Check in was fast which was great as we arrived late after a long drive from Whistler.
All linen/pillows are provided (as with HI Whistler, Banff & Penticton that I know of and probably more but not all) and they prefer you don't bring sleeping bags/pillows. I went to scrounge for some towels for us as other HI's say they also provide these (as did this one). It had been busy though and there were only a few small one's left - that's ok though, does the job.
This is really a lovely hostel. It's a few km's out of town which is the draw card for us in the scenic mountain foothills. There are some great walks from here as well.
The kitchen and common dining and lounge area are all big areas and aside from only the 1 toaster which is temperamental at best, we have no complaints!
The bathroom is cleaned well by whoever does it which is nice as it's not always the case with hostels!! Our room (we are a couple so booked a private room) also felt very clean so the staff really do have pride in their work. The staff are all lovely too and there is a very cool little fish on the reception desk that you'll meet at check in. The dorm rooms are interesting as they must have a dozen bunks in each for both the female and male/coed rooms. There is a really good mix of ages here - we are in our 30's and are not the oldest here by far! That's great I think and there is a friendly vibe here too.
I'd recommend you have your own hire car if you're staying here as the best bits of Jasper are really out and about and you need a car - or a lot of time to explore on foot, some of what this area has to cover. The area is vast so it's nice to be able to drive to the different walks then spend a few hours on the walk.
Bear Paws Bakery in town is fantastic. It's not on the main drag (although there is a brilliant similar sounding cafe) but just off it - you'll see it. Drink at the De'd Dog Inn on the main drag, great staff and interesting beers and a few tv's on the sports channels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Your Gateway to the Wilderness Perched on the side of Whistler's Mountain, this is the place in Jasper to connect with nature and other like minded adventure seeking travelers. The mountain peak out the front door begs to be climbed the trailhead is only steps away. How can you resist? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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