Man. I've read a lot of reviews of this place and a lot of them are a bit mean. I don't get it! The Pender is DIRT CHEAP... and for a reason. It's just off of E. Hastings Street which is full of zombie like junkies and piss in alley ways. Is it paradise? Nope. I think I paid about $25 USD a night. And I got a bigger room than most of those other hostels and the use of a beat-up kitchen. And the characters that stay in the Pender? Much more awesome than the more pricey hostels. Plus, I didn't have to stay in a room the size of a broom closet.
It ain't the Ritz but if you're on a budget, don't mind odd guests who walk around all day long in the hall ways with only a towel on and an inn helper who looks like a creepy version of Philip Seymour Hoffman and an inn keeper who understands less English than my dog, then this is totally the place for you. You know, if you're into adventures and not overly sanitized clean versions of a city? Yeaaah! Check out the pender.