Rupert

Rated 8.6/10 based on 218 reviews

Ranked #2 out of 10 hotels in Prince Rupert

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Location
  • Prince Rupert Airport (9.0 km)
Map Marker Pioneer Hostel
167 3rd Ave East, Prince Rupert, BC