To preface this review, I'd like to say that my friend and I are backpackers who had been partying our way through Canada. We totally appreciate communal vibes and late night, loud fun. However we also expect cleanliness, personal space and room for our belongings - and value for money. Wicked was filthy and the tiny rooms were crammed with beds. There was rubbish everywhere, we couldn't access our beds and we slept with our luggage because the floor was invaded with mess. No lockers, no luggage room. There was a sign on the door from the staff requesting that guests keep their belongings neatly organised in the room. However no one complied and it was not enforced, as at least one staff member saw the appalling state of the room.
I've seen the manager respond with snide comments when people attempt to complain about the hostel's shortcomings. We do love fun. We don't mind noise, late nights or partying. It seems the manager would rather insult his disgruntled guests than attempt to remedy the undeniable lack of space/security situation. It's awesome he loves to welcome and party with his guests - he should consider managing the place too.
Also, $30 per night is a ridiculous price for a filthy, cramped 8 bed mixed dorm. That's the standard price for a 4 bed same sex at HI (who offer communal spaces, free events that are great for partying and meeting people, lockers, cleanliness and personal space).
On a positive note, the staff were quite lovely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are Calgary's newest and only independent backpacker/youth hostel. We are striving to create the best backpacker accommodation in the area by offering such amenities as: The closest possible accommodation to Stampede Park/Saddledome (it's across the street). Free Breakfast, free parking, free long-distance calls to over 40 countries, free WIFI, free internet computers, movie nights projected on the common room wall. Hostel planned events such as pub crawls, floats down the Elbow River, ski trips to Olympic Park, Bike and Golf club hire, Hotel quality pillow-top spring mattresses, Hairdryers /straighteners for hire. But most importantly, we strive to create a great atmosphere where you can have fun, meet great people and have an amazing adventure with us here in Calgary. ... more less
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