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Downtown St. John's, friendly staff, clean and spacious hostel-style rooms

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Many guests praised the hotel's central locale and proximity to restaurants and bars
  • The staff were found to be friendly and accommodating
  • Several lodgers were satisfied with their clean and spacious rooms
Cons
  • A few guests reported musty odours in their rooms
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 7, 2014
Overview
Located in St. John's city centre and less than a 1-minute drive from Highway 2, HI St. John's is geared towards travellers who prefer centrally located hostel accommodations with free Wi-Fi and easy highway access.

Each of this smoke-free hostel's four-bed dorm rooms offers air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, linens and a shared bathroom. Rooms with a private bathroom are also available and the hostel is not wheelchair accessible.

Hotel amenities include a common kitchen, a TV room, guest laundry, luggage/bicycle storage and free parking. Pets are not permitted.

Avalon Mall is about a 7-minute drive away, while Memorial University of Newfoundland can be found 6 minutes away by car. St. John's waterfront is roughly a 4-minute walk from the hotel and St. John's International Airport (YYT) is a 15-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, no pets, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: February 25, 2014)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's location, staff and rooms.

Numerous guests were pleased with the hotel's location, finding it close to downtown, restaurants, bars, public transit, George St., Signal Hill, Water St., the East Coast Trail and the airport. One patron remarked, "Location wise it is great. Everything is walkable distance. The bus stops are very close too".

The hotel's staff were the source of many compliments by lodgers. They were characterized as friendly, accommodating and helpful with recommendations and directions.

Several reviewers were satisfied with their accommodations at the hostel. They described their rooms as clean, quiet, spacious and well maintained, with comfortable beds and linens and great harbour views. A few travellers had complaints about their lodgings, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few complaints about the rooms.

Although the majority of reviewers were satisfied with their clean and spacious rooms, a few guests had complaints about their accommodations. They reported musty odours and dark rooms.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #4 of 7 specialty lodging in St. John's with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 20 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.5 out of 10 from 9 reviews.

The author called the hotel on February 25, 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.
Guest Reviews
6.9
Fair
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18 / out of 19
hotels in St. John's

Rated 6.9/10 based on 13 reviews

Ranked #18 out of 19 hotels in St. John's

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Location
  • Signal Hill (1.5 km)
  • Terra Nova National Park (139.7 km)
Map Marker HI - St John's
8 Gower Street, St. John's, NF