YWCA Banff Hotel




The Hostelz.com Review

Banff Y Mountain Lodge is a YWCA property perfect for all ages located on the beautiful Bow River and the perfect base for the great range of Outdoor activities available in the area all year round.

The Location

The Y is located at 102 Spray Avenue, which is just across the bridge over the Bow River from Banff Avenue, where you will find all the shops, restaurants, and nightlife. There is a bus stop right outside the hostel if you need to get to somewhere in Banff quicker than walking -- there are two different routes, one going to Tunnel Mountain and the other to Sulpher Mountain. If you are arriving by Greyhound, the bus station is about a twenty-minute walk from the hostel. The buses to the ski resorts also are only a few minutes' walk away. If you have your own car, then there is also free on-site parking, you just need to get a parking permit from the front desk.

Rooms and Bathrooms

There is a range of different rooms available to suit every budget; dorm rooms can hold either six or eight to ten people, or if you want a bit more privacy, reserve a standard, double, or family-sized rooms that come with or without bathrooms. Dorm rooms are a little squishy and do not have any lockers, so it is hard to store your valuables. There is a separate toilet and shower though. The dorms are also quite cold and don’t seem to have any heating, so many guests have to get extra blankets to be able to sleep. Also in at least one of the eight-bed dorms, there is a very noisy air conditioning box that makes a lot of noises continuously -- if you can’t sleep through noise, these rooms would be very difficult to sleep in.

The private rooms are quite spacious and a lot quieter, although the basic ones do have linoleum flooring, which is not that comfortable or welcoming. Some rooms have their own bathrooms -- otherwise, there are a couple of bathrooms on each floor with a shower and toilet. Some of these bathrooms are quite big, whereas the rest are quite compact and not all of them have hooks or they are over the toilet, so it can be difficult to hang up your stuff.

Common Spaces

The hostel offers a guest kitchen, TV room, and a great room for guests. The kitchen is quite large, although it could have been better designed. There also seems to be a lack of tables for the number of guests, but there are four large refrigerators that provide plenty of room to store your perishable food but there's nowhere to store the rest of your food. The TV room has cable TV as well as a selection of books, so you can relax in here or you can go up to the great room for a little bit more luxury. The hostel also has its own café open throughout the day to get breakfast, lunch, or dinner, as well as a small selection of groceries. The hostel also offers pay computers as well as very expensive Wi-Fi, although they have plans to change to a better provider so they can offer free Wi-Fi in the future. It’s a semi-social hostel but it also very family friendly, so don’t expect any partying. As it is YWCA-owned, they also offer discounted accommodation to underprivileged people, so you might see them wandering around the place.


Overall this hostel is more like a lodge with its relaxed atmosphere; it has one of the most convenient locations in Banff at a budget-friendly price.
by Keppers
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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102 Spray Avenue, Banff Town, Banff National Park (Lake Louise), Alberta, Canada
51.171379, -115.569414 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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+1 (403) 762-3560
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Good value
Staff is helpful, rooms and common areas are clean. There may be security issues as another guest told me he was missing bags of food. I was traveling by bicycle and was allowed to take my bike into my dorm for security. There is a cafe, but I only had a disappointing coffee (weak, bland). Great location a few minutes walk to downtown while in a quiet situation.
Age 64, USA
Breakfast and location are good, staff very helpful and friendly. Some community space for sitting, chatting and playing cards is missing though (just put some tables in the library) and the rooms are a bit untidy as some people seem to stay for weeks and put their stuff all around their beds on the floor so effective cleaning is impossible. Kitchen is too small when there is a group of 20 students there doing their own cooking every night, no space for others.
Age 6, Germany
The Banff Y Mountain Lodge is situated at 102 Spray Avenue just south of the Bow Valley River. The lodge is within an easy, two-minute walk from downtown Banff, but situated quite far from the bus and train station -- which may prove to be a difficult walk especially if you are carrying heavy bags. The Lodge offers a gorgeous view of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. Accommodation offered includes standard dormitory beds, as well as private rooms that can accommodate families and/or couples. Both private or shared bath are offered. Prices are affordable and Banff Y Mountain lodge does not charge hotel tax or GST. Shared bathrooms are sporadic and the level of cleanliness could be improved. Private rooms are spacious, and clean towels and linen are provided. A deposit is required upon check in and is returned upon checking out. Internet kiosks and a paid wireless internet service are available, so feel free to bring your laptop and you can get logged on to the net. The guest kitchen facilities are very basic. A deposit is required to rent pots, pans, and plates. The kitchen is cramped and insufficient for the large number of guests at the Lodge. One can be left quite hungry, especially if reception has already lent out all the pots and pans to other guests. It seems that guests may be encouraged to eat at the Sundance Bistro instead, which is located on the main floor. The fully licensed restaurant offers a hearty menu with a Southwestern flair. However it may be slightly out of some travelers' price range. Guests can also use the on-site gym and weight room for a small fee. Paid laundry facilities are also offered and soap can be bought on-site for a small price. Free parking is also available. Reception is open twenty-four hours and will help you book various activities such as sightseeing tours and adventure packages. If you are seeking a budget accommodation with a gorgeous view, Banff Y Mountain Lodge may be the place for you.
Jeannita Bourgeois
  I was in a private room with private bathroom. It was very clean, welcoming, like the whole hostel. Staff was nice and it is well located (a bit far from the coach station but not for downtown or bow falls). Good breakfasts (have to pay) in the main floor.
French guy
  was here a few days over new yr 2005/06 and was a good few days. rooms were great, place was clean, good tv room, plenty of good people around, staff were good. kitchen a bit small would be my only complaint - as i like to cook my own food. everything pretty close (supermarket, shops, bushwalks etc) unlike the HI. good hostel
daniel h
  I stayed at this hostel in year 2001 December. They were four of us staying in a room with two double beds. The room condition was very good and clean, which is about the same standard as typical four-star hotel. The shared bathroom was very clean too. I had an excellent view from our room's windows. Staff were friendly. Breakfast was included too. Wow, I will definitely stay here again if I return to Banff one day.
Mave Lee

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