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SameSun Backpacker Lodge
1.5 of 5 Hostel   |   433 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A5, Canada (Formerly Global Village Backpackers)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Banff
Canberra, Australia
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Awesome!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Great place to stay. Great atmosphere. Met heaps of people, which is good because I was traveling by myself. Dorm beds are comfy and the dorm room is spacious. The bar is a rad place to hang out at, cheap drinks and food but of high quality. The staff are super friendly and helpful. It's very close to the downtown area, about a 5-10 minute walk and not up/down hill! Lots of activities, personal favourites were jam night and trivia night. Would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Calgary, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Had an awesome time staying here. Friendly & helpful staff with any questions I had. Great Breakfast - loved the muffins. Location great too. Meet alot of great people here both in my room and in The Beaver Bar! Would totally stay here again and other Samesuns as well..:D

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

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.

Room Tip: I found the 6-bed dorms very spacious and comfortable. We had a room on the second floor.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Banff, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

I stayed at the Samesun for a few days over New years. originally the hostel was completely booked for the last few nights i was hoping to stay however they offered me a wait list and called to inform me that I was able to stay for my requested amount of time. The Staff at the Samesun are very friendly and helpful. I love the planned nightly activities ie. Bingo and Trivia which take place at the Beaver Bar conveniently located in the hostel. The Beaver was a great place to hang out with friends and meet new people. They have a $6 dinner every night and drink specials! The common room and kitchen were also a great place to hang out and again, a great place to meet fellow travellers. I’ve stated in many hostels in my day and this one is definitely a Gem!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

My first hostel experience, and it was awesome. Staff was friendly, the stay was inexpensive, and the hotel bar, The Beaver, had great drink and food deals daily. Staff was very helpful when it came to finding things to do in the area. Definitely a party hostel if that is what you are looking for, everyone is trying to have a good time.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Positives
-Good place to meet people with the busy beaver bar
-Good cheap food although did take quite a while when busy
-Friendly helpful staff
-Big dorm rooms with TV and fireplace
-Good location
Negatives
-Uncomfortable beds
-Lots of noise at night being a party hostel so not the place to stay if you fancy an early night.
-Kitchen was quite small for the number of guests as was the common room.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Banff, Alberta, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

GOOD
Spacious bedroom
quiet at night
cheap & filling food & cheap drinks
bar staff (matt) very helpful & friendly
good location


BAD
mouldy food & wrappers under bed
dirty shower & pee stained shower curtain
scummy walls
staff not helpful & snobs
uncomfortable bottom bunk
no papertowels in bathrooms to dry hands
Parking: only room for 5 cars/right fit

free breakfast was pathetic: after 9am, no toast or pancake mix or any clean dishes. no bagels or fruit or cereals like we were told. only orange flavoured tea bags with no sugar available and no milk or anything to mix (cutlery)

kitchen was a joke
-no room to cook or eat
-pots, pans, utensils & anything needed was at reception
-dircty dishes everywhere
-no room to do dishes
-no tea towels

verdict- place felt pretty dirty & uncomfortable. pretty shattered with the price compared to what we have had before in other decent places. wouldnt stay here again unless we had to.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 433 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A5, Canada (Formerly Global Village Backpackers)
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — SameSun Backpacker Lodge 1.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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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