American Backpackers Hostel




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347 West Pender Street, Downtown, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
49.282746, -123.111634 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+1 (604) 688-0112
+1 (604) 685-7989
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Great place
reading reviews I was disappointed but I want to try this hostel, so I walked in and I was welcome. stayed a month not a day to try. then I stay 3 months. some people complain because they are broke anyway but many people were working and did well. the place is worth the money, is clean, safe, fun to be there -- all facilities work. no bedbugs because of strict rules about not too much junk around the beds. the dorms are big and have a lot shelf and private single are so cheap that anyone can afford if dont like dorm with people that snore or dirty socks under the beds. the managers are very strict and that what this place needs but pot and cigarettes is allowed so is not that bad.
Age 25, germany
Beware of owners and staff
I stayed for just over a month and I met a lot of great people. Had an issue with Vince throwing out items and coming into our rooms without asking. what if i was getting changed? no soap for the washrooms. i had bed bugs in my room and we didn't even bring food in, and they blamed us for having food. it could have came from a roommate traveling from somewhere else. you won't necessarily get bit by bedbugs but bit by the management there. ive witnessed the security loser try and throw people out for no reason. from the other reviews i can see what people meant. if you do stay there because you're broke, then go there. otherwise, find a place for a month on craigslist because this is one of the only hostels that have super cheap prices. it is also a dirty disaster but i normally just go there to sleep at night as i work at a coffee shop most of the days. the security guy is a video game addict and i've heard has past charges of sexual nature, and i don't normally judge a book by its cover but ive seen his computer screen when he thinks people at the table aren't looking. also vince is a disaster and doesnt care about anyone. he says no bullshit but creates it, with putting notes on doors thinking you didn't pay on time when you just gave him a months rent the day before. i heard they have security spy cams but i can't seem to find them. that place will get raided in no time. do not book this place for more than 3 nights testing, because the only thing that will keep you there is having no money to get out of there, but for meeting friends just be careful of what you say because most people dont have a career life and are very negative and garbage, except the odd person here and there. as a female its even worse and i wouldnt even recommend it for a male. one star (but three stars if you count the price into equation. Oh he can't spell for shit and expects you to read all signs).
Age 37, UK
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.
word traveller
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

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