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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
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“Excellent Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

After reviewing quite a few accommodation options in and around Banff, my wife and I decided to give Bow View Lodge a shot. We were on a budget and it's always tough to find the 'best bang for buck'. Bow View reviewed well so we gave it a try.

Our first impressions were good. We booked the room over the phone because I like the human touch versus the internet. I found staff very friendly and accommodating. I had to call back to confirm a detail or two, and once to change the dates and I was never given any grief.

It's easy to get there from the highway and is very close to the town so you can park your car and walk everywhere. It's nestled right beside the river and if you get a view room (we got one on the 3rd floor), it's a pleasant view.

Check-in was easy and we were told to park either outside, or, if we wanted underground, we could also use the Banff Park Lodge underground parking. We opted for covered parking and they gave us good directions.

The rooms were nothing fancy but were very clean. We asked for non smoking and no pets and were very satisfied with the room. Small updates to keep things maintained were noted. The bed was comfortable and there were a few pillow options to choose from.

Cleaning / building staff were friendly and always acknowledged you.

The other perk about staying here was the ability to use the Banff Park Lodge amenities for free (Pool, Jacuzzi, Steam room & Gym).

In summary, I can highly recommend this hotel as a good best bang for buck option.

Room Tip: Try and get a view room, 3rd floor, and don't forget to ask about being able to use the Banff Pa...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

This is a great little hotel. Close to downtown and restaurants. Make sure you book a river view room since the view is terrific. The other rooms overlook the parking lot - not so great view! Price is not low, but is fair for Banff. We have stayed there twice before for a couple of days each time and are going again next week. It's good to know what you will encounter before you leave home.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 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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Exeter, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Chose this hotel for 2 night stay during trip to the Rockies as good value (other rooms in Banff were more expensive). Good points: The hotel is in a very good central location - restaurants and shops of Banff Avenue 5 mins walk. Friendly staff Excellent buffet breakfast included at the sister hotel (more upmarket) next door which was included in bed & breakfast rate. Downside: Beds were the most uncomfortable out of the 11 hotels stayed in during the holiday - poor quality mattresses - both had bad backs in mornings. Rooms a bit on the small side and really quite tired - drain smell from sink in vanity unit. Overall not bad - average and for price paid probably couldn't expect much more - perhaps splash out on more upmarket sister hotel if you can afford??

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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andrewmagor
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I visited my brother in Calgary a few years back and we took a trip to Banf so that I could snowboard for a few days. This please was a perfect place and location. When you drive out of Banf town towards the slopes this is the last Hotel in the town that you pass, and when you travel back, its obviously the first. It has a covered lay-by in front of it for the transfer buses to stop at, meaning you're the last on the bus on your way to the sloes, and the first off it on the way back. That's 5 stars for location in my book. Being next to the Bow River with an easy walk to all the hustle of Banf town either along the riverside or through the streets, reaffirms it's great location score.

It is not a palace, but it's not basic either. It's good North American three star accommodation in my book. I didn't sample all of it's facilities so I couldn't tell you if it has anything that would drag it up to 4 star. However, the rooms are huge and great value for money. I stayed in a family room with my brother and his family, they had a huge room with two double beds for him and the kids, and I had a room of my own with a double bed, Tv etc. But this was all one 'two-room' family room. And I'm sure it was little over $100 CAD on 29th December.

It was clean, comfortable, warm, had great facilities, parking, great location, helpful staff, tourist information and help buying ski&bus passes and good value for money.

If you look at my other reviews you'll notice I score quite highly, as I am doing here also. This is probably because I do my research online before I stay anywhere and I also don't fuss over the little things. And above all, I remember what I paid for my room, and set my expectations accordingly.

Room Tip: The family rooms have three double (or possibly queen) sized beds.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney Australia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Stayed here for 1 night while on a coach tour. Great location right in town and right next to the river which was beautiful. Lovely to be able to walk to everything like restaurants and shops etc. There is a great restaurant only 2 minutes walk away called Melissa's we had dinner and breakfast there. Also had a good meal at the Spaghetti Factory which was about 7 minutes walk away. Beds were good and the bathroom was fine. Rooms a bit smaller than most but you don't spend much time in your room.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

This hotel is in a good location only 5 mins walk into the centre of town, other than that the hotel has nothing special to offer, tiny rooms and rather tired decor in need of a revamp.

If you're only looking for a clean bed and a hot shower this hotel might do, but not for a prolonged stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lac La Biche Alberta
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88 reviews 88 reviews
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

We were looking for a basic, cheap but clean room for an overnight on the way to Lake Louise. Print a map before you go, as the street layout in Banff is confusing if you're not used to the exits/entry points to and from the townsite, and it's easy to get turned around.

The hotel and rooms are small but clean, and the price is about half of what you'd pay in many other places. It's close to a gas station & liquor store, and shopping and restaurants are just two blocks away, so no complaints about location. Not close to any nightclubs or bars, so no noise issues from outside, but the walls are thin (not soundproof), so you may hear more than you want to from the room next door, or you may be woken earlier than you'd expected if your neighbors check out early.

Better than many roadside motels. Nothing fancy. Cheap for Banff. We'd stay here again, based on location and price.

Room Tip: Bring earplugs just in case. No views to speak of from rooms, so room location doesn't seem to b...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Banff
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Hotel Class:2 star — Bow View Lodge 2*
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