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“Beautiful View, Fantastic Location” 5 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
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“Beautiful View, Fantastic Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

we stayed at the Bow lodge for 3 nights on our journey through the Rockies from Vancouver to Calgary. On arrival the reception staff were very helpful and polite. Our room was on the 3rd floor facing the Bow River.....'What a View to see first thing in the morning'.
Our room was a large room with a nice size bed which was very comfortable, coffee maker, fridge, shower over bath with plenty of toiletries. A balcony to sit outside & a large, if not a bit outdated TV (but who watches a lot of TV when you are staying in one of the most beautiful places in the world).
The room was warm very clean...maybe to some the décor would be considered outdated, but to us on only paying $80.00 per night we were more than happy, especially when we had stayed in other hotels for a lot more money per night during our trip and were considerably more outdated.
The sister hotel was very glamorous, but their rooms did not have the lovely river views, however it was nice to be able to use the pool, steam room & Jacuzzi.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone who appreciates a nice clean accommodation with a lovely view (just request a river view room).
Would definitely stay again......without a doubt.

Room Tip: River View Room
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  • Stayed September 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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27 hotel reviews
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

We had a room at the back of the hotel facing the Bow river. The room was clean, quiet, and comfortable. I loved being able to go out on the balcony and look out over the river and up at the mountains. The hotel is a few blocks away from Banff Ave but it's a quick walk and you're right in the action. The only drawback to the balcony is that it's connected all the way around and they advise locking the door to keep your belongings safe. Still worth having the balcony. We had a great stay and want to book our next trip back at the Bow View.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The room was clean. We enjoyed the river view and little balcony. There was a very large buck on the property, just laying down and chewing, so that was our first wild animal sighting upon arriving in Alberta. Close to the rest of town to walk to dinner but on a side street and quiet. We appreciated the service at the front desk. Warning: Wifi is not free. There is no restaurant in the motel so we ate at Melissa's around the corner which was adequate. This was a good choice for a one night stay on our way to Jasper.

Room Tip: Ask for a river view or all you will see is the parking lot and the rear of the sister hotel.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We stayed here (2) nights as part of a Canadia Rockies bus trip. The location is very good and beautiful. The rooms are small but comfortable with a small deck with sliding doors. Easy walking (2) blocks in to town surounded by mountains. Wi-fi available for $5 dollars per night, although they let us have it for free. The only negative was that you could here the ajacent room doors when guests were leaving or returning to their rooms. I would definitly stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We had a 3rd floor room with views of the Bow River and a small balcony to enjoy. The sliding door was hard to open and I called front desk. The gentleman on duty came up immediately to open and explain how to open. We had a king size bed, coffee maker and refrigerator in this room. The bathroom was large and adequate. The location of this hotel was excellent to downtown and to walks along the Bow River to see the Falls. This hotel was also close to the Catholic Church. We enjoyed our stay and recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for river view room on upper floor.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Albert, Canada
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

So we checked in on Sept 7 and the front desk agent wouldn't get his butt off the chair to serve people. None the less we got registered.

Later on I called from the room to try and find out the instructions for pool use next door and the phone just rang and rang. I went downstairs to find him making a reservation. The least he could do was put them on hold and answer other calls. My training is in the hotel industry as well and I know that you can never afford to miss ANY call.

We came back from swimming and I asked for some extra coffee sonce there were 3 adults in the room wanting some. I made the coffee and it was weak! Not impressed when I pay an average rate of $135/night.

Upon checking out we left a wash cloth in the room by accident. I got home that night to see if they could mail it to me on my dime. Mysteriously the cloth was never found in the room. Infact I know it was probably seen as junk and discarded just the same. Hotels are not forced by law to hold your items but as a courtesy; should do so. THIS ONE DOESN'T!

To bad though, location was conducive to what we required but the cost of the hotel, and attitude of all staff interactions make this a tough sell to me a 2nd time around.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We had reserved one night here, but were ahead of schedule, so we called to book another night, and were able to do so without a problem. We were in a great room at the end of the hall on the second floor. Not facing the river, but we had a balcony which we liked. Our room had a king bed, small sofa, table, refrigerator and TV. It also included a table fan. As far as we could tell, this room did not have A/C, so that's what the fan was for. We would have preferred A/C, but luckily, it wasn't too hot while we were there. We used the laundry, which was in the sister hotel next door. One set of machines was broken, so we had to use the other, trying to share one washer and one dryer with two other guests. The free hot breakfast was also in this sister hotel and was substantial and delicious. All the staff were wonderful.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manager_BowViewLodge, Manager at Bow View Lodge, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Thank you for your review of our property. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your room and our buffet breakfast at our sister property Banff Park Lodge. We call the room you were in a ‘standard room with one king bed.’ These rooms have private balconies and offer a nice view of Cascade Mountain.
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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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