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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 #19 of 33 hotels in Banff
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“Best in Banff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Bow View Lodge is a real surprise: it could very well be the best place to stay in Banff and the price is excellent. We stayed here late in May in a room with river view for less than 100 CAD per night, a real bargain.

The hotel is beautifully located on the Bow River with nature right across the water. On the other side of the hotel the center of Banff with all kinds of restaurants and shops is only one block away. Also a large Safeway grocery store is nearby, though it’s hard to find if you don’t know where to look.

The room is fine and pleasantly light with its room wide windows. A room with river view is highly recommended and doesn’t cost much more than the most economic rooms. Bow View Lodge itself has only rooms, but guests may use all the facilities of the adjacent Banff Park Lodge. For breakfast we can recommend to buy your groceries at the Safeway and eat them at the dining table in your room while enjoying the view.

Room Tip: A room with river view is highly recommended and doesn’t cost much more than the most economic rooms...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We have 8 nites of accommodation in the Rockies, where we splitted 3 nites at Jasper (Patricia Lake Bungalows), 2 nites at Banff (Bow View Lodge) and 3 nites at Canmore (Falcon Crest Lodge) and we have to rate this hotel as average as compared to other two. The room itself is quite large but the wash area is small. The only good part is that they have a separate wash basin outside of the washroom which helps. The furnishing was quite dated too and really needs some upgrading. Wifi comes with a nominal fee of $5/- a day which we thought is pretty reasonable but of course, we'll like it better if it's free :) The Bow River is just besides the hotel and it would have been a pleasant and lovely walk or just to chill out sitting at the river area except that the mosquitoes are hard at work there. Guess this is summer!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the lodge in a river view room. Nice view of the river from our balcony. The hotel does not AC but that is quite common in hotels in Banff. The sun sets behind the mountains and the town cools off. The rooms are small but well laid out, clean and cozy. The room does have a small fridge. The queen bed was quite comfortable and sleeping was no problem. The hotel is about two short blocks off the main street,Banff Avenue and in the heart of the restaurant and shopping area, which means you can easily stroll without trying to find parking. Since you are away from the main street, it is nice and quiet. The parking is free but cramped, the hotel does offer courtesy secured parking at the adjacent "sister" property that does contain restaurants, shops, etc. Having stayed at the two properties, I prefer this one for its serenity. Price was $200 a night without tax. This may seem pricey to some but you are in Banff downtown. You can pay more for less at other locations in this area.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for 6 nights. It is an older style hotel. We were disappointed no air conditioning, but the nights cooled down significantly and with a fan was quite comfortable. The bed was quite firm, so if you want a soft bed this is not it. The decor is dated and could use an update. The room was very clean and housekeeping did a great job. We had a river view , and was quiet .shopping is only 2 blocks away. We enjoyed our stay here front desk staff very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: River view second floor .
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights while travelling Alberta. Small rooms but clean and we didn't spend much time inside the room (why would you in Banff). Did use the pool next door as it was very warm this past week and it was lovely. Enjoyed the shared balcony and met some fellow Canadian travellers.

Stayed August 2014
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here for a couple nights while in Banff, the price was right and the location was good. A good view of the bow river and a short walk to most places. The rooms are very outdated, no air conditioning, no in hotel restraunt or bar. The beds were by far the worst bed I have ever slept in and felt like I needed a chiropractic treatment after the first night. The staff were good they definately didn't go out of their way for you.

Stayed August 2014
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed here for a wedding on BC Day long weekend, and the view was spectacular. We were on the ground floor looking right at the river and mountains. I thought the price was pretty ridiculous ($179 a night) but when it was compared to other hotels in Banff that is actually pretty reasonable, and its nice you get to use their sister hotels amenities like the pool and hot tub. Fyi for anyone who hasn't been to Banff in the summer BRING BUG SPRAY, the mosquitoes are ridiculous! The hotel room is dated and has minimal comforts (no AC) but for those who spend their days out and about the bed is comfy and the room is clean. Caution to those in Banff to party, the hotel is old and therefore has thin walls, don't expect to have any get togethers in your room, we had two other people in ours at about 11 pm and were told if they didn't leave and we didn't quiet down we would be asked to leave then and there. I would stay there again but would definitely look at other options first, and if I were to stay there again I would ask for a river view room or no dice!

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Manager_BowViewLodge, Manager at Bow View Lodge, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Hello

Thank you for choosing to stay at the Bow View Lodge during your holiday in Banff. I am glad you enjoyed your time here. Due to our building being older, you are correct about the noise travelling from room to room. By the sound of things we could have been a little more professional addressing the noise situation. For that I apologize. we are going to use this as a learning opportunity on how to handle these situations better.

If you ever visit Banff in the winter time, be sure to think of us. We have great rates in the winter and trust me the river view is just as amazing as summer

Regards,

Chris Jonah
Lodge Manager
Bow View Lodge
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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
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Ranked #19 of 33 hotels in Banff
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Hotel Class:2 star — Bow View Lodge 2*
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