There are a lot of hostels in Vancouver. HI has three excellent Hostelling International hostels in Vancouver, two downtown and one at Jericho Beach.
The downtown locations are conveniently located, and both have excellent facilities. The Jericho Beach Hostel, Canada’s largest, is also one of its most interesting and best situated if you prefer the beach which is still only 10 minutes by free shuttle from downtown.
Jericho Beach HI Hostel has 286 beds. When other hostels are full, you can sometimes get accommodations here in the off season.
The only disadvantage to the Jericho Beach Hostel is that it’s about ten minutes from the centre of the city. However, the hostel operates a free shuttle bus to downtown. Besides the beautiful location, this hostel boasts great facilities. It is, alas, not open in winter.
Your next best bet is probably Pacific Spirit Hostel located on the University of British Columbia campus. The ambiance is excellent and the rooms are comfortable.
Finally there is an assortment of inexpensive hostels, some of which are rather run down and not always in the best neighborhoods. However, they are popular with shoestring and adventure travelers. Unless otherwise noted, you might want to check them out before you decide to stay.
This list of hostels may not be complete but if will give you a good idea of your other options.
Samsun Backpackers Lodge
1018 Granville Street
St. Clair Hotel – Hostel
577 Richards Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
800-982-0220 / 604-684-3713
733 Beatty Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2M4
604 895 5830 / 800 663 1424
5835 Thunderbird Blvd.
TRIUMFHouse is located on the UBC campus. It is more expensive than other accommodation listed here; however, it is a great place to stay, the other guests are very interesting and it’s less expensive than downtown hotels.(TRIUMF stands for TRI-University Meson Facility.)