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HI Banff Alpine Centre

801 Hidden Ridge Way, Banff, Alberta, T1L 1B3, Canada

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Overall Rating 92%

From 11 Reviews

Hostel rating (11)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 97%
Cleanliness 89%
Location 88%
Security 93%
Service 95%
Comfort 89%
Green rating 94%

Welcome to one of the best hostels in Canada. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains this year-round hostel is a perfect base to explore the area.

  • Dorm
    From $20.31
  • Private
    From $46.29
10 or more people?
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Banff Hostel

Hostel Banff

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Set in a historic building, the HI-Banff Alpine Centre offers the best of both worlds – the party scene of Banff and a taster of laidback mountain life. The hostel is within close proximity to hiking trails and stunning viewpoints overlooking the valley. The Cave and Basin National Historic Site is a 10-minute drive away.

Banff Alpine Centre boasts many facilities including free public bus transportation, free Wi-Fi, two shared kitchens, two lounges with fireplaces, as well as private and dorm-style rooms. There is an onsite restaurant and a bar that offers free darts, billiards and foosball. The hostel also provides many exclusive deals for guests including ski passes, rafting tickets and job seeker packages.

The town of Banff is located inside the borders of Banff National Park and includes the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Nearby activities include snowboarding, skiing, white-water rafting and hiking.

Prices

Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night

Beds

Private - Per room per night

Rooms

Important info

  • Additional tax is payable at check-in.
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 5 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 5 stay free.
  • Children under the age of 17 qualify for a discount on the advertised price at check-in.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • A non-member supplement of 10 % of rates quoted is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout

Facilities

Facilities

Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • TV room
  • Pool table / snooker table
  • Terrace / patio

Accessibility

  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Cafe/Bistro
  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine
  • Restaurant onsite

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers
  • Computer Charges - Charges Apply
  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - In Room
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
  • Sports Equipment Storage
  • Sports Equipment Storage Type - Skis
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Reception:
Open 24 hours
Check-in:
Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-403-762-4123

Fax. 1-403-762-3441

banff@hihostels.ca

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Banff Gondola (5 to 10km)
  • Sunshine Village Ski Resort (More than 10km)
  • Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (3 to 5km)

See the full list of attractions

Reviews

Reviews

I really enjoyed my stay at this hostel and would likely stay again. It would be nice if it was on the main ski resort shuttle route, but I appreciate the free bus pass. As a hostel owner myself, I thought a couple of the employees could've been a little friendlier. I gave the rating I did on cleanliness only because of some of the appliances in the kitchen, in particular the white electric tea kettle has stuff growing inside it. Free coffee/tea would've been nice but I understand the expense. Also, no tables/chairs by the kitchen yet all the extra space blocked off. Overall I enjoyed my stay.

83%

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Erin,

Sat 12 Jan 2019

Hi There, Thank you for staying with us & for your nice review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your time with us! We appreciate your feedback also, we'll take a look to see if our kettles need deliming right away & get our housekeeping team on it. I am sorry also that our dining area was restricted access while our Maintenance team re-buffed the floors - we do also have a second kitchen in our other building and guests are welcome to use both. We'll speak with our team to ensure they are providing as friendly an experience as possible. Kind Regards & Safe Travels, Lewis - Assistant General Manager

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Lewis Kelly,

Mon 14 Jan 2019

Es gab in der Küche mehrere Wasserkocher, doch keiner davon hat funktioniert, so daß man Teewasser aufwendig in einem Topf auf dem Herd zubereiten mußte.

100%

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Rebekka,

Tue 16 Oct 2018

Hallo Rebekka, Vielen Dank für Ihr Feedback. Ich bin froh, dass Sie Ihre Zeit in unserem Hostel genossen haben und es tut mir leid zu hören, dass die Kessel nicht funktionstüchtig waren. Alle Kessel wurden jetzt überprüft und ersetzt. Vielen Dank Laura - Hausmeisterin

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Lewis Kelly,

Thu 18 Oct 2018

Really lovely hostel that feels like you're staying in a ski lodge. A bit out of the way and nowhere near enough bathrooms for the amount of people staying. Also claim to have events but ours were cancelled every night. Bar was great but charging for food (very expensively!) was a bit much when the hostel was so far away from town. Comes with free bus travel though!

90%

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Bethany,

Mon 15 Oct 2018

Location

Location
Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Distance to Amusement / Theme park (More than 10km)
  • Distance to Beach (More than 10km)
  • Cinema (2 to 3km)
  • City Centre (2 to 3km)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Golf course (1 to 2km)
  • Gym (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (Less than 500m)
  • Local market (2 to 3km)
  • Mountainous Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (2 to 3km)
  • National / State Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Nightlife (2 to 3km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (1 to 2km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (2 to 3km)
  • Ski area (5 to 10km)
  • Swimming pool (Less than 500m)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500 m)
  • Theatre (2 to 3km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (At or next to the hostel)
  • Distance to Water park (Less than 500m)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Airport
130kms to Calgary Airport. Driving from Airport: West on Trans-Canada Highway take Banff exit.
Bus
4km from Greyhound bus station (at intersection of Gopher St and Lynx St).
Car
Parking available at hostel
Rail
130km to Calgary Airport. Driving from Airport: West on Trans-Canada Highway take Banff exit
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Hockey
  • Mountain Biking
  • Ski / Snowboarding
  • Walking / Hiking
Sustainability

Sustainability initiatives

Air

  • Low carbon activities
  • Public transportation is promoted
  • Environmental cleaning

Energy

  • Energy saving lights
  • Insulation and ventilation systems
  • Light/energy sensor control
  • Energy efficiency appliances
  • Double-glazing windows

People

  • Working with local community
  • Mission-based activities
  • Educational programs

Waste

  • Recycling areas
  • Composting

Water

  • Water savers in showers
  • Water savers in taps
  • Water savers in toilet

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