Stayed here around New Years for a couple nights. Stayed in the 6-bed dorm with three other friends. The room itself was quite spacious, as was the washroom. The location of the lodge was also really good- about 15 minute walk into the downtown centre where the restaurants/pubs/etc were located. Stayed at the hostel on the first night for dinner- the service was poor as it took a very long time to receive our food. The second night my friends and I went down to the bar to get some drinks, however the bar staff seemed much more interested in serving other staff and chatting with them so it took quite awhile to get a drink. It was only our group and one other backpacker in the bar, the rest were staff. I didn't find that this backpackers had the same 'welcoming' atmosphere as other places I have stayed around Canada, and around the world. This was my first time staying at a Samesun, and quite possibly my last. My friends staying with me all thought the same about the actual lodge and the staff. If you are looking for a place just to sleep then it's fine- but the social aspect for us really lacked here. Breakfast was served starting at 7am- note: get there at 7am if you want something more than toast! They had pancake mix, fruit, muffins, toast and cereal at 7am, but one morning we got there after 8am and only cereal remained. Overall pretty average place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SameSun Banff is located downtown just steps away from everything the town has to offer. A recently converted hotel, we have all the amenities a backpacker could want. With a clean and comfortable environment, we boast spacious dorm rooms, a great atmosphere and friendly, helpful staff. Home to the Beaver Lounge, with Open Mic nights, live gigs and weekly trivia, it is the only backpacker pub directly on Banff Avenue! No membership required! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samesun Backpacker Hotel Banff