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“Quiet place to stay in Banff” 4 of 5 stars
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Buffalo Mountain Lodge
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   700 Tunnel Mountain Road | P.O. Box 1326, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B3, Canada   |  
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Ranked #12 of 33 Hotels in Banff
Aurora, Canada
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“Quiet place to stay in Banff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

This is a great and affordable place to stay in Banff. It's far enough from the centre of Banff to have a quiet and relaxing stay but close enough to drive downtown in less than 5 minutes. Their hot tub is huge and great. The rooms are also pleasant and there are fire places with ample supplies of wood.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We recently spent a weekend in Banff at a Management meeting.
The Staff at this wonderful location catered to our every whim...
The food was amazing, the rooms with their wood burning fireplaces, down pillows and duvets made a perfect way to end the day...and of course the deer that greeted you in the evenings was a nice touch. It is a great location and is close to anything you may want to indulge in. Skiing, hot springs, a little mountain shopping.... or a great dinner in a great setting. One of my favorite places to get away... for any occasion.

Room Tip: The higher units have less carried noise from the units below....BUT the rooms on the ground level o...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We went to the Buffalo Mountain Lodge for our wedding in February. It couldn't have been better! We had one of the upgraded rooms and it was well worth the money. Each room has a wood burning fireplace that we used each day. Our view was out over the Tunnel Mountain Resevoir (we saw a few deer around). Room service always did a detailed job. We had breakfast in the lodge, which was very good as well. BML is only about a 20 minute walk to downtown, so it was easy to get down there for dinner or drinks at night.

Room Tip: Upgrade if you can. All rooms are nice, but upgrade gets you high, pine ceilings.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CRMRManagment, General Manager at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge and taking the time to post about your wonderful experience. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your overnight accommodations and wood burning fireplace in our Premier rooms. Hope we can welcome you back again very soon!

Warm Regards,
General Manager
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Buffalo Mountain Lodge is a few minutes drive up Tunnel Mountain, far enough away from Banff Ave to provide more of a "cabin" feel. We had a rental car, which I think is a must for this location.

Recommendation: pay the $30/night for upgraded premium room, but only if you can get a room on the upper floor. Upper floor rooms have high, vaulted, wooden ceilings. We stayed in the 1200 range of rooms, I think the 1100s would be ideal, with best view. Also, the bathrooms in the premium rooms are spacious with heated floors & nice finishes.

The fire place, wood burning, is really nice. They provide you with a starter kit each day. Our room had a flat screen TV with DVD player. Also had nice sized deck. Wifi worked well.

We didn't eat here, too many other better options in town. I highly recommend "The Bear Street Tavern" for pizza, "The Bison" for a nice dinner, and the Fairmont breakfast buffet at least once (pricey).

The shoveling crew was cranky, front desk service was helpful. Overall, really enjoyable and comfortable stay.

Room Tip: pay the $30/night for upgraded premium room, but only if you can get a room on the upper floor. Upp...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kelowna, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Looking for a romantic getaway when coincidentally ended up in Banff over Alberta family day long weekend without knowing it was a holiday. There were no towels in the change rooms for the hot tub and bottles all over the hot tub area and the stream rooms smells like mildew. The room was average, very clean but did not have a bar fridge or kitchen, did not include breakfast which other hotels do include for the same price in the area. The smoke alarm in the rooms are very sensitive and the firepit very shallow so when using the wood burning fireplace the smoke alarm would sound over and over! We could also hear other smoke alarms going off in other rooms. There is no view of the mountains from the room as the reservation agent said and when booking the resort you can not call the hotel directly rather you are funneled through hotels.com and I 800 numbers. This hotel is not in walking distance to downtown. I love Banff and the Rocky mtns. but this hotel was just over priced and nothing special.

Room Tip: Request a mountain view!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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CRMRManagment, General Manager at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. We apologize that you did not enjoy all of the amenities our property has to offer. Our Front Desk has mini fridges that can be brought to your room upon request and our Buffalo Studios do have kitchenettes with a microwave, sink and small fridge. For future bookings, you can call the hotel directly and they can handle your reservation and reserve you a room that would better suit your needs during your stay. Hope to welcome you back again in the future.

Warm Regards,
General Manager
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
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Windsor, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at Buffalo Mountain Lodge in January 2013 and we absolutely fell in love with it. I highly recommend this hotel to adventurous couples looking for a romantic getaway or a relaxing escape.
When we walked into our room for the first time, we gasped at how beautiful it was. Our room looked like a cabin on the inside, with high arched ceilings, a stone fireplace and large windows overlooking the mountains. It was so peaceful, we didnt leave our room until the next day.
The bathroom was probably my favourite part. The standing bathtub was so romantic. It was more romantic than a jacuzzi or hot tub would have been, You can even dim the lights in the bathroom to create a romantic setting.
The location of the lodge was very convenient. It was perched on the mountain above the town so it was a very short drive to downtown Banff.
I will definitely be coming back. Thanks for the memories!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CRMRManagment, General Manager at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay and all the amenities that your overnight accomodations provided. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Warm Regards,
General Manager
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
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Calgary, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

When we pulled up to Buffalo Mountain Lodge and saw the timber framed lodge in a winter scene, it looked beautiful. We got our room and it was the coziest room complete with a wood burning fireplace and my favorite the claw foot tub, the perfect room to start off our relaxing weekend. The views from the room were of Tunnel Mountain, when you’d go out on to the balcony to absorb the views, it was actually amazing. I would definitely recommend it and go back myself.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CRMRManagment, General Manager at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and the Premier room that you stayed in. The Premier rooms were recently renovated to include the claw foot bath tub and heated slate flooring in the bathrooms, so we are pleased to hear you enjoyed those amenities! The wood burning fireplaces sure add a nice touch to the mountain experience as well. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.

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Buffalo Mountain Lodge
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Additional Information about Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Address: 700 Tunnel Mountain Road | P.O. Box 1326, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B3, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Banff
#11 Business Hotel in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Buffalo Mountain Lodge 3.5*
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