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Bow View Lodge
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   228 Bow Avenue | Box 339, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A5, Canada   |  
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Ranked #20 of 33 hotels in Banff
Calgary
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4 hotel reviews
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“Great value, decent room, great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

This hotel offers great value, considering the price (we paid ~$115 with tax) and they are sistered with Banff Park Lodge (right next door), which means you can use the pool/hot tub/steam room facilities and The Terrace restaurant in the lobby is absolutely amazing. The Bow View itself is a bit of a time warp, but is still in good shape (not worn out looking at all). Its location is really good, right on the Bow River and pathways, 2 blocks from Banff Avenue and offers easy access from the highway using the less used West entrance to Banff.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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edmonton, alberta, canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

The room was great (rm 109) Large, spacious with a wall of windows overlooking the Bow River. Nicely renovated - we'll definitely book this room again & again!! The location is perfect - close enough to the center of Banff to be able to walk virtually everywhere in town, but far enough away from the hustle & bustle to be perfectly laid back!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012 via mobile

If you can get a King, river view room, then this is the place to stay.

Location is amazing on the river on the edge of town, but just a 5 minute walk from everything (except the aqua green river, which is even closer!!!).

Elk walked past this morning!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Stayed here just for one night while zipping through Banff / Lake Louise / Moraine Lake.
The property is quite dated. Our mesh screen door to the balcony didn't even stay on.

The location is amazing! Although we didn't get a scenic rever view room, we managed to catch a glimpse early in the morning before we left Banff. The view of the Bow River is magnificent and the photos I manage to take almost looks like art! It's best to catch it in the morning as the water was very calm and you see the reflection of trees / mountains through the river.

The rooms were quite small. The beds were comfortable enough ---given that it is rated as 2 Star. The fridge in the room was not cold ---which defeats the purpose.

The staff & manager were friendly.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

I always get on of the scenic river view rooms. Its the only hotel in Banff that is on the river and not on the main strip or up on Tunnel Mountain. Its so quiet and peaceful at this hotel. All rooms have a fridge which is great as well.

Rooms are nicely appointed, beds are very comfortable. And its all within an easy walk to the main drag.

Now if only they could do something about the trains which pass through Banff every couple of hours! You can hear it everywhere in downtown Banff as they blow their whistle at the street crossing.

Room Tip: Get one of the Scenic River View rooms.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jim M, Manager at Bow View Lodge, responded to this review, August 8, 2012
Thank you for always choosing to stay at the Bow View Lodge when in Banff and for taking the time to post a nice review.

We look forward to seeing you again in June and in the meantime we will get to work on that train whistle issue! :) If only CP had a Tripadvisor page!

Best Regards,

Jim Milley
Operations Manager, Rooms Division
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Timmins
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

We got a river view room which did give us a great view. The balcony is very small and open to everyone beside you. The hotel is very old and needs replacing of carpets and fixtures but they do keep everything very clean. The room was a double bed with a single. It is a basic room but again keep very clean BUT time to replace the carpets. They did have a fan in the room which was great as there is no air conditioning but it cooled down at night to make it comfortable. Watch out when you shower it can go from hot to cold in a second, I had a good laugh listening to my wife have her shower as lots of squeeling going on...lol

On the positive side you get free parking and you can walk everywhere once your checked in. The price is good for what you get. We have stayed at the fox 2 years ago and it was fantastic but a long walk to get downtown.

The staff here is friendly so overall enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: Get at a room on at least the 2nd floor facing the river..we had 206
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jim M, Manager at Bow View Lodge, responded to this review, August 8, 2012
Thank you for staying at the Bow View Lodge and for taking the time to post a review.

We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay and that you appreciate the rustic charm of this older property. As always we will take your suggestions for improvements on board when it comes time for us to do some renovations.

I was happy to read that you were able to find humour in the shower situation but as this is the second time I have heard about this issue it does concern me and as such we will be looking into it. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

We hope to see you back at the Bow View Lodge again in the future.

Regards,

Jim Milley
Operations Manager, Rooms Division
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

We came to this hotel as it offered a good deal in the internet. However when we asked to stay a third night they asked us to pay 50% more - not what I would have expected.
Location is great, two blocks from downtown. Rooms are ok, though you can hear your neighbors. You can use the indoor pool in the Banff Park Lodge which is sort of nice.
Paying for Wifi is from yesterday - today I expect it to be a complimentary service (and it is nearly everywhere).

Room Tip: Look for a special deal, and for a room with river view
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jim M, Manager at Bow View Lodge, responded to this review, August 8, 2012
Thank you for staying at the Bow View Lodge and for taking the time to post an honest review on Tripadvisor.

We are glad that you enjoyed your stay but were sorry to hear that the third nights charge may have been out of your budget. We do change our rates on a daily basis to reflect how busy the town and other hotels are but I agree that 50% more may have been a little excessive. I will use this example as a training opportunity for our front desk staff and remind them that they can maybe be a little more flexible when someone is enjoying our property and wishes to stay a little longer.

We hope to see you back again in the future.

Regards,

Jim Milley
Operations Manager, Rooms Division
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Address: 228 Bow Avenue | Box 339, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A5, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#12 Business Hotel in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Bow View Lodge 2*
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