When I got to Banff, I was so exhausted from the travel that it took to get there that all I wanted to do was have a shower and take a nap. Unfortunately because it wasn't check-in time yet, our room wasn't quite ready, but it was so nice to be welcomed by friendly staff who offered us towels and use of all the facilities at the hostel (all of which were kept very clean) whilst we waited.
When we booked our stay in Banff, I assumed that because the room would fit 8 people, that it was going to be extremely cramped and so when we were able to check-in, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was enough room for 8 people to fit comfortably and store luggage without it being in anyone's way. Additionally, the room included a fireplace, a television, lockers, and a washroom.
The hostel also has a bar which has activities every night, including bingo, trivia and parties and I love the fact that staff interact with guests like they'd been friends for years; I met a lot of people in Banff with whom I felt like I had known for much longer than a week, including staff.
I've read a few reviews that have suggested that this is a "party hostel" and that if you're looking to get a good night's sleep, that won't happen because of the noise from the bar and people coming back late from a night out. I completely disagree. The bar far enough away from the rooms so as not to be able to hear anything if you're trying to sleep, and there is also a common room upstairs where people can meet and hangout upon returning from going clubbing, so as not to disturb roommates.
I had a fantastic time in Banff, which is largely attributed to my choice of hostel. If I were to return to Banff, I would definitely stay at SameSun again and suggest that you give it a go, too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SameSun Banff is located downtown just steps away from everything the town has to offer. A recently converted hotel, we have all the amenities a backpacker could want. With a clean and comfortable environment, we boast spacious dorm rooms, a great atmosphere and friendly, helpful staff. Home to the Beaver Lounge, with Open Mic nights, live gigs and weekly trivia, it is the only backpacker pub directly on Banff Avenue! No membership required! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samesun Backpacker Hotel Banff