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“A little dirty, but fun.”

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HI-Calgary City Centre
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Berlin, Germany
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7 reviews
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“A little dirty, but fun.”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

Room I stayed in was a little dirty, (pistachio shells and a sock under my bunk) but that may have been because most of the other people in the room were long term guests, who'd been there a few weeks... so I'm not sure how often they clean the rooms. Other guests were friendly and nice though.

Bathroom was quite clean, and kitchen was moderately clean.

Lockers exist, but bring your own lock.

Breakfast provided was pancakes (make your own), bananas, pb & j, and somewhat uninspired muffins.

Location is very convenient, but also a little sketchy if you're a female heading there alone at night. (That corner of downtown is deserted at night, and there were people who seemed a little sketchy wandering around nearby.)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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HI-Calgary Host... M, Manager at HI-Calgary City Centre, responded to this review, February 10, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review.

The rooms get cleaned daily. We are glad to hear that you found the kitchen and washrooms' cleanliness up to your standards.

The hostel's location is just on the edge of downtown and this usually results in a quieter environment in the evening. I assure you though, the area is safe.

We're glad that you were comfortable and found the guests friendly and the location convenient. Hope to see you again next time you come through town!

Best regards,
Jason Wong
Manager
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

When I first got into this hostel, I was feeling uneasy because of the long travelling day I had gone trough. The staff over there quickly made me much more comfortable, taking the time to explain to me all that was possible to do, in a friendly way. The atmosphere of the place is really nice as you get to meet a lot of people. Downtown Calgary is near and accessible. In this hostel, you get to have a nice breakfast everyday, rooms are clean and staff is comprehensive. I'll be sure to go back there if I ever go back to Calgary. Thanks!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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HI-Calgary Host... M, Manager at HI-Calgary City Centre, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Thank you for leaving us a review on tripadvisor.

We are glad that our staff was able to help you plan your activities and make you feel comfortable after a long day of traveling. Also, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed our accessible location, free breakfast, and the atmosphere of the hostel. Your kind words are much appreciated! We hope to see you again in the future!

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Jason Wong
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Edmonton, Canada
1 review
Reviewed January 14, 2013

If you are heading to Calgary for any reason, this is a perfect place to stay. The staff are superb.
They are friendly, and courteous; looking for ways to make guests feel cozy and at home. An example of what I mean when I say this follows. On my first day here, an patron of the hostel was running late, & needed to catch a flight home. Jumping to the occasion, a staff member took the patron to the airport in person, because time was short. While that level of service obviously could not happen all the time, it demonstrated the character here. Rooms and entire building is kept clean and well maintained. Excellent value, and a city with much to see and do in or nearby.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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HI-Calgary Host... M, Manager at HI-Calgary City Centre, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review for us here on trip advisor. We appreciate your compliments to the staff and are glad to hear you felt right at home. We pride ourselves on our helpful and friendly team here at HI-Calgary. We're happy that you found our building to be clean and well maintained as this is another factor we take seriously here. Hope to see you again soon!

Best regards,
Jason Wong
Manager
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Nanaimo, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed January 11, 2013

I stay at the hostel very regularly.. And the staff are an awesome bunch of people.. They upkeep the building very well.. I like the new. Renos that they have just recently done :). It is located right near the core of the city and there's a train that goes by it often.. Growing up near the train tracks doesn't bother me. Ilove the sound of trains.

  • Stayed January 2013
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HI-Calgary Host... M, Manager at HI-Calgary City Centre, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Thanks for leaving a review! We're happy that you enjoy our central location as well as the recent renovations that we've made within the hostel. Thanks for staying with us and we hope to have you back again!

Best regards,
Jason Wong
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2 reviews
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

HI Calgary is a comfortable place to stay with friendly staff and a great location. The rooms are comfortable and clean and the kitchen quite large. I found the staff to be very helpfull and easy to understand with a good knowledge of the area. There is some confusing construction work surrounding the hostel and not alot going on in but apart from this the location is close enough to everything you would need during your stay. Over all a great place to stay

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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HI-Calgary Host... M, Manager at HI-Calgary City Centre, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Thank you for leaving a review on Trip Advisor. We appreciate you bearing with us throughout the construction and we look forward to the changes that will be made after. We're glad that you were comfortable and found our staff friendly and our location convenient.

Best regards,
Jason Wong
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1 review
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Moved to Calgary and used this hostel as transition accommodations until I could find something more permanent and was extremely impressed and I know I am going to miss some of the friendly faces. The location is phenomenal, just steps to the local C-train line (which is free from there through downtown), The zoo, Fort Calgary and the Glenbow museum are short walks away. The staff does its very best to take care of any needs and is always willing to give advice about what to do and where. The hostel itself is well organized, and kept very clean. Safe Travels!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

Stayed at this hostel for 5 nights, very professionally run, well maintained, very friendly and helpful staff throughout.
The hostel is clean and very comfortable, good kitchen facilities and nice back yard area for BBQ's etc. free pancake breakfast is included, you can't beat it for value!
it is very well located downtown, just a block from the tram and the start of the city centre shopping area. I had read previous reviews saying it was in a bad area but that isn't right. The area is currently under development and there is a bit of ground / building work going on and the whole area is being improved under a new city regeneration programme. When its complete it will be one of the swankiest areas in the city. It is certainly a safe area.
I have stopped in lots of hostels all over Canada on a 3 month tour and I would say that this was the best I stayed in.

Room Tip: Be nice to the reception staff! Rooms at the back are quieter, facing away from the city.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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HI-Calgary Host... M, Manager at HI-Calgary City Centre, responded to this review, January 4, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We really appreciate the positive comments in regard to the value, location, breakfast, etc. We are very glad you had such a great experience here and hope to see you again soon!
Best regards,
Jason Wong
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Additional Information about HI-Calgary City Centre

Property: HI-Calgary City Centre
Address: 520 7 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 0J6, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Calgary
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Calgary
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the newly renovated HI – Calgary City Centre! Start your day off right with our FREE all you can eat breakfast from 7:30am – 9:30am every morning (including buttermilk pancakes, milk, cereal, waffles, oatmeal, bread, jam, peanut butter, muffins, fruit and juice)! Enjoy our newly upgraded FREE high speed WiFi anywhere in the building! Other hostel amenities include: - Complimentary coffee and tea 24 hours - Free parking - Free Computers - Free storage facilities, even after check out - Free local phone calls - Free faxing, photocopying, printing and scanning - Free pool table - Free BBQ usage - Free towels and linen - Brand new TV room with a 60” flat screen TV HI – Calgary City Centre offers 6 bed dorm rooms (female, male and mixed) featuring individual lockers, bed lights, as well as private/family rooms with en-suite and a new 40” flat screen TV; make sure you book ahead as these sell fast! We have upgraded security, including cameras and state of the art door locks throughout the building as we continue to ensure the safety of all our staff and backpackers traveling to Calgary. Our friendly front desk staff are here for you 24 hours a day, available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We are experts when it comes to getting you around the area, and we always have recommendations for local sightseeing, so don’t be shy! Check our activity boards for daily listings of local events and information. Our hostel is located on the edge of downtown; a 5 minute walk will take you to exactly where you want to be. Within downtown you will find dining, shopping, entertainment and cultural districts for every taste and budget. Other attractions are easy to get to with the help of the nearby C-train (a 2 minute walk from the hostel) that is FREE within the downtown core. Our central location is a great starting point for the next leg of your journey. The airport bus #300 stops two blocks away from the hostel, and the Greyhound bus depot is a short 15 minute train ride away. ... more   less 
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