Younger travelers looking for decent prices—and who appreciate contributing to a good cause—will love the YWCA Hotel. This non-profit hotel, whose revenue supports YWCA Vancouver, operates as more of a hostel than a traditional upscale hotel, with communal bathrooms and guest kitchens, which offers a unique charm you won't find at other hotels in the city.
The room decor is modern, comfortable, and the spacious group rooms come equipped with up to five beds—perfect if you're traveling with a group.
For great views of the stadium or downtown, be sure to book a room on one of the upper floors.
While some rooms have a basic ensuite bathroom, most available bathrooms are communal bathrooms that serve the entire floor. But don't worry—these shared bathrooms are kept very clean, and there's rarely a wait to use any of the facilities. No need to lug shampoo or conditioner from your room—toiletries are stocked on each floor.
The lobby is large, open, and nicely accented with large windows, skylights, and a gorgeous garden by the front entrance. There are also two small, colorful lounge areas great for kicking back with other guests.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There's a cafe in the lobby, but it only sells coffee and light snacks–if you want something more substantial, you'll need to head off-site.
The YWCA Hotel does have a gym—but it's tiny and equipment is limited. If you really want to get a solid workout in, ask the front desk for a pass to the larger YMCA gym (which is an 18-minute walk from the property).
There's no on-site dining at YWCA Hotel, but there are three fully equipped guest kitchens—so if you want to save money on food costs, head to the grocery store and cook a few meals at the hotel.
There is no on-site drinking at YWCA Hotel.
The YWCA Hotel offers limited self-parking for $15 per night. If you don't want to bring a car, no worries—Yaletown is extremely walkable and you're super close to plenty of public transportation options (it's a 4-minute walk to the Stadium-Chinatown station for SkyTrain or there are 5 bus stops within 5-minutes from the hotel).
There are few things that go together better than mussels and Belgian beer—and there are few places that do the combination better than Chambar Restaurant (4-minute walk). Try the Congolaise mussel dish with tomato coconut cream, smoked chili, lime, and cilantro. If you're more in the mood for something sweet, head over to Jam Cafe (4-minute walk), where you can sample one of their daily waffle specials.
Bogart’s Bar & Restaurant (2-minute walk) is known for great cocktails and a killer happy hour specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Make sure to try their signature Pickleback shot—it's just $4 during HH. If pickles aren't your style, head over to Patron Tacos (4-minute walk), a laid-back cantina, and try one of their inventive margaritas (the jalapeno is a local favorite).
WHY WE LIKE IT
YWCA has all the basics a traveler on a budget could need, and you won't find a better location for the price. And it all benefits an amazing cause—honestly, what's not to like?