I had heard about this hostel from people in my tour group, who were complaining about how terrible it was. I thought, hey it can't be that bad... oh how I was wrong.
It's a real shame, because the hostel looks promising from the outside. We stayed in the large 18 bed dorm, which I can only describe as feeling like a hospital ward. Some peoples beds were not made, didn't have mattresses on the beds yet, and dirty linen. There is only one plug socket (if you're lucky enough to locate it/be tall enough to reach it) in the room. Not ideal. People had to resort to charging their phones in the bathroom, laundry room and the hallway.
The kitchen was gross.
The bathrooms were disgusting. The showers were horrific. I've never been to prison, but this is how I'd imagine their showers to be. No privacy at all. Why have wooden slats in a shower. WHY? That's totally impractical. The bathrooms/showers are also across the lobby, so you have to walk through everyone in your pjs. Not the best.
This place also made me unwell. After staying here, I was covered in ringworm. COVERED.
No joke, someone had pitched a tent outside. Probably took one look at the place and cried.
The only good thing about this place was the fact that it was a bonding experience for my tour group and I. We survived Jericho Beach. We could do anything. Also, watching the sunset on the beach was pretty cute. But that is all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vancouver's hostel by the beach is located just 20 minutes from downtown and 10 minutes from the University of BC. At HI-Vancouver Jericho Beach you'll be surrounded by parkland and sandy beaches, with views of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park, and the North Shore Mountains at your doorstep.Live like a local and experience all Vancouver has to offer. Cycling, kayaking, beach volleyball, wind-surfing and hiking are within easy reach. Travelling to Vancouver with your bike? HI-Vancouver Jericho Beach provides secure bike storage, and our friendly staff can direct you to the many bike trails, street routes and pathways.HI-Vancouver Jericho Beach is the only Vancouver hostel with a licensed café on site. Jerry's Cafe is open for breakfast, dinner, and drinks seven days a week. Join us for our weekly activities while experiencing the great food and some great Canadian Beer selections.HI-Vancouver Jericho Beach is the ideal West Coast home base for outdoor adventurers, beach-goers and summertime relaxers - we've got it all! ... more less
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