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C&N Central Station Hostel Reviews

1038 Main Street, Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada

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142 Total Reviews
  • 62%Value For Money
  • 64%Security
  • 71%Location
  • 75%Staff
  • 49%Atmosphere
  • 49%Cleanliness
  • 54%Facilities

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Decent size rooms but ours was too cold for a Vancouver winter. (Others reported their rooroom too hot). Kitchen was a waste of timetime, very few utensils. There seemed to be no hot water coming out of the men's fifth floor shower (so I used the fourth floor showers). Someone had bowel control problems and left the toilet in a disgusting state. I'd only stay again if I had a very early morning bus/train to catch


There are TWO C&N hostels - the one I had booked into actually says "Ivanhoe Backpackers" on the side. The C&N I found is across the street and further down from the train station. Guy at the desk said I could stay there or go to the one I had booked. Stayed there and enjoyed it - a four person room to myself with a mirror and washstand in the room, which was good because there were only two toilets (one with a shower) on that floor, which seemed inadequate. But they were far from full. Enjoyed.


This is the oldest hostel in Vancouver I believe, so the premises are not brand-spanking new - but the friendliness and good atmosphere in the place make it a much more pleasant experience than the look of the place would suggest.

  • 22nd Oct 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


the place is what u re reading in all the reviews. it s not for backpackers with a commun area and things to do on the city. it s not particulary clean and smell weird, the linen on the bed was clean. i knew that it was only to be for one night and i had to pick up a bus at 5 am, that was the main reason why i stayed, if it s not for that reason or because u re really like really tight on budget, i wouldnt reccommend it and on top u dont have wifi on the room


Worst hostel in town. Everything is damaged dirty in the room. The showers are disgusting and there is only wifi in the lobby. For this much money you can stay at way better hostel. I really really advise you to stay away from this place!


The hostel is close to the main bus station and train/metro station. The area around is not that nice though. The building is already quite old. There is free wifi in the lobby. Unfortunately there was no book exchange. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Fridge and freezer are in the dormitory, also a TV. In the corridors it smelled of cigarette and/or weed smoke. I stayed in a room next to the main street, so when the window was open it was quite noisy from the car traffic.


Pros: the price was good, convenience to transit was good, staff at the front desk were friendly, the dorms were decent size and beds were ok (pretty uncomfortable but ok). Cons: the place is very old/rundown/dirty, the neighborhood doesn't have much going on, there isn't really a common space to hang out and meet people, kitchen facilities are lacking, the bathrooms are gross, all the bed linens should be burned and replaced.

  • 29th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Dirty dirty dirty everything in the hostel


The staff were SUPER friendly and knowledgeable. The rooms were clean and so were the bathroom facilities. However there was not a great atmosphere here, there was not much of a common area, the kitchen did not include plates and pans etc. The bathroom for girls included one shower for the whole floor which was in the same area of the toilets, so it meant blocking the whole floor from going to the toilet or let people see you shower. The place is good value for money and the location is great!

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The Personal was very friendly and kind, but the rooms and everything was very dirty!


It's located right next to the train station. There are so many junkies hanging around, it made me feel unsafe. The bar underneath is really dodgy. The guys on reception are lovely.


It was okay cuz it's very close to greyhound and boltbus but other than that... Whole building is very sketched out. But the guy on the front desk, Mike is really a nice guy!

  • 25th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • South Korea
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


I stayed for only one night, so cannot really say much. But the staff was very friendly and helpful and the room was pretty big and clean (I stayed in a 6-bed dorm - alone) so that was all good. The facilities were alright but not overly inviting and the general atmosphere was ok. I didn't get to meet many people which I thought was a pitty, it's quite anonymus there. My general impression was ok though.


Very clean. Staff is friendly and super helpful. Dorm rooms offer a lot of space and come with sink and TV. Not the greatest neighbourhood but convenient as it's close to the bus station and sky train. Good place to stay for a night or two


Convenient location close to central station. Staff is super-nice and helpful. It was very quiet when i stayed there, had a 6-bed dorm for myself. Room is very big with fridge, TV and sink. There's a pub downstairs but it doesn't get noisy at night. Maybe not the best place for socializing but a good budget option.


Good location (very close to greyhound bus station, bus and sky train), very friendly staff. Only one bathroom per floor, but I never had to wait. No Wifi in dorms (free wifi downstairs) I always come back there when in Vancouver.


Should have known staying right next to the train station was a bad idea. Staff was very friendly, but atmosphere was lacking and suspicious to say the least. No one really socialized and the cleaners came into the room at around 6 am to change the bedding. If you are looking to work in Vancouver, stay here. If you have a limited time and would like to experience the city and meet other travelers stay elsewhere.

  • 16th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


lovely bunch of guys all really friendly and made me feel right at home. The food was excellent and any tourist attractions or places to eat the staff were more then happy to help me find what i was looking for. Highly recommend this to any traveler or traveling individual!

  • 5th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Bedding was threadbare. Fridge was full and dirty but no one in the room was using it.


Great hostel. Good location, rooms are nice, staff are very friendly. Wifi works very well. I would stay here again.

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