Located in a residential neighborhood on the west end of Downtown Vancouver is a wheelchair accessible hostel (HI-Vancouver Downtown). The neighborhood itself is quiet but filled with independent shops and restaurants. Major downtown attractions are also very close by. Conveniently, a bus stop is located about a block away from the hotel on Davie street.
The hostel is very hospitable. For one a continental breakfast is provided in dining room consisting of muffins, bagels, toast, cereal, jam, fruit and juice. For most of the year breakfast is from 8am to 9:15am but from June to September it’s 7:30am to 9:30am. Coffee is available all day. Furthermore, the hostel has free wireless internet access and if you don’t have a laptop then you can use one of the computer stations and access the interest for a small fee. When you have some downtime then check out the game room located in East building, just past the lobby and room 101; the library and TV room are located in the same area. There is also a patio just outside the lobby and room 101 which is the accessible room. It has a few tables and gets nice sunlight. Even the rooftop patio/garden is accessible. When you get up to the rooftop by elevator, there is a ramp, but the door is not automatic and some may need assistance opening it.
The one wheelchair accessible room is private and is located on the lobby level of the hostel. The room size is 11 x 9.5 and the bathroom 6 x 9.5. It has one standard double bed and a nightstand. The hostel staff will move the bed against the wall to create more space when an accessible room is requested. This room has a private bathroom with a toilet with grab bars, roll-up sink and roll-in shower. The hostel provides a portable showerchair. Both the door to the room and bathroom are three feet wide. A window in the room opens and is about four feet off the ground.
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