The Cambie Heritage Hostel

The Cambie Heritage HostelNanaimo’s party hostel for young budget travelers is The Cambie Heritage Hostel, 63 Victoria Cres. downtown. The pub at The Cambie has daily events and it really pumps up on Friday and Saturday nights with loud punk, rock, and hip hop, and the cover charge is waived for hostel guests. Party animals will be pleased to hear that there’s live music every night of the week at the Queen’s Hotel, 34 Victoria Cres. nearby. The area around The Cambie is rather seedy but the staff inside are friendly.

The Cambie Nanaimo is a three-story brick building erected in 1916. Each of the 11 basic rooms upstairs has a toilet and shower. There are three private rooms at $45 single or double including tax, and eight dormitories with four to six bunk beds each at $18.50 per person from October to April and $21 from May to September. A females-only dorm can be arranged. Weekly rates are available yearround, and from October to May there’s a low monthly rate. Check-in is at the bar and a $10 refundable key deposit is collected.

The Cambie offers a communal kitchen and eating area with a small TV in the lounge. A pay telephone and coin laundry are provided, but there’s no internet connection here. Smoking and pets are not allowed in the hostel. Off liquor sales are available downstairs and there’s ample free parking behind the building. The Cambie has two sister hostels in Vancouver at 300 Cambie Street and 515 Seymour Street.

COMMENT: On September 12, 2008, we received this comment on the Cambie Hostel: Really, your blurb on the Cambie doesn't do justice to the place's overall seedy character. This place is so gross that I can't believe my girlfriend and I decided to stay there. To begin with, the room was a windowless box, devoid of AC or even a fan. (Fortunately it wasn't hot outside when we stayed there.) The mattress was one of the worst we'd ever slept on, like sleeping directly on a box spring. The sheets had hair on them (to be fair, the bartender got us fresh sheets after we pointed this out). The bathroom floor was dirty. The toilet was leaky, so it alternately trickled and filled continuously, all night long. The lighting was dim. The kitchen was broken-down and dingy. And there was loud music till midnight. Really, the bartenders were as nice as could be, but they couldn't save this place from being disgusting and a really poor choice for even the budget-minded traveler.

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