My gf and I stayed at this hostel for 3 nights, primarily as the Hi Calgary wasn't open in time for our visit. Below are the pros and cons of our stay in my opinion.
Staff are great at this place! Very helpful and friendly.
The initial tour of the hostel is a brilliant idea, something that no other hostels do that I've stayed at!
The breakfasts are awesome here! Consisted of fruit pancakes!, toast, cereal, many spreads and free tea and coffee (massive bonus)
Monotonous music that's played all day, too loud and too late (until 12pm)! Just lower the volume a tad, stop music at 11pm and mix up the tracks, it really drives you crazy especially if your room is next to the common area - we weren't the only ones there who thought this.
The worst thing about our stay was the lack of sleep. I understand that it's the weekend and we like to party and have a good time but the music was played until 3:30am!! And people where loudly talking until 5am! Its a joke and isn't fair on the majority of the people for whom I know we're affected. You really shouldn't have to stay up till 5am to have a good time.
If you have a 12pm noise rule, enforce it or just don't have it at all! The lack of sleep left us in a fowl mood about the whole place. The room walls are thin and thus the 'noise rule' should accommodate for this.
Thankfully the next few nights were fine, slept well. But it's those one offs that drags these ratings down for you.
As I said, it was a mixed bag as this hostel has some great aspects! Due to the negatives I can't say I would recommend this hostel.
I would hope that the management appreciates my honesty in this review and understands the importance of constructive criticism.
- 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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