3 Best Hostels in Whistler, Canada

3 Best Hostels in Whistler – A Budget Backpackers guide to Cheaper Accommodation without the Sacrifice

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.

Your shortcut:

  1. HI Whistler – top pick for budget travellers
  2. Pangea Pod Hotel – best for flashpackers
  3. Whistler Lodge Hostel – perfect for couples

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Actually, we’ve included a range of hostel types here to suit different budgets and styles. Yep, we cover all grounds to save you time and money.

Instead of staying in an expensive chalet, hostels give you all the ski-related luxuries at a cheaper price, plus a social atmosphere that can’t be missed.

This 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

On your way to the mountains you may want to check out the best hostels in Vancouver.

Psst! Just across the border the best hostels in Seattle, USA includes a great party hostel.

What we cover in this article?

You can find all 5 Star Hostels here with Hostelgeeks and all guides to “Best Hostels In” here.

Quick Introduction to Whistler

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Whistler cost 30€ – 35€ per night for a bed in a dorm room. A private room starts from 40€ up to 55€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

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; Whislter Blackcomb.

New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:

The 3 Best Hostels in Whistler

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Whistler.

  1. HI Whistler
  2. Pangea Pod Hotel
  3. Whistler Lodge Hostel

We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

1. HI Whistler

Important: HI Whistler is set to re-open on the 17th June 2021.

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
  • Free WiFi

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.

This is one of the best hostels in Whistler for

  • Budget travellers
  • Groups
Book HI Whistler here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. Pangea Pod Hotel

Calling all flashpackers that are willing to spend a few extra coins – hello!

We’re excited to introduce to you Pangea Pod Hotel. Let’s sum it up in three easy words…

  1. Chic
  2. Shared
  3. Central

“Imagine you could stay in a boutique hotel but only pay for the part of it you actually use. At Pangea, that’s what we’ve created – designer pod accommodation that’s affordable, central, and social.”

So yeah, whilst ‘hotel’ may be in the name, these guys don’t actually class themselves as a hotel or a hostel. That’s because this Whistler accommodation is the best of both worlds!

The pod bed design here is truly unique.

They’ve done well to create sizeable spaces that are private, comfortable and money-saving. So even though you’ll be sharing a room, it’s easy to forget once you’ve got cosy in your pod for the night.

Ok ok let’s stop with the teasing. Each pod bed includes…

  • USB & standard charging sockets
  • Lockable private cabinet
  • Soft LED lighting
  • Individual fan
  • Mirror, hangers & shelves

Erm, wow! Not only that, but there are different pod types which include: front-entry, side-entry, mezzanine and female-only.

Super cool: Quiet time in the sleeping areas is from 10pm-7am.

Moving on to the social aspects of Pangea Pod Hotel now, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Onsite there is a cafe and bar that serves up delicious food and drinks that doesn’t break the bank.

Up on the rooftop is another little bar overlooking the pedestrian stroll down to village square. This is THE place for enjoying a cocktail and sunset vista!

This is one of the best hostels in Whistler for

  • Flashpackers
  • Female solo travellers
Book Pangea Pod Hotel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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3. Whistler Lodge Hostel

As our final recommendation, we want to include a more traditional mountain lodge that is ideal for backpackers.

Whistler Lodge Hostel offers a warm, cosy and authentic Whistler experience with a total of 42 beds.

“Removed from the village, nestled in the woods, we would love to have you stay at our Shangri-Lodge!”

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.

Alongside the beautiful wooden ski lodge charm, the property features are A-maz-ing:

  • Sauna
  • 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.

This is one of the best hostels in Whistler for

  • Couples
  • Older travellers
Book Whistler Lodge Hostel

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com

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What about cheapest hostels in Whistler?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels and cheap accommodation in Whistler. Forget Whistler hotels!

We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.

Why?

The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.

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 Whistler.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Whistler
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

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…

HI Whistler gets our vote overall becuase it’s affordable, central and offers great amenities such as onsite cafe which make it easier to meet other travellers.

Party Hostels in Whistler

It’s important to know that there is no wild party hostel in Whistler.

Instead, book your stay at Pangea Pod Hotel and enjoy an onsite bar that offers affordable drinks. There are actually two bars here, and one of them is up on the rooftop.

The best bit is from 1opm onwards it’s quiet time in the sleeping pods, so once you’re done at the bar you’re guaranteed a good night’s sleep.

Book Pangea Pod Hotel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Pangea Pod Hotel is one of the best hostels in Whistler, Canada

More Hostels worth a Mention

It’s likely that you will drive along the Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99) between Vancouver and Whistler. If so, you might consider staying a night or two in Squamish along the way.

So, what about a Squamish hostel?

Squamish Adventure Inn is a popular hostel in town and for good reason.

The building itself is nestled next to a big rocky mountain and flowing river, and the interior creates a homely and warm space which is appreciated after a long drive.

The room types offer something for everyone, from solo travellers right through to families.

Lounge in the big living room in front of the TV, or head out into the garden and patio areas to enjoy the scenery.

Squamish city centre is less than a 10-minute walk where you can enjoy shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.

Note: Whistler Village is a 45 minute drive from here. Free parking is available.

Also: Squamish Lil’ wat Cultural Centre is worth a visit whilst you’re in the area.

Book Squamish Adventure Inn here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.

Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview:

  1. HI Whistler: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. Pangea Pod Hotel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. Whistler Lodge Hostel: Booking.com

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

All of Whistler best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Whistler. I know, it’s a pity. 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.

You can also consider Airbnb Whistler. Here is our full review of Airbnb + discount code for your first booking.

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:

  • Whistler Blackcomb
  • Whistler Mountain
  • 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!

Flights to Whistler?

We enjoy Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Whistler.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over British Columbia and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

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More guides

Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Whistler BC.

We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations:

You can find all our new and updates articles for Best Hostels in here.

We also created a huge guide to hostels. Here we cover how to build lifetime friendships in hostels, the perfect packing list and more.

Over to you

Was this useful? Do you have any questions, doubts?

Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Whistler hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.

Your question will help me to understand what I have missed to mention.

Therefore, drop us a comment, we are keen to help you!

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.

At Hostelgeeks we will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. Our promise is to only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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A complete guide and overview of the 3 best hostels in Whistler, Canada for solo travellers and backpackers

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Your Smart Packing List

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