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“Jasper on a Budget”
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HI-Jasper
Ranked #15 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Jasper
Langley City, Canada
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33 reviews
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“Jasper on a Budget”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

Jasper's HI is located a little on outside of Jasper Village and can be reached by (shuttle) bus. If you are going there on foot, it is a good uphill walk from the highway. Should you arrive on bicycle, you have my sympathy, it is rather a steep uphill.

The hostel is located nicely in that you are right in nature and away from the commercial atmosphere that is present in Jasper. On the whole the hostel is basic. It has a large well equipped kitchen, the usual dorms and (at least) two private rooms. Our stay, and that of our friends was in the private rooms. Both rooms were a pleasant experience, they were clean and functional.

All rooms shared common male or females washrooms and showers downstairs. The hostel has laundry facilities and if you also have a yen for tv time, there is a room downstairs stocked with videos.

On the main floor there is the common room. At times it felt as if there were not enough chairs and tables, but that only came about when every one decided to prepare their food. The common room also is well stocked with games and books for reading.

We were well received and even alerted to the fact that we were expected a day or so before we were due.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Many reviewers knock this place for the size of the dorms. They are big, there is no getting away from that. But, they are partitioned, which makes it more hospitable. Ear plugs are useful.

The hostel is 7km outside of town up Whistlers mountain and was the original ski lift station prior to the new one being built further up the road. The kitchen/communal area is really nice and provides a homely feel. If you want internet, there are LAN cables to connect to your laptop as there is no WiFi. There is a computer to use if you don't have your own. Make sure you bring food with you as there is no outlet or shop in the hostel - the closest source is in town.

It is a bit of a pain if you don't have a vehicle, but there is a shuttle which runs from the bus station at 6.30pm daily, $3/person. It also departs the hostel at 8.30am every morning for those heading into town. If you are taking the Brewsters bus from Lake Louise/Banff and fancy the hike, the driver will drop you off at the intersection if you request - saving the 4km walk from town to the start of the ascent. As previously mentioned, the hostel is isolated. Bears, wolves and elk frequent the area; care should be taken if travelling on foot.

Bikes are available to hire, but the rental prices are a bit steep.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Jasper has a desperate shortage of accommodation - things book up quickly in peak months and rates are generally 2-3 times what they would be anywhere else. So if you plan on sleeping indoors, prepare to make some sacrifices.

The HI Jasper is one sacrifice I don't think I will make again. $75 for a private room (shared bath) is just too much. The beds are cheap and creaky, the walls are thin enough that you can hear people coming and going at all hours, and there is very little sense of privacy. I even had staff unlock the door to enter my room while I was still there. Everything in the building is old and run down. Its also in the middle of nowhere.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

We stayed here for the cost and lack of any other hostel. We arrived late so the dorms were fairly full. The setup is terrible, they have two very large cramped dorms that make is impossible to sleep through a manner of sights smells and sounds. We were kept up for hours by a very loud snoring backpacker, finally we went to find someone who could relocate us but no workers could be found. We decided to stay in our van in the parking lot. We were woken by the groundskeeper swearing at us and calling us losers. Tried to find someone in reception again but no luck. So we packed up and left. Worst HI ever.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

The lack of alternatives in the area brought us here, but this was by far the worst HI that we met during our summer trip (and we stayed in many). While the position is very good and the common areas, especially the kitchen, are nice and spacious, the dorms at the lower floor are too cramped with people and, well, incredibly smelly. There are only a couple of small windows, and a lot of beds. It was the first time in my life when I got to the bathroom in order to smell some fresh air :)) The question is: where to go if not here without spending a fortune?

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

This is an awesome hostel! Great atmosphere around the campfire each night. It is pretty clean, the dorms are very big so not great if you are a light sleeper. Really nice big kitchen and lounge with tables, a fire and a tv room. Quite far out of town (about 7km) we walked it most days and hitch hiked back but you cant complain since you get to stay on the side of a beautiful mountain!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Jasper desperately needs a new hostel. The female dorm in this one holds 28 people. there are two windows in this space, and only the bottom third of each opens. the pane opens outward in such a way that little fresh air can get in, and there is no chance of a breeze. I have never slept in such a hot, stuffy room . the dorms downstairs are a bit cooler, but only two windows dow there too, and one of the rooms down there has no windows at all.
the living area too was extremely hot. there were plenty of windows but most of them didn't open; only two narrow panels , both on the same side, so no chance of a cross draft. Who thought of those windows anyway??
All three nights that I was there I got up at 11:15 pm to ask the person at the desk to turn the lights off in the dorm as they seemed to have forgotten.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: HI-Jasper
Address: 1 Skytram Road | 4 km south of Jasper off Hwy 93, Jasper, Jasper National Park, Alberta T0E 1E0, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Jasper National Park > Jasper
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Free Parking
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Ranked #15 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Jasper
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — HI-Jasper 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your Gateway to the Wilderness Perched on the side of Whistler's Mountain, this is the place in Jasper to connect with nature and other like minded adventure seeking travelers. The mountain peak out the front door begs to be climbed the trailhead is only steps away. How can you resist? ... more   less 
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