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Banff International Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   333 Banff Avenue | Box 1040, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B1, Canada   |  
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Ranked #27 of 33 hotels in Banff
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“banff without a view”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We stayed at the Banff International on the 6th October 2013 and we had room 106 which was on the ground floor. The room was dark and gloomy because the window looked out onto a stone wall with no view, just the wall and a small tree. So check into a room on the first floor that way you will get a view and some natural day light.

The restaurant can only cope with a few guests who may require breakfast. We arrived at 7.30am for breakfast only to be told the two kitchen staff could not cope! Not the kind of service you expect from a hotel who must have been aware that 40 guests who had booked in the previous day would be requiring breakfast the following day?

Be aware that this hotel stopped the bar service at 10pm!!

The only good thing to say is that the room was clean and the hotel is well placed for the centre of Banff.

Room Tip: Do not go in room 106 and those adjacent to it because they are dark and gloomy with no view, get a...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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MRHGuestServices, Hotel Sales Coordinator at Banff International Hotel, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Dear Arfandmarg,

Thank you for your review of the Banff International Hotel.

I am glad you enjoyed our clean rooms and the location of the hotel.

As we are located in the downtown area, we are unable to offer mountain views from all of our rooms. Please feel free to request a mountain view room on your next reservation and our front desk staff will do their very best to accommodate you.

Please accept our sincerest apologies for the delay in food at Ricky's. I have passed your comments regarding the long wait times and hours of operation to the General Manager for his review.

Thank you again for your review.

Sincerely,

Jessica Hall
Hotel Sales Coordinator
Brewster Hospitality
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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24 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Stayed for 2 nights in early September when the weather was quite warm. The room was quite well appointed with very comfortable bed which we appreciated after a long flight. We did find the room warm and a bit airless and the overhead fan was definitely needed as the small window did not allow very much fresh air in - no air con. In colder weather it would probably be absolutely fine. It certainly wasn't bad enough for us to ask for another room. Price was very reasonable, so that was the offset.
Great location with an easy walk to most town sights, restaurants, shops etc. Staff were very pleasant at reception and also in the restaurant where we ate once - food in Ricky's was fine and reasonably priced.
Overall, I think we got what we paid for in such a busy tourist destination and we were happy!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a large, opening window.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MRHGuestServices, Hotel Sales Coordinator at Banff International Hotel, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Dear elanora16,

Thank you for your recent review of the Banff International Hotel.

It is great to read that you enjoyed the comfortable bed, our pleasant staff, and convenient location. Please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience you may have experienced due to the room temperature. We do supply an overhead fan as well as a table fan (located in the closet in most rooms) in case the room is warm. Our rooms also come equipped with blackout curtains to keep the sun from warming up the room. As you mentioned, the colder weather cools down the rooms. Each room has a thermostat to adjust the heating.

Just last week we put a complimentary coffee and tea station in our lobby for our guests. Our guests can now help themselves and our to-go cups makes it possible to take your hot beverage with you on a stroll around Banff or on the bus up to a ski hill!

Thank you again for your feedback and we hope to host you and your partner should you visit the Canadian Rockies again.

Sincerely,

Jessica Hall
Hotel Sales Coordinator
Brewster Hospitality
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We really liked the room .the view was nice .we found Ricky's restaurant a good place for breakfast .i being vegetarian was impressed by their wholesome breakfast as well as efforts to change their menu to suit my needs.
The bed was king size and comfortable and in general service was good.we enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MRHGuestServices, Hotel Sales Coordinator at Banff International Hotel, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Dear Anju,

Thank you for your recent review of the Banff International Hotel.

I am so pleased that you enjoyed your room, king sized bed, and mountain view.

Brewster Hospitality is committed to providing our guests with the best service as well as accommodating our guests' needs as best we can. Ricky's All Day Grill caters to all types of dietary restrictions such as vegetarian and gluten free. Ricky's will be adding new sandwiches to their menu at the end of this week including the delicious 'grilled veggie zensation'.

Thank you again for your feedback and we hope to welcome you and your partner back soon.

Sincerely,

Jessica Hall
Hotel Sales Coordinator
Brewster Hospitality
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Brisbane
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The best thing was the location-really close and convenient to downtown.
The room was spacious, clean, and comfortable, had a nice feel to it. Didn't go to the restaurant but it has a good name amongst the locals, especially for breakfast. The staff were polite and friendly at all times. We stayed for 3 nights. I would definitely go back to this hotel.

Room Tip: Book ahead online, much cheaper than just turning up.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bihmanagement, Hotel Sales Coordinator at Banff International Hotel, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Dear MargetBrisbane,

Thank you for your recent review of the Banff International Hotel.

I am very pleased that you enjoyed our convenient location, spacious rooms, staff, and atmosphere.

As you mentioned, Ricky's All Day Grill is a favourite amongst the locals and many of our guests.

Thank you again for your feedback and we hope to welcome you back soon.

Sincerely,

Jessica Hall
Hotel Sales Coordinator
Brewster Hospitality
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Squamish, Canada
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Last Christmas, we stayed at the Banff Hotel and for the expensive rate, the hotel did not live up to the quality expected. The pool/ hot tub was a joke, we had to switch rooms to try and get something with a normal sized window but ended up with a view of the other side of the building... I would never stay here again. The rooms smelled like stale cigarettes

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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bihmanagement, Hotel Sales Coordinator at Banff International Hotel, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Dear RMinty,

Thank you for your recent review of the Banff International Hotel.

Please accept our sincerest apologies that you did not enjoy your stay. We thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback and I hope you trust that we have heard your comments.

Sincerely,

Jessica Hall
Hotel Sales Coordinator
Brewster Hospitality
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

My husband and I really liked the hotel and also our room. It all had a very nice feel to it. The food in the restaurant however was a real let down. On the first evening I received my chicken risotto without the chicken and on the group dinner many people didn't eat their food as it wasn't very good. The bathroom also wasn't too good, the toilet flush didn't work properly, that is it didn't stop!!

Room Tip: Rooms seems to be alright, just make sure that you eat somewhere els!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bihmanagement, Hotel Sales Coordinator at Banff International Hotel, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Dear Gundrun B,

Thank you for your recent review of the Banff International Hotel.

We are so pleased that you and your husband enjoyed the hotel and your room. Please accept our sincerest apologies for any issues you made have had with the toilet flush. We will be undergoing an extensive renovation in the next couple of months and that including replacing the entire bathroom! Should you stay here again and have any issues whatsoever, please contact the front desk and they will send the appropriate department to fix any issues.

I have contacted the management at Ricky's All Day Grill and passed on your comments. We greatly appreciate your feedback and will use it to help improve our service.

Sincerely,

Jessica Hall
Hotel Sales Coordinator
Brewster Hospitality
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Have recently returned from a trip to Canada and stayed at this hotel for two nights. It was well situated in Banff close to shops and amenities. The room was fine and the food in the diner was very good.But what impressed me most were the staff. They were very friendly and extremely helpful especially the young man on reception who helped me with the wifi for my tablet and Ancy who sorted out an itinerary problem which was very much appreciated. Thank you.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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bihmanagement, Hotel Sales Coordinator at Banff International Hotel, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Dear fatthumbs,

Thank you for your recent review of the Banff International Hotel.

I am so glad you enjoyed our convenient downtown location and friendly staff. I have passed your review on to the staff involved as well as their manager. Brewster Hospitality strives to provide the best service possible and I am very pleased that you experienced just that.

Should you return to the Canadian Rockies we would be more than happy to welcome you back.

Sincerely,

Jessica Hall
Hotel Sales Coordinator
Brewster Hospitality
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Address: 333 Banff Avenue | Box 1040, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B1, 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 Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #27 of 33 hotels in Banff
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Hotel Class:3 star — Banff International Hotel 3*
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