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“Great Hostel in Banff” 4 of 5 stars
Review of SameSun Backpacker Lodge

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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
Inglis, Canada
1 review
“Great Hostel in Banff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We stayed in the Moose room - 303. Loved how each room had its own local name. Rooms were great and nice and clean. Only one gripe in that the we had to sit in hallway to access wifi. A booster on each floor would be awesome!

Room Tip: Don't get the rooms on the far (right side) of the complex - the wifi doesn't reach
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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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Edmonton, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

The rooms are spacious. We had our own bathroom. The bathroom cleaningness is alright. Would be nice to have some shelfs the room for it woukd be there. The beds were a bit old but still okay. There is a bar with restaurant downstairs which you don´t hear upstairs. They have good prices. The stuff is very friendly. Great was that there have free parking garage. I would recommended.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Porto Alegre, RS
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17 reviews 17 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Nothing to complain, really nice and big rooms with private bathroom, all facilities, the beaver is a nice bar and the hostel has great location really near Downtown. So it is a nice combination of fun and quiet night. Really recommend

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Yellowknife, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Was my 25th birthday, decided it was a good time to check out Banff! We had a lot of fun.
We checked out the little boutiques downtown. Typical tourist town with gift shops and other more expensive ones.
Our hostel was great. Easy to find, clean and friendly staff! We rented a 6 bed dorm and it was perfect for us. The bar scene was a lot of fun! The game of flip-pong was sweet! The location is great because you can easily walk to the bars and restaurants, so no flipping coins on who needs to be the sober driver! Woohoo!
So, I definitely recommend this hostel to whoever wants to have a fun weekend on a budget!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Edmonton, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Terrific value for the money. The staff was friendly and helpful. The rooms were reasonably clean, although the bathrooms could have been better. The other guests could be a little loud on weekend nights, but were well-behaved for the most part. The location was excellent. The breakfasts were not very good, though, but the Safeway was close by. Otherwise, I had a positive experience at the SameSun. Thanks!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Mainz, Deutschland
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The place is great and a good value for the money. However, be careful what they charge you. I can't prove it, but it looks to me like they try to be the cheapest place on booking.com et al (just by a couple cents per night) compared to their direct competition. Then once you get there, they charge you some higher standard rate and hope you don't notice it (with taxes added and stuff to obscure it). The poor girl at the reception was quite overwhelmed when I pointed it out to her because she could not even find the rate in their computer system I had a reservation for through booking.com. This tells me, this is systematic. Otherwise, why wouldn't the advertised rate be in the system? The whole process took like 15 minutes, Ridiculous. In the end she somehow put it in manually and even miscalculated a bit in my favor. Poetic justice I guess ;-)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I only booked one night to begin with and ended up staying 4 nights. It has a lot of services that give you more then expected in a hostel like very clean rooms, the bathroom is in the room and thus only shared with your 5 or 7 room mates, not a whole floor. The front desk staff is very helpful specially Claire, with recommending restaurants, hikes, finding other backpackers for a trip. The only recomendations I could give to make it Excellent for next time is to make sure during breakfast hours that they don't run out of items too fast like muffins, syrup, clean spoons and dishes... AND although it's great to have The BeaverBar right there it is noisy and also after 11 it was hard to get some sleep. This said, I would highly recommend this hostel to anyone looking to have a great time in Banff, to be central and to have a clean, safe place, it felt like home after a few nights (and days of hiking!)

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Additional Information about SameSun Backpacker Lodge

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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