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“Nice room, very good breakfast” 4 of 5 stars
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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
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“Nice room, very good breakfast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

Stayed at the Bow view lodge almost a week, for a conference that was being held at the Banff Springs Hotel. Nice double bed room, each bed was fairly big, nice bathroom, with the sink separated from the toilet/bath, which was good for two people in the room. Tv with lots of channels, fridge, small round table with two chairs. Nice view to the river (frozen) side. Very warm and cozy. The breakfast was served at the other hotel, but was a full continental breakfast, with a nice variety and selection. Very nice and helpful staff. Internet is not free, but got a good deal for the week. Wi-fi signal is very good and valid for the hotel and the hotel where the breakfast is held. Very near the main avenue in Banff. The Banff airporter bus stops just in front if you book it in advance, so you can get there straight from the Calgary airport. I liked it, and would definetly come back.

Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Dan thanks for giving Gareth and me a great time in January. As usual the welcome was warm, the rooms were very comfortable (though isn't it time you installed some flat screen TVs for a better picture) the Breakfast was great at the Banff Park, We will be back in 2014

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

I found some of the 'glowing' reviews for this place to be a little misleading. Yes, it is well situated, within easy walking distance of Banff Ave and the town centre, and the price is quite reasonable for Banff. But the place is quite dated, and walking through the corridors felt a bit like walking through an old hospital. The room was compact, with pretty standard furninshings, though was very clean at least. The room was quite dark as the window was located over on one side of the room, with a sliding door that didn't fully close. And I was surprised to find on arrival that they charged $5 for wifi...which they at least waived when I said I hadn't been aware of that when booking. It was fine for a one night stay, but I think we will revert back to our old reliable lodging option in future, further down Banff Ave but offers larger, more comfortable rooms at an even more reasonable price. Give it 5 out of 10....mostly for location.

Room Tip: If you do decide to stay here, opt to pay a little more for a river view room. It will be much bette...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Found a last minute deal on a cheap room here as we would arrive late and leave early... no need for anything fancy. Perfect location, good customer service, very clean room. Parked downstairs at the Banff Park Lodge, so my car was warm in the morning.
My only minor complaint (and my wife's) was that the walls were a bit thin... could hear people in other room and in the hallways.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vernon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

In a town like Banff, it can be tricky to find decent accommodation for under $80/night if on a budget. BVL offers excellent value. I was offered the best online rate as a walk-in. Upon entry, the room was clean and had a smart layout. Real glasses, not plastic. Nice to park the car and walk to local shops, a hop and a skip away. Pros: very clean, great location for walking along the river, shops and restaurants, access to modern pool & steam room facilities next door, free parking, free wifi, in-room fridge & dining table, coffee maker- all you really need. Loved the steam room & pool!
Cons: train noise can be loud at night.
Been staying here for years and have tried many other area hotels with higher cost. What I love about BVL is the quiet location, not being nickel and dimed and having money to spend on other things like eating out and visiting the Whyte Museum.

Room Tip: Upper floor, ask for an upgrade to Riverview. King offers more room vs 2 doubles.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

The Bow View Lodge is a great place to stay for a couple, its a fantastic price for its location. The river view rooms are delightful and the rooms are very clean. We booked a room with a queen size bed and it was very comfortable and the linen was nicely washed. Don't let the size of the rooms or the age of the hotel fool you, the stay is grand and concierge was very polite and helpful. One problem however is the parking lot near the hotel, very close fitting and difficult for trucks and the shower is weird to run haha. Other than that the stay was wonderful and I would go back here again.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

My family of four (two teenage sons) stayed one night here as we travelled through Alberta last summer. The hotel was basic, but roomy enough for our family. Parking was an issue...they have free parking, but not enough of it. However, there is lots in the Banff Park Lodge next door, under the building. We would have preferred the convenience of parking right by the hotel, but it all worked out. There are no frills with this hotel and alas...no air conditioning. Dont listen to what they say about cool mountain air. There was no cool air the 2nd week of July 2012. I couldnt sleep, though my husband and boys could, so I took a hand towel and wet it and kept it by my bed...The hotel did not provide any fans when I asked. I am sure this policy might be the same for other hotels as well. Otherwise, it was clean and I would consider it again. Great location very near shopping and restaurants.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#13 Business Hotel in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Bow View Lodge 2*
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