The hostel does a good job of telling you if you want a nice nights sleep to not chose them. I appreciate that.
I can sleep through anything and was quite surprised that my entire room was all tucked in and passed out before midnight. Of course, we had been chatting and enjoying beers respectfully since 5pm. I met some great people.
Here are the pros and cons
Location, fair price with campgrounds and the few other Canadian hostels, the operators do a good job of cleaning the common spaces and signage encouraging other to do so as well.
Everyone I met was super nice. It is very centrally located. There was parking available if you are crazy and have a hankering to drive across Canada. I think the area was relatively safe.. I as a solo female traveler was only there for one night and had no issues.
The biggest thing that management COULD do to alleviate issues is figure out SOME way to store belongings. I was in a small room with three sets of bunks. There were no lockers (always if if in hostels) but no where else to put luggage and belonging other than directly in the walk way. There was a tiny bit of space below bunks but not enough for a travel case much less a traveler's standard pack. Due to the belonging being in the way as a necessity it does seem a bit messy. Being from the states I don't know if they have occupancy codes in Alberta but if there is I'm sure there are too many beds per square foot. At least in my room.
Otherwise, the bathrooms were as clean as could be as were the common areas. The kitchen wasn't as tidy as my kitchen at home but then I don't have 100 people running through it at all hours.
I also do not think the owner's response to any form of criticism is professional or warranted, so that is a con. Due to that alone I won't return because I'd hate to have something come up on property and encounter this person. In fact, I'd have given a much high rating but based on his responses.. NO.
That's it.. a fairly fair review. You'll probably enjoy the place and it will be a good option for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are Calgary's newest and only independent backpacker/youth hostel. We are striving to create the best backpacker accommodation in the area by offering such amenities as: The closest possible accommodation to Stampede Park/Saddledome (it's across the street). Free Breakfast, free parking, free long-distance calls to over 40 countries, free WIFI, free internet computers, movie nights projected on the common room wall. Hostel planned events such as pub crawls, floats down the Elbow River, ski trips to Olympic Park, Bike and Golf club hire, Hotel quality pillow-top spring mattresses, Hairdryers /straighteners for hire. But most importantly, we strive to create a great atmosphere where you can have fun, meet great people and have an amazing adventure with us here in Calgary. ... more less
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