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Reviewed November 2, 2012

We stayed in several of the Rocky Mountain HI hostels and like the others, this also itself proud.

A few days before our arrival we received a reminder that we were expected and when we did arrive it took very little time to receive our keys and get settled.

The reception desk was very friendly, and equally important, helpful.

We had our own room, with a bathroom just outside our door. Everything was clean and there was easy access to a place to eat, as well as a cozy place to sit and play a game or read a book. Even access to WiFi was provided.

While you think of hostels as places where young people go (and they did), we (seniors) did not feel out of place. It was comfortable every where and felt inclusive.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank hcoesel
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Spent two nights here. The majority of the people staying in the hostel are currently looking for work in the local area, so not many backpackers at the moment. Still, it has a good vibe to it and the staff are helpful with arranging onward travel or suggesting activities.

The hostel is located slightly out of town up the road to Tunnel Mountain. If you don't fancy the hike, a perk of staying is that you get a 'roam' bus pass for the local service. This stops almost outside the hostel and runs into town. The pass can be used on the two local bus routes, with the other taking you to Sulpher Mountain.

Food in the restaurant is cheerful and is priced in line with other Banff food outlets.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Spent three nights here and enjoyed the experience. Although well above the town it is on a free bus route and is a short scenic walk down to the town. The counter staff were very friendly and helpful with lots of useful tips and advice and booked our trip on the "Rocky Mountaineer", to Vancouver. Our private room was clean with comfortable beds and we had no problems with our bedding! A small sink would have been useful but this was our first Canadian hostel and our private room at Jericho Beach, Vancouver, also had no sink. We fully intended to eat downtown for our meals but the breakfast of pancakes and coffee with the option to pay for "extras" was more than adequate, and, after sampling the evening dishes in "Cougar Petes' Cafe washed down by the excellent "Traditional Ale^ we never felt the need to eat out. We
are both volunteer wardens for the English YHA, and. the Scottish Hostel movement and this hostel is comparable with the best!.

Room Tip: Try for a private room if you can as there are only a limited number available.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank v_marcinkiewicz
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

I stayed here for a month or so when I first moved to Banff for the ski season.

Because of that it would have been a bit different than travelling there. It was ok, located out of town but got a free bus pass which did the job.
Clean, bar downstairs with mostly good activities (wouldn't kill the bar tender to smile occasionally though..), good kitchen, good pub crawl.

Staff were friendly when I was there.

Not many options for budget accom in Banff but I have no complaints. Didn't love it.. but yeah.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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2  Thank Hayley S
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

My friend and I hated it. We don't keep great memories from Banff I believe in part due to the bad experience in this hostel.

We stayed in the HI Central Vancouver and got impressed with it. Well, this is the other side of the coin.

We had a private room for the two of us. They don't have proper private twins, they just give you a 4-bed for two people. 4-bed rooms had bunk beds and are cheaper than twins so them being less confortable is something to expect. So they were.

The room stank even leaving the window open the whole day. It smelled as if the homeless had been living there for months. As if the smell had got into the carpet. It started to fade after two days there.
Duvets were rags, well passed their intended serving life. We had to wrap up in sheets to avoid touching the stuff.

Air conditioning was at full blast in the corridors so transit from the shower to the bedroom was quite chilly and unpleasant.

Shared bathrooms were dirty and unkept. One washbasin and one WC were out of order when we arrived and were still at this state when we left. Tangles of hair stayed days in the showers.

The one thing that was OK was the kitchen. The reception area is pleasant enough too but once you cross the locked door to the dormitories, it feels that you have entered a hospital.

No choice for breakfast: If you booked on line you had pancakes. If you don't or you have diet restrictions, you pay extra for rather expensive options.

It was rather expensive considering the above, apart from painful. It was also very far away from downtown. True that that was plain. A bus pass was complimentary but buses don't run that often.

Stay away from that place... It's worth spending a bit more and get a decent accomodation...

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank xenale
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