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HI-Calgary City Centre
520 7th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G0J6, Canada   |  
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Certificate of Excellence
Hertford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

I would highly recommend this hostel. The staff were fantastic and really went above and beyond including driving me to the airport when I was late for my flight! The hostel was clean with good kitchen facilities and free breakfast. I could not fault this hostel and think it is excellent value.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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159 reviews 159 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I’ve had reason to stay in Calgary about a dozen times over the past six or eight years, for stays ranging from overnight to a week. My first choice has always been HI Calgary City Centre. A dorm room bed is just $29 per night, which includes bedding and towels, free breakfast with pancakes, muffins, and bananas, free WiFi, and free coffee or tea all day. Amazingly, its only two blocks from the east edge of downtown and the City Hall C-Train station. A few blocks more and you’re at Glenbow, Epcot Centre, shopping, bars, and the bus stop for the airport. In the early years, it was all tourists; now there is a mix of tourists and people coming into Calgary looking for work or on their way to the oil patch. Always lively; check out special deals posted on the board like half-price for HI members at the Calgary Zoo. A great stay at a great price.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid, Spain
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Very nice hostel, friendly staff, rooms and bathrooms 100% clean (even at 2am), beds were quite wide and comfortable, breakfast was typical hostel-style, good - only concern about feeding the food, at about 9am when there were most people, everyone took bread and some juice and there was no more for quite long time...it was a little noisy due to construction works near to the hostel but it's not hostel's fault of course...as there is nothing cheaper in town, it's definitely N.1 choice...

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HI-Calgary Host... M, Manager at HI-Calgary City Centre, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Thank you for leaving us a review.

We're glad that you enjoyed the hostel and found our staff to be friendly and the cleanliness of the bathrooms to meet your standards! Breakfast runs from 6:30 - 9:30 so the supplies may run low towards the end of the breakfast, however we always replenish everything when we notice or when a guest notifies us. That being said, we will try to keep an eye on this in the future! We do apologize for the inconvenience of the construction, and we are also looking forward to the improvements and changes to come to our neighborhood. We're happy that you found the beds wide and comfortable and are pleased to hear that we are your number 1 choice!

Happy Trails,
Jason Wong
Manager
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

It was clean, modern, nice beds and linen, bathrooms were spacious.
It seemed to have less tourists/backpackers, and more people who were in Calgary looking for work or a place to live, which meant it had less of a 'lets get wasted' feel, and more of a place where people hang out and talk.
I really liked the whole experience and would have liked to stay longer than one night!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HI-Calgary Host... M, Manager at HI-Calgary City Centre, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Thanks for posting a review on trip advisor.

During the winter months, we have a mixture of travelers and SWAP (Students Working Abroad Program) participants - that being said, we are happy that you were able to meet new friends and didn't find the environment to be too rambunctious / disturb the peace. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you again soon!

Best regards,
Jason Wong
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Calgary, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Ive stayed in a number of hostels around the world, but this one really is a cut above the rest. brilliant location a stones throw away from downtown. The hostel staff go out of there way to make your stay more pleasant. Jason and the gang are extremely helpful with information about tourist attractions and most importantly wheres good for a pint around the city!!. breakfast is included in your stay and the pancakes and muffins go down a treat. the hostel is spotlessly clean and there's a really good vibe around it.. there s a couple of common areas so its easy to meet follow travelers for a chat, i can t recommend it highly enough..

  • Stayed February 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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HI-Calgary Host... M, Manager at HI-Calgary City Centre, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Thank you for taking a moment to leave us a review on trip advisor!

We're glad that you were able to take advantage of our central location and found the cleanliness of our building to exceed your standards. It's always a joy to hear that our staff was extremely helpful with information and made your stay a pleasant one! In addition, we're happy that you enjoyed our free breakfast and were able to meet other travelers in our common areas. Thank you for your glowing recommendation!

Happy trails,
Jason Wong
Manager
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Edmonton
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

I recently stayed at this Hostel on February 8 and 9, 2013. It is a very "sketchy" area of town because there are homeless shelters in the area and a lot of this type of people hanging around. The first night looked to be a nightmare with a drunken man and woman downstairs falling around. It was very unacceptable, especially as I had my 9 year old son with me. It was very noise, and stunk like fish just after we'd arrived around supper. I almost turned an walked out the door. However, we did stay. With the drunk woman and man in the common room downstairs we went to bed around 9:30 10: 00. I could very easily still the couple yelling and making a lot of noise downstairs and went and shut all the doors myself. I finally ended up going to management and complaining about the woman and the noise level. I asked if they did adhere to the quiet times of 11:00 pm and they stated they did. At 11:00 the staff did just as they said. So shortly after that we got to sleep. I have no complaints of the migrant workers there, they were fine, however, I don't know where this couple came from, but they should have been ousted long before we arrived as they were completed drunk when we arrived in the early evening. That is my biggest complaint. There is tons of construction all around the Hostel, but this is because they are redoing the whole surrounding area to put in new homes and development, which will in the long term be helpful to the hostel. The staff was excellent, the breakfast sufficient, and I found it to be acceptably clean. They must, MUST, keep the riff raff out though as this is not a positive experience. The second night was excellent. The couple seemed to have left and the hostel was very normal. There were minimal cooking utensils, no bleach (the dishrags needed to be bleached), but otherwise it was acceptable. Again, wonderfull staff.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HI-Calgary Host... M, Manager at HI-Calgary City Centre, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel.

I am sorry to hear about your experience the first night, some people do get a little rowdy, but we do what we can to keep it under control. I will be meeting with the staff to discuss this issue specifically so we can better manage these situations in the future.

I was glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay overall, and really happy that you liked the hostel staff. I’ll look into restocking the cooking utensils. All dishcloths and towels are replaced with fresh ones daily, but they do get skunky pretty quick during the day as more and more people use them. We’ll double our efforts on that front.

Hope to see you again soon.

Regards,
Colin Middleton
Assistant Manager
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Bowmanville, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Location is amazing, right by city hall c-train which is free downtown. Easy to get anywhere in the city. 5 minute walk to Stephen ave and close enough to walk to 17 ave which is the main bar area. I've stayed in hostels throughout the world, and this one ranks right up with the best. Clean, great common areas, friendly and informative staff. The beds are comfortable, real mattresses!! Not those foams ones you often find. Large lockers in the rooms. The largest rooms have just 6 beds which is great. And a really good free breakfast daily with juice, coffee, tea. Highly recommend staying here

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HI-Calgary Host... M, Manager at HI-Calgary City Centre, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review.

It is great that you were able to take advantage of our central location and enjoy the surrounding area! Thank you for the compliments on our staff, cleanliness, common areas, and rooms. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed our free breakfast as well. We hope the rest of your travels are safe and enjoyable!

Best regards,
Jason Wong
Manager
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Additional Information about HI-Calgary City Centre

Address: 520 7th Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G0J6, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Calgary
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Calgary
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Get your free all-you-can-eat breakfast! We have buttermilk pancakes, cereal, milk, waffle, muffins, oatmeal, toast, fruit and juice served every morning from 7:30am - 9:30am. Plus, there's coffee and tea all day. Other free amenities include Wi-Fi in all common areas/guest rooms, computers, local phone calls, faxing/photocopying/printing/scanning, linens and towels, BBQ usage, and a pool table.Our hostel is located on the edge of downtown; a five-minute walk will take you to exactly where you want to be. Within downtown you'll find dining, shopping, entertainment and cultural districts for every taste and budget. Other attractions are easy to get to with the help of the nearby C-train (a two-minute walk from the hostel) that's free within the downtown core.Our friendly and experienced staff are available 24 hours a day to aid you with all your needs. They're always happy to recommend cool places for you to check out, so be sure to ask.Each of our dorm rooms has six comfy beds that come with individual bed lights and lockers. We also have private rooms (with and without ensuites) that include TV and DVD players. These rooms are limited, so please book well in advance. All dorm and private rooms have secure key-card access.HI-Calgary City Centre's neighbourhood, the East Village, is getting an exciting transformation!Years in the planning, Downtown Calgary's East Village is slated for redevelopment to become one of the city's new urban villages. The neighbourhood will offer some of the hippest shopping, dining, recreational and residential opportunities in the country. It's welcome news to the area - this is actually where Calgary was originally founded - and HI-Calgary City Centre is thrilled to be a part of this change.As with all neighbourhood redevelopment projects, there will be some inconveniences to the people who live, work and visit the area, most notably traffic changes and construction noise. Please be aware that you may experience some of this during your upcoming visit to our hostel. Our friendly and helpful staff will do all we can to minimize the impact to you. Never hesitate to contact us for assistance. ... more   less 
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