6 Best Hostels in Whistler: Your Home Base in the Mountains

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Last Updated: September 14, 2023

I love Whistler, and I was fortunate to call it home for a while after graduating from university. There’s a local saying that you “come for the winter but stay for the summer,” and that couldn’t be more true. My original eight-month plan of living there turned into almost three years. The skiing, hut trips, and apres bars are incredible in the winter, and the lakes, hiking, biking, and camping are equally impressive in the summer.

But one thing that isn’t quite enjoyable is finding affordable accommodation. Whether you’re looking to visit for a few days to weeks or are thinking of moving to Whistler but haven’t locked in long-term housing, hostels can help you get by. In this entry of Budget Travel Plans, we’re looking at the best six hostels in and around the Whistler area.

Note: Whistler accommodation often has pricing fluctuations and is very seasonal. If you want a shot at the best dates and rates, booking far in advance is your best bet.

Coming up in this guide:

  • Wallet-friendly accommodations
  • Living like a local
  • Karaoke, cafes, and microbreweries
  • Barcades, saunas, and ski waxing rooms

Quick Answer: What Are the Best Hostels in Whistler?

Best LocationPangea Pod Hotel
Best Hostel for Solo TravelersWhistler Lodge Hostel
Best Hostel for CouplesHI Whistler

6 Best Hostels in Whistler

Pangea Pod Hotel

Pangea Pod Hotel
Pangea Pod Hotel
Address:4333 Sunrise Alley, Whistler, BC V8E 1M7
Phone:(604) 962-1011
Location score:9.9
Hostel World rating:9.1
Google rating:4.7
Shared dorm starting price:$72/night
Private room starting price:N/A

Best for: staying in the heart of the village, being walking distance of the ski lifts

Arguably the hostel with the best location on this list, stay at the Pangea Pod Hotel if you want the full Whistler Village experience. It’s directly in the main village and less than 250 meters from the lifts. While you pay a premium for shared accommodation compared to others on this list, sleeping in a pod is also a really cool experience and more private than you may think. The showers, common areas, staff, and WiFi are all top-notch but do note that they do not have a kitchen available to guests for cooking.

Local’s Insider Tip

You’re right in the heart of the main village at Pangea, so you have many options. Crystal Lounge is one of the best apres among locals. It’s always packed in the winter, and they serve jugs of beer and cheap wings and have daily specials. Want to sing with some locals? Head there on Tuesday evenings for karaoke.

If you’re looking for an outdoor dining option near Pangea, there are also plenty of patios with heaters and fires, including the Dubh Linn Gate, Longhorn’s, and Tapley’s.

HI Whistler

HI Whistler
HI Whistler
Address:1035 Legacy Way, Whistler, BC V8E 0J6
Phone:(604) 962-0025
Location score:8.2
Hostel World rating:8.9
Google rating:4.3
Shared dorm starting price:$53/night
Private room starting price:$136/night

Best for: couples, living like a local in Function Junction, and being close to microbreweries

You’ll find HI Whistler down in Cheakamus Crossing. The accommodation, amenities, and staff are great, but it’s a little out of the way from any of the ski lifts and gondolas. HI is still a terrific hostel in Whistler, especially if you have a car. If you’re planning to live in Whistler, HI offers a Work for Stay program where you can work at the hostel and get paid in exchange for a place to stay. The Work for Stay program is a huge bonus, considering how difficult it is to find accommodation in Whistler.

Local’s Insider Tip

Head to the other side of Sea to Sky Highway to Function Junction. Function Junction is one of Whistler’s coolest areas with an authentic local feel – with breweries, cafes, restaurants, and more. If you like craft beer, Coast Mountain Brewing and Whistler Brewing Company serve incredible beers, including seasonal IPAs. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to swing Purebread for pastries, cakes, and treats.

Whistler Fireside Lodge

Whistler Fireside Lodge
Whistler Fireside Lodge
Address:2117 Nordic Dr, Whistler, BC V8E 0A6
Phone:(604) 932-4545
Location score:9.0
Hostel World rating:9.6
Google rating:4.6
Shared dorm starting price:$48/night
Private room starting price:$120/night

Best for: families, being close to Creekside Gondola

Whistler Fireside Lodge is a family-oriented hostel in the quiet Whistler neighborhood of Nordic. They can accommodate up to 50 guests across 12 rooms: six dorms and six private rooms. There’s coin-operated laundry on-site, free parking, a sauna, two barbeques, and a well-equipped kitchen. While the hostel is within walking distance of Creekside Village, having access to a car wouldn’t hurt to whip around town.

Local’s Insider Tip

Head to Creekside for drinks, food, and even a workout. Locals will flood to Dusty’s for drinks, Creekbread for pizza, and Whistler Creek Athletic Club to throw some iron.

Whistler Lodge Hostel

Whistler Lodge Hostel
Whistler Lodge Hostel
Address:2124 Nordic Dr, Whistler, BC V8E 0A6
Phone:(604) 932-6604
Location score:9.4
Hostel World rating:9.6
Google rating:4.7
Shared dorm starting price:$55/night
Private room starting price:$110/night

Best for: solo travelers, meeting people, and après in Creekside

You’ll find Whistler Lodge Hostel across the street and a little up the road from Whistler Fireside Lodge. The wooden interior is gorgeous, and they have both a ski store and even a waxing area. A pool table, coin laundry, and industrial-sized kitchen are also all on-site.

Local’s Insider Tip

Similar to Whistler Fireside Lodge, heading to Creekside is a great option for apres when staying at Whistler Lodge Hostel. Roland’s and Dusty’s are classics. If you feel like heading to the main village with your family, try the Old Spaghetti Factory or Sushi Village.

Crash Hotel

Crash Hotel
Crash Hotel
Address:38005 Cleveland Ave, Squamish, BC V8B 0C3
Phone:(604) 815-3403
Location score:10.0
Hostel World rating:10.0
Google rating:3.8
Shared dorm starting price:$99/night
Private room starting price:$150/night

Best for: modern, clean living, meeting people, and year-round hikes

If you can’t find accommodation in Whistler, another great option is to stay in Squamish. Squamish is about 50km south of Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway.

Crash Hotel is a great place to stay. Crash Hotel to Whistler Creekside is about a 40-minute drive door-to-door. Still, it can be significantly longer if you drive in the winter with snowy conditions and traffic. The rooms are immaculate and modern, and the facility has really cool art and paintings. Crash has a barcade attached to it where you can drink beer and play arcade games like Mario Kart, basketball, and more.

Local’s Insider Tip

Head to Howe Sound Brewing, only a 5-minute walk from Crash Hotel. They serve great food, have fantastic craft beer, and have a fun interior and patio with a great view of Stawamus Chief (or simply the Chief to the locals).

Squamish Adventure Inn

Squamish Adventure Inn
Squamish Adventure Inn
Address:38220 BC-99, Squamish, BC V8B 0A5
Phone:(604) 892-9240
Location score:9.6
Hostel World rating:9.3
Google rating:4.4
Shared dorm starting price:$45/night
Private room starting price:$112/night

Best for: people with cars, affordable accommodation in Squamish

Squamish Adventure Inn is directly off the Sea to Sky Highway when heading north from the lower mainland. Being so close to the highway makes it a great option if you plan on ripping it up to Whistler to ski or bike. That said, it’s a little secluded from the rest of Squamish since it’s between the east side of the highway and the water.

Squamish Adventure Inn has dorms and private rooms, a sizeable kitchen, a lounge, and on-site laundry.

Local’s Insider Tip

Zephyr Café is just over a 1km walk from Squamish Adventure Inn. They’re a staple among Squamish locals and serve delicious vegan, raw, and gluten-free dishes.

Things to Do in Whistler

Whistler is a haven for outdoor adventures. Whether you’re looking to ski, bike, zipline, or take a helicopter tour, there’s something for everyone. One of the best places to book tours is through GetYourGuide. Check out their tours below:

FAQs about Hostels in Whistler

What is the average price for a hostel in Whistler?

The average price for a hostel in Whistler can vary depending on factors such as the time of year, location, and amenities offered.

Generally, you can expect to find hostel prices in Whistler ranging from:

  • $50 to $60 per night for a bed in a shared dorm room
  • $110 to $150 per night for a private dorm room

Prices might be higher during peak tourist seasons like winter for skiing or summer for mountain biking.

Where can I book Whistler Hostels?

Our favorite place to book Whistler hostels is through Hostelworld and Booking.com to compare prices and read additional reviews.

Further Reading

Looking for more affordable accommodations in Canada? Check out the list below:

And if you’re looking to head across the world to a ski resort in Niseko, Japan, read our article on the 6 Best Niseko Hotels near Niseko United Resort.

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