Samesun Backpackers Vancouver was my home when I initially arrived in the city. I stayed there for 15 days, which was doable albeit a little expensive. Personally, now I know about the wonderful world of AirBnb, I think that might have been a better and cheaper option for my arrival. But Samesun Backpackers was a great place to rest my head and get my Vancouver bearings. Here are my pros and cons so you can decide whether it is the backpacker place for you.
- Location. The hostel is located on Granville Street, right in the heart of downtown Vancouver. You are close to supermarkets, the Pacific Centre (shopping, read: bad for backpackers) and the water on either side of downtown. It has been a great base for me to really get to know the city and the different streets.
- Amenities. Samesun Backpackers is equipped with free WiFi and guests receive free breakfast. This usually included toast, bagels, fruit and juice. There is a huge lounge area for hanging out outside of the dorms and there is a restaurant-sized kitchen for guests to use. For people staying longer like me it is great to be able to make dinner at night to save on costs. You also need to use a code to enter the hostel, which is changed daily. So you know you are safe and secure.
- Dorms. I can’t complain about the dorms. I was in a 4-bedded dorm, with shared facilities, which was right down the hallway. I never waited for a shower or toilet while I was staying there. They were also consistently cleaned throughout the day by the housekeeping staff. The room was big enough, the lockers were a great size, and there was a fan, heater and window. Although I seemed to pick the squeakiest bed of them all, I have no complaints.
- Staff. All the staff I spoke to during my stay were nothing but kind and willing to help me out, which was very welcoming.
- The Beaver. This could be a positive or a negative, depending on your situation. For me, the entertainment some nights went passed when I was trying to rest, so it was a bit annoying not being able to easily fall asleep. But on the plus side, they offered a different $4.95 meal each night and cheap drinks, so I think the noise is just something you have to put up with.
- The Warmth. Man, did that room heat up sometimes overnight! It was crazy that in the hallway it could feel about ten degrees cooler than in the room. I don’t know why they got so warm but I heard it wasn’t just ours. With the window wide open at night and the fan on it was okay, but some nights it got super hot. So be warned if staying there in the heat of summer.
Samesun Backpackers Vancouver
Overall, I did enjoy my time at Samesun Backpackers in Vancouver. It was convenient and I met some really cool people who I still regularly speak to on Facebook. I recommend the hostel to all visitors to the British Columbia hub.