American Backpackers Hostel



The Review

American Backpackers Hostel is the cheapest hostel you'll find in Vancouver -- maybe even in the whole of Canada! If you need a very cheap bed to sleep in a good location, and no extras, this is the place to go.

The Location

The hostel is located near Gas Town, the old part of the city. It is a very popular area with shops, bars, and restaurants just around the corner, and everything is within walking distance. The waterfront with Canada Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre are just a five-minute walk.

There is a bus stop in front of the door, but parking a car is a bit more difficult. So-called Crack Town is nearby, and cars get their window smashed in very frequently. So paying for a parking garage is definitely recommended, and there are plenty all over the city. There is a small grocery shop just downstairs, and another one just a few steps further.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel has private rooms as well as dorm rooms. All rooms have locks, and there are separate rooms for men and women. The rooms also have lockers to store your belongings. Every room has approximately three bunk beds, and bathrooms are shared. There is a shower downstairs, and one upstairs. There is hot water and also there are hooks to hang your clothes. You can use the washing machine and dryer for a fee.

Common Spaces

The hostel has a kitchen with stove, kettle, and microwave, but dishes and cutlery are scarce. Next to the kitchen is the common room with free pool table. For you pool fans who are getting excited, the table is bent, the balls have dips in them, and the cues are worn off. But it offers good entertainment to guests, especially to all those working travelers, who often stay here for a while before finding an apartment. There is a TV room with DVD and video player as well as a small terrace. In the hallway you can find an old computer to use the internet. Alternatively, you can bring your laptop and hook it up, but you will still have to pay for the internet.

The hostel houses an interesting crowd -- lots of travelers looking for jobs and permanent housing, some sketchy characters, and passers by who are attracted by the low rate. The hostel generally has excellent reviews because of the note at reception which offers you a free night's stay if you write a positive one.

You have to pay for luggage storage. The whole building is smoking-friendly -- even the kitchen. Don't talk to the receptionist lady in the morning before she's had her smoke!


All in all, this is a good hostel and you get what you pay for. It's ideal if you are on a low budget and don't need much comfort.
by Deniz Aydoslu Staff Reviewer


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "American Backpackers Hostel" at 347 West Pender Street.)


347 West Pender Street, Downtown, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
49.282721, -123.111658 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+1 (604) 688-0112
+1 (604) 685-7989
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Great place if you are not rich
it's not for everybody, this gem in the heart of Vancouver. so rich so poor -- if you stay one night but if you stay for a while and make friends, this is great. no luxury, no clean, but humanely friendly and bonding with people. managers you are people like you and me. no complaint for me.
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Age 24, Canada
Stay away
$60/wk for a 8 bed dorm is cheap. The private and double rates aren't anything special. Thats the only good news. If you like bedbugs, cockroaches and dirt, this is the place for you. There are 3 showers and 4 toilets for up to 100 people. They are disgusting and the water shuts off when your washing. The mops used to clean the floors are dirtier than the floors. The kitchen is unsanitary and always a mess. Smoking cigs and pot is allowed everywhere except in the dorm rooms. It stinks thru the whole place. The owner and the night guy are the worst "people" my GF and me have come across while traveling around the world. And this should be classified as a downtown shelter not a backpacker hostel. The tenants are mostly men that are there for a long time. Very few interesting travelers. I cant give minus or zero stars. 1 star is way to many for this place. We left early to escape from this dump.
Character Abound, Great time
The American Backpackers Hostel is true a gem found in the downtown heart of Vancouver City, Located on the corner of West Pender and Homer, its convenient location is ideal, with food & shops everywhere, easy access to transportation, and as a plus the famous Amsterdam Cafe is just a stones through away. The hostel itself is anything but dull, with people of all ages coming and going constantly there is never a shortage of personalities. It's more of a home than a hostel, whether you are there for a couple days or a couple of months, you will be welcomed like an old friend. You will not find a cheaper place in Vancouver.
Jack T
Age 20, Canada
Most laid-back hostel you'll ever find
you can smoke in the kitchen here ... this place is pretty damn chill. There's a smoking area for the blazers and late at night you can smoke in the lounge room as well. It's very communal and open, don't come here if you like things to look shiny and smell like daisies, it's a hostel not a hotel. For only $10/night you can't get any better. Given the location of this hostel the price crazy cheap. Go check it out for a night and you'll end up staying for a week or 2. Maybe more. It happened to me.
Tom Jacobs
Age 27, Canadian
Cheapest place in canada!
you will not find a cheap place like this all over the canada! excellently located right in the city center and a step away from the skytrain and all the major tourist attractions. very informal atmosphere, average customers are very young. in summer make they make party even with free spaghetti. the rest of the services and basic level but for the price you pay is more than good. also suitable for long stays for people like me who has the working visa. I have been here for many months and I felt right at home.
Age 26, spain
Cheapest place in town
most cheapest place in vancouver! great atmosphere and great party on friday night. i really enjoyed the time i spent here. also hostel is placed downtown close to everything. will come again.
Age 23, germany
Awesome place!
Great atmosphere!! Really cheap place right in downtown close to everything. For anyone on a budget I recommend staying at the American Hostel. For sure the only place im gonna go each time i'm in Vancouver!
Age 24, Canada
Psychiatric facility!!!
This is not a hostel, it is a psychiatric facility for homeless people and drug addicts. Aggressive staff!!! I am wondering like many other people, how it is still possible for this place to be open.

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