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226 Ambrose St, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 1L4 Canada
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#2 of 11 Specialty lodging in Thunder Bay
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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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RJ S wrote a review Aug. 2022
Boston, Massachusetts290 contributions123 helpful votes
This might be simply the best hostel in North America. The staff are super, really go out of their way to know you and be available if you need any help. Kitchen and common area are pleasant and well outfitted. Everything is super clean. I stayed in the capsules, which sometimes freak me out as claustrophobic, but this one was very big, spacious, and felt like own little space in the dorm. Free parking! And the place is beautifully decorated. Lots of bars and restaurants, and the Landing, all in easy walking distance.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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CCDC_11 wrote a review Aug. 2021
Regina, Canada20 contributions3 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Karen wrote a review Nov. 2018
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The Haven is a perfect place to stay with a group of youths. My class and I stayed there and felt very safe and comfortable. The rates are reasonable and we were able to prepare and order in food to cut down on the cost of eating in a restaurant. The beds are very comfortable and the bathrooms are roomy, modern and clean. The atmosphere of the Haven is relaxing and made us all feel at home while we were there.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Holly W, Owner at The Haven Hostel
Responded Nov. 27, 2018
Karen! What a wonderful response. We could not have been happier to host you and your wonderful group. We hope to see you back and we will be sure to set up a great family dinner! Thank you again and see you soon.
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BarbOntario wrote a review Oct. 2018
Ontario2 contributions
Exceeded my expectations in every way! Treated royally from the get go. Great location, easy access and loads of parking. Walking distance to great restaurants and beautiful waterfront. Very helpful advice for activities and needs. Secure, safe , exceptionally clean building and "funky fun" decor. Love the autograph wall! Owners/operators very caring and engaging (if you wanted them to be) and provided privacy when you preferred it. Room was spotless and spacious with easy keycode access to it and main door as well. Can't forget the wholesome yummy breakfast all laid out. Lastly, the wonderful house dog, Bossy. Would recommend in a heartbeat! A gem of Thunder Bay that won't stay hidden for long!! Thanks Holly and Paul.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: as seniors we chose a private room-beautiful!
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Response from Holly W, Owner at The Haven Hostel
Responded Oct. 30, 2018
Hey there! You are so welcome. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. We will be sure to tell Boss you loved her, because of course....you know she loves you and all of our guests as well :) Thanks for the kind words and we hope we see you again down the road. Cheers! The Haven Team
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Sam G wrote a review Sep. 2018
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The owners were very helpful, the premise and room was very clean and inviting. The shower head was at adult height. The Haven is within easy walking distance of many downtown bars and restaurants which makes its location fantastic. Great common room and breakfast. Our only complaints were the room we were in did not have air conditioning and it was unusually warm when we visited and the sensor light in the bathroom. We will stay here again.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: As this is a hostel with a dormitory area ask the owners for appropriate location
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Response from Holly W, Manager at The Haven Hostel
Responded Sep. 29, 2018
Hi Sam, Thank you so much for the lovely review and we are so glad to hear we may see you back again one day. We apologize for the inconvenience of the air conditioner, we cannot believe the heat kicked back up again for one last blast this September (now it is -3 at night! :| only two weeks later!). Thankfully moving forward we have air conditioning for our next summer season as we learned all about our temperature regulations this first season in business. We definitely care about your comfort :) Next time we see you we will tell you the secret of the bathroom sensor! Speak soon we hope, safe travels. The Haven
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Betty L wrote a review Aug. 2018
3 contributions2 helpful votes
The staff was very friendly and the location was close to many attractions in Thunder Bay (great value). The room was clean, spacious and had a private bathroom. There was no air conditioning during our stay however they were planning to install it the following weekend, so there should be AC now. Pastries from a local bakery were left in the shared kitchen for guests to try. The staff also provided a complimentary breakfast which included hard boiled eggs, bread, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, assorted fruits and beverages.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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US$91 - US$97 (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 Thai Kitchen.
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).