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Samesun Banff

7.6 | Good

In Banff National Park, free breakfast, friendly staff, close to downtown

  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's proximity to downtown and shopping
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean and spacious by several lodgers
  • The hotel's staff were characterized as friendly and efficient
  • A few guests complained of long waits for the bathrooms and noise transfer
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 21, 2014
Located in Banff National Park and about a 4-minute drive from the nearest Trans-Canada Highway on-ramp, SameSun Backpacker Lodge is suitable for travellers who prefer a hostel-style hotel with a free breakfast, easy highway access and on-site dining.

This smoke-free hotel offers six- or eight-bed dorm rooms, each with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, an electric fireplace, a balcony, a shared bathroom (inside the room) and storage lockers. The hotel is not wheelchair accessible. Daily and weekly rates are available.

Hotel amenities include a guest kitchen, BBQ facilities, a shared lounge, ski storage, guest laundry, a business centre, vending machines, free parking, packed lunches, a free continental breakfast and on-site dining at The Beaver, which serves dinner and drinks daily. Pets are not permitted.

Banff Gondola is roughly a 7-minute drive away, while Cascade Plaza can be found 7 minutes away on foot. The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course is about a 5-minute drive from the hotel and Banff Airport (YBA) is 7 minutes away by car. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, no pets, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: February 15, 2014)

The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's location, rooms and staff.

Many reviewers praised the hotel's location. They found it close to downtown Banff, a gas station, shopping, restaurants, bars, Lake Louise and public transit.

The hotel's rooms were enjoyed by several lodgers. They described their accommodations as clean, spacious, quiet and well equipped, with comfortable beds. It should be noted, however, that a few patrons criticized their lodgings (see below).

Several guests complimented the hotel's staff. They characterized them as friendly, efficient and helpful. 
The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the rooms.

Although several lodgers were pleased with their clean and spacious accommodations, a few guests had complaints about their rooms. They reported no air conditioning, spotty Wi-Fi, worn decor, long waits to use the bathrooms and some cleaning issues. Noise transfer from guests in adjacent rooms and the hallway was also reported.

Show Sources
Sources guest reviews ranked the hotel #9 of 20 specialty lodging in Banff with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 76 reviews. guest reviews rated the hotel 7.6 out of 10 from 72 reviews.

The author called the hotel on February 15, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
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Map Marker Samesun Banff
433 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB