The youth hostel in Calgary's city centre has reopened after being badly damaged in the June 2013 flood.

"We had to do major renovations in the basement. The whole basement had to be redeveloped and the first floor too as well," said Jason Wong, the manager of Hostelling International's city centre site.

This is the first week guests were allowed to check in since the flood.

Wong says the renovations took so long because it was difficult to find tradespeople to do the work.

He says the renovations have given the building a more modern look.

"In the past it was great but now it gets a new facelift, hitting new standards, giving people what they want."

The renovations cost more than $1 million.