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HI - Banff Alpine Centre

801 Hidden Ridge Way, Banff, T1L 1B3, Canada

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Overall Rating 81%

From 8 Reviews

Hostel rating (8)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 84%
Cleanliness 82%
Location 73%
Security 87%
Service 84%
Comfort 75%
Green rating 80%

Welcome to one of the best hostels in Canada. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains this year-round hostel is a perfect base to explore the area.

  • Dorm
    From €21.34
10 or more people?

Banff Hostel

Hostel Banff

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Set in a historic building, the HI-Banff Alpine Centre offers the best of both worlds – the party scene of Banff and a taster of laidback mountain life. The hostel is within close proximity to hiking trails and stunning viewpoints overlooking the valley. The Cave and Basin National Historic Site is a 10-minute drive away.

Banff Alpine Centre boasts many facilities including free public bus transportation, free Wi-Fi, two shared kitchens, two lounges with fireplaces, as well as private and dorm-style rooms. There is an onsite restaurant and a bar that offers free darts, billiards and foosball. The hostel also provides many exclusive deals for guests including ski passes, rafting tickets and job seeker packages.

The town of Banff is located inside the borders of Banff National Park and includes the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Nearby activities include snowboarding, skiing, white-water rafting and hiking.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 5 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 5 stay free.
  • Children under the age of 17 qualify for a discount on the advertised price at check-in.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Additional tax is payable at check-in.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • TV room
  • Pool table / snooker table
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • Cafe/Bistro
  • Licenced Bar/Pub
  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine
  • Restaurant onsite

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Sports Equipment Storage - Skis
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-403-762-4123

Fax. 1-403-762-3441

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Banff Gondola (5 to 10km)
  • Sunshine Village Ski Resort (More than 10km)
  • Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (3 to 5km)

See the full list of attractions





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Sun 09 Oct 2016

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Yes, our location has it's pros and cons: a bit further from town but much closer to nature! I'm happy to see you enjoyed your stay overall and we look forward to having you return! Sincerely, Sasha V. AGM HI Banff Alpine Centre

Manager avatar

Sasha Viminitz,

Tue 11 Oct 2016

I really enjoyed the staying at this hostel. The stuff was really nice, friendly and helpful. They look to enjoy their job and have good fun there. The rooms were clean and the hostel seems to have a good and friendly atmosphere. The only thing, I would like to bring up is the fixing of the one dryer. There was no notice - out of order or something similar - and I needed to pay twice. Extra stress in the morning hours. But so far, I would recommend this hostel to everyone.


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Thu 01 Sep 2016



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Fri 05 Aug 2016


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Distance to Amusement / Theme park (More than 10km)
  • Distance to Beach (More than 10km)
  • Cinema (2 to 3km)
  • City Centre (2 to 3km)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Golf course (1 to 2km)
  • Gym (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (Less than 500m)
  • Local market (2 to 3km)
  • Mountainous Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (2 to 3km)
  • National / State Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Nightlife (2 to 3km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (At or next to the hostel)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (1 to 2km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (2 to 3km)
  • Ski area (5 to 10km)
  • Swimming pool (Less than 500m)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500 m)
  • Theatre (2 to 3km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (At or next to the hostel)
  • Distance to Water park (Less than 500m)
  • Wooded Area (At or next to the hostel)
Getting to us

Getting to us

130kms to Calgary Airport. Driving from Airport: West on Trans-Canada Highway take Banff exit.
4km from Greyhound bus station (at intersection of Gopher St and Lynx St).
Parking available at hostel
130km to Calgary Airport. Driving from Airport: West on Trans-Canada Highway take Banff exit
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Canoeing
  • Hockey
  • Mountain Biking
  • Ski / Snowboarding
  • Walking / Hiking

Sustainability initiatives


  • Low carbon activities
  • Public transportation is promoted
  • Environmental cleaning


  • Energy saving lights
  • Insulation and ventilation systems
  • Light/energy sensor control
  • Energy efficiency appliances
  • Double-glazing windows


  • Working with local community
  • Mission-based activities
  • Educational programs


  • Recycling areas
  • Composting


  • Water savers in showers
  • Water savers in taps
  • Water savers in toilet

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