Vancouver 2010 Winter Games hostel to open in December

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The Eldorado Hotel in east Vancouver is set to become a temporary youth hostel beginning December 4th offering dorm-style accommodation for $34 a night.

hostelThe hostel is part of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) Inner-City Inclusive Commitments which was developed during the bid for the Games to provide alternative forms of temporary accommodation for Games visitors.

“There’s a lot of excitement across Canada about the coming Games and we expect many travellers, especially young people, will start arriving in our city in the coming weeks without a place to stay,” explained Donna Wilson, VANOC’s executive vice president, people and sustainability. “This hostel will provide them with an affordable place to bed down for the night without impacting the city’s shelters or low-income housing, which is a commitment we made during the bid phase for the 2010 Winter Games.”

Based on numbers from the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games, VANOC eastimated up to 100 people a night are expected in December, with a peak of around 300 people during the height of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games in February, before tapering off again in March.

After the Games, VANOC and Eldorado Operations, who operate the hostel, will collaborate on the donation of furniture and equipment purchased for the hostel to various overnight camps serving children and families in need in the Lower Mainland.

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