10 Best Hostels in Banff • Crush Your Travels in 2018

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For any backpacker visiting the Canadian Rockies, a stop-off in Banff is a must.

Banff is the gateway to some of North America’s best hikes found in Canada’s oldest national park: Banff National Park.

In between hikes you will need a place to rest up and recharge your batteries.

Banff is in such a special part of Canada that I want you to stay in a place that is as beautiful as the surrounding mountains (without spending to0 much cash).

That is exactly why I wrote this guide to the best hostels in Banff for 2018.

Get insider tips regarding the best hostel for solo travelers in Banff, best hostel for digital nomads, and my top pick for the best cheap sleep in town.

By the end of this guide you will have a proper idea of what all of the best hostels in Banff are about.

The town of Banff is the perfect base in which to explore the wilds of Canada. But before you start thinking about mountains and glaciated lakes, let’s think about cheap, comfortable beds for just a minute…

Here we go…

 

Quick Answer: The Best Hostels in Banff

Best Hostels in Banff

Welcome to my ultimate no-stress guise to the best hostels in Banff, Canada! Sure is pretty isn’t it?

 

The 10 Best Hostels in Banff

 

Overall Best Hostel in Banff – Samesun Banff

Samesun Banff best hostels in Banff

Not the cheapest place in town, but Samesun Banff is without a doubt the best hostel in Banff for backpackers…

  • $$$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Bar
  • Self Catering Facilities

Just because it’s the overall best hostel in Banff doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be the cheapest. But no matter: Samesun Banff is also the most centrally located hostel in the area, which is good news if you don’t want to hire your own wheels to zip around. The hostel itself features clean and spacious dorms, a pretty authentic looking bar area, a decent kitchen to cook your own meals in, and general sorta rustic-yet-contemporary lodge-esque decor. It’s nice. The staff are helpful and friendly and the free breakfast is great – what’s not to like? (Well, except the price – but this is the best hostel in Banff 2018).

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Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Banff – HI Banff Alpine Centre

HI Banff Alpine Centre best hostels in Banff

HI Banff Alpine Centre is a great place to chill out and meet fellow hikers or backpackers making it the best hostel for solo travelers in Banff.

  • $$$
  • Towels Included
  • Self Catering Facilities
  • 24-Hour Reception

With its variety of activities and friendly staff, and the general vibe of the place (when there’s not a large group of ski-schoolers taking over this youth hostel in Banff), this Hostel International lodging is a cool place to meet people. There’s a decent bar area and a general cosy vibe of looking exactly like a log cabin in some of its common areas. Because of the decent vibe here we’d say it’s the best hostel for solo travellers in Banff – you gotta have a go at karaoke night on Friday for a good laugh. If only AT everyone trying to sing. Slightly pricey though; you do get a free bus pass to get to and from (and around) Banff, however!

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Best Cheap Hostel in Banff – HI Whiskey Jack

HI Whiskey Jack best hostels in Banff

Not actually in Banff, but the location is VERY beautiful and quiet. HI Whiskey Jack is the best cheap hostel (around) Banff. The hostel is way cooler too than the shitty photo suggests…

  • $
  • VIEW OF AN ACTUAL WATERFALL
  • Linen Included
  • Outdoor Terrace

The quite nicely named Whisky Jack Hostel is a Hostel International-approved lodging that’s set in the wilderness of Yoho National Park, just 27km to the west of Lake Louise – but much quieter as a result. This youth hostel in Banff (or the Banff area) is a very affordable option and, considering that the vista from the hostel deck is pretty much a private view of the literally stunning Takakkaw Falls (one of Canada’s five highest), it’s easily the best cheap hostel in Banff. It’s not luxury, but flushing toilets, running water, shelter, and a great atmosphere is all you need in a place that is this amazing, seriously.

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Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Banff – Banff International Hostel

Banff International Hostel best hostels in Banff

If you have got some work to do in between hikes then Banff International Hostel is certainly the best hostel for digital nomads in Banff.

  • $$
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Tea & Coffee
  • Free Laundry

Surprisingly NOT a Hostel International budget hostel in Banff (a lot of them are HI-run), the oppositely named International Hostel is a great place to stay if you got some work to do. Laptop-wise, that is. There are plenty of nice little places to work in the glassy cafe/lobby area of this hostel, plus a load of computers you can use if you don’t fancy being tracked one day. We’d say it’s the best hostel for digital nomads in Banff because of that nice space for laptopping, though the price – not as expensive as others in the area – is also acceptable. The many free perks – breakfast! espresso machine! laundry! – make staying here even better as a long-term traveller.

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Best Hostel with a Private Room in Banff – HI Lake Louise

HI Lake Louise best hostels in Banff

Love all the wood and the mountain lodge vibe here. HI Lake Louise is the best hostel with a private room in Banff.

  • $$$
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Hot Showers
  • Luggage Storage

With a feel that looks closer to authentic lodge than youth hostel in Banff, the unfussy and charmingly rustic decor of HI Lake Louise gives this place a really nice cosy feeling. And we like feeling cosy. The private rooms here are… expensive, but given the quality of the facilities, the location to the lake itself, and the general feel of the place, we’d say this is the best hostel with a private room in Banff. You’ll also find the staff to be super helpful here in giving up-to-the-minute info about trail accessibility and all that important stuff you need when escaping to nature like you do in Banff.

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Psst! Heading to a hostel? Don’t forget to pack a padlock! It’s well worth having one so you can secure your locker and protect your stuff!

 

More Best Hostels in Banff

 

HI Mosquito Creek

HI Mosquito Creek best hostels in Banff

HI Mosquito Creek is my kind of hostel. No showers. No flushing toilets. No problem. This place is definitely an experience worth having and is one of the best hostels (around) Banff.

  • $
  • Campfire
  • Creekside
  • Free Parking

Very much a wilderness hostel (yeah – we’re talkin’ no showers; and only outhouse toilets, which means no flush) HI Mosquito Creek is the sorta place you come to if you want to enjoy a camping trip-type vibe, complete with sitting around a fire. It’s pretty much right next to the creek but is a little difficult to find. Oh and if you thought you’d be Instagramming your pics from here, think again: there’s no internet, so you’ll have to save ’em all up for when you’re at the next destination, just like the Kardashians do so people don’t know where they are- errr, we mean, if you like roughing it in nature, this youth hostel in Banff is 10/10.

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HI Rampart Creek

HI Rampart Creek best hostels in Banff

HI Rampart Creek is another sick hostel in an even better location. Same deal as the previous hostel. Very little amenities, no showers or internet, but still a great place to stay in Banff…

  • $
  • Wilderness
  • Fire Pit
  • Sauna!

It’s another Banff backpackers hostel smack bang in the middle of nature – and, funnily enough, another one that’s also right next to a creek. This one’s called Rampart Creek, though. No flushing toilets, no internet, no showers, no electricity even. Solar-powered lights guide you to three outhouse toilets that are surprisingly clean. It is, however, incredibly cheap and – especially if you WANT the whole cut-off-from-civilisation deal – a great shout for a budget hostel in Banff. The warden will even let you connect to his WiFi if you ask nicely – when it’s on, that is.

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YWCA Banff Hotel

YWCA Banff Hotel best hostels in Banff

If you are looking for another cheap hostel in Banff that provides excellent value and quality, YWCA Banff Hotel is for you.

  • $$
  • Bar & Cafe
  • Tour/Travel Desk
  • 24-Hour Reception

Located just across the river from Banff proper, YWCA Banff Hotel (definitely a hostel though – it’s got dorms) is a nicely affordable top hostel in Banff – especially given its great location, tasteful decor, helpful staff and generally great facilities. One thing that might be annoying for some people is single-sex dorms only – too bad if you’re in a couple. But they also have private rooms. Whilst this recommended hostel in Banff does have WiFi, we regret to inform you that it isn’t the greatest… and the common rooms shut at 11pm. So no partying and no Twitter stories. It isn’t to far to central Banff and all of the restaurants and things to do in town.

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Feeling like a hostel just isn’t for you? Too much wilderness? (Yeah, us too…) Well, there are loads of hotels in the much-touristed town of Banff for you to choose from, so we’ve narrowed it down to just two contenders. Peep ’em below.

 

Best Budget Hotel in Banff – Homestead Inn Banff

Homestead Inn Banff best hostels in Banff

Hotels in Banff are not super cheap, but Homestead Inn Banff is probably the best cheap hotel in Banff.

  • $$
  • Restaurant(s)
  • Free Tea & Coffee
  • Pool/Hot Tub/Sauna

Though it’s supposed to be budget, it’s not EXACTLY what a backpacker would call budget. However, compared to many hotels in the area, this one is a good bet for someone on a budget. Featuring decent facilities (again, for a backpacker) like an indoor pool, hot tub and a sauna, plus spacious comfortable rooms with TVs and mini-fridges, Inns of Banff is our choice for the best budget hotel in Banff. There are three onsite restaurants for your gastronomic exploration and the style of the place is boutique-lodge-ish. It’s a good choice if hostels ain’t your thing.

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Best Splurge Hotel in Banff – Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel best hostels in Banff

You can tell this hotel does well based on the quality of this photo. If you got the money honey, this place is one of the best hotels in Banff for backpackers with cash to spare.

  • $$$
  • Absolute Luxury
  • Historic Building
  • So Many Activities

If you have the money to burn or you really just fancy splashing out whilst on your trip to Banff, we truly implore you to stay at our pick for the best splurge hotel in Banff: the literally ridiculous Scottish Baronial-style edifice that is Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. About as far from a budget hostel in Banff as you can get, this iconic luxury hotel dates back almost 150 years and features its own spas, ski shuttles, an onsite snow school, bowling, tennis, horseback riding, a large indoor pool and a smaller heated outdoor pool, a concierge service, a tasty restaurant, attentive staff… Pffft, if that’s not enough, then just look at it – LOOK AT IT! Rest up here for a night or so and get back to enjoying the best hikes in Banff!

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Final Thoughts on the Best Hostels in Banff

Well my friends, the time has come to say goodbye: we have reached the end of the line for my best hostels in Banff for 2018 list.

Banff is truly located in a special part of the world and my hope is that as many backpackers as possible get to experience it. Visiting Banff isn’t super cheap, though you are now prepared to keep costs low with all of your newfound knowledge regarding backpacker accommodation..

The point in writing this guide was to illuminate all of the best hostels in Banff in a way that makes it easy for you to choose the best hostel for yourself. If you are like me, you can agree that it is way more fun to plan an epic hike than it is to research hostels.

Good news! The hard work is now over and you are ready to book the right place for yourself, so you can focus more on the mountains and less on where to sleep in Banff.

All of the best hostels in Banff are now in your pocket. The choice of where to book is now in your hands…

Still unsure about where to stay in Banff? Feeling like a grizzly bear trying to pick the perfect winter den to hibernate? I know the feeling.

In times of uncertainty I recommend that you just go with my top overall pick for the best hostel in Banff: Samesun BanffHappy travels and even happier hiking!

Samesun Banff best hostels in Banff

A night or two at Samesun Banff will do your weary hiker bones good. Enjoy…

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