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“Chilled out, warm and friendly” 5 of 5 stars
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HI-Castle Mountain Wilderness
Highway 1A and Highway 93 South, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada   |  
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Ranked #12 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Banff
Adelaide, Australia
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“Chilled out, warm and friendly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

Spent 3 nights here as a base to explore Banff/lake Louise/lake moraine and do some hiking. The hostel was spotless, warm, well organized and the manager Tony is a delight :) we felt welcome the instant we walked in the door and Tony gave us plenty of great advice for things around the Banff area. Loved the central fireplace in the common area. We had some car trouble the morning we left and Tony couldn't have been more helpful in helping us to sort it out. Couldn't recommend this hostel more highly! And a great price!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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86 hotel reviews
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170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Given the price paid, I can highly recommend you this hostel, which is beautifully located in the Lake Louise area. Even if it is classified officially as a "wilderness" structure, it offers running water and hot showers. The kitchen is provided with everything needed even when the hostel is full, the common spaces are nice and cozy, the owner is friendly and welcoming. Dorms are separated between men and women, beds are comfortable and the surrounding nature guarantees a great night of sleep. Very good!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Lake Louise is arguably the most beautiful location on earth. The hiking around Lake Louise, especially Yoho National Park and near Bow Summit doesn't get better. Where to stay? Well, is you're not set up for camping but want an economical choice to those 200 dollar rooms in Banff-LL try hosteling.
Hosteling International has two big, busy, well equipped hostels in both Banff and Lake Louise but our favourite is Castle Mountain, located right in the middle. It is small with 2 dorms: one for women and one for men. The bunks are comfortable and it has indoor toilets and a nice kitchen.
We especially appreciate the efforts of the manager, Tony, who runs a very tight ship: it is spotless, quiet, organized. For people who enjoy a little quiet and coziness I recommend Castle Mountain. The location of the hostel also allows more opportunity of seeing wildlife, including bears, from behind the safety of the picture windows.
Families with active, rambunctious children or party animals would be happier in the bigger hostels - there's more to do and you can easily find a party nearby.

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Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011

This place is great. The manager, Tony, is very friendly. Bunks are comfortable!

Even though this is officially classified as a wilderness hostel by Hostelling International - it isn't the normal wilderness hostel. The place has been renovated recently and has full facilities: kitchen, flushable toilets, showers, and laundry. No Internet.

I would recommend staying here to anyone passing through.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Highway 1A and Highway 93 South, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
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Ranked #12 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Banff
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Number of rooms: 219
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