8.0 | Very Good | #38 out of 70 hotels in Whistler

Guests complimented room cleanliness, friendly staff and bus service to skiing

  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers found the bus service to the ski lifts to be convenient
  • Several guests enjoyed the guest kitchen and the media room
  • A few reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • One guest found the Wi-Fi service unreliable
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Review
Updated Mar 18, 2014
This hostel was originally used as part of the Athlete's Village during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. It is located within a 1-minute drive of the Sea-to-Sky Highway and the Art Junction Gallery, and about a 5- to 10-minute drive from skiing. As such, this property is better suited for guests comfortable travelling to the ski hills by car or bus. There is a bus stop located next to this property.

This smoke-free hostel offers both shared rooms with shared bathrooms and private rooms with en suite bathrooms. Male, female and co-ed dorm rooms are available and are equipped with four bunk beds. Private rooms are equipped with one queen bed. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are available and there is an on-site elevator.

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Free self-parking is available on site. Pets are not permitted.

The on-site Cheaky's Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Other on-site amenities include a guest kitchen, outdoor decks, bicycle and ski storage, a media room with a 52" flat screen TV and a games room with a pool table.

The Whistler Athletes' Centre and the Whistler Gymnastics Club are both 3 minutes away on foot. The Creekside Gondola and ski runs are about a 5-minute drive or a 10-minute bus ride away, while the Whistler Village and Whistler-Blackcomb ski lifts are about a 10-minute drive or 25-minute bus ride away. The Whistler Village features shopping, restaurants, bars, the Whistler Art Gallery, the Whistler Convention Centre, the Whistler Museum and the Olympic Plaza.

The Whistler Airport (YWS) is about 15 minutes away by car. (All walking, driving and public transit time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on March 10, 2014: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, dining details and wheelchair accessibility.
The Good
Among the reviews used for this analysis, many guests described enjoyable experiences at this hostel and several aspects of the property were complimented.

The rooms were often described as clean, while some reviewers added that their rooms were modern, generally comfortable and spacious.

The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and welcoming service.

Many reviewers found it easy to access the ski lifts by bus and a few guests mentioned that the buses made frequent trips to the Creekside and Whistler-Blackcomb lifts.

Several guests enjoyed the common areas, particularly the guest kitchen and the media room, while a couple of reviewers appreciated the on-site cafe.

A few reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable.
The Bad
There were no common concerns or complaints found for this hostel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. However, one guest found the free Wi-Fi service somewhat unreliable.
Show Sources
TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hostel #7 out of 59 specialty lodging properties in Whistler, with an average score of 4 out of 5, from 69 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 8.1 out of 10, based on 160 guest reviews.

The author called the hostel on March 10, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
8.0 / out of 10
"Very Good"
Ranked by Guests
38 / out of 70
hotels in Whistler

The average guest rating for HI-Whistler is 8.0 out of 10 based on 257 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks HI-Whistler at #38 out of 70 hotels in Whistler.

Map Marker HI-Whistler
1035 Legacy Way, Whistler, BC