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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
Humble, TX
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“good place for the money”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Staff was friendly, room was clean, bed and pillows comfortable, frig and microwave provided. No a/c, but the provide a fan and considering you are in Canada where it cools off at night, one can't complain. The room was a little small if you have more than 2 people, but everything was satisfactory compared to the price of other motels. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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  • 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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Schuylerville, New York, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This was a very reasonable and clean hotel. You had access to their sister hotel which was right accross the way. Staff was very accommodating. Was within walking distance to most everything in Banff. I would highly recommend staying here.

Room Tip: I would try and get one with a balcony.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We booked the suite which was so much fun to stay in! 2 queen beds, 2 sofas, kitchen, separate area for toilet and shower (walk-in with rain shower head). For feeling like being in a little luxury, the price was not bad for Banff. Beautifully located on the Bow River - gorgeous view. Would have been nice to have a balcony or door to walk out. Only complaints we had was that the front desk had no clue how to take the closed captioning off our tvs and, for the price of the suite, I had expected wifi to be included.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

This is approx. the tenth hotel I've tried in Banff. This one I will stay at for all my other Banff trips or Banff Park Lodge next door (their sister property). 2 blocks away from downtown, right on the Bow River (canoe rentals and bike trail right across the street), serenely quiet, well maintained and very clean rooms (you will never get Vegas 5 star in Banff with marble washrooms probably due to park restrictions for rebuilding/etc), excellent staff, and all the amenities of the beautiful Banff Park Lodge next door for much less money than any of the hotels in town (we paid significantly less for the busiest week of the year). Banff Park Lodge is beautiful next door, but you get the same great management/upkeep at Bow View Lodge (we saved $30/night, but both hotels were well priced for this time of year). Oh, and free parking right in front!!! No twists and turns or undergrounds.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are fair-sized with good views, no need to be picky.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Spokane, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

While this wasn't one of the nicest place in Banff which were charging $275 and up at the time, I think it is a good tourist grade hotel. We stayed 2 nights and found the hotel to be clean and staff very accommodating. We had a room with two queen beds for 4 people which was crampted with only a walkway at the end and between the beds but we made the best of it since we really only were in the room at bedtime. As someone else said, it was a good place to stay and spend our money on other things. Our room through trip advisor was $149. The location was just a block or two from the main streets of town. I'd stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

Great location, next to the Bow river, close to the supermarket, and main street shopping. Clean and comfortable. Staff were friendly and help full. Stayed there for three nights and would recomend this hotel to family and friends.

Stayed June 2013
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Newton, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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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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