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Banff International Hostel

449 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A6, Canada
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The location is great, within walking distance of shops, restaurants & Bow falls. However they could improve on the cleanliness of their rooms. I was in a room with 4 bunks & there was a lingering "cat pee" smell. It was quite disgusting. A few of us reported it to the front desk only to be told "really" that's never... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I know you shouldn't expect much from a hostel but oh my! this one isn't worth staying at. We waited over an hour to be told our rooms were ready, for staff to inform us that now we have been moved because of repair issues. We got into the room and I have to admit they keep it clean and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is in a great downtown location close to all the restaurants etc. The staff a super friendly and very knowledgeable on the area. We hired a car a drove everywhere, nothing (other than the Icefields Parkway) is very far from town. Only negative rooms are a little dated.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As with everything else in Banff, this hostel is expensive. I'm not sure if I would stay in Banff, or in Canmore next time, as this hostel was 3x as expensive as any other we stayed in during our trip. We had a room for 4 with it's own washroom which was nice, the hostel is a 7-8 minute walk... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed in a female dorm for 6 women. Honestly, it is spacious enough the move around but don`t expect like high degree of privacy. Yes, there are curtains for each bed space but that couldn`t stop the noise level when people are staying up late. The staff of this hostel are nice and helpful. The kitchen facilities is good... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nothing special, very clean and very friendly staff but no bar. Very accommodating to staying extra nights. The biggest downfall is how unsteady the bunkbeds are. I felt like the top bunk was going to break at any second and the rooms are tiny enough for one bag per person. But great working shower but it was so hot we... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Lovely hostel, right in walking distance of town....which is very small itself anyway. They have a little liquor store basically in the hostel which I thought was exceptionally convenient....I guess they have experience with travelers you could say! Staff were super helpful, total mix of staff from oz to England and Canada. I'd stay again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We stayed one night and chose a private room because it was the same price as two dorm beds. The room was like a Hotel room! Own bathroom, fridge, everything super clean. Big kitchen, nice breakfast, everything good :))

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I've stayed in a lot of hostels and this is a clean one! We stayed in a private with an ensuite bathroom. The only problem we had was with heating and cooling of the room. We stayed for two nights. The first night it was as if something was wrong with our heater where it wouldn't kick off. It was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Stayed 9 nights in this hostel and it was generally okay. Very good price and walking distance to town. The dorms are spacious, mattresses are comfy and each dorm has it's own private bathroom. It was also kept very clean. The kitchen was pretty disgusting. It had all the facilities to use, but it stunk so bad that sometimes we... More 

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