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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 #21 of 34 Hotels in Banff
Carlisle
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Our room was a little dated but was clean. Liked having a fridge in the room and table and chairs which enabled us to shop at the supermarket and eat in the room - a nice relaxing change when you've been on the go all day. We had the buffet breakfast at the sister hotel and it was lovely. The highlight was seeing a grizzly bear just a couple of minutes walk from the hotel by the riverside path

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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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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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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Two day visit (fourth visit in last three year.) Everything was good, as expected. Front desk service is unusually competent and friendly. Location is within two blocks of downtown Banff, which eliminates the need to drive and find a parking spot when you go out on the town. Excellent value for money - quiet, beautiful views, handy. We will certainly use this hotel again!

Room Tip: Book a river view room - it might cost a little more, but the view is worth it!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Southeast Ontario
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This hotel was slightly dated but very clean :-) Very friendly staff, and lake across the street was nice too.We saw Elk at the lake from our big window. Enjoyed our stay very much :-)Parking was free and wifi was offered to us for free too

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tugun, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a great place to stay, friendly helpful staff, and walking distance to everything you could need in Banff. Right on the Bow River so lovely to open the drapes in the morning and see the deer along the river and all the canoers out in the bright colours canoes. We loved our stay here although a little older in style Bow Lodge still offered all the comforts .. Thank you for a great stay and the room with a view.

Room Tip: If you stay here ask for a room with a river view. The road along the river is very quiet and you o...
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Nelson, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I had a great stay here. Came back tow days later and stayed again.
This is not your big splashy hotel, just good clean accomadation for a very reasonable price.
The rooms were clean with all the right things, TV,fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer,etc etc.
There was nothing that needed attention from the maintanace staff everything was in good condition and clean.
It is so close to downtown but yet just off the beatten path so it is nice and quiet.
Parking was free not another added cost. The pool and rec facilities are available if you want to use them but are across the parking lot and part of another complex. I didnt use them.
I will happily use this hotel again.The pricing is great and I dont need big and fancy to be happy. Just comfortable and clean with friendly staff, and that is just what this place offers.

Room Tip: Both rooms I stayed in were basic rooms. No view but I wasnt there to look out my windows. They were...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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OSKALOOSA
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153 reviews 153 reviews
74 hotel reviews
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Quiet yet convenient location slightly off Main Street with free parking behind Park Lodge (you can pay $10 per night to park in parking garage)...
Wonderful friendly front desk and service staff...
You also have access to Park Lodge swimming pool...
There is a small fridge and fan in room...
Just a couple of blocks from Safeway grocery...
Room has a nice small sofa/loveseat...
A balcony provides a nice place to sit outside although the view on one side is the rear of the Park Lodge and everyone else sitting outside...Choose a room facing the Bow River...
Step outside and you are next to a good walking trail along the river...
Internet works well (there is a posted fee but we were not charged)...
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Don't book a room near the rear stairwell... the closing door creates some much noise there is actually a sign on one floor... Just closing our own door was impossibly loud...
Older hotel and the TV only worked one of the four days we stayed...
There are much less expensive hotel choices with larger rooms...
We paid $132.31 per night after all taxes and fees for 3 persons...

Room Tip: Avoid a room near the stairwell...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lower Sackville, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We spent 8 days at the Bow View Lodge. The room had a small fridge which allowed us to pick up a a few items to have breakfast each morning. The Lodge is right next to the Bow River where there is a beautiful trail that takes you all thru the town following the river. If you are a runner it is a wonderful track to run and safe to do on your own as it is very well traveled. It was an excellent location...good price especially if you book in advance. We stayed in the second building so if you wanted to use the pool and hot tub you had to go to the Lodge itself which certainly wasn't any problem and the pool area stayed open until midnight, no children after 9pm. Would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: We stayed on the 3rd floor facing the mountains and trail rather than the parking lot.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Bow View Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 58
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