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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
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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“Well Worth the Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We stayed at BML for two nights starting 30 May 2013. We had a premier queen room which had a log fire, and a balcony overlooking the woods at the rear. The room and bathroom/shower were spotlessly clean and well furnished. The bed was really comfortable, and we were able to park right outside our front door.
The location is a way from the town so the on-site restaurant & bar was the obvious choice for breakfast and dinner. However we did not get to have dinner because when we saw the (to us) high prices we headed for Banff centre instead. We did have breakfast which was well served and tasty but again was on the pricey side. In all well run and comfortable but watch the restaurant pricing.

Room Tip: Rooms up away from the Reception block are quieter and nestle more in the pine woods
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

We stayed for 6 nights at the BML at the end of May and loved it. The room was clean warm and comfortable and the log fire was a lovely touch. We even lit it a couple of times even though we didn't really need to. The hotel setting is lovely and although it is not in the main town it only takes about 10-15 mins walk downhill to get there. There is a handy bus back up the hill if you do not have transport. The bed was comfy and the bathroom quite gorgeous with a huge tub and walk in shower. The restaurant is a la carte with some rather grand dishes on the menu but they were delicious. The bar area is cosy and inviting and the staff were friendly and helpful.
My one very minor criticism is that the room was rather dark so hubby and I had to put on our glasses to read anything..........getting old me thinks.
I would not hesitate to reccommend this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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, 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 everything our lodge and Banff has to offer. We hope to welcome you back again soon!

Warm Regards,
General Manager
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
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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.

Room Tip: If more than 2 people go for the larger room option!
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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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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.

Room Tip: From reading other reviews the upgraded room appears to be the better option. Don't know if the...
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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.

Warm Regards,
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.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the interior of the property to avoid street noise of views.
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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!!!

Room Tip: Upgrade toa king room ;)
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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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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:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Banff
#12 Business Hotel in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Buffalo Mountain Lodge 3.5*
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