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SameSun Backpacker Lodge
1.5 of 5 Hostel   |   433 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B4, Canada (Formerly Global Village Backpackers)   |  
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Ranked #8 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Banff
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Awesome Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This hostel was great and I enjoyed every minute of my stay here. Management and staff were awesome, rooms were clean and the TV room and kitchen were great places to meet people. The Beaver was great as well... you can't go past $3.50 pints and cheap dinner specials every night! Would recommend this place to anyone passing through Banff.

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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Trimley St. Mary, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

stayed here 5 night. people are really friendly.
the rooms are big and the bath rooms are good as well.
decent wifi and good common room.

staff are knowledgeable and helpful and the beaver bar serves up cheap good food.

would defo stay again.

Room Tip: i stayed in a 6 bed room. was big and spacious
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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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St. John's, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clean, great public spaces and a fun bar. The staff were very friendly, and the included breakfast was a big bonus. You can purchase lift tickets for any of the resorts in the area at the desk which is a big time saver.

  • Stayed February 2015, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Edmonton, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always a nice stay. I come back here anytime I go to banff with friends and don't want to splurge on a hotel. The staff and guests are always friendly, lots of activities to keep you busy and an easy 5 min walk into the heart of banff.

  • Stayed February 2015, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great time at SameSun Banff. The location is walking distance to downtown shops and restaurants, there is a bus stop a couple minutes away that'll take you to the slopes, and they probably have the cheapest happy hour around. What else do you need?

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Wellington, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You check prices online and they say prices from around $30 upwards, you arrive to be told its $45 per night and the prices fluctuate everyday, and the online prices do not include taxes. They also didn't notify that they had a weekly rate, so when I wanted to book in for 5 nights, they could have easily said "You can stay two nights extra for only $10 more" after all people can be flexible with their travels. I then downgraded from 6 bed to 8 bed and used my HI card and was told both would take a couple dollars of each night, in the end it took off $1 for all five nights. Also at the bar you would be lining up for a long time, not the barman's fault as he was working alone. But when you have been waiting 10 minutes and a friend of the barman suddenly enters, shouts a drink order to the barman and he automatically gets the drink in front of everyone else who has been waiting a long time to get served is a bad way to treat guests/customers.

On the plus side the free breakfast was pretty good, the rooms pretty spacious and clean, however there is a window next to the bathroom facing the shower. Didn't bother me, but I can see why other guests might find it concerning.

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Drummondville, Canada
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

excellent value, the bar was full of people from everywhere around the world. the rooms were very nice, even had a fire place in mine! (It became a litte too warm at night) the staff was also very kind and helpfull the food at the bar is cheap and good, not fancy, but good. easy walking distance from downtown where the bars and restaurants are.

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Additional Information about SameSun Backpacker Lodge

Address: 433 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B4, 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 #8 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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Samesun Backpacker Hotel Banff

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