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“2 Comfortable Nights.” 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 #13 of 31 Hotels in Banff
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“2 Comfortable Nights.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our en suite ground floor room had parking a few strides away two big beds, two big fireside chairs and, if it was cold and we wanted it, a log fire. The staff light it for you and set you right if you ask.

Staff were really helpful and responsive. Restaurant looked nice but we were in 'on the road' mode and took care of ourselves via excursions into Banff Safeway one evening and a take away pizza and beers the next.

We felt very welcome and safe and comfortable during our two nights here.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Stayed here with my boyfriend last winter. We thought their rooms were very nice and romantic (loved the fireplace!). They are a decent size and give you that "mountain lodge" charm. Location is up out of main area of town a little bit (not bad at all), so if you are looking for a little more peace and quiet this will do nicely. Breakfast was very delicious but a tad pricey. Never checked out the hot tub but wish we would have. Overall a nice place to stay, we will be back!

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CRMRManagement, General Manager at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, August 12, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback on your recent stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time at our rustic lodge and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

we stayed here in summer and had a queen room, it had its own fire place and free of charge wood for burning, although it was summer my husband insisted on lighting a fire and it was very hot in the room ...

The room was really nice, i thought a bit expensive for what you got but still its in Banff and it is an expensive area to stay in so probably not overpriced in comparison to simular hotels.

We would return here for sure, there is an outdoor hottub if you fancy it which is fun.

We didnt eat here so cant comment on that but everything else was just perfect for what we were looking for.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A real fire... Thats only one of the many unique features of this resort. I loved being able to have a real wood burning fire at night, and read stories to my kids before bed, while being able to see a magnificent mountain view out the window beside the fireplace. The rooms are well appointed, super comfortable and with all the wood and stone construction, you really feel like you are in fact in the middle of the Rockies, just as you should when visiting Banff. We have stayed here before and last time stayed in a pet-freindly room, which meant our 'whole family' could come for our little vacation.
Right across the road is a waterslide park, at the douglas fir, which is open to the public. It has 2 really fun waterslides, a hot tub and a little kiddie pool.
The restaurant is in a higher price bracket, but when you see the menu, you understand. The meals are gormet and most of the meat is raised by the same family that owns the resort on their own buffalo and elk ranch. Please make sure you have elk ham with your breakfast, you will thank me for that tip alone!! (The huevos rancheros, add elk ham on top- the best breakfast i have had in ages!!)
Both the resort and the restaurant are very kid friendly. No one seemed to mind when my child arrived for breakfat in his batman pj's, in fact the server asked him about his super powers. Dinner time is more quiet but still relaxed. No the atmostphere to let your kids run around, but if they forget their manners here and there, all is forgiven ;)
A fantastic family weekend is as follows:
Arrive Friday night, have dinner at the sleeping buffalo and stroll back to your room. GO for a hot tub beside the main lodge. Light a fire and tell night time stories before bed.
Sat go for breakfast, get the buffet for the kids- best bang for your buck, enjoy a phenominal latte. Go to Johnson Lake (the front desk staff will give you a map to get there). Hike around the lake or just hang out at the beach and let the kids build dams, sand castles and chase butterflies. I am told that in august it is warm enough (bearable) to swim. It is a glacier fed lake, but even so, it was not freezing, rather refreshing in early July.
bring a picnic or go to town for lunch. Walk around town, including the playground across the river and the kdis climbing rock park on same side of the river. Oh, and dont forget the candy store!!
Back to the lodge, repeat last nights routine.
Sunday, go for a hike on one of the trails off the property. Then to cool off, head across the road to Douglas fir water park. $30 for the family (ours is a family of 5) gets you in and it is such fun. My 4 year old was king of the the waterslides. Whith his floating vest on, he was doing great on his own on both slides and must have gone upwards of 25 times. My 2.5 year old went down with myself or my husband and squeeled with delight each time. My 3 month old preferred the hot tub to the kiddie pool as the temp was like a bathtub.
Come back to the property, kids go in the hot tub at Buffalo, next tot he lodge with one parent, while the other goes back to the room to light the fire to warm up.
Peaceful, classy, and friendly- Buffalo Mountain Lodge gets my top rating!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CRMRManagement, General Manager at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, August 12, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post your wonderful comments regarding your recent stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. We are so glad you enjoyed your meals at the restaurant and took advantage of the in-room fire place. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A vey nice hotel with good sized rooms although the oversize fireside chairs do tend to shut the available space down

Very clean and comfortable and staff were efficient and pleasant. Only drawbacks were that if you are on anything other the the ground floor lodge you have to lug your bags up a number of flights of stairs - the reception offered to send someone over to help if required but this should really be done automatically. The other main problem was that the rooms were very dark and better lighting would have been useful.

Restaurant prices were, as seems to be the case in most Canadian Hotels, very expensive

Overall a good place to stay and we would revisit - but perhaps asking for a ground floor lodge!!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wadsworth
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I would rate this hotel as slightly above average. The bed was comfortable and the location was good. It was nice to be out of the center of Banff, but within walking distance (it is not a short walk though.) The room could have used some updating and a really good cleaning. The fireplace smell was overwhelming when we first arrived but was tolerable after we opened the window and let the room air out. There is no air conditioning and while it did cool off in the evening it was very stuffy in the room until the temperature dropped. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The hotel itself was very nice, We had a single queen room on the upper floor, it was super clean, Very comfortable bed, Beautiful stone and wood beam construction, with wood burning fireplace, 4 piece bathroom with claw-foot tub, again a very nice room,

The lobby and staff were very nice and accommodating,

It is a short walk down the hill to main street, We took a few taxi's ($7-8 for a trip to downtown) but it could be walked easily,

I would definately stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Thank you for taking the time to post your comments regarding your recent stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us! We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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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:
#8 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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