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):
- YWCA Banff Hotel is a perfect mountain hideaway for travellers looking for budget-friendly, cozy accommodation in downtown Banff. Gearing up for the ski season or planning a summer of hiking and biking? We have great options for you! Choose from a range of room types to suit your needs; private double & single rooms with ensuite or shared bathroom, family suites and 4-10 bed dorms- all at unbeatable rates! Our hotel offers you the unique opportunity to experience life in the heart of Banff National Park while directly contributing to the health and safety of our charming mountain town. We are proud to be a social enterprise, which means that by booking your stay with us your vacation dollars are reinvested into programs and services that protect local women, children & communities from violence. In return for your support, we provide a 24-hour Guest Services team, complimentary WiFi, clean & safe rooms, free guest parking, security lockers, & the lowest rates in Banff! Come settle in. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banff y Mountain Hotel Banff