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Review of Golden Hostel, Kicking Horse River Lodge

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Golden Hostel, Kicking Horse River Lodge
Ranked #34 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Golden
East Yorkshire
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fantastic place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2009

I've stayed at the hotel 2 years running and it's great. You can use the facilities downstairs i.e. laundry and kitchen. Rooms clean and tidy. It can be a bit noisy but that's because it's all wood. The breakfasts are brilliant and the location is good for exploring the surrounding area.

  • Liked — The building
  • Disliked — Rooms can be noisy
  • Stayed July 2008
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, BC
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15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2008

This former hostel is in transition to be more of a hotel. It is very clean and the building is beautiful - very convienient to Kicking Horse Mountain resort. There are a variety of room configurations and it's great if you have a group. And clearly it has onwers that care about the property.

However, it's not perfect - our room was > $200 so it's not as cheap as you may think:

The staff were really laid back and this is great. However:

1.) The three days I was there, the internet was down. The staff weren't allowed to touch the equipment and didn't seem to think this was a big deal.

2.) It took a good 25 mins to check in as there was one person who was answering the phone and dealing with check-in. The other guy on site didn't seem trained to do these tasks so was just hanging around.

3.) Walls are paper thin and there's NO soundproofing.

4.) The website is a little decieving - the views and area are beautiful, but the lodge also borders an industrial area and a trailor park (i.e., not so beautiful).

Having said that, I would definitely recommend this hotel, especially after they get the kinks worked out.

  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Clinton, CT.
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2007

Not only is the property clean and well managed, but it is an ideal place for " hard core " back country skiers and those who are there for the skiing experience. Excellent kitchen and laundry ....The other guests are half the fun of being there.

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  • Liked — the other guests
  • Disliked — crowded kitchen
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Manchester, UK
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2007

The private rooms would put many hotel rooms to shame and breakfast at the cafe is excellent.

Room 4 (a private double) on the ground floor is located next to the stairs - if you're bothered by noise I'd recommend asking for one of the other rooms.

  • Liked — Standard of rooms and communal facilities
  • Disliked — Location - next to the river, a short pretty walk from town BUT next to a trailer park
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank LadyBManchester
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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2007

This lodge was fantastic. It was part hotel, part hostel.

Everything was fresh and clean! Clean ktichen, ran by staff who actually cared about the property. Our beds were made for us everyday, clean towels and nice living area with big sofas and huge TV.

It really is the small things that count, eg a boot rack outside the rooms with a fan heater to dry your boots out each night.

Log fire and a cafe. Also the biggest bonus, such reasonable price for all this luxury that is a hostel! Only 10 minutes from the slopes too.

Anna & Neil, Essex, England

  • Liked — Such high standards
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed February 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Anna S
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Additional Information about Golden Hostel, Kicking Horse River Lodge

Property: Golden Hostel, Kicking Horse River Lodge
Address: 801 - 9th Street North, Golden, British Columbia V0A 1H2, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Golden
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Golden
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,797 - ₹ 10,878
Hotel Class:2 star — Golden Hostel, Kicking Horse River Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kicking Horse River Lodge is the proud winner of the 2007 Business Excellence Award for Tourism Hospitality in Golden and nominated one of the top 50 Mountain Eco-Lodges by National Geographic. Our spectacular B.C. Douglas Fir dove-tail log building fronts the raging Kicking Horse River and has a breath taking view of the Purcell mountains and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (which was rated the #1 small resort by Ski Magazine and #1 for powder snow by Skiing Magazine). This amazing building is designed to accommodate travelers in the utmost comfort and style with beautiful log and timber furniture and all the amenities that you need to enjoy your stay. The lodge features a two-story den with quiet reading nooks, an entertainment area with a 50-inch large screen tv, card tables, lockers, self-serve laundry facilities. We have a well-equipped self-catered kitchen facility that offers everything you need to chef up your own gourmet meals. We also have a beach volleyball court horse shoes and bocce ball in the summer. The convenient location is just minutes from the amenities of downtown Golden and only minutes away from hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, golfing and, of course, world-class skiing and snowboarding at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. ... more   less 
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