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HI - Lake Louise - Alpine Centre Hostel

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Hostelz.com's Review
The best thing about HI - Lake Louise - Alpine Centre Hostel is that it has a lot to offer in a fantastic location at a much lower price than nearby hotels.

The Location

Lake Louise - Alpine Centre Hostel is located in the village of Lake Louise within Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The location is very convenient to many of the attractions that Banff and Jasper National Parks have to offer. There are a lot of skiing and hiking opportunities in the immediate area and it is an easy day trip to the Columbia Icefield/Athabasca glacier. It’s only a few minutes away from beautiful Lake Louise. The hostel is located next to some train tracks and there is a little bit of noise from the trains, but it is not loud enough to bother you.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There are a few options available for rooming. There are beds available in a traditional, bunk-bed-style dorm (available in coed or male/female separate rooms), and there are also private bedrooms available. Sheets, blankets, and and towels are included for all options. We stayed in a private bedroom that shared a bathroom with the room next door. There are also bedrooms available that have their own private bathroom. There are shower rooms located along the hallway that all guests share. Despite sharing a bathroom and shower, there was never a long wait to use the facilities and we felt that we had a lot of privacy.

Everything is adequately clean and in good working order. The furniture in the bedrooms is basic, but it does the job -- our bed was a bit old and the mattress sagged a little bit. The dressers and cabinets are handmade from unfinished wood. The bedspreads look a little bit aged. That being said, it’s a hostel (not a hotel!) and we didn’t mind the decor because we were thrilled to have a private room in a wonderful facility.

Common Spaces

The common spaces in the Lake Louise - Alpine Centre Hostel are awesome! There is loft featuring a very nice common room with a pool table, reading desks, couches, a fireplace, and a small library. There is a very large kitchen that becomes busy around dinner time, but we found that the space is adequate for three or four families to prepare food at the same time. There is also a laundry room, a locker room, a sauna, and a room for ski equipment. Bicycles are available to rent. One of the best features of this hostel is the restaurant on premises (called Bill Peyto’s), which has good food at reasonable prices. All of the common spaces are very clean and well maintained. Unlike the decor in the bedrooms, all the furniture in the common areas is beautiful and comfortable.

Summary

The rooms are basic, but the overall facility is fantastic and people are friendly and considerate. The atmosphere in the hostel is reminiscent of a college dormitory (without the parties).

by Amanda P.
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
July 2013
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Nice place We stayed at HI-Lake Louise Alpine Centre Hostel for 3 nights and we enjoyed the place. It's clean and very nice. Lots of space everywhere and a good kitchen. I give my best recommendation.  , age 49, Denmark ()
5  All things about the hostel -- the staff, the facility, Bill Peyto's -- were conducive to an enjoyable experience in Lake Louise.  , age 66, American ()
5   A great place to stay We are 66 and 77 and found this a very good place to stay. Our room was clean and comfortable, shower next door excellent and staff friendly and helpful. Brent on the reception desk deserves special praise. He spent a lot of time helping me with a hotel booking problem for our next stop in Vancouver. Nothing was too much trouble for him. Only improvement -- could you include a continental breakfast in your price. Lake Louise is a beautiful place and the hostel a very comfortable and conveniently situated place to stay.  , age 66, Australian ()
3   Pretty Good I really liked the location. The town of Lake Louise, and where the hostel is situated in the village. You can walk to places for food and coffee, and since its not Banff its not super crowded. The only downside is it feels like a hotel. I didn't really meet very many people like i have in other hostels, but that could have been my fault i guess. For $40/night its worth a try.  , USA ()
4   Good place. I stayed here for one night as a friend and I were down to Banff for the Tragically Hip Concert. The location was quite good, the staff were very friendly, and the rooms were clean. There is decent internet access and free Wi-Fi for those with laptops. The pub downstairs is really cool but doesn't serve food. The showers weren't great. I would stay there again. I am actually going back in a few days.  , Canada ()
5   Overall excellent! One of the best hostels anywhere. Clean, spacious, friendly staff. The kitchen is spacious and organized. Beds are newish and comfortable. Showers were plentiful and sparkling clean.  , Canada ()
4   Clean, Comfortable Stayed at this hostel in August 2009. Very clean dorm rooms (I think all coed) and the whole hostel is clean and tidy. This is not a party type hostel if that is what you want. Rather, it is a good place to explore the Lake Louise area. Lots of free parking. Watch out for the bears in summer! Great hostel in winter too.  , Canada ()
2   Nice location But only if you like listening to the freight train go pass several times all night long, small enough to fit into the double room which has a bed size of one-and-a-half single beds put together, and being given very useless help by the counter staff about where to go. This guy was more into staring into his computer. When asked where the grocery store was, he told us to go the gas station instead. When asked for rates for the internet, he did not bother to offer the alternative of paying more for more hours but simply sold us the expensive short term one.  , Singapore ()
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