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Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   525 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B2, Canada   |  
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Ranked #18 of 31 Hotels in Banff
Honolulu, Hawaii
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“douglas fir”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

great place to stay. has full kitchen, fireplace. our back view opened into the forest. just a short drive into downtown banff. had daily cleaning if you wanted it the full kitchen was good for just cooking some meals, eating breakfast etc, without having to go to a restaurant. units a grouped into 4 apartments so pretty quiet. They have free public bus around town which comes by about every 45 minutes if you don't have a car.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Toronto
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25 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Had a loft room with two double beds in the loft area. Lower, living area had a very well equipped kitchen - good variety of dishes and cooking utensils, full stove, microwave, toaster. Living area also had a dining table, tv with DVD player, sofa, fold-down bed (which we didn't use), balcony with a great view, and a fireplace with free wood.

Room was wonderfully spacious, comfortable, quiet. We picked up some easy-to-cook dinners at the grocery store in town to save some money for a couple of evenings and then splurged on a nice dinner out at one of the local restaurants on our last night.

Good base for travelling around the area. Local hiking trails.

Great for kids - water slide, indoor play area.

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We read others reviews and couple that with a great AMA deal we set off on the snowy 5hr trip and we were greeted with big smiles. Shown to our room (large aprtmt) the kids checked out the room, we crashed on the sofa and lit the fire. After checking out that all the wallpaper in the aprtmt would make your granny shiver, we saw that this place is well used. But in a nice way, very clean, loads of linen, quiet and warm. Comfy beds, lots of hot water, great pool and kidslay area. You could quickly relax, check the deer crossing the road and look up and snow capped mountains with a glass of vine on the balcony and forget the long trip. The staff were very helpful, cheery and keen to ensure you had a good time. At some point someone will have to say, closed for renovations but even if the place was upgraded its the people and the feeling that your are welcome and nothing is any trouble that make this a venue for family to return to.

Room Tip: Large apartment above reception with ensuite x2 and one with jacuzzi, room 101 with its own dedicate...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

We stayed over the long weekend and enjoyed our time with our two kids aged 2 and 5. It was great play with the kids at the play zone and watersides. Great getaway.

The only problem was we spilled coffee grounds and we swiped them into a pile to be cleaned. We were disappointed to see that the room was not vacuum when we returned.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle, Australia
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27 hotel reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We booked a Loft Condo, cosy but comfortable. Great view of the woods from the balcony and the wildlife coming up to the condo of an evening really made the stay something special. Good location away from Town which is a bit of a hectic place. The free bus into town is a plus however we didn't use it. Facilities are good and the bottle shop and convenience store were handy but a little of the expensive side. If yoU are going to stay here and use the kitchen, shop at Safeways in Canmore. It's a lot larger than the one in Banff. From Douglas fir it's lets than 15 minutes away but worth it.

Although the interiors are dated, we would definitely come back again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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sf bay area
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

It had a good location if you want to be away from the hussle and bussle of downtown Banff. This made it easy to drive off to other locations like Lake Louise. You probably will need to drive to get to the restaurants in Banff although many were walking down the hill. It is a long hike back up. The chalet we stayed at was a bit dated and the wifi was slow and spotty. The single bathroom was small and noisy for four adults. It's window opened into the entry walkway so it couldn't be left open. The downstair room could barely fit two people. The upstair room was a loft without doors where you had to be careful not to hit your head.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Our stay at the Douglas Fir is always pleasant and relaxing PLUS fun! We have always booked a 1 bedroom condo which nicely accommodates our family of 4. This time our condo was in the back facing the mountains and we got the treat of seeing Elk right outside our deck door - Literally - right outside the door! Plus a mule deer - again - right outside our door. Fantastic! The accommodations are always clean, and well stocked with wood and kindling for the fireplace. We usually order the breakfast with our stay which provides more than enough for one day and is a good deal! No need to worry about food the next morning! The waterslides are a hit with the kids and I see that they are putting an addition onto that area (not sure what - but can hardly wait!) We will definitely try to make this an annual retreat for our family!

Room Tip: One in the far back, facing the mountains and the wooded area!
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Address: 525 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B2, 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 Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets 3*
Number of rooms: 130
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Banff’s Finest Family Accommodation, located on peaceful Tunnel Mountain. All units have full kitchen, air-conditioning, fireplace (most are wood-burning) and flat-screen TVs, DVD players and Plug n’Play panels (families can now bring their electronic gaming systems). Amenities include 2 BRAND NEW giant indoor waterslides, swimming pool, kiddie pool, games room, multilevel indoor playzone, saunas, whirlpools, steam room, fitness room, barbecue stations and FREE/UNLIMITED use of the Town of Banff shuttle bus. Free WiFi and internet kiosk, free local calls and free parking. ... more   less 
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