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by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
August 17, 2002
The building is old and not particularly attractive: it’s pretty dark and dreary although staff do their best to keep it clean.
My room was similar to the others with 3 bunk beds in a room. The walls and ceiling had cracks in them and the wooden floors were very squeaky. Showers and toilet were down the hall. The faucets for the shower were outside the stall so it was really important to make sure you had the right temperature before you got in. The toilet was in a tiny little cubicle with a rusty sink and even though it was clean, it didn’t look it.
Hostel staff were really helpful - always organizing events like pub crawls, a Sugar Shack visit (a trip to the country to see how maple is tapped from trees) as well as dispensing Band-Aids for blisters, tourist advice and maps. Just beside the reception area was a reading room with Internet access and a small library.
Breakfast wasn’t included but there was a huge kitchen for those who wanted to do their own cooking. There were large floor to ceiling coolers for grocery storage as well as three microwaves and lots of stove top burners. Beside the kitchen was a pool table and a TV/conversation area so it was a fairly lively place.
The hostel is open 24 hours a day for check in but they have
a "no noise" policy after 11 PM for the dorm floors which seemed to be enforced because
it was very quiet.
It’s located in an area filled with older hotels and private apartments and felt very safe at night. It’s about a 5 minute walk to Chateau Frontenac and Terrace Dufferin and there are lots of restaurants within a few blocks.
The cab ride from the train station was under $6.00. A city bus stops a few blocks away but the uphill walk to the hostel could be a nuisance depending on how much luggage you have.
The hostel is a good place for those on a tight budget or like me, those who will do a couple of very cheap nights in order to splurge later.
From journal Quebec City - Tres Magnificent!
by Ben the Grate
March 1, 2002
It's huge, with plenty of room options, both dorm and private. Rooms are simply, as in all hostels, but quite functional. Restrooms are shared, but not communal, and they are always spotless.
The kitchen is the true gem here. It's HUGE! The hostel used to have a cafeteria, so the kitchen is actually an industrial kitchen, complete with all the huge pots, pans, and gadgets that you'd expect from a restaurant kitchen.
What this means is: there's enough room and dishes to go around, but it ALSO means that, with a little organization, you can make COMMUNAL MEALS where everyone participates and eats! See the photos at the bottom for a prime example.
The hostel coordinates activities year round, especially during Carnaval, and it makes a great way to get to know people. Go on their pub crawls and Snow Rafting trips. Phoebe is the event coordinator there, and she's a DOLL!
There is a communal room downstairs that is open to the dining room. They also have a pool table room, vending machines, meeting rooms, and a warm-up room with fireplace for when you come home all icy and chilled to the bone. There are two internet access stations in the main lobby.
The hostel has ice skates and sleds that you can borrow, too!
Rates are as follows:
DORMS - (3 to 10 beds per room)
$18 ($11US) per person, HI member
PRIVATE ROOMS - (2 single beds or 1 double)
$46 ($28US) per room, HI member
Non-member rates are $4 higher, and they take each $4 that you pay and add it towards the $25 membership fee, so if you stay long enough, you leave a member.
Reservations are a MUST at this hostel. If they are booked up, they may offer 50 beds on standby each morning at 9am, ask them for details.
SLEEPING BAGS ARE NOT PERMITTED at this hostel. They provide all the linens you need.
The hostel is located at the corner of Ste Ursule and Ste Anne just inside the city walls. If you enter the walls via Grande Allee (also St. Louis, the main entrance near the Carnaval grounds), walk past the first street (Rue Auteuil) and take a left on the next, Rue Ste Ursule. The hostel will be 2 blocks down on the right between Ste Anne and Ste Dauphine.
From journal Carnaval - Mardi Gras in the snow!
October 3, 2004
If you're traveling in a group, or really on a budget, the dorm-style rooms are CHEAP!!
Large community kitchen downstairs, and a game room/library with a pool table and Pac-Man (!!!) on the street level. Rooms are upstairs.
The location is unbeatable - on a small side street sandwiched right in the heart of the Old City, with a massive underground parking garage just a few streets over. Good place to meet other young people staying in Quebec. Can't beat it - highly recommended!
From journal European Gem In Our Backyard