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“A small good hotel in a beautiful town” 3 of 5 stars
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Banff Ptarmigan Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   337 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H8, Canada   |  
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Ranked #24 of 31 Hotels in Banff
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“A small good hotel in a beautiful town”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

As part of the Rocky Mountaineer Train trip, after second day's journey, we were put up in this small hotel in the small but very beautiful town of Banff in Canada. Although small, the hotel provides all normal amenities including free wi fi for its guests. However, the computer in the lobby level which is free for use by guests, was not properly working. Such things need to be kept in order to enable guests to use when needed.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Well what's to say, situated in more or less on the main street of Banff 10 min walk to centre of town. Breakfast buffet very good, rooms clean, excellent bar, 2 large Jacuzzi's, great safe ski storage and the bus service for Lake Louise, Sunshine and Norquay ski slopes pick up out side front door. Out there 2011 with my family also 2009 and heading back Feb 15. Booked with Canadian Affair but if you search on line may get flights, hotel etc slightly cheaper. All in all The Ptarmigan a great place to stay.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

For the price paid at this hotel, it should have a/c. We were supplied with a table fan which did little to alleviate the discomfort. I noted a small space heater, so I'd be a little suspicious if there's heat in the room during the colder months. Both the room and bathroom were very small and the bare minimum amount of towels were supplied. The room and the entire hotel needs updating and feels shabby. It's obviously an older hotel since the hallways are very narrow. The only upside is the hotel's location in town which is very central and close to bars, restaurants, etc. If you have another hotel option, take it.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This place looks great from far. But it is far from good. The beds are literary falling apart. They sag in the center and before I left I stripped the bed to discover the bed all torn up. The tiles in the bathroom were moldy and the icing on the cake was that there is NO AC in the rooms. I had to wait 30 min for a fan cause the only other employee working that night was scrubbing the floors.

The positive is the breakfast that was included.

Stayed July 2014
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Got a good deal on a 2 night stay before high season and with free breakfast, parking, and bus passes we couldn't pass it up. Had stayed here before about 20 years ago (ouch, that long!) and knew what to expect. Had a room overlooking an inside atrium (not the front lobby one) and it was surprisingly quiet. Room was small but we managed to fit family luggage creatively in the room. Did not like the lack of fresh air circulation in the room. I guess we could have left the atrium door open, but chain lock was broken.
Breakfast was bland on the buffet side, but the custom omelettes were very good.
Parking garage is very tight and does not leave much room around for full size cars. Easier to just go down one more level where we found almost no one else.
Bathroom was small with thin wall to room.
Only would stay here if you get a good deal or if you really just plan on sleeping in the room and can accept all its shortcomings.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Stayed here for 2 nights with family in June, 2014.

The hotel looks pretty run down and kind of average for the rates they charge and the rooms and bathrooms are extremely small. The washbasin was outside the bathroom, which was pretty awkward and uncomfortable. Location though is very nice, right in the heart of the town.

The bed too soft and caused a bad backache for the next few days.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We stayed at The Ptarmigan Inn in Banff for three nights. Overall it wasn't a bad stay but we really thought the inn could do with a good clean up.
Our room was a very good size and had a balcony. The beds were comfortable and there were adequate facilities in the room for our stay. A good sized TV, not that we had time to watch it. Plenty of tea and coffee and good toiletries in the bathroom.
The room itself was a little shabby in places as was the bathroom. The room appeared quite clean but on closer inspection not so good. For example there were hairs stuck in a corner of the bathroom floor which I know were not ours.
Moving on to the public areas of the inn the cleaning had really not hit the spot. The lifts were quite dirty with loads of dirt, hair etc in the door runners. I went to use the computer to email home and it was covered with dust as were the desk it sat on and the surrounding areas. The shelf where a public phone sat looked as if it hadn't seen a duster for some while either.
We had breakfast at the inn which was buffet. It was average really. There was generally a shortage of glasses for juice and by the look of the tea an equal shortage of tea bags. There was a choice of a hot breakfast and continental whichever we preferred but to be honest there was not much choice in the pastries department. If the breakfast hadn't been included in our stay I don't think we would have paid for more than one day for the meal and would have found an alternative.
On the good side the inn was very central to the whole of Banff. Like all the other hotels/inns we stayed in there was free Internet available. Staff were friendly enough and provided all local information either verbally or in leaflet form. Another plus was the free bus pass for the local bus that takes passengers all round Banff on two different routes and we found this to be very handy.
Would we go back to the inn ? Probably not unless they gave it a good clean.

  • Stayed May 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Banff Ptarmigan Inn

Address: 337 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H8, 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 Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 31 Hotels in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Banff Ptarmigan Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 134
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Banff Avenue, one short block from downtown Banff- Includes Full buffet breakfast with a made to order omelette station- Indoor hot tubs, sauna, steam and fitness equipment- The Meatball Pizza and Pasta- 134 cozy hotel rooms- The Sundance and Atrium function rooms for small to mid-size - meetings/receptions- Complimentary wireless internet access in all guest rooms- Heated underground parkade with free parking (first come basis)- Complimentary Roam Bus passes for the Banff transit system. ... more   less 
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