SLEEP IN COMFORT
Located right in the centre of Vancouver city centre, HI Vancouver Central is considered one of the ideal resting places for those who want to explore the shops, bars, clubs restaurants and attractions which are nestled amongst nature. It only takes around 5-10 minutes walk to reach the main parts of the city such as Gastown or Stanley Park and offers plenty of activities for your enjoyment.
You will find yourself in an atmosphere completely derived from stylish, rustic and unique decor making it extremely comfortable and relaxing. The rooms are brilliant, offering modern furnishings and amenities, designed with your comfort in mind.
If you find yourself in Vancouver, Canada then I would highly recommend booking a few nights stay at HI Vancouver Central.
- Central to all attractions and the city centre
- Comfortable and relaxing spacious rooms
- Extremely friendly and welcoming staff
- Incredible views of the city
- Free buffet style breakfast
Private Room with Ensuite
During our stay at HI Vancouver Central we opted to stay in the Private Room with Ensuite which was perfect for our needs and provided a very comfortable night’s sleep. With fantastic city views, aesthetically pleasing decor, spacious and comfortable furniture we almost didn’t want to leave to explore the city.
Furnished with a large window overlooking the urban city it was a brilliant way to wake up in the morning and seeing those views. It comes with a double size bed, private ensuite bathroom, two bedside tables, air-conditioning, radiator, plenty of power points and a wardrobe to store all your luggage and clothing.
What you get
The room comes equipped with free toiletries, strong Wi-Fi, fluffy pillows, clean towels, soft linens and plenty of space for two people to relax in.
To view all their other rooms click here.
Chill out in the Lounge
We loved this rustic and cosy area which is packed with books, magazines, comfortable sofas, chairs, tables and a chilled vibe. Next door is a TV room which has a large flat screen TV and it is a great way to meet new people, make friends, get tips & advice or just relax after a day of exploring the city.
Cycle Around Stanley Park
This stunning park has managed to push aside the likes of New York’s Central Park, the Luxeumbourg Gardens in Paris and Chicago’s Millennium Park to be named the World’s Best Park by Trip Advisor. The best way to see is to hire a bicycle and ride all the way around the old growth forest, visit ancient Aboriginal village sites, grab a tan at the beach, lounge around a rose garden or get up and close with sea lions and Pacific dolphins.
There are a handful of bicycle rental spots at the base of Denman Street, and it’s the best way to get around the park.
Admire the hipster Gastown
Vancouver first began in the heart of what is now a trendy neighbourhood called Gastown, named after a historical figure known as ‘Gassy Jack’. it was once Canada’s third largest city, ‘and Gastown’ in 1867, was the site of various lumber mills. It is now home to chic loft apartments, European eateries, cocktail lounges, plenty of unique boutique shops and flashy bars. There are a few galleries of note along Water Street, and plenty of places to buy Canadian goods.
Head to China Town
The great thing about sightseeing in Vancouver is it’s easy to knock off multiple things in one visit to any of its unique neighbourhoods. Vancouver’s Chinatown is one of the oldest in Canada and the largest. Perched on the edge of the Downtown Financial District and Gastown, Chinatown offers up an array of funky shops, inexpensive markets, and of course, the best Dim Sum restaurants in town.
Take an Aqua-bus to Granville Island
No visit to Vancouver is complete without a visit to the artsy Granville Island. Interestingly, it’s more a little peninsula than an island. What was once an industrial manufacturing hub, is now the meeting place for well-to-do Vancouverites and tourists to shop for the organic produce, sip on premium teas, sample fine chocolates, listen to buskers, and watch sleek yachts sidle on up to the dock.
The Pink Alley Photos
This very impressive and unique alley is only a short 15-minute walk from the hostel and is brightly coloured with pinks and yellows. It certainly lights up what would be a dingy alleyway and creates the perfect spot to take some vibrant and fun photos.
The Digital Orca
Located on the viaduct, this awesome Orca is like something out of the movie Pixels. Douglas Coupland’s public art masterpiece, Digital Orca looks like it is leaping right out of a video game. Or maybe a giant Lego set. This well worth a look and maybe a couple of photo snaps.
How to get there
Address: 1025 Granville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6Z 1L4
From the airport, there are two ways to get to HI Vancouver Central:
Taxi – These are located directly outside of the Arrivals terminal and will cost around $32 CAD.
Sky Train – You can catch this train from the airport for around $8 CAD per person, you will need to exit at Yaletown – Roundhouse. From there it is a 10-minute walk to the hostel.
The prices will vary depending on what time of year you stay – to check out the pricing click here.
We stayed in August 2019 and for our Private Room with Ensuite it would cost $153 CAD (£95) per night with free breakfast.
- Wi-Fi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
- Tours are available to book at reception
- Vending machines on-site
- Luggage storage
- 24-hour reception
This hostel is absolutely lovely, unique, and the perfect place to stay while in Vancouver. I am so glad that we chose to stay here for three nights – it’s the chillest place in the city!
The room was fantastic, we had a super comfortable nights sleep and really enjoyed watching the surrounding city from our bed and large window. The location was my favourite feature as it was super central to the city and the staff are so friendly, they can honestly not do enough for you to make your stay that little bit more comfortable than what it already is.
You will want to spend longer
The city is very lively with lots to do, but on the outskirts, remains the beautiful surrounding mountains and countryside which are absolutely breath-taking and you will find yourself soaking them up the whole time you’re there. When you throw in the close proximity to the shopping centres, bars, restaurants and all of the other attractions you are onto a winner!
If you are in Vancouver, Canada, and you want to have a unique Canadian experience, I would highly recommend HI Vancouver Central.
***Thank you to HI Canada for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.