We stayed at the Poplar Inn for three nights in June to attend our son’s wedding, which took place at the Banff Springs Hotel. This was our first stay at a B&B.
The Inn’s location is very central, just a short walk to everywhere we wanted to go. Even our most distant destination, the Banff Springs Hotel, was only a pleasant thirty-minute walk away. We also got there by bus for a buck (seniors’ rate) and by taxi for ten dollars.
We took advantage of the deli section of the Safeway store just two blocks from the Inn to pick up fruit and salads. The two rooms of the Inn share a common sitting/dining area, which offers a small refrigerator and a microwave, as well as a coffee maker and a tea kettle.
The décor of the Inn was warm and inviting. The bedroom and the bathroom were both a good size, and were spotlessly clean. The king-size bed featured a comfortable mattress, pillows and bedding. The wardrobe/dresser combination was a good size and was stocked with plenty of coat hangers (something we wish hotels would do). There was a big screen TV, and there was a hair dryer tucked inside one of the night stands. Just outside the secured patio doors of each bedroom is a private deck with a pair of patio chairs.
Breakfasts were tasty and varied: granola with fruit and a large cinnamon bun the first day; quiche the second day (though we ate out with our son and daughter-in-law that morning); pancakes with fruit and bacon the third day.
The first morning we got to know our fellow travellers from Adelaide, Australia. The second and third mornings, the neighbours were from State College, Pennsylvania.
We offer two tips for future visitors to the Inn:
1. The sheer curtains and opaque vertical blinds make the bedroom private and cozy, but they do not darken the room. Bring a sleep mask (three dollars at any drugstore) with you, or rise with the sun at 5 am in June.
2. Banff is a very small town (less than two square miles) that the railway built. No matter where you stay in Banff, you will hear the train blow its whistle, as it approaches the level highway crossings. Five to eight trains pass each night. Bring earplugs (also three dollars at any drugstore) with you to sleep through the whistles.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Poplar Inn is a samll Bed and Breakfast situated in the heart of Banff. It is a new home built in a Victorian style. Two rooms have king size beds and en-suite bathrooms. A delicious full couse breakfast is served every morning. Coffee and tea are complimentary all day. The beautiful back yard is available to the guests. Short walk to downtown. ... more less