Samesun Banff

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Deluxe Double or Twin Room | In-room safe, free WiFi, bed sheets
In-room safe, free WiFi, bed sheets
In-room safe, free WiFi, bed sheets
Shared Dormitory | In-room safe, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Samesun Banff

Samesun Banff

1.5 star property
Adults-only ski hostel with ski passes, near Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

7.8/10 Good

194 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
The price is CA $189
Price available on 10/18/2022
433 Banff Ave, Banff, AB, T1L 1B4
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Ski passes
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Front desk safe
  • ATM/banking services
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Refrigerator in a common area
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Barbecue grills
  • Luggage storage
Feel at home
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue grill(s)
  • Free self parking

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In a national park
  • Banff Lake Louise Tourism Bureau - 1 min drive
  • Upper Hot Springs - 6 min drive
  • Banff Gondola - 7 min drive
  • Banff National Park - 20 min drive

Getting around

  • Calgary International Airport (YYC) - 94 min drive
  • Banff Station - 11 min walk
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Samesun Banff

Hostel in the mountains
At Samesun Banff, you can look forward to a roundtrip airport shuttle, a terrace, and laundry facilities. Hit the slopes at this hostel featuring ski passes. The onsite restaurant, The Beaver Bar, features al fresco dining and happy hour. In addition to a bar, guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
Other perks include:
  • Free self parking
  • ATM/banking services, karaoke, and luggage storage
  • Smoke-free premises, barbecue grills, and a front desk safe
  • Guest reviews give top marks for the helpful staff
Room features
All guestrooms at Samesun Banff include perks such as fireplaces, in addition to amenities like free WiFi and safes.
Extra conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Heating and portable fans


English, French

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks available
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 14 rooms
  • Arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time from 3:30 PM - midnight
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - midnight
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum guest age is 18
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Onsite parking limited
  • Free offsite parking nearby


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • Caters to adults only

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue grills
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator

What to do

  • Karaoke
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Ice skating nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • 1 building/tower
  • ATM/banking
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace


  • English
  • French


  • Ski passes
  • Ski lifts nearby
  • Downhill skiing nearby
  • Snowboarding nearby
  • Snowmobiling nearby
  • Snowshoeing nearby

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Heating
  • Portable fan

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Fireplace

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


The Beaver Bar - This bar serves dinner only. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). Happy hour is offered.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Renovations and closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from October 25 2021 to September 1 2022 (dates subject to change):
  • Dining venue(s)

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

This property does not have elevators.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Banff Samesun
Samesun Banff
Samesun Hostel
Samesun Hostel Banff
Samesun Backpacker Hotel Banff
Samesun Banff Hostel
Samesun Banff Banff
Samesun Backpacker Hotel Banff
Samesun Banff Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Samesun Banff Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Banff

Frequently asked questions

Does Samesun Banff offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Samesun Banff does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Samesun Banff?
As of 1 Oct 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Samesun Banff on 18 Oct 2022 start from CA $189, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Samesun Banff?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Samesun Banff?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Samesun Banff?
Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spots may be limited.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Samesun Banff?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Samesun Banff?
You can check in from 3:30 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 11 AM.
What is there to do at Samesun Banff and nearby?
During the winter, enjoy nearby recreation like ice skating and downhill skiing, and return when the snow melts for hiking and mountain biking.
Are there restaurants at or near Samesun Banff?
Yes, The Beaver Bar offers alfresco dining. The dining venue will be unavailable from October 25 2021 to September 1 2022 (dates subject to change). Nearby restaurants include Carlito's Pizzaria (4-min walk), Whitebark Cafe (4-min walk), and Earl's (7-min walk).
What's the area around Samesun Banff like?
Samesun Banff is a short 13-minute walk from Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and 7 minutes' walk from Canadian Ski Museum West. Travelers say the area is walkable and ideal for skiing.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



2/10 Poor

Bad hostel in Banff.
This is a hostel, not a 4 star hotel. That said, it was not even a mediocre hostel experience. "Free on-site parking" should read "a few free on-site parking spaces". When we observed that the hostel spaces were full, we were told that most street parking was pay parking, but if we looked several blocks away, there might be a few open free parking spaces (in a completely tourist overrun town - yeah right). It was hot with window but no fan to move the air - absolutely miserable night. Very lumpy mattress. Doors sqeaked all night despite other guests trying to be quiet. In comparison, we also stayed at the Lake Louise hostel 2 nights. It was fantastic.
1-night trip
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6/10 Good

Not for tall travelers 6-4” and over.
The stay was okay for a first timer in a hostel. Clean accommodations. Friendly staff and good food/drinks in the built in bar. However if you are as tall as me or close to, I’m 6-4”. You won’t fit comfortably on the beds as they have head and foot rails that won’t allow feet to hang over. Not for taller people if you book the mix rooms. Maybe book the singles instead.
Darren, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

One of the best experiences I've ever had. All of the staff are amazing. I'm even fortunate enough to be able to call some of them my friends now. I highly recommend this place to anyone. P.S. You must try there deep fried cheese curds. They are delicious.
David, 1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

We booked private room in hostel that had two queen beds. Lots of room, comfortable beds, shared bathroom. Quiet. Lots of hot water for showers. Towels provided. Shampoo, conditioner and body wash provided in shower. Parked on property in area under building. No air conditioning in bedroom but fan was provided and room temperature was fine. Access to kitchen area with room in fridge and pantry to store our food. Made sandwiches to take on our hikes. Breakfast included (coffee, tea, pancakes, muffins, fruit). Bar/pub served food - “special” hamburgers & fries & a beer on Thursday’s hamburger night was very good. Hit the spot.
Barbara, 2-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

The dorm room was spacious and clean. The toilet and shower were together and then the mirror and sink was separate.
Lana, 1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Hang, 2-night trip
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6/10 Good

Location is good and convenient to walk around. Washroom is the big problem, so many peoples shared with only one bath room in a unit.
David, 1-night trip
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4/10 Fair

Cheap & Mean Operator
Excellent location. Front desk service was good. Baggage room lock was broken. Entry door lock to upper floors is faulty. NO ELEVATOR. Kitchen has everything, spacious & clean. Most locker doors are sagging. My room 307 had one toilet for 14 beds. Top bunk bed has barely head space. Ladder to top bunk is unsafe. Handrails on staiurs shaky. Continental b/fast was plenty & acceptable. No provision to accommodate a shorter or older person. Most beds are occupied by workers.
1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Jason, 1-night trip
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6/10 Good

Donald, 1-night trip
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