The Kicking Horse River Lodge Hostel is a wonderful place to stay. It does not feel like a hostel upon entering -- more an expensive lodge. The environment within is inviting and comfortable.
The Kicking Horse River Lodge is less than a ten-minute walk to bars and restaurants in town. It is just by the Kicking Horse river and near a sort of industrial area, but our stay was quiet. There is ample parking. The neighborhoods nearby seem safe and a pleasant grocery store is close by.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are at least a few dorm rooms at Kicking Horse, and each one has a number of beds. The beds are comfortable for a dorm room and the sheets are provided and cleaned after each stay. Everyone who stays in a dorm room is given a key to their particular room and the doors are heavy and lock securely. There are a couple of under-the-bed lockers in the room, but you will have to bring your own lock or rent one from the front desk.
The bathrooms are most impressive. They are very clean and offer three individual showers, each with a bench and private changing area just in front of the shower. Soap and shampoo are provided in the shower. The men's bathroom has three self-flushing urinals and two stalls with regular toilets. There are two sinks and hand-washing soap is available.
The common spaces at Kicking Horse River Lodge are very pleasant. On the same floor as the dorm rooms is an open and spacious common room with a big screen TV and large comfortable couches and chairs. There are a few tables in this area which are commonly used for meals. The kitchen has a stovetop, oven, microwave, and two refrigerators. One refrigerator is for common use and the other is for individuals. On the main floor there is an even more impressive common area with large comfortable leather sofas and a nice view of the mountains in the distance. There is a pay-per-use computer on the main floor, located to the left after you enter. There is also a cafe on this main floor that offers meals throughout the day at fairly reasonable prices. The hostel is working on getting an alcohol license so they'll be able to serve it. While it is a quiet hostel, it is not without activity. It is one where you can meet other travelers and enjoy each other's company. Everyone we met was nice.
This hostel is impressive. It is not the cheapest hostel around, but quite possibly one of the best. The whole place is kept clean whether it be the bathrooms, the kitchen, or the dorm rooms. The staff is friendly and helpful and the town is easily close enough to walk to. There is no curfew. We definitely recommend this hostel to anyone who wants to enjoy what the Canadian Rockies have to offer without the hustle and bustle of Banff.