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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 #19 of 33 hotels in Banff
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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“Great stay !!!! Thanks so much for everything.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We travel quite a bit and it's a breath of fresh air to find a great place with an awesome view and super nice and helpful staff. It's location is fantastic for a several reasons-The view, Walking trails next to the bow river just across the quiet street, a short walk to lots of shops: just to name a few. The room was very clean and this review would not have happened if there was even one thing not clean. We will be staying there again. I've uploaded a few pictures. Enjoy !!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We stayed at the Bow View Lodge from August 12th thru August 14th, 2012. My wife and I were on a 53rd Anniversary celebration trip. We had stayed at the Lodge on our Honeymoon in August 1959. It was a memorable stay then. The Lodge had been remodeled in the ‘70s on the same site and bore no resemblance to the one in the ‘50s. BUT – it is still the only hotel on the Bow River in Banff and our river-view room on the 3rd floor was delightful. The balcony is open and you can see other guests – but they wave and say “Hello” as we watch the canoeists boating on the Bow River. The Lodge is only minutes away from all of the down-town activities. The very economical shuttle to various locations in Banff is two blocks away. Our room was spacious and met all of our needs. The desk personnel were very helpful and personable. The parking lot is small – it would have been nice to know at check-in that overflow could be accommodated at the Banff Park Lodge garage at no charge. There is no air-conditioning but the weather was good for us in mid-August. We’re sure that the Lodge will be remodeled in the near future to bring it up to the new tourist expectations. For us, it was a great revisit to this place on the Bow River! For newcomers, it’s a great value for Banff lodging on the Bow River.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Spent two nights here on our Rockies Cosmos tour. A one minute walk to the Bow River. Make sure you see the wonderful reflections in the river, first thing in the morning. Free internet available. Friendly counter staff. Reasonable size rooms

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kenora, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

I came to Banff to relax and get away from home. The hotel was basic but it did what I needed it to do. The room was small but perfect for me. I think for 4 people it would be a little crowded but for 2 people it would be perfect. The bathroom was small but I always had hot water. There is a fridge in the room. The room is older but clean. No complaints there. You pay for wireless but it is very reasonable. $10 for 72 hours. Much cheaper than in other hotels. Location is perfect. You can walk right to the main strip within minutes. The Bow River is behind the hotel. Perfect view of the river. There are trails right there that you can walk or run down. I have found the service to be very good. Everyone has been friendly and more than accommodating. A bonus is that parking is free too. If you want a pool or hot tub you can go across the parking lot to the Banff Park Lodge which is the sister hotel. I did not take advantage of this but noticed others did. Good value for the price I paid in Banff.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Blackpool UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

This was a real little gem - yes it was a little tired looking, and shabby in places, but it was scrupulously clean and had everything we wanted for our short stay. (2 nights). We had a room overlooking the river, with a balcony,so we got up early and see the sunrising over the beautiful river, went for an early morningwalk along the river and got refreshed. Hotel next door also has a coinlaundry but sadly too many people using the one machine -but we found a friendly little coin-op on Wolf street so we were able to get all cleaned up before starting the next leg of our trek across Canada. One thing I should mention, if you stay here - get ear plugs!! The trains hoot all night long, haha, and will definitely wake you. very loud! Banff is very easily accessible from this hotel,within walking distance, and has a plethora of shops and cafes and restaurants, we were really very spoilt for choice. Go for a drive round the golf course - we didn't see any wild bears in the mountains, but we saw one on the golf course!! awesome.
And of course, everywhere is surrounded by the Rockie Mountains. Stunning. Do yourself a favour, if you want to stay in Banff stay in this quaint little hotel, Staff were great, cleaning was great, it had good strength wifi. we would definitely stay again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We struggled to find a B and B and accommodation in Banff at a reasonable price so we went with Bow View Lodge as it didn't seem too costly..relative to everywhere else! The location is fab being close to the river and 5 mins walk to the town centre but away from the noise and bustle. The entrance and building is not especially attractive so first impressions weren't great but the room was a good size and was clean and was fine for us. Would recommend paying the bit extra for river view as the place is a no frills hotel but the balcony was lovely to have. Glad it had free parking. No breakfast on site but you could do the 2 minutes walk to the neighbouring hotel for this....we had breakfast in town however as the breakfast was relatively expensive!

This hotel is absolutely fine, and I would recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

Not looking for anything fancy then this is your place. Had much better reviews than the other budget places in Banff. Kinda lame that they charge for WIFI but I guess everyone's taking advantage of tourists in this town. Rooms kinda small but that's not a big deal to me. Had a balcony so that's nice. Close walk to everything.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Bow View Hotel Banff
Bow View Hotel
Bow View Banff
Bow View Lodge Banff
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 Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#19 Top resorts Hotel in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Bow View Lodge 2*
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