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226 Ambrose St, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 1L4 Canada
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 20-08-12 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20-08-12 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 11 Speciality lodging in Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay’s first downtown hostel has arrived! We are a stone’s throw from the waterfront of Lake Superior and even closer to the unique art, entertainment and culinary infusion that is downtown Port Arthur. Our main mission is to have our guests having the best local experience possible, take a look around and we will be sure to set you on the right adventure.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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CCDC_11 wrote a review Aug. 2021
Regina, Canada20 contributions2 helpful votes
We found this hostel after learning that many other hotels in Thunder Bay were sold out. The management went out of its way to arrange for our late arrival. As far as hostels go (I haven't stayed regularly in hostels since touring Europe in the 1980s), it was very well-designed. The public space with a kitchen and lounge area is very roomy, yet facilitates meeting and communing with others. The surrounding downtown neighborhood is transitional, but I appreciate that is fully in the spirit of establishing a place where travelers from all points of the world can meet. There is a nice sitting area outside the side door and Lake Superior and a very nice park are literally just a few blocks away.
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Date of stay: August 2021
EmilieM wrote a review Aug. 2020
Ottawa, Canada4 contributions1 helpful vote
The staff at the hostel were extremely friendly and were helpful in directing us to a great restaurant for dinner (including giving us a coupon for the restaurant). This place has a funky vibe and the Suite is very clean and comfortable. Great location walking distance to many of the new, hip restaurants and cafés and to the waterfront park area. Really handy that breakfast is included as well. There were hard-boiled eggs, cereal, oatmeal, apples, coffee and some pastries.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Holly Watson, General Manager at The Haven Hostel
Responded Sep. 11, 2020
Wow thank you so much Emilie! The staff as always are so thankful :) Really glad you got to enjoy a bit of the city and some of our favorite places. Safe travels to all!
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libraryscott2017 wrote a review Jul. 2020
Burlington, Canada19 contributions18 helpful votes
I stayed here in July 2020. Amazing place to stay, during my visit we were in Stage 3 of Covid. The Haven, worked hard to keep the place clean! I loved staying here! Close to everything. Beautiful spot to sit outside under the twinkly lights. Thank you for a wonderful stay!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
2 Helpful votes
Response from Holly Watson, General Manager at The Haven Hostel
Responded Aug. 12, 2020
Thanks so much for the lovely review! So glad you enjoyed everything. Hope to see you again :)
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jesse72 wrote a review Aug. 2019
Toronto, Canada11 contributions6 helpful votes
This is a very clean, friendly, comfortable hostel to stay at! I highly recommend it! The biggest thing we look for is a comfortable bed and that was certainly the case here. We stayed in the queen suite on the main floor and it was very comfortable, with a large en-suite private bathroom (made to be fully accessible). A couple things to be aware of is that it’s right beside the common area so you can hear people talking, but quiet hours begin at 10pm and they do provide ear plugs if you need them. The other thing is that the air conditioner fan is a bit loud, however, we used it for its white noise and couldn’t hear a thing outside, so it worked to our benefit. Complimentary breakfast was provided, from 7:30am to 10am: boiled eggs, instant oatmeal, croissants and bread with peanut butter, jam and butter, oranges and bananas, cereal, coffee and tea. The staff are helpful if you have questions, so don’t be afraid to ask! They rent bikes and bike racks, which we used to bike the first part of the Sleeping Giant lookout trail, be sure to ask them about that if it’s something you want to do, as it’s a very long hike to do on foot the whole way.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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A Beers wrote a review Jul. 2019
1 contribution
Initially I booked at the Haven Hostel by accident as I was not wearing my glasses while making the booking. I thought I was headed to a hotel with my 6 yr. old daughter, and only realized my error upon arrival a the property. Further to this, I booked for the wrong date! Yasmine at the front desk was very accommodating and got me straightened out right away. The level of service that she provided was excellent. After fixing my mistakes, we were shown to our "suite" which is just off the common area on the main floor. The room was simple but adequate for our purposes. The attached en suite had a much more elegant finish than expected with an extremely spacious shower. The wifi was strong and reliable. The continental breakfast that was supplied was simple, but good. The common area of the hostel was well appointed and encouraged socialization while providing areas for those looking for solitude. I met one of the owners, Paul, who was an excellent ambassador for not only the property, but for all of the local businesses as well. It was a pleasure to speak with him. This place is perfect for families and travellers alike. If you're looking to party, it's obvious that this place is not for you.
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Date of stay: June 2019
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: I don't know about any of the other rooms, but the "Suite" had an excellent ensuite...
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US$63 - US$88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Haven Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to The Haven Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Hillcrest Park (0.4 km), Magnus Theater (0.4 km), and Crickets Comedy Club (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Haven Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at The Haven Hostel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Haven Hostel?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Haven Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lot 66 Restaurant and Wine Bar, Tomlin Restaurant, and the Sovereign Room.
Are pets allowed at The Haven Hostel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Haven Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fort William Historical Park (13.5 km).