HI - Edmonton Hostel, Edmonton

8.6
767 Reviews
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A standard Hostel International in downtown Edmonton, west Canada

A fairly nice, but large hostel in downtown Edmonton. Close to Whyte Avenue with its bars, restaurants, cafes. Stay in a private with my girlfriend, room had good double mattress with extra bed above for a child or another guest. Sink in room. Free wifi, free tea/coffee, no breakfast. Friendly, helpful staff. Lacks atmosphere. Kitchen available until 11 pm.

TonyAnonymous
2019-06-28
Age 40 | England

Great Location

Really nice area; I was worried Edmonton would be difficult to get around, but it weren't. The hostel was in a great neighborhood, with a lot to do, there is a movie theatre from 1914 down the street, and the train station is just a few blocks away.

Scott
2014-12-02
Age 32 | USA

Great Friendly Staff in Edmontons Cultural District

2 of us for 4 nights, we had a 2bed dorm which was perfect and only a couple bucks extra to upgrade from a 8bed dorm. It's in a great area, and the location allowed us easy access all over the city. We spent some time renting bikes and bopping around the river valley and the whyte ave area. Weekly bbq's and free tours are available for this summer. The hostel is so close to so much cool stuff too. The kitchen has been renovated, the beds have brand new matresses. The are lots of common rooms available to meet people or to find a quiet space. Lots of groups were in and they seem to be enjoying themselves. The staff were remarkable and the repsect for guests was evident, I can wait to come back for a visit.

Anonymous
2010-06-15
Canada

It was a bed.

the staff are so-so, though when i got there went off on a bad start. the two at the desk were talking about another staff member or something private. so off the bat seemed unfriendly. the fellow travelers if you call them that been there enough where it's like a family which i guess is cool but not at a hostel. seemed more like a spot for the homeless who have 26 bucks a day for a bed shower and a roof. no offense to anybody there, i met some awesome people there but still. the layout seemed weird. Understand it was november when i went but still would have loved something going on event wise during the night time. This was my first hostel experience. i'm going to give the HIs another shot at a different location and if they blow it my card gets cut. i wanted the traveler/family feel not the homeless/family feel. Just to clarify by homeless i don't mean no job i just mean they have no official home other than the hostel. They seem to care more about the students that live there more than the "travelers" -- again it's a hostel so should have been the other way around. i would have loved a walk around to be shown where everything is, not just showed by the point of a finger. Try one of the other hostels, this one sucks.

kirk
2007-11-24
canada

This hostel is a great place to stay! My three friends and I came up to see a concert and ended up staying a few extra days. Our room was clean and the atmosphere was vibrant. Programming galore! Thanks to the knowledgeable staff for making our experience at HI Edmonton a memorable one. We'll be back.

Shelley W.
2006-08-31

We managed to fit two people in one of the lockers.

Duke Of Ed Group!
2006-08-26

This is not a good hostel.

The dorms are cramped and hot but they do have lockers which is a good thing.

The semi-private rooms which have one bunk bed in are also small and hot.

The staff are good but it has an unfriendly atmosphere and is full of Canadians looking for work in the Oil fields or on a break from the oil camps.

Ed
2006-06-08

If I were to describe what I'd expect from a typical, comfortable, well-run hostel, this would be it. No particularly sparkly decor (it's an old nun's quarters) but comfortable, big lockers, clean enough, with a comfy common room and super friendly, knowledgeable, 24-hour desk staff. It has two well-equipped kitchens. It's located in a quiet street but one block from Old Stathcona, one of the happening parts of Edmonton, and an easy bus ride from town or the West Ed Mall. And it's not too expensive. Good value for your dollars.

Kezza
2005-07-13

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HI - Edmonton Hostel Reviews from the Web

Exceptional Staff. Super friendly and helpful. Great location close to the bars and restaurants on Whyte ave.. as well as the streetcar, River Valley with all the parks and bike trails. Basic accommodations for a reasonable cost. No hesitation rebooking and bringing my son so we can continue to explore Edmonton.

will63rd441
2022-08-05

The staff are very helpful and friendly. Really clean hostel with good facilities. Only thing missing is A/C. Lots of common areas to hang out in which is nice, but hostel wasnt very busy when I stayed so didnt meet many other travellers.

Hostel location is better than it seems, lots of buses nearby to downtown and West Edmonton Mall. Local area has a nicer atmosphere than downtown anyway so we spent most of our time there.

caoimhe94hogan8486
2022-07-27

The hostel was good value and in a nice location with lots of bars and restaurants within walking distance. The rooms however had no air-conditioning which made for uncomfortable sleep during the hot nights while I was there. Staff were friendly and helpful.

scotty3497383
2022-07-26

It did look far away from downtown, but the walk was all right. Also, Downtown is boring, so the location is very good, with Whytestr. right around the corner :)

Edmonton has more to offer than the internet would suggest :)

aKDbcdSwJ7PRp1Lc
2022-07-16

Wonderful wonderful place. Amazing staff, great location, 10/10 facilities. Could't be more proud of the staff and people behind the business.

tanmayw5255141
2022-07-08

Great location. Staff were friendly and helpful. The hostel is very clean .

lorifossen6123
2022-07-06

The staff were amazingly friendly, the dorms and common rooms were tidy, there was plenty of communal space (even a library and a nice court yard) and the hostel is just a block or two behind Edmonton's famous Whyte Avenue. Awesome!

I only wish the bunks were a little taller and that there were curtains around them. The bottom bunk is too cramped and not having curtains makes it hard to filter out light when your dorm mates are active at night. I'd still highly recommend staying here though.

jessiekrahn7073
2022-07-01

Clean and affordable. There are some questionable people visiting but just smile and node, you'll be fine.

dbiolley4038
2022-06-30

Excellent place to stay in Edmonton!

elachernaeva9460
2022-06-28

I booked for 1 night, accidently booked a Saturday night stay instead of Friday, my fault. The staff was very understanding and accommodating and were able to find me and my mom a room. My mom thought the room was a closet. Would stay again though.

dartagnansrg4657
2022-06-25

This place was awesome! I highly recommend for International travellers or those needing somewhere to stay for the night in Edmonton!

anastar1771559
2022-06-25

Well managed facilities and extremely friendly staff

wilsonsoon5518
2022-06-17

I really enjoyed the hostel. Super clean and many spaces to enjoy. I particularly liked the take it or leave it library room. It's also right off Whyte Ave which was super convenient and enjoyable. For the cost and amenities, I'd say there isn't a better choice!

randymdube4607
2022-06-03

This hostel is spic and span clean!! The kitchen is spacious and very well equipped. Great location too, only took me 15min to get downtown on bus #8. Friendly, smiley, and helpful staff all around (front desk, cleaning ladies, gardener). Recommend to reserve an upper bunk if you stay in the dorm, you cant sit up in the lower bunk and I bumped my head a few times climbing into bed at night and upon waking up. The huge lockers are also a plus, compared to other hostels I stayed in the past.

rasha_b6208
2022-05-27

Liked: I liked how close by it was to places to eat and shop. Didn't like: The added non membership fee you pay on arrival needs to be included in the online booking price so one can have a more accurate idea of how much their stay will cost.

Anonymous
2015-12-03

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Anonymous
2015-10-18

Liked: Great location, great price. Didn't like: Can only stay 14 days

Anonymous
2015-07-11

Liked: Nice, secure, friendly staff, tidy Didn't like: Nothing

Anonymous
2014-09-08

Liked: Free tea and coffee Didn't like: It was dirty in all corners, only smelly blankets on beds and when I dried my face with the provided towel I had black hair all over my face. Gross!!!

Anonymous
2014-05-31

staff at the front desk very helpful. Big kitchen, all facilities and appliances available at the hostel (washing machines, dryer, cash machine, wifi)

Anonymous
2014-02-22

Description

HI-Edmonton is in the city's awesome Old Strathcona neighbourhood, home of Whyte Avenue, the Fringe Festival and much of the nightlife and cafe culture. We're centally located just across the river from downtown, east of the University of Alberta and about a 20 minute bus ride from West Edmonton Mall.

Guests can visit unique shops, cafés, bookstores and museums by day; and enjoy the bustling restaurants and pubs at night.

Location and Contact

Location

• Airport Directions: Take Sky Shuttle - University to Varscona Hotel. Walk 1 block south and west to hostel. (approx. $15 one-way).
• Bus Directions: Walk east to 101 Street, catch the #9 Southgate or the #7 Belgravia bus southbound. Get off at 82 Avenue and 109 Street. Hostel is 2 blocks east and 1 block south.
• Train Directions: Walk south for 4 blocks to Kingsway Avenue and take #12 Kinsway bus to Kingsway Mall. Take #9 Southgate bus. Get off at 82 Avenue and 109 Street. Hostel is 2 blocks east and 1 block south.

Map

Map

Address: 10647 81st Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

HI - Edmonton Hostel is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website

Website HI - Edmonton Hostel Edmonton www.hihostels.ca/edmonton
Phone Number: 780.988.6836
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Family-Friendly Hostel

Party Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Lockers in Rooms

Luggage Storage

Parking

Towels

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Bike Rental (10)

Lockers in Lobby (1)

24 Hour Security

ATM

BBQ Grill

Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking

Gameroom

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Kitchen

Laundry

Live Music/Performance

Lounge Area

Meeting/Banquet facilities

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Swimming Pool

TV

Table Tennis

Walking Tours

Airport Pickup

Breakfast

Wheelchair Accessible

Pet-Friendly

Service Animals

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 12

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 16

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: 14 nights

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Large (60-100 beds)

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