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HI Vancouver Central

7.5 | Good
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Downtown Vancouver hostel with free breakfast, clean rooms and limited kitchen facilities

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast
  • Numerous guests praised the hostel's downtown locale and proximity to public transit
  • Many lodgers enjoyed the quality and variety of the free breakfast
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean and comfortable by several travellers
Cons
  • Some guests complained of noise transfer during their stay
  • Poor Wi-Fi and worn decor were reported by a few patrons
  • No parking on site
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 5, 2014
Overview
Located about a 4-minute drive from Vancouver's city centre and a 4-minute walk from Granville SkyTrain Station, HI-Vancouver Central is geared towards travellers who require an economical and centrally located hostel with free Wi-Fi, a free breakfast and easy access to public transit.

This smoke-free hostel offers both private and mixed or same-sex dorm rooms, each with air conditioning, linens, free Wi-Fi and a shared or private bathroom. Rooms with an en suite sink and cable TV are also available and the hostel is not wheelchair accessible.

On-site amenities include limited kitchen facilities, free coffee, computer kiosks, a common lounge with a TV, games, guest laundry, storage lockers and a free continental breakfast. Public parking is nearby and charges apply. Pets are not permitted.

Granville Island Public Market is about a 6-minute drive away, while The University of British Columbia can be found 13 minutes away by car. BC Place is roughly a 12-minute walk from the hostel and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is 16 minutes away by car.  (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, public parking nearby (charges apply), no pets, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: March 13, 2014)

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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with compliments going to the hostel's location, breakfast and rooms.

Many guests praised the hostel's location, describing it as central and close to restaurants, shopping, public transit, nightlife, downtown Vancouver and a grocery store. One patron noted, "Location: Right on the main street of shops, rest[a]urants, bars, clubs and other entertainment. Easy to catch public transport as its close to bus and train stations. Can walk to the waterfront in 15 mins".

The hostel's breakfast was enjoyed by numerous reviewers, who described it as great and endless, with a good variety. One guest remarked, "The included breakfast was good, and they offered all you can eat eggs or pancakes for only $1".

Several lodgers were pleased with the hostel's accommodations. They found their rooms to be clean, well maintained and spacious, with comfortable beds. A few travellers criticized their lodgings, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some complaints about noise transfer and the rooms.

Some guests complained of noise disturbances during their stay. They reported street noise, as well as noise from guests in the common areas, hallways and adjacent rooms.

Although several reviewers were pleased with their clean and comfortable rooms, a few lodgers criticized their accommodations. They reported poor Wi-Fi connectivity, worn carpets and furniture, small-sized rooms and no bedside lamps.
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Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.6 out of 10 from 265 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #12 of 38 specialty lodging in Vancouver with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 134 reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 13, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
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Rated 7.5/10 based on 345 reviews

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1025 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC