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The Riding Fool Hostel

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Winnipeg, Canada
Reviewed 28 April 2015

This hostel was only 400m from all the biking trails which was awesome! We stored our bikes in the storage locker and then rode straight to the trails every day. There is also a hose and bike rack outside to wash your bikes. The hostel staff were very friendly and chatty and gave us great tip on where to eat,...

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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 21 April 2015

The common area is awesome. Had a great few days here hanging out with the long term residents. Great mountain bike rental shop right downstairs and a super cool clothing shop across the street The wifi was solid too which I found to be rare across the rest of the country! Only downside was that I had a room right...

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Cumberland, Canada
Reviewed 24 March 2015

Had a great experience at this hostel! The staff are friendly, the rooms and common areas are tidy and there is plenty of awesome stuff to do in cumberland! I would highly recommend the fool as your accommdation in the comox valley, especially if your looking for a smaller town vibe!

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Reviewed 27 December 2014 via mobile

Considering this place has a star from the 2014 Lonely Planet, this place is a mess. I've been to many hostels with worse reviews that deserve that star a lot more. To be fair, I'll list the good and bad. Good: - Very nice and helpful staff - Pool table - Close to nice pub - Security Bad: - Kitchen...

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Edmonton, Canada
Reviewed 2 October 2014

I loved my time here. The hostel has a great atmosphere and a certain charm. It is a great place for mountain bikers. Although I didn't have kids with my I think it would be a fine environment for families too.

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Vancouver, BC
Reviewed 18 August 2014

This place is amazing. Lovely old historic building but beautifully renovated inside. The bathrooms were spotless. The kitchen was huge and incredibly well equipped (e.g. there were 4 ways to make coffee alone: a coffee maker, stovetop espresso makers, french press and pour over), a huge common room. The staff was friendly and helpful. And the people I met there...

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Bellingham, Washington
Reviewed 29 June 2014

We stayed at the hostel for three nights. It is clean, the staff is very friendly, the rooms are nicely appointed, our room was quiet, the beds are comfortable, it has a full kitchen, and it has excellent wi-fi coverage. We enjoyed meeting other mountain bikers who were staying there. The owner is a very friendly and actively supports the...

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Nanaimo, Canada
Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

I've stayed here twice now and I've enjoyed both stays. It's quaint, comfortable, clean. The heritage building is absolutely gorgeous and the set up is great. Rooms are well decorated, beds are comfortable. Awesome shared shelves in the kitchen and amenities like a pool table. Local bus goes back & forth between Cumberland and Courtenay so it's easily accessible. Great...

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The Hague, The Netherlands
Reviewed 20 February 2014

I was here in July 2013 and was definitely one of the best hostels I stayed in during my one month trip though western Canada. Very welcoming hosts (!!), clean and I loved the interior design! Cozy, homely and comfortable. I would definitely recommend visiting once you are looking for a quiet , nice place to stay. Also if you're...

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Reviewed 23 September 2013

This place had great staff, was very clean, and the little town was a great base for enjoying the outdoors. The kitchen was well equipped and the common room was one of the best we have ever seen. The cozy feeling here made us wish we could stay longer. Would highly recommend.

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Laundry Service
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in historic downtown Cumberland, this Tourism BC Approved Accommodation occupies an 1895 heritage building which served as the village hardware store prior to being tastefully restored & converted into a 30 bed hostel. Cumberland has become home to those seeking a slower pace, the arts and unparalleled access to recreation resulting in a vibrant, youthful mountain valley culture. The Riding Fool is at the trail head of world class mountain bike trails and a quick drive to Mt. Washington Alpine Resort, Forbidden Plateau Recreation Area, Strathcona Provincial Park, Comox Lake, kayaking, scuba, rock climbing, hiking & more! If you enjoy a more relaxed travel experience rich with recreational opportunities and steeped in history you will most certainly enjoy the Village of Cumberland and the Riding Fool. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Riding Fool Hostel

Address: 2705 Dunsmuir, Cumberland, British Columbia V0R 1S0, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Comox Valley > Cumberland
Price Range: $28 - $75 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Riding Fool Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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“for couples pay the extra $10 for the bigger room”
 of 5 bubbles 923amy, 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Private and semi-private rooms available.”
 of 5 bubbles 236dee, 23 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Personal rooms facing south are clean and very bright, but catch some noise from the bar on the corner.”
 of 5 bubbles 585davidq, 29 May 2015 | Read review
“Dorm rooms are spacious, clean and have lots of storage space for us travellers”
 of 5 bubbles mitchyo779, 23 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Double beds also available as well as dorms”
 of 5 bubbles NedD_11, 28 Jun 2013 | Read review
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