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Reviews of Samesun Backpackers

Hostel | 433 Banff Ave, Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1B4

90.3% Overall Rating

57 out of 63 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (13/08/2014)

"Good place to enjoy your stay in Banff. Spacious rooms and definitely on the clean side for a hostel. Cool staff which is not just there to work, but travellers themselves still enjoying meeting new people. Daily…"

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Facilities

  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • Restaurant
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Fax
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

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90.3%

Overall Rating

57 out of 63 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Samesun Backpackers'

Atmosphere
92.8%
Location
96.8%
Facilities
85.6%
Cleanliness
88.0%
Staff
91.2%
Value
84.8%
Safety
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57.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 20% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

31 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very good location.

Disliked: The gentleman on the front desk in the afternoons was terrible. He wasn't helpful, he was condescending, and took double the time to do any task. The hostel sometimes places guests in staff accommodation without notice and doesn't discount the price unless you ask. The kitchen was very small with little seating so it was difficult to make meals.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

13 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good place to enjoy your stay in Banff. Spacious rooms and definitely on the clean side for a hostel. Cool staff which is not just there to work, but travellers themselves still enjoying meeting new people. Daily activities are really nice to meet people and fill your day when not on a daytrip.

Disliked: Not a big fan of a hostel bar. Even though there are cool activities and cheap drinks/food it simply doesn't live up to the common room get together and also keeps you from for example eating your own food / having your own drink outside on the hostels patio.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

greg kansky

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break

12 June 2014 greg would recommend this property

Liked: Location was perfect. Friendly atmosphere and great place to meet people.

Disliked: Beds were not comfortable (mattresses should be replaced). Price is very expensive for an 8 bed dorm compared with the rest of North America...this makes it difficult for budget travelers to spend much time here.

The property's response is...

100.0%
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Saraya Desbarbieux

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

25 March 2014

Liked: Big rooms and my room had a fireplace

Disliked: Nothing

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Michele Drabyk

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

25 February 2014 Michele would recommend this property

Liked: Great atmosphere, friendly and comfortable

Disliked: More parking needed

100.0%
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Jaquilyn Lock

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Visiting friends or family

13 November 2013 Jaquilyn would recommend this property

Liked: Clean and comfortable facilities.

Disliked: None I can think of

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Alan Miljkovic

Alone

Work / volunteering

27 October 2013 Alan would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff Great bar with cheap drinks and games Clean and newish rooms Breakfast included

Disliked: Alan left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Work / volunteering

05 October 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great space

Disliked: Nothing

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

17 September 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Huge rooms! Plenty of space, lockers, the bar. Location..right on Banff Ave.

Disliked: Very small kitchen.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

07 September 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great choice of breakfast and located on Granville street, the middle of downtown.

Disliked: Beds were not the most comfortable, but you get what you pay for.

100.0%
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sean tully

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Work / volunteering

11 August 2013 sean would recommend this property

Liked: Awesome place. Great for meeting people and lots bargains at the bar downstairs. Comfortable beds and close to everything

Disliked: Nothing

97.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Ainav Derkson

With friends / other travellers

Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

07 August 2013 Ainav would recommend this property

Liked: It's well located, the staff are really friendly and helpful and the rooms are quite clean with privacy and space even in the shared dorms. They also provide you with a free modest breakfast and the option of ordering a reasonably prices lunch the night before. They have a cute and cheap bar on premises and lots of information and activities for travelers.

Disliked: Ainav left no negative feedback.

The property's response is...

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

07 August 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Cleanliness on the common room specially the toilet.

Disliked: Cleanliness on the common room specially the toilet.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

James Charles-Roberts

Alone

Visiting friends or family

02 July 2013 James would recommend this property

Liked: On main street in Banff. Decent common room. Nice having a pub on property with cheap drinks in a pricy town.

Disliked: Room was quite hot at night.

100.0%
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Arvid Finlayson

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Work / volunteering

15 June 2013 Arvid would recommend this property

Liked: I love this hostel! The staff are super friendly and go the extra mile to make sure you have an awesome time in Banff. The hostel was clean and very well maintained. Ensuite bathrooms in each room are a real plus for a hostel. The beaver bar attached to the hostel was awesome fun with different events on every night! The bar has such a great atmosphere and is packed most nights of the week. The bar staff are really cool and always down for a chat when it isn't too busy earlier in the night. They offer $6 dinner specials each night, which were tasty and filling too (and I can eat). The rest of their menu is really good too...try their Pizza - Sooo good! When/if you want to head into town later on the location is so convenient with all the bars and clubs just a 5-10 minute walk away. Best hostel I've stayed at.

Disliked: Arvid left no negative feedback.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

david shuttleworth

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

08 May 2013 david would recommend this property

Liked: cheap bar, good free breakfast, social atmosphere

Disliked: too many doors to unlock every time you needed to go somewhere and not easy to unlock when carrying anything. Couldn't check in till 3.30. Kitchen waaaayyyyy too hot!

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Maria Beatriz Siverino Bavio

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

06 May 2013 Maria Beatriz would recommend this property

Liked: The location and atmosfare

Disliked: The noise

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Casey Soble

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

13 April 2013 Casey would recommend this property

Liked: Great location and awesome atmosphere!

Disliked: Casey left no negative feedback.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Visiting friends or family

08 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean rooms, friendly staff and GREAT bar prices!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Katelyn Eynon

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

05 February 2013 Katelyn would recommend this property

Liked: The staff are super friendly and approachable, the bar is really inexpensive but good value, and has a good atmosphere. The kitchen and common room are nice and homely. I felt really welcome here.

Disliked: Katelyn left no negative feedback.

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Florence Boudreau-Côté

Alone

Work / volunteering

05 January 2013 Florence would recommend this property

Liked: atmosphere

Disliked: nothing

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Volker Riedel

Alone

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

03 January 2013 Volker would recommend this property

Liked: Helpfull & organized staff, nice atmosphere, bar inside the hostel, try to clean everything up, big kitchen, nice common room

Disliked: The beds & matraces, mess of other travellers, people from other hostels can visit the rooms

100.0%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife

04 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Awesome friendly staff. Very Helpful in all areas when I asked. Loved the party atmosphere within the bar and all it's activities. Great Breakfast too.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Amanda Norris

Alone

City break

04 December 2012 Amanda would recommend this property

Liked: Great helpful Staff and awesome atmosphere. Loved the free Breakfast.

Disliked: Amanda left no negative feedback.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Malu Celli

Alone

Events / festivals

04 November 2012 Malu would recommend this property

Liked: Great location for downtown banff, very friendly and good bar and breakfast. Female dorm was spacious and warm.

Disliked: The dorm room and bathroom were a disaster. The floor was covered in bags, shoes, hair straighteners, food, clothers, papers... I could hardly see the carpet. It was a bad teenager bed x6.

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