If you’re considering a trip to Whistler, it’s highly likely you’re going to enjoy one of the largest ski resorts in North America. But what about the best hostels in Whistler, Canada – why consider one?
Well, if you’re a budget traveller that wants to keep costs down, we highly recommend staying at a hostel here.
Ski resorts are pricey and the hub of chalet-style pedestrian village of Whistler is no exception.
In this guide, we bring you the coolest hostels in Whistler which are both fun and affordable.
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.
Is Whistler a city? Nope! Whistler is a mountain town north of Vancouver and home to one of the largest ski resorts in British Columbia; Whistler Blackcomb.
Visiting Whistler in Winter: As you can imagine it will be super busy in high season, which will be the winter months. Therefore, book your stay asap!! It is not recommended to come here without a reservation.
Ok folks, we wanted to kick start with the most affordable and best budget option in Whistler village; welcome to HI Whistler Backpackers. This custom-built hostel was actually part of Whistler’s athlete’s village for the 2010 winter Olympic games – cool!
From male & female-only dorms to a private queen room with private bathroom, this hostel is suitable for many traveller types.
No matter which room you choose, it’s likely that you’ll get awesome mountain views from the window.
There’s certainly a modern and no-frills feel to this hostel, and it’s perfectly set up for any backpacker that wants to enjoy the luxury of a hotel in a hostel environment.
Come on, let’s have a glance at some of the highlights:
Onsite Cheaky’s cafe (7am-late)
Ski & bike storage room
Pool table & TV room
Big common room
Cheaky’s Cafe is well worth another mention as it’s the main place travellers hang out and socialise.
This is where you can enjoy your favourite refreshing drink, house-made meals and speciality coffees throughout the day. It’s certainly cheaper than eating in the village.
To top it off, there’s a kitchen you’re also welcome to use! During the warmer months the balcony area is a peaceful place to relax. There’s a BBQ for use and plenty of sunshine hitting the area.
Good to know: There are a whopping 188 beds here, so groups are welcome and there is even a dedicated meeting room for business people.
Location: Just minutes from the resort Whistler Olympic Village, it’s super easy to wander there by foot and explore.
You can choose between bunk style rooms as well as private and semi private rooms. What’s great about the dorms is that each bed comes with a privacy curtain and handy little shelf area.
Important: Whistler Lodge Hostel is centrally located between Whistler Village and Whistler Creekside. Nearby you find the Whistler Fireside Lodge. They are not the same hostel. It can be a bit confusing since the location and name, and even photos are similiar.
Alongside the beautiful wooden ski lodge charm, the property features are A-maz-ing:
Spacious lounge w/ pool table, couches & cathedral ceilings
Outdoor work deck & patio
Quiet study room
Ski/board/bike storage & waxing area
To help keep the costs low, the huge hostel kitchen is a big bonus for any traveller. Its fully kitted out with everything you need to rustle up hot, filling meals.
Honestly, considering the small size of the lodge, we’re seriously impressed with the effort that has gone into this kitchen. For anyone that prefers a more relaxed vibe and aren’t worried about being central, this hostel is ideal.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price. Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
If you’re looking for an affordable hostel for families, have a look at Whistler Fireside Lodge. Just be aware that the rating isn’t very high (below 8).
Some of you are also searching for Alpine Lodge Whistler – aka Alpine Lodge Hostel – but unfortunately this hostel is not listed on HW or booking.com.
Best Hostels in Whistler for Solo Travellers?
Which of the hostels Whistler are good for solo travellers?
We actually have a few recommendations depending on what kind of solo traveller you are…
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Whistler.
Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Whistler
add your dates
Order the listings by price
Simple as that.
Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.
Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.
The two most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. They both list numerous hostels and cheap accommodation. We wrote a detailed guide on the best booking sites for hostels.
The coolest App you need for Hostels comes as well from Hostelworld. It comes with super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand and make plans together. Download the Hostelworld App here.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Whistler hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
Garibaldi Provincial Park
Whistler Mountain Bike Park
Scandinave Spa Whistler
Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
What about getting around Whistler? You’ll be pleased to hear that Whistler village is 100% pedestrian!
Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!
Your question will help us to improve this Whistler guide.
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 will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.
Safe travels, The Hostelgeeks
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