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YWCA Banff Hotel

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7.3
Good
568 reviews
+1 403-762-3560

Top Amenities

Free Wifi
Airport Shuttle
Restaurant
Bar or Lounge

Budget hostel-style lodging near Upper Hot Springs, Banff

The Banff Y Mountain Lodge is hostel-style hotel located in the Upper Hot Springs area of Banff, Canada.  The hotel truly feels like a lodge surrounded by woods with a backdrop of the mountain. The lodge is nearby to popular Banff sightseeing spots, shopping and entertainment venues.  Many reviewers have remarked at the Banff Y’s convenient location to everything needed: only a five-minute walk from the shops. 

The lodge is close to many of the area’s major sightseeing points; some within walking distance and others just a short drive away.  Explore the nearby Banff Cascades of Time Gardens, the Bow Falls, and Central Park.  The Upper Hot Springs and Banff Gandola are also ideal sites for exploration and near the lodge. 

Lodge dining and amenities

The Banff Y Mountain Lodge features an on-site restaurant with many delicious and affordable meals and treats.  Reviewers raved about the restaurant’s food and most meals are under $10.  The restaurant is a great retreat after a day of skiing or exploring the area. The lodge also has a small café.  Reviewers very much enjoyed the coffee with constant free refills. 

The lodge offers breakfast vouchers for guests which provides them with a small free breakfast to munch on before heading out for a day of adventure.  The Banff Y Mountain Lodge has a conference room, lobby with a television and a fitness center.  The front desk is available 24 hours a day for guest needs. 

Simple, hostel-like rooms

The room rates at the Banff Y Mountain Lodge are much less than other hotels in the area.  The lodge is able to offer this rate because it only provides the basics: a bed, bathroom and telephone.  On some floors, guests share a bathroom with a shower across the hall - similar to European hostels.  The rooms are inspired by the minimalist concept of the budget hostel which gives guests a great rate in a popular tourist area but without the amenities. 

The bottom line

The Banff Y Mountain Lodge's rooms are a great option for travelers who plan on spending the day exploring the area and simply need a place to sleep at night.  The restaurant offers great food at a reasonable price, and the coffee in the café is fantastic.  Banff Y, situated close to major sightseeing spots, shops and entertainment shopping and major sightseeing spots, is an excellent choice for active travelers on a budget.

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102 Spray Avenue
Banff, AB T1L 1A6
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User Highlights
7.3
Good
Location
"Close to public transport" "Close to town centre"
City centre within easy reach, said 93%.
Great parking, according to 79%.
Service
"Staff helpful" "Help me check in"
90% found the staff to be very friendly.
63% said the reception staff was ok.
Value for money
"Complimentary bus pass" "Low price"
Room
"There was no a/c" "Ceiling fan didn't work"
62% complained about the bathroom.
65% didn't like the uncomfortable beds.
Comfort
"Noisy during the night" "There was no a/c"
65% didn't like the uncomfortable beds.
Only 52% said rooms were big enough.
Breakfast
"Not enough mugs" "No breakfast"
WiFi
"Internet not working" "No wifi in the rooms"
92% said the wifi quality was bad.

Good to know...

Kitchenette needs more attention
Wifi quality could be improved
Near city centre
Bathroom could be optimized
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