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“A good hotel on a budget” 3 of 5 stars
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Banff Voyager Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   555 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B5, Canada   |  
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Ranked #33 of 33 hotels in Banff
kent
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“A good hotel on a budget”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

After reading the reviews I was nearly put off going here but I also like to see for my own eyes. This hotel is a short 15 minute walk from the centre of town and buses regularly depart from a minute's walk outside the hotel. Banff is expensive as a destination in summer and so this hotel was very reasonable in price considering this fact. The staff were courteous and helpful the food was okay, with no frills but of a fair standard. The breakfast was a buffet which was about $7 for the hot mealoption. The hotel was generally quiet and we had fans in the room as there was no aircon. The room was fine as we only needed the basics. If you are a very light sleeper and are woken at the sound of a bird tweeting then don't get a room right near the road as there is a slight hum from traffic. We did not find this an issue. We were pleased with the service and wifi worked fine . Definitely a good option if you don't want to pay through the nose for expensive accommodation.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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David B, General Manager at Banff Voyager Inn, responded to this review, August 7, 2013
A very good day to you,

Very many thanks for your comments, observations and review as such constructive "feed back" is always very helpful for the Hotel and its staff.

I am very glad to hear that the staff were polite, helpful and courteous, as the Guest Service area is were a lot of effort is focused to try and ensure a good experience for our Guests.
The Hotel restaurant aims to provide good and basic fair, as there are no shortage of high end restaurants in downtown Banff so we aim for good home cooking.

The Voyager Inn is an older property hence it does not have A/C but all the rooms do have balcony doors (with screens) that can be opened and as you mentioned we can provide fans of the few really hot days/nights: this is an area (A/Cs) that is being looked into for possible future renovations.

As an older property the Hotel aims to provide a more reasonable price geared towards the budget traveller.
The noise hum as you mentioned does come from the busy traffic on the main avenue plus the trains and the birds; I guess all of these add to the Mountain experience? but not always kind to the "light sleeper" as you so correctly said.

I am very glad that the Hotel and the staff were able to make your stay & experience enjoyable and we would love to welcome you back to the beautiful mountains in the future.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We stayed here for two nights and we probably sleep for less than 6 hours. Our room is next to the parking lot where all the tour buses or trucks parked. They start the engines around 4am in the morning. The trains pass all night long. I don't think there is air condition in the room and it was very hot during the time we stayed here. The room is outdated and the bathroom door can not close. the parking lot is run down and It looks kind of scary.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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David B, General Manager at Banff Voyager Inn, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Thank you for your observations & comments; it is always helpful to receive such.
Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done with regard to the trains as they pass through town (& can be heard from every hotel in town) during the night.
With regard to the buses & trucks most of the ones that start up that early in the morning are in fact parked out on the road as it is very rare for any that stay in the hotel to be leaving much before 7am.
The parkades (1 on either side of the hotel) are infact semi covered - as they are below the first floor rooms but are open on 3 sides - tend by nature to be somewhat dark or dull even with lights but they are safe, monitored by cameras and patrolled at night by a security company.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

I booked this room on Priceline without knowing what hotel I would be getting. I was scared when I looked it up on Trip Advisor afterwards but Luckily my experience wasn't like some of the other reviewers. Although my carpet wasn't vacuumed very well, everything else was ok. It doesn't have any curb appeal whatsoever, but it was a good enough place to sleep for what I paid. There is a restaurant on site and a bar as well as a liquor store. There is also a pool which I didn't use so cannot comment on. It is located about 1Km from downtown right on Banff Ave but there is a bus stop right outside if you don't want to walk it. There is also a couple of restaurants and a gas station in the close vicinity. I hope an exterior renovation will be taking place soon as it is one of the most run down looking places I saw in all of Banff.

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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David B, General Manager at Banff Voyager Inn, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Good day,

It is always heplfull to hotel operations to receive Guest "feed back"; it is used in the on-going efforts to improve Guest Experience.
Absolutely the Hotel is one of the furthest properties from the downtown area but as you mentioned the good local bus service stops just by the hotel and it runs on a regular basis: the property is only a 15 minute (level) walk from the downtown area.
The Voyager Inn is one of the older hotels in town (built back in the 1960's) and as such does not have the same curb appeal as the newer properties - which include the Spruce Grove Inn (sister property to the Voyager Inn) which is next door (built in early 2000's) - slowly the Voyager Inn is getting continual upgrades and eventually these will include the exterior.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

As pleasant as the staff were the building, rooms, amenities were outdated and run down.
The walls are very thin and noise from other rooms was easily heard.
The outdoor pool was enjoyable but the pool washrooms were not clean.
I bought our stay on a Groupon deal and I got what I paid for.
I did not see any bugs at all, thankfully.
I was a bit surprised that the hotel required a refundable $100 damage deposit given the age and furnishings of the rooms.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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David B, General Manager at Banff Voyager Inn, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Hello to you,

Thank you for your review & comments, the Hotel always welcomes constructive feed back.
It is good to hear that the staff performance was welcoming & friendly, this is an area of operation that the Hotel is continually working on & takes pride in being of good service to our Guests.
The property is one of the much older accommodations in Banff and as such it needs renewal & renovations, these do take place as an on-going process during the winter months but it is a process that will be taking place over a long period of time with certain jobs being done each year.
The deposit that was taken was obviously not explained correctly - the process will be re-trained with Guest Service Staff - it is not a damage deposit in fact it is just a "Pre Authorisation" placed on a Credit Card and is for any incidental charges that might occur such as phone calls , restaurant room charges etc. If nothing is charged to the room nothing gets charged to the "Pre Authorisation"
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

I am now not quite sure where we stayed--it was one or the other. As they are side by side and under the same ownership and share the same breakfast facility I am not sure it matters over much .Apparently one has better rooms than the other and the one we stayed in had the underground carpark. It was all OK but not particularily special ,not perhaps quite up to the 119cad per night cost but Banff is not cheap.

  • Stayed June 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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David B, General Manager at Banff Voyager Inn, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Many thanks for your comments and feed back. The Hotels welcome constructive observations as they help towards the continual on-going process of trying to improve our Guests Stays & Experiences.
Many thanks
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Yorkton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

For a resort community, you'd think even the most basic of hotel accommodations would provide better rooms and service for the price they ask for. I've stayed at places even cheaper than here, both within Banff and Jasper, and they've had superior everything. Apparently they're upgrading, but until they do something about the service quality of their staff (they were slow and confused) it won't really make any difference.

Room Tip: That's easy. Don't stay at this hotel. Guaranteed you will find something better and most...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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David B, General Manager at Banff Voyager Inn, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Thank you for your review and the Hotels will certainly take your comments and use them towards improving all areas of the operations.
It is unfortunate that you did receive the best service from the staff on duty because this (Guest Services) is an area that we continually work on and is an area that the staff receive a lot of thanks & positive feed back.
Again many thanks for your comments and feed back
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Daysland, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Okay, first of all, I knew nothing about Banff except it can be expensive so when I saw a deal on Groupon I thought sure I'll try it. Well, if you are just looking for a place to sleep and don't care about comfort and amenities you'll be fine. On the other-hand, I like my comforts of life especially when I am on vacation trying to enjoy myself. The motel just didn't do it for me. I really should have researched this motel better. There is no curb appeal. Don't go by the pictures. The desk staff was nice enough, the room was clean and the ice machine did work. Now, I want to say there is no air conditioning. My husband and I are hot natured and this was horrible and we barely slept not to mention the beds gave us backaches. The internet did not work well and we like our technology. Our room was right on the street so lots of street noise. The breakfast was a joke and not much to choose from or you could pay extra to add the hot breakfast which didn't look much better. I'm glad I brought my hairdryer against what my husband thought because there wasn't one in the room. The overall opinion is that this motel is rundown and needs extensive remolding and upgrades. No, I would not stay here again. Pay the extra money if you can and stay somewhere nicer.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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David B, General Manager at Banff Voyager Inn, responded to this review, July 27, 2013
Hello,

The Hotel is sorry to hear that your recent stay was not to the level of expectations you had; it was good to hear that the desk staff were nice and helpful and that you found the room to be clean & tidy but it is unfortunate to hear about the less satisfactory aspects.
It is always usefully to get Guest comments as it helps towards the Hotels continues efforts to improve.
The Hotel is going through the goal of continually trying to upgrade & renew but this in such an older property is a long process: being an older property it does not have air conditioning (which is probably only need in Banff for about 3 years a year) like a number of Banff hotels: the Hotel's sister property Spruce Grove Inn which is next door & a newer property does have air conditioning.
The free Wi-Fi service is proving to be a challenge this summer what with the location and the greatly & ever increasing demand our system does have problems sometimes keeping up with demand; the Hotel is working with its Wi-Fi provider to upgrade & improve the service.
It is regretfull that you did not find the complimentary breakfast up to standard as it is an area for which the hotel has received a number of positive reviews - it includes juices, tea, coffee, a number of ceral choices, toast, fresh fruit salad, fresh grapefruit, yogurt, various pastries & muffins etc. plus it is a buffet which entitles Guest to take as much as they want and as often as they want.
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Address: 555 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B5, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #33 of 33 hotels in Banff
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Banff Voyager Inn 2.5*
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