We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Not that great.”
Review of Hostel Bear

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 3 more sites!
Hostel Bear
Ranked #12 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Canmore
Alberta, Canada
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Not that great.”
Reviewed July 9, 2007

We booked this hotel for our wedding weekend. After booking online 3 months before, we were a bit disappointed in our room. I had requested a quiet room because there were train tracks nearby. We didn't imagine that close. When we arrived, we found out we couldn't have a room away from the tracks because we booked online - the Grizzly room (queen bed). They are only located on the noisy side! I wish they would have notified us earlier. I would have changed hotels. The front desk told us we should have called them directly. What? Then don't allow special requests on your online booking unless you can actually fullfill simple requests. If you can't then notify the booking party. The hotel was packed for the weekend so we couldn't switch rooms. The train rumbles through the night about every 1 1/2 - 2 hours! Unless you are a heavy sleeper there is no way you can get any sleep. I was extremely tired for my wedding. The Grizzly room is just a plain queen bed...no beautiful pine frame. The free breakfast was OK. Would have been nice to have muffins, bagels, or oatmeal. We would not stay at this hotel again. There are nicer and quieter places to stay for the same price.

  • Liked — close to downtown
  • Disliked — noisy trains
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank mtnbikerchick
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

163 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    38
    50
    32
    24
    19
See reviews for
17
26
40
7
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (41)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
England
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2006

Booked to stay in August 2006. 'Family Bear Suite' sounded friendly and cosy - anything but... The hotel was advertised as having air conditioning. When we went up to our room, it was stifling. The air-con unit would not have cooled a picnic box. We thought about ventilating the room by opening the window. Only one small window would half open in a big room, and it made very little difference. Anyway, the main Canadian railway is barely 100 yards from the hotel and the prospect of trains rumbling past all night with upwards of fifty cargo carriages, was not an option with a flight back to UK the next day. The receptionist was unhelpful (being kind to her!) and did nothing - no electric fans, no help to fix the air-con. The hotel 'welcome' booklet in the room reads like the ten commandments and I have to say I've never encountered anything like it before! You must take your shoes off just inside the hotel room - staining the carpet results in a hefty fine. The hotel is non-smoking (fairly standard), but thou shalt not light up in the forecourt or the car park - thou shalt go on a good long walk for thy fag!! And, if you dont... a hefty fine. Add to this that there is a no noise policy after 10 pm and the hotel shuts its front door at 9 or 10 pm (you can enter via a fire staircase at the rear with a code). The staff we met were rude and unhelpful, the room did not have an effective air-con, the hotel is right by a main railway line etc etc. Dont stay here.

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — Rude staff, rules and regulations, location by a main railway line, facilities in room not working
  • Tips/Secrets — Stay away. Everywhere else in Canada we visited was totally different - friendly and helpful above all. Not here.
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
10 Thank hannah8310
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers are raving about these Canmore hotels

Kenora
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2006

What a great lodge. Located on "hotel strip" in Canmore, just off the main highway- close to downtown (about one minute drive). New, clean rooms, with unexpected amenities- such as higher-end duvet, pillows and sheets, king sized bed, mini-fridge in room, and good quality soaps and accessories in bathroom.
Great internet rates available at www.bearcountrylodge.com , especially on week days. Canmore is a great value-priced alternative to nearby Banff, and is only a few kilometers from the park's gate.
Another highlight of the stay is the terrific breakfast room. Fresh waffles, three cereal and toast varieties, juice, coffee, tea, fresh fruit- unexpected bonus to allow us to hit the ski slopes with a full belly!
The evening prior we enjoyed a couple glasses of wine visiting with other guests in front of the wood-buring fireplace in the lobby.
The only downside was no hot tub to soak weary bones after a full day's activities. The tub in the room was comfortable and good sized. Some rooms have a jacuzzi tub and fireplaces, but ours did not.
All in all, an excellent value, and I would be happy to stay there again, for a fraction of the prices of hotels in Banff or Calgary. There are some great dining and shopping options in Canmore, too- as well as the Nordic Center, where most of the Canadian Olympic Nordic skiers do their training. There are a few golf courses nearby, too.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
9 Thank KAOSH
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Level Contributor
27 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2005

We stayed at the Bear Country Lodge for 4 nights in September 2005. Our room was on the 2nd floor and we had a nice view of the mountains. The only fault of this hotel is, as other reviewers have commented, the train track is very close to the hotel and it is noisy! I came prepared though with ear plugs which helped me sleep at night. Beds are very comfy and the comforters are very warm. When we booked the hotel, we were told that continental breakfast was only served during the summer and would not be served in September. When we checked in, we were told that they had changed this and offered a continental breakfast every day (coffee, tea, juice, toast, fruit, cereal and waffles). This was a nice bonus as it was not expected. I would recommend this hotel as it was close to everything (Banff is just a short drive away), clean, staff are friendly and it was reasonably priced.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
12 Thank M&HWinnipeg
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Irvine, California
Level Contributor
64 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2005

We stayed 2 nights there on June 26 and 27. Friendly staffs and the complimentary breakfast every morning was great. We are happy with our stay there since we booked through Expedia for US$68.30 per night including taxes and fees. From one of the previous reviews, we asked for a room at the front of the hotel on second floor. Although we still heard the sound of train but not that clear/loud and only once during the night.

Would recommend this place for the great rate and good lodging!

  • Stayed June 2005
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
9 Thank starofjupiter
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed March 30, 2005

My husband and I stayed at the Bear Country Lodge over the Easter weekend in 2005. Our room was very comfortable and clean however the train track was located approximately 100 feet from our window. The rumble of the passing trains was very loud as it came through up to 5 times in the night, every night. We were told by the staff to shut the window and turn on the fan to stifle the noise. If you want a restful sleep - this is not the place to stay. Possibly a room on the front of the hotel would be quieter.

Helpful?
7 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed February 8, 2005

We stayed at the Bear Country Lodge in October. The rooms are very comfortable and the staff are friendly. There are a number of good restaurants nearby. The hotel is in walking distance of downtown shopping and hiking trails.
We visit Canmore and Banff area quite often. We preferr to stay in Canmore.

Helpful?
8 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Canmore hotels
0.7 mi away
Stoneridge Mountain Resort by CLIQUE
0.6 mi away
Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge
0.3 mi away
Ramada Canmore
Ramada Canmore
#16 of 29 in Canmore
3.5 of 5 bubbles 923 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.3 mi away
Holiday Inn Canmore
Holiday Inn Canmore
#13 of 29 in Canmore
4.0 of 5 bubbles 518 reviews
0.0 mi away
Georgetown Inn
Georgetown Inn
#9 of 29 in Canmore
4.5 of 5 bubbles 485 reviews
0.9 mi away
Best Western Pocaterra Inn
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Hostel Bear? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hostel Bear

Property: Hostel Bear
Address: 1002 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, Alberta T1W 1N6, Canada (Formerly "Bear Country Lodge")
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Kananaskis Country > Canmore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Canmore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Bear 2*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Canmore’s newest hostel! Conveniently located one block from downtown Canmore. The Hostel Bear sleeps 170 guests. The spacious dorm rooms sleep 4-10 guests, with privacy curtains and night lights on each bunk, in addition each room has its own an en suite. Private rooms are also available. Amenities include large fully equipped kitchen, free wireless access and a large common lounge. Our friendly, helpful staff are here 24 hours a day to ensure your stay exceeds expectations! ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Cancelon, HostelWorld, Priceline and TripOnline SA so you can book your Hostel Bear reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Hostel Bear Hotel Canmore
Hostel Bear Canmore, Alberta

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing