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The Riding Fool Hostel

2705 Dunsmuir, Cumberland, British Columbia V0R 1S0 Canada
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#1 of 2 Speciality lodging in Cumberland
Located in historic downtown Cumberland, this Tourism BC Approved Accommodation occupies an 1895 heritage building which served as the village hardware store prior to being tastefully restored & converted into a 30 bed hostel. Cumberland has become home to those seeking a slower pace, the arts and unparalleled access to recreation resulting in a vibrant, youthful mountain valley culture. The Riding Fool is at the trail head of world class mountain bike trails and a quick drive to Mt. Washington Alpine Resort, Forbidden Plateau Recreation Area, Strathcona Provincial Park, Comox Lake, kayaking, scuba, rock climbing, hiking & more! If you enjoy a more relaxed travel experience rich with recreational opportunities and steeped in history you will most certainly enjoy the Village of Cumberland and the Riding Fool.
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Doug H wrote a review Dec. 2020
calgary, ab13 contributions14 helpful votes
Check in was great , girl at front desk showed me around and even started the wood fireplace for me , nice and polite thank you . Hotel is very clean and has that rustic charm , think there was 4-5 bathrooms all with showers . This will be the go to place for me when I need a place to crash Cheers!!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
Pam Mackson wrote a review Oct. 2020
Hamilton3 contributions6 helpful votes
I don't know what this place was like before covid, but the first thing we noticed was a lack of covid concern. The debit machine was covered in fingerprints. Isn't it supposed to get wiped off between every use? We almost got charged $50 for 2 extra people we didn't have in our party but we (not the staff) noticed the total was way off. The main stairs say not to go up and down at the same time as other people, but everyone ignored the sign. No more than 3 people in the kitchen at a time but no one paid attention to that either. It's a shared kitchen tho so people were about 6 feet apart. Till at night when everyone hung out in there. Disinfectant sprays are everywhere to wipe things down, but we saw maybe two other people besides us use it? The kitchen had "freebies" to help yourself to. I got a really nice cider out of it, so that was cool. This has to be the only place you can still use a pool table too! No one cleaned it or the sticks and we watched a whole bunch of different people play. They said they clean everything that gets touched constantly, but I noticed dirt for days. There was hair, dust and a wrapper under the bed in our room. The bathrooms were okay but 2 of them ran out of soap. Does a hostel have a liquor license? They told us all the bars and restaurants close early so we should buy liquor and drink it there. That was cool till people stayed up every night. One night over a dozen people were up after 1am! People smoked on the bbq porch where it says you can't smoke and we could smell it inside. This is a cool old building and it's close to everything. Great if you like to mountain bike or party. We weren't going to write a review. We're not in the area a lot and we'll stay somewhere else. But we overheard the owner and staff making fun of guests 'who don't even ride bro' so we did!
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Room Tip: All the single rooms close to the bathrooms, kitchen and dining area are noisy.
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Dee B wrote a review Aug. 2019
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I discovered this little gem in the heart of Cumberland earlier this year and I was immediately enamored with it's abundant charm and character. I just love it! The staff - each and every one of them - is super nice and quite obviously know the value of good customer service and use it constantly in all of their interactions with guests. The hostel has cozy rooms, several private bathrooms with tub/shower combos that provide lots of room for showers, etc. It caters to the mountain biking/hiking community with the bike shop and wash station onsite. The kitchen is pretty much fully-stocked, the great room has a pool table and wood stove with tables and sofas and chairs for the comfort of guests. All-in-all this hostel is, hands-down, the VERY BEST one I've been in and would recommend it to anyone planning to be in the area!!
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Date of stay: July 2019
Jeanette M wrote a review Oct. 2018
Cairns, Australia474 contributions187 helpful votes
This hostel occupies the first floor (upstairs, as it were) of the old hardware shop. The dorms are very spacious. The plentiful bathrooms are huge, containing shower / bath, handbasin & loo. In other words you lock the down & it's all yours; no cramped shower / loo cubicles. The kitchen is spacious & contains everything you need to prepare meals. There's a pleasant little dining area just off the kitchen, and the common room is massive; occupying front of the building, with 3 windows overlooking the charming main street, lots of comfy sofas, pool, darts, board games, a fireplace, etc. Everything is immaculately clean, and the decor is sort of 'early settler', including the old hardware shop safe. There are nice little touches like pot plants and paintings decorating the hostel. This is a very popular spot with biking riding enthusiasts, so there's a bike decorating the outside wall, and a 1950's tricycle sits on the safe. The lady in charge is really nice & friendly & welcoming, as well as being a font of information. The bike riding crowd staying with you are super friendly and laid back. The location, on the main street, makes finding the hostel a snip.... and whatever you want: a stroll around the beautifully restored old buildings, coffee, beer in the beer garden, a meal or even a dough-nought at the famous dough-nought / bakery... is all within a minute or two on foot. If you're driving, there's ample parking all around the hostel; this is a small town, so there's no need to request special on site parking at the hostel. In short; everything's perfect!
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Date of stay: August 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
justinzero wrote a review Oct. 2018
London, United Kingdom7 contributions2 helpful votes
Great hostel, very clean, well run, good facilities and ideal location. We would book the private room if going again, only because it seems such good value. Would alao recommend the taco restaurant over the road.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
US$54 - US$74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
CanadaBritish ColumbiaVancouver IslandComox ValleyCumberland
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Riding Fool Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to The Riding Fool Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Cumberland Museum & Archives (0.07 km), Cumberland Hotel (0.08 km), and Cumberland Forest Mountain Bike Trails (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Riding Fool Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Is parking available at The Riding Fool Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Riding Fool Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cumberland Brewing Co., 4 Quarters Restaurant, and Riders Pizza.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Riding Fool Hostel?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to The Riding Fool Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Coal Creek Historic Park (0.8 km).