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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 #15 of 31 Hotels in Banff
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“We love it”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

This was our second stay at BMR Banff. 7 days leading up to Christmas 2012. We made the mistake once going for the cheaper and smaller room, however after a necessary upgrade we found the larger room a winner! Open fire place, great location on the edge of town, stunning views. Picture perfect winter escape. Pricing is "Banff Pricing" but you cant help that.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

My husband & I stayed here for 3 nights as part of a fly drive holiday. After arriving too early for check in were told we could have another upgraded room for an extra $30 per person. On declining we were given a complimentary upgrade anyway. Room was lovely with open log fire & balcony facing onto woods although it was too cool to make use of this. Bathroom was very spacious with free standing roll top bath & shower & under floor heating. Bed was large with the deepest mattress we had ever seen. After 2 days of excessive walking getting on & off with aching knees & hips proved a challenge!! The on site hot tub set at 40 deg. helped with the aching joints though. We were sad to leave. On the down side it was a long walk from town with an uphill walk back, if you enjoy walking as we do that's not a problem. However, for those who do not have suitable footwear, no transport or like to have a drink there is a restaurant in the hotel.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CRMRManagment, General Manager at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your overnight accommodations in our recently upgraded Premier Rooms. We love the extra space they offer, as well as the in floor heating in the bathrooms! Hope to welcome you back again soon.

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General Manager
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
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Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The Buffalo Mountain Lodge is located in a beautiful setting just outside of Banff. It is nestled within the trees with peekaboo views of most the mountains that surround the area. The rooms have a rustic yet modern feel with a fully stocked wood burning fireplace and a claw foot bathtub. The beds are comfortable and the rooms are well furnished. Each balcony comes with chairs to relax and take in the surroundings. The room we stayed in was away from the road and was very peaceful. The hotel was completly booked yet we felt like the only ones there. The food was delicous and the service was great.

The bathroom could use some detailed cleaning, but was acceptable. The hot tub wasn't as nice as the pictures show.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CRMRManagment, General Manager at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful feedback on your recent stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay in our overnight accommodations and took advantage of dining in the Sleeping Buffalo Restaurant. Hope to welcome you back again in the future.

Warm Regards,
General Manager
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

After staying at the CRMR Emerald for a few nights prior, we had hoped that the bufallo would be a good location for a final night stay on the way back to Calgary. This was not the case unfortunately, and Buffalo is poor by comparison. The bathroom is not nicely finished, and the fireplace let smoke into the room despite having the vents open as far as they could go... given one is going to sleep right there, this was obviously concerning so we extinguished the fire before it burnt and smoked us out. Moreover, we were rudely awaken by a neighbour using the shower which sounded as if someone was showering right next to you; the walls are very thin it seemed.

Overall this place felt like it would be fine for people looking for a tourist holiday during the ski season, but its not the place for a romantic summer get-away thats for sure. Find somewhere else away from Banff if you want that - its way too comercial in this whole area. Given the choice again, i think we'd stay in Canmore.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

I've stayed at Buffalo Mountain Lodge a few times in the past 2 years and every time I'm never dissapointed!! The rooms are so genuine nad the fireplace is such an added bonus, especially in Winter.
The seasonal restaurant "Cilantro's" is defintely a must do, woodfired pizzas made right infront of you and the smiling staff are always up for a chat! Definitely definitely one of my favourite little restaurants!! We also ate at the "Sleeping Buffalo", very nice array of Canadian meats like Buffalo and Caribou, I had the Caribou medallions as my server suggested, and there was a PARTY IN MY MOUTH!!!! great great meal!
All in all, the atmosphere and genuine feel of this lodge makes me happy to support a family owned company.
We'll definitely be back!!!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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, May 27, 2013
Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and dining experience in the Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.

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Buffalo Mountain Lodge
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Edmonton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We stayed 2 nights here, the location was great! It is away from the crowds downtown, although I agree with other reviews that the traffic noise from the street can be heard fairly regularily, it didn't keep me awake. Dining room was lovely and had decent higher end fare, tho service was a little slow, staff are just gearing up for the high season so I expected as much. The room was decent, beds comfortable with decent linens towels etc, wood burning fireplace was nice and kitchenette. Mini fridge was propped up by a piece of firewood and wasn't level and the door did not close properly. Needed repair or replacement. Poor water pressure in the bathroom- shower and toilet. Parking was a bit of a challenge with narrow driveways. Furnishings were a tad dated and showing thier wear, windows are older, some don't open and some leak. What bothered me the most was that the room was dirty. Dust on the mini blinds, dust on the furnishings, dirt and fingerprints on the walls, dirt on the walls in the kitchenete and the bathroom, the whole place needed a thorough cleaning so I started to wonder how clean the dishes in the kitchenette were and just how clean the bedding was...was more like camping in a rustic cabin in the woods the staying at a higher end hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013 via mobile

We spend 3 nights at the lodge, and had a very comfortable stay. We love our privacy, and loved that we could come back each night to an easy going-relaxed styled resort. In saying that, when we needed anything the staff at Buffalo Mountain Lodge were very professional and paid particular attention to the small things. We never waited very long for any of our request to be met, and our bellman in particular was very fast in assisting us (within seconds of our call to front desk, our bellman was at our room door). I did not see one staff member without a smile, and greeting you and helping you was done with pleasure. You wouldn't think it was their job, they all seem to love what they do. Our room (a queen) was beautiful and exactly what the pictures depict it to be. We had a beautiful fireplace - that was cleaned and re-stacked everyday - a great bed that wasn't too hard or too soft and a cosy comforter. Our room also featured a balcony (which we unfortunately did not spend too much time on due to the cold weather), and a comfortable bathroom. Our room was cleaned and reset everyday, something that we appreciated so much as the last thing you want to do is rearrange your room after spending all day skiing. I didn't ski on our last morning at the lodge (my legs were jelly, so my partner went by himself), instead I spend time packing and enjoying the warmth of our fireplace. I was so well looked after with our bellman running up a hair straightener up to me as I didn't have a converter plug for mine. Also he carried all of our luggage to the front reception area and stored them while I waited for my partner to return. I made myself comfortable in the lounge/bar area and sat in front of the fireplace. I was served on my the lovely waiters who gave me freshly squeezed orange juice and a lunch menu to choose from. The lodge also features their own restaurant, and although we didn't eat there during our stay, the menu looked delicious!! We were very happy with our stay and would love to come again.

Stayed May 2013
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CRMRManagment, General Manager at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Thank you for the wonderful feedback on your recent stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your overnight accommodations and our friendly/dedicated staff. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future!

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Buffalo Mountain Lodge
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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Buffalo Mountain Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 85
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