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  • GentleSpirit profile photo GentleSpirit
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Very comfortable hostel: HI Banff Alpine Centre

I had heard that the hostel in Banff was really quite a pretty place. The photos on their website are generally accurate. It is head and shoulders above most hostels I have been to. I booked a private room for one night as I was heading out for Lake Louise on another tour the next day, so my experience with the facilities and so forth was a bit limited.

The private room was spacious, clean, well appointed. The bed was large and quite comfortable. The view when you woke up was just something special! Ensuite bathroom was large, lots of hot water.

Check in/out was a bit busy as lots of people coming/leaving at the same time. Staff was real nice.

Nice bar. Hostel had a lot of activities available.
Wi-fi throughout the entire hostel

People on my tour that stayed in the dorms told me it was VERY nice.

Would I stay there again? Absolutely!

You get a free use of city transportation with your stay. The hostel is too far to walk into town really (at least for most people) so this is a good deal as far as that goes.

I have to say that the private room at this hostel was excellent, no real noise and a nice quiet nights sleep.

This hostel is part of the HI chain. The hostel generally is much prettier than most of the hostels you will see. Most of the clientele will be younger folks on a budget. There is plenty to do at the hostel, but I would not consider this a party hostel.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written October 12, 2012
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  • spidermiss profile photo spidermiss
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HI-Banff Alpine Centre: Ranked TOP 10 Worldwide by hostellers (2005)!

I stayed there in July 2005 at the beginning and the end of my Rockies adventure. It was one of the best hostels I ever stayed in and will stay there again on a future trip. The staff there were friendly and approachable and I met likeminded travellers throughout my stay.

I found the dorms extremely comfortable and spacious (even the upper dorm beds!) with clean ensuite bathrooms. There are private rooms available although the rates especially in the summer are expensive compared to other hostels in Canada and worldwide.

The Rocky Mountains surround the Banff Alpine Centre and the hostel is in an Alpine rustic setting. The hostel has an on-site bar and restaurant, Cougar Pete's kitchen and Look Out restaurant (for great views) where I had some great breakfasts and meals at reasonable prices. There are two accessible big kitchens should one want to self cater and two fireplace lounges.

Staff there can able to book tours and in winter ski and board packages for you. Free public transportation passes are offered and also free Wifi throughout the hostel.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Hiking and Walking, Skiing and Boarding, Budget Travel
  • Written April 3, 2011

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  • balhannah profile photo balhannah
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Odenthals B&B: Best B&B in Banff

This was a great place to stay.
Situated in a Heritage listed home, the guests rooms were located upstairs. Antique furniture here was beautiful.
Our room was very nice. We had to share a bathroom with others, that was never a problem.
Also upstairs, was a kitchen area, where we could make ourselves a cuppa, or sit on the small outdoor balcony and read.
Breakfast was massive, you certainly put on weight here. Frieda, our hostess, was delightful, and told us of some nice off the beaten tracks to go on for scenic viewing.
At the time, it was about the cheapest B&B and accommodation that I could find, and it was only a short walk to main town, and is near the Bow River.

To sum up, this was B&B was EXCELLENT

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written July 31, 2008
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  • bchiker profile photo bchiker
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Banff Treetops B&B: Banff Bed and Breakfast

Nice clean room, private bathroom. Big lounge area for b&b guests, close to downtown. The highlight was the breakfast - big buffet with fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurts, various bread/toast etc. Also, service from the owner was excellent - very personal and good local advice.
The main reason I booked was to save money compared to a hotel - not only was it a lot cheaper than a hotel but it was way better.
The downside is lack of privacy compared to a hotel (eating on the same table as other guests etc), but if you like meeting new people, I strongly recommend it!

alpine wooden chalet style, friendly and helpful owner, endless breakfast

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: National/State Park, Mountain Climbing, Hiking and Walking
  • Written March 24, 2008

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  • vtveen profile photo vtveen
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Odenthal's Bed & Breakfast: WOW - what a breakfast

Spacious room.
Excellent breakfast with lots of home baked stuff.
Friendly hosts.
Quiet neighbourhood, just a few blocks away from Banff Avenue (main street with shops and restaurants).

What ever do you want more !!

Great value for the money.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written March 9, 2007
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  • emerson24_2002 profile photo emerson24_2002
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HI - Banff: Cheap but nice place to stay

I highly recommend this place. It's actually the nicest hostel to date that I've stayed at. I've stayed at probably ten or so and this one was a cut above the rest. The only one I really disliked was New Orleans. It followed suit of the city, dirty. However, all others were at least decent.

The banff hostel is extremely clean and the people are very friendly, as with most.

Restaurant inside the hostel with very reasonable prices. I had a breakfast wrap for 5 bucks and it was definately satiating to the belly :)

They have a pub inside the hostel too.

It's located a bit from downtown so that if you want to go out during the day or evening to where the shops are or nightlife, it's about a 15 minute walk, but even that is not a big deal. It's acutally quite a nice walk. A cab cost $5.50 to take us downtown. Split between 2 or 3 is laughable.

I believe a dormatory room runs about $27 dollars during the week and 31 on the weekend.
It's a tad more then most but it's worth it, especially when comparing it to other hotels.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Road Trip, Backpacking, Budget Travel
  • Written October 30, 2005
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  • CindyLou99 profile photo CindyLou99
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Banff Alpine Centre: Home away from home

My sister and I stayed in a hostel in Banff. It was definitely a new experience for us both. We met so many interesting people. The hostel was co-ed which was also quite interesting. If you are planning on staying for any length of time, be sure to book it in advance otherwise if you decide to stay an extra night at the last minute, you may be playing musical rooms a lot.

Something I distinctly remember about this hostel was that the shower room was rather small. Being my first hostel experience, it was a surprise. There was just enough room to shower and get done what you had to get done.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written October 1, 2005

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  • londonlover profile photo londonlover
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Mystic Springs Chalets and Hot Pools: A look inside....

See my tip above. This is the second bedroom on the second floor of our chalet. Situated down the hall from the master bedroom, it has two twin beds with down comforters, a closet, chest of drawers, nightstand, and TV.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written August 26, 2005
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Mystic Springs Chalets and Hot Pools: A fantastic base for a trip to the Banff area

This chalet-style hotel is located just off the Trans-Canada Highway, on the western side of Canmore, which is the last town you pass before entering Banff National Park. The hotel is about 20 minutes from Banff by car, and therefore is not nearly as expensive as it would be if it were right in Banff.

The hotel opened in 2003, and the newness is one of the benefits that make it a wonderful place to stay. It is luxurious but not stuffy, and deals can be found here using trip packages from Expedia.

The adjoining chalets surround the large central "hot pool," which is actually a large heated pool that is warm enough to be very comfortable on crisp Canadian nights. (There is also a whirlpool.)

Our chalet had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully-stocked kitchen, dining area, and family room. The amenities are impressive--two DVD players, three TV's, an electric fireplace, and Aveda toiletries.

The primary drawback here is the lack of a direct mountain view from most of the rooms, but ask for a chalet on the side facing the frontage road for your best chance of a great view of the Three Sisters mountain range. Still, since you'll be sightseeing during the day, I don't think you need a fantastic view from your hotel.

Price below is based on four people splitting the cost of a two-bedroom chalet.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written August 26, 2005
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Banff Alpine Centre: You won't believe this is a youth hostel!

This hostel is rated Top 10 out of 5,000 hostels worldwide in the Hostelling International network and there's a good reason for it, it's a wonderful place to stay! You can stay in private rooms or in the dorms - the dorms are very clean and comfortable. You can choose to cook your own meals in one of the two kitchens or enjoy a meal at Cougar Pete's, the hostel's Pub/Restaurant. It's located within walking distance of downtown Banff and nothing quite compares to sitting on the hostel's patio after a full day of hiking or skiing!!

Internet access, trip planning services, lockers and storage rooms, daily activities

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Study Abroad, Budget Travel
  • Written March 3, 2005

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  • tetonski1 profile photo tetonski1
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Faimont's Chateau Lake Louise: The Best Place To Stay Near Banff!

Absolute luxury accomadations in the one of the most beautiful settings in the world!

The hotel is enveloped at the end of Lake Louise by the majestic Canadian Rockies .

Not only are the accomadations wonderful, but they also offer hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, fly fishing, horseback riding, skiing and snowshoeing.

You feel as though you've stepped back in time as you sleep and dine in the same place that Fairbanks and Barrymore, Monroe and Hitchcock once did.

Don't miss one of their several wonderful restaurants called "The Poppy Brasserie", for a Full Mountain Breakfast Buffet with eggs made to order, meats and cheeses, luscious fruit, and freshly baked breads and pastries.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Mountain Climbing, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Skiing and Boarding
  • Written January 4, 2005
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  • Sharrie profile photo Sharrie
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We stayed in these lodges

We stayed in these lodges & we had a fun time enjoying the sceneries around them. Very lovely place!

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written September 15, 2002
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Chateau Lake Louise: CPR Group of Hotels

CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE: One of Canadian Pacific's most exclusive hotels. With a view like Lake Louise within its compound, this hotel is unbeatable!

No, I didn't stay here. Too expensive to contemplate staying even for a night :-(
Anyone who is in the elite group & would like to enjoy this beautiful hotel, please check with CP Hotels at www.osb2000.com/cphotels.htm

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Written September 15, 2002
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  • Sharrie profile photo Sharrie
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Chateau Lake Louise: Great Tips ;-)



Chatted with these 2 part-timers & was told that even the tips here are exceptionally good.

Nice hotel, but very very expensive!

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Written September 15, 2002
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