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“Great location - Holiday Inn minus quality” 3 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 #22 of 31 Hotels in Banff
Newton, Massachusetts
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“Great location - Holiday Inn minus quality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

I stayed at the Bow View Inn for three nights prior to a bike trip. I found the accomodations to be adequate but pricey $200/night for what you get. Room was clean, but very small. Front desk (one person) seemed to be very overworked trying to answer new incoming guests, make new reservations, and then answering to current guests. Bright spot is they provide access to the nearby Banff Lodge access to pool, hot tub, and a modest gym. This sister hotel also has an excellent buffet breakfast which is very worth the extra $10 for a breakfast package. Granola was quite good which I stocked up on for my day hikes.

Room Tip: Chose the rooms facing the river.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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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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Llandeilo, United Kingdom
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12 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Stayed here last week in June, and booked directly online with the hotel. Price was good for the area (about £100 per night for river view room with breakfast included).

Front desk staff very friendly and helpful. I had a number of queries throughout the stay and they were always happy and able to help.

The breakfast package was definitely worth adding. At about £5 extra you get a full buffet option in the Park Lodge hotel next door, and this includes cereals, continental breakfast options and cooked items (sausages, eggs etc), with plenty to go around. Again, welcoming friendly staff here too.

The room is ok, nothing exceptional, but that comes with it being a relatively budget hotel (given the other more expensive options in the vicinity). Bit dated, but the room was very clean, included bath/shower, fridge and TV. Balcony view over the Bow River too.

Great location, less then 5 mins walk from town centre and close to shops and the river with its path and canoe rental across the road.

Only downside is the noise from the freight trains at night. The horn of the passing trains is very loud and can be heard everywhere in town, but this hotel is probably one of the closer ones to the tracks, however people in town complain of noise from the main street so no difference I guess, and the only way to avoid it would be to stay at the Rimrock or Banff Springs.

You do however get access to the gym and swimming pool at the Park Lodge hotel which is an added bonus, as you get the better view from the Bow View and still get these features.

In summary:
Pros:
- Friendly, helpful staff
- Good value for the area (Banff is expensive)
- Decent room (size, cleanliness and facilities)
- Excellent location (river and shops / restaurants etc)
Cons:
- Noise from passing trains

Would definitely recommend if on a budget but still want better than average hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a river view room, on either the 2nd or 3rd floor.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Birmingham
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

They are in a convenient location, and the staff was very friendly. The room was clean, but the furnishings were rather dated. They provided a small refrigerator, however there was no microwave. Television was at least 10-15 years old. No air conditioning in the rooms. We were part of a tour group and did not pick this as our lodging location. There are probably better choices available.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

You have everything you need here. Nice enough room, very clean, river view, near town ( restaurants etc), access to a pool from sister hotel and restaurant.
Downside : bit pricey for a motel and pool full of screaming kids til 9.00 pm. So stay away til then.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Livonia, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We just recently completed our second stay in this hotel in the popular resort town of Banff.
The location on the river is unique and there is also a walking path along the river. Close to
restaurants, shops, and the Safeway market. We would definitely chose this hotel for any
return to Banff.

Room Tip: Although more expensive the view of the river is a must, so ask for a room facing the river.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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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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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:
Ranked #22 of 31 Hotels in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Bow View Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 58
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