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The Cambie Hostel Seymour

5.3 | Mediocre
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Unpopular downtown Vancouver hostel with free Wi-Fi and many very negative complaints

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free coffee and muffins in the morning
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers found the hostel centrally located for exploring the downtown area on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many guests appreciated the free coffee and muffins in the morning
  • Several reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
Cons
  • No on-site parking and no on-site restaurant
  • Many guests complained about hearing noise disturbances
  • A few reviewers found their rooms small
  • A few guests said that their rooms were uncomfortably cold
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 5, 2014
Overview
This hostel is well suited for budget-conscious travellers looking to explore downtown Vancouver on foot. Many attractions are located within a 10-minute walk, including the Vancouver Lookout Tower, the waterfront, Canada Place, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Pacific Centre shopping mall, B.C. Place and Rogers Arena. 

This hostel offers two- to eight-bed dorm rooms and private rooms with shared or en suite bathrooms. All rooms are smoke free and include free Wi-Fi, linens and lockers. All dorm rooms have access to a shared bathroom. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are not available and all rooms are accessible by stairs only. Towels and hair dryers are available for rent.

There is no on-site parking available and the nearest public parking facility is a 3-minute walk away. Pets are not permitted.

Other on-site amenities include a 24-hour front desk, free coffee and muffins (available in the morning) and a common room with a pool table and a TV, as well as luggage storage. This hostel does not have an on-site restaurant.

The Vancouver Convention Centre and the Seawall trail are both about 10 minutes away on foot, while Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium are a 30-minute walk or a 6-minute drive away. The University of B.C. is 15 to 20 minutes away by car, while the Vancouver International Airport is a 25-minute drive away, depending on traffic. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on March 12, 2014: Wheelchair accessibility and pet policy.
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The Good
Among the reviews used for this analysis, many guests seemed happy with their stay at this hostel and several aspects of the property were complimented.

The dorm rooms and private rooms were often described as clean.

The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly, helpful and knowledgeable service, while many guests appreciated that free coffee and muffins were provided in the morning.

Many guests found the hostel centrally located in the downtown area and these guests mentioned walking to shops, restaurants and the waterfront.

Several reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable and that the hostel offered good value for the money they spent.
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The Bad
There were a few common concerns found for this property, among the reviews sourced for this editorial.

Many guests complained about noise disturbances from inside and outside the hotel. These guests said that they heard conversations from neighbouring rooms, footsteps in the hall and noise from a neighbouring bar. One reviewer said that she could hear the walk indicator signal at a neighbouring cross-walk.

A few reviewers found their rooms to be small, while a few other guests said that their rooms were uncomfortably cold. A couple of guests noted that their rooms were dull in appearance and were not decorated at all. One reviewer described her room as "kind of like a jail cell".
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Sources
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hostel #26 out of 28 specialty lodging properties in Vancouver, with an average score of 2.5 out of 5, from 25 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 7.1 out of 10, based on 88 guest reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 12, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
5.3
Mediocre
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Rated 5.3/10 based on 265 reviews

Ranked #92 out of 98 hotels in Vancouver

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Map Marker The Cambie Hostel Seymour
515 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC