Finding cheap accommodation in Banff during the summer was not an easy task but we settled for a double private room the Banff Y Mountain lodge, expensive for a hostel but cheap compared to surrounding accommodation. For what we ended up paying I had expected better. On the plus side the view out of our window to the surrounding mountains was lovely, the short walk into town was very convenient and having a private bathroom was a bonus. Said bathroom however was very small (think sitting on the toilet with your feet in the shower) and rather old. The bed was VERY uncomfortable, the room sterile with lino flooring and minimal furnishings. The blinds didn't work and even if they did would not have shut out much light at all. The worst part was that there was a group of kids staying in the same area and due to the lack of sound insulation (gaps under the door), we ended up waking up at 6:30 ever morning to hear them running around the corridor. On our last morning we were woken up by the fire alarm and after a little uncertainty decided to head down to reception to vacate the building/find out what was going on. Staff were completely useless, made no attempt to clear people from the building and had less of a clue what was going on than us. We waited around in the reception area for a while until the fire crew arrived and decided they couldn't be sure if there was a real fire or if it was just a faulty alarm. They decided we could probably go back to our rooms then. It just seemed very unorganized and potentially unsafe. With some improvements the Y lodge could really be a fantastic spot but until then I would not return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The YWCA Banff Hotel is the perfect mountain hideaway for travelers on a budget. Whether you're coming to ski & snowboard in the winter or mountain bike and hike in the summer, we've got great deals for you! Our hotel has a number of room options, so we can easily accommodate your parties needs. We feature private rooms with bath, private rooms with shared bath, (4, 6, 8 and 10-person) dorms and family suites all at lowest-in-town prices. As the YWCA Banff Hotel is a social enterprise funding domestic violence preventions programming you know what when you stay with us, not only are you getting a great room at a fantastic price, but you're also helping women and children in the Banff. Other features;*Knowledgeable friendly staff*Clean, safe rooms *2 tv/media rooms*New! Large open plan guest kitchen which seats upto 24 people *Wi-fi Internet (For a small daily fee) *Free parking*Coin-op laundry *Large outdoor space with volleyball*Security lockers*Free linens*Licensed restaurant with Happy Hour beer prices *24/7 front desk service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banff y Mountain Hotel Banff