The HI hostel here in Quebec City is one of the finest hostels I've EVERY stayed at...and I've been to PLENTY of them!
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.