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The Urban Retreat Hostel – Big White

Hostel | 7470 Porcupine, Big White, British Columbia, Canada V1P 1P3

74.1% Overall Rating

14 out of 18 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (10/03/2010)

"Location was excellent and staff very helpful. Showers and storage facilities a little small"

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  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Washing machines
  • Late check-out
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • BBQ area
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 4.55

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 16:00
Latest Check-out: 11:00

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The ultimate ski in, ski out location in the heart of Big White village. You can ski/ride right to the front door! We have the best and most enjoyable place you can stay at on the mountain. Our staff are knowledgeable, friendly and are from all over the world. We all live on site and many guests choose to spend the entire season with us which creates a unique hostel experience unlike any other. Come and join us this season for the fresh turns and the great people at Urban Retreat hostel. Read more

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About The Urban Retreat Hostel – Big White

The Urban Retreat hostel is a snow lovers dream come true. Our hostel is perfectly located in the heart of the village with everything you'll need from groceries, rentals, pubs and restaurants within a 2 minute walk. We have a ski in ski out location giving the ability to access most of Big White's ski lifts and the terrain park from our backyard. We also have our own mini terrain park, sledding area, parking lot and BBQ pit right next to the hostel.
Inside you'll find everything you would need to be comfortable and relaxed. We have renovated and repainted the entire hostel since we took over August 1st 2009. We offer a TV room with brand new furniture, a front desk/reception that calms you as you enter, free internet kiosk and wi-fi, a wax station, ski locker, day storage, a massive kitchen/common area big enough for the whole hostel to take part in dinners or a hockey game. The kitchen is equipped with TVs, everything you'll need to cook , lots food storage, 4 fridges, 2 deep freezers, 3 cooking areas and 2 sink areas. It’s just about the biggest common area a hostel can have without being a bar! We have coin operated laundry facilities, 4 fully functioning and huge bathrooms, a safe at the front desk for safe storage and a staff that will help with anything and everything.
Our rooms have 4 to 8 beds which we provide all your linen, lockers and clean up. 2010/2011 will see us having theme rooms. We have already had 3 street artist do murals at the hostel. We believe the hostel needs to be covered in art to truly bring out the image we wish to deliver. If security is an issue, don't worry! We had zero reports of theft last year. Most of our guests leave their skis/boards right in the hallway or out front by the entrance. Our office staff is on from 7am to 10pm. Then we have security from 10pm to 7am. Never mind our security cameras!
We strive to bring you the best and we feel confident that we have done it!

Accommodation Information

We have 16 dorm rooms with 4, 6 or 8 beds. 6 private rooms with kitchenette, a double and single bunk bed and TV. Our dorm rooms are separate into mixed, girl's only, weekly stays and season long dorm rooms.
The dorm rooms have linen, lockers, mats for your boots, and lots of space for everyone's gear, new paint jobs and some of them our theme rooms or have been painted by local artists.
Our hostel is fully cleaned every day!

Location Information

The hostel is located at Big White ski resort which is 60km's from Kelowna, British Columbia. The largest city in the Okanagan Valley and the third largest city in the province. Kelowna has everything a city should have or that you will need.
Big White is a small village with just enough amenities and entertainment to survive the winter.
Check out Big White's website to see all the hill has to offer and all the local businesses.