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Reviewed 8 October 2012 via mobile

Spent 3 nights here as a base to explore Banff/lake Louise/lake moraine and do some hiking. The hostel was spotless, warm, well organized and the manager Tony is a delight :) we felt welcome the instant we walked in the door and Tony gave us plenty of great advice for things around the Banff area. Loved the central fireplace in the common area. We had some car trouble the morning we left and Tony couldn't have been more helpful in helping us to sort it out. Couldn't recommend this hostel more highly! And a great price!

  • Stayed: September 2012
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1  Thank AdelaideKirsten
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

Given the price paid, I can highly recommend you this hostel, which is beautifully located in the Lake Louise area. Even if it is classified officially as a "wilderness" structure, it offers running water and hot showers. The kitchen is provided with everything needed even when the hostel is full, the common spaces are nice and cozy, the owner is friendly and welcoming. Dorms are separated between men and women, beds are comfortable and the surrounding nature guarantees a great night of sleep. Very good!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank miike78
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

Lake Louise is arguably the most beautiful location on earth. The hiking around Lake Louise, especially Yoho National Park and near Bow Summit doesn't get better. Where to stay? Well, is you're not set up for camping but want an economical choice to those 200 dollar rooms in Banff-LL try hosteling.
Hosteling International has two big, busy, well equipped hostels in both Banff and Lake Louise but our favourite is Castle Mountain, located right in the middle. It is small with 2 dorms: one for women and one for men. The bunks are comfortable and it has indoor toilets and a nice kitchen.
We especially appreciate the efforts of the manager, Tony, who runs a very tight ship: it is spotless, quiet, organized. For people who enjoy a little quiet and coziness I recommend Castle Mountain. The location of the hostel also allows more opportunity of seeing wildlife, including bears, from behind the safety of the picture windows.
Families with active, rambunctious children or party animals would be happier in the bigger hostels - there's more to do and you can easily find a party nearby.

Room Tip: Choose a bed away from the door so the opening and closing of the door doesn't wake you up.
Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
2  Thank Maria-Enrique
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Reviewed 9 September 2011

This place is great. The manager, Tony, is very friendly. Bunks are comfortable!

Even though this is officially classified as a wilderness hostel by Hostelling International - it isn't the normal wilderness hostel. The place has been renovated recently and has full facilities: kitchen, flushable toilets, showers, and laundry. No Internet.

I would recommend staying here to anyone passing through.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled solo
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