This ethnically diverse city is surrounded by mountains and is home to the famous Stanley Park.
It’s a great destination for solo travellers, couples and party hostel lovers. As with most cities, there is plenty to do and it’s super social.
Basically, it’s the place for you if you have an affinity for nature. And love the sound of snowboarding and sailing in the same day!
This Vancouver Hostels guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
As for 5 Star Hostels, I’m afraid we don’t yet have one in Vancouver.
In this detailed guide to the best hostels in Vancouver, you will find:
- Quick Intro to Vancouver Hostels
- 3 Best hostels in Vancouver
- Best Hostels for Solo Travellers
- Great Party Hostels
- Cheap Hostels
- Promo Codes
- all hostels and sights put on Map
- Flights to Vancouver
Quick Introduction to Vancouver Hostels
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 16€ up to 23€ per night. A private room in a hostel in Vancouver starts from 32€ up to 69€ per night.
This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- How to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
3 Best Hostels in Vancouver
Grab your coat, we’re going to investigate the coolest hostels in the city. They are:
- Samesun Vancouver – one for solo travellers
- HI Vancouver Downtown – great for female solo travellers
- St. Clair Hotel-Hostel – top pick for couples
1. Samesun Vancouver (big in-house bar + restuarant)
This centrally located hostel is an Instagram story all in itself. It’s the exposed brick walls and potted plants that really make Samesun Vancouver stand out.
It’s certainly the best hostel in Vancouver for social butterflies.
That’s because there are daily and nightly events to sink your teeth into, alongside a huge bar and outdoor terrace.
The Beaver Bar is also a place to grab a bite. It’s relaxed, comfy and the heart of the hostel.
Fancy a bit of privacy without the price tag? Then choose a dorm room.. they come with pod beds! Enjoy your own light, shelf and power points.
No worries if you prefer privacy full stop. The private rooms come with a mini fridge and TV with Netflix. Alright, alright you may Netflix and chill if you really want.
Fill up first thing with a tasty included breakfast of muffins, eggs, cereal and tea and coffee. There’s a kitchen for cooking and vending machine for snacking. Score!
Samesun Vancouver is located in the Granville entertainment district, near the skytrain and less than 15 mins from clubs, restaurants and shops.
Samesun is the coolest places to stay in Vancouver for:
- Solo travellers
2. HI Vancouver Downtown (bagel breakfast + rooftop terrace)
HI Vancouver Downtown is spacious, modern and located within a peaceful neighbourhood.
In fact, Davie St is nearby and home to great cafes and clubs. Walk 10 minutes and you’ll find Sunset Beach.
There are a lot of cool spaces at this hostel which we think you’ll appreciate:
- Rooftop terrace w/ sun beds + parasols
- Library w/ armchairs
- TV room w/ movies
- Huge kitchen
- Games room
Pretty cool, right?
The rooms are a mixture of shared and single-sex, all of which are spacious and bright. Each room has a sink, linen and even a towel included.
Breakfast includes muffins, bagels and fruit – how good does that sound?!
All travellers will be glad to know the reception is 24-hours. The staff will be happy to point you in the direction of late-opening bars.
HI Vancouver Downtown is the coolest Vancouver hostel for:
- Female solo travellers
3. St. Clair Hotel-Hostel (male dorms + central location)
Choose to stay at St. Clair Hotel-Hostel and you will be sleeping in a listed building built in 1911. Cool, right?
Yet again this hostel is central, close by to the Holy Rosary Cathedral and moments from the lookout tower.
There is a great little activities board listing the local entertainment. Of course you can always have a chat with the staff who are happy to help.
Not only are there female dorms, but male dorms too! Solo travellers seeking privacy will enjoy the single private room, no doubt.
We love the large windows and old-style shutters in each room!
After a long day of walking Vancouver, relax in the lounge area where you’ll also find a TV.
Note: there is a 7 night maximum stay in the dorms.
Simply put, it’s the best place to stay in Vancouver for:
- Budget travellers
Best Hostels in Vancouver for Solo Travellers?
It would be rude of us not to include a section for the solo traveller. Especially when so many people are braving new experiences by themselves. Wonderful!
Let’s have a quick recap of the already mentioned hostels in this article:
- Best solo traveller hostel for sociable women: HI Vancouver Downtown
- Best hostel for solo travellers that like privacy + group activities: Samesun Vancouver
- Best hostel for male solo travellers (single sex dorms): St. Clair Hotel-Hostel
Best Party Hostel Vancouver?
Without doubt if you’re looking for a lively atmosphere without having to leave the hostel, we highly recommend staying at Samesun Vancouver.
It’s the number one Vancouver party hostel!
Remember; there’s a large bar here that sells food. After a big night you can enjoy the free breakfast and relieve a hangover on the outdoor terrace.
As a second option for a party hostel in Vancouver, head over to Cambie Hostel Gastown.
On the ground floor you’ll find the oldest bar in the city, The Cambie. This is where you can also enjoy a discounted breakfast.
Each week there are live bands to enjoy!
Head upstairs away from the noise, stroke Oreo the cat and collapse in a ready-made bed. Lovely jubbly.
Cheapest Hostels in Vancouver
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Although, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city centre costs you more in transport.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Vancouver.
1. Open Hostelworld
2. Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Good to know: Make sure you select the accommodation type you actually want. Many homestays and guesthouses claim to be a hostel. Fact is, they are not. Hostels offer common areas, are social.
Here’s our guide on how to book hostels with Hostelworld.
Discounts + Promo Codes
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Vancouver. So for now you can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
We also do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
Map of Vancouver Hostels + TOP Sights
Now that you’ve got your eye on one of these hostels, let’s put it on a map. Actually, this map has ALL the mentioned hostels in this article.
Plus top things to do in Vancouver including:
- Stanley Park
- Capilano Suspension Bridge
- Granville Island
- Queen Elizabeth Park
- Canada Place
- Grouse Mountain
- Vancouver Art Gallery
- VanDusen Botanical Garden
Other cool ideas for you:
- 7 Hour City Tour of Vancouver
- Take a private tour with a local
- 2.5 hr sunset cruise (with buffet)
- Indian Arm half day cruise (with lunch)
Flights to Vancouver
We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over North America including Vancouver and Los Angeles.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over North America and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
More Epic Hostels in North, Central + South America
So, a little birdy tells me you have lots of time to play with. That means there is more exploring to be done!
Now that you’ve been introduced to the best hostels in Vancouver, we’d like to show you our many other hostel guides to North, Central and South America:
- 3 best hostels in Seattle, USA
- best hostels in Toronto
- 3 best hostels in Los Angeles
- 3 best hostels in San Francisco
Over to you
So there you have it; the coolest and best hostels in Vancouver, Canada. Hopefully by now you already know which one you’re going to choose.
But perhaps you are left with some questions, doubts?
Then please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Vancouver hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.
Your question(s) will help me to understand what I have missed to mention and you’ll help improve this article.
Therefore, do not be shy, drop us a comment!
Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries