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“Family friendly but not for everyone” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #21 of 31 Hotels in Banff
Williams Lake, Canada
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Family friendly but not for everyone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

This place was was great for families especially on a very rainy day and night. The staff were helpful, the waterslides were an absolute hit with the kids and there is even a completely separate other pool for those who want to avoid noisy children! The indoor playground is AMAZING! Best I've ever seen. All rooms have a kitchenette which was perfectly adequate for cooking simple meals. The down-side: The rooms are nice but not spectacular, it is a maze to get around there and we had to ask for directions numerous times, and it's not right in down-town Banff if that is what you are looking for. I would stay there again though simply for the waterslides and playground!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 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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Clearwater, Canada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We booked into the resort during the recent rain and floods. It worked out very well for us as we were traveling with young children. The desk staff were fabulous in giving us information on highway conditions and allowing us to book in early due to the road closures. They also allowed us to park our RV at the back of the resort. The rooms and facilities were just fine. It's really hard to find your way around the resort and some of the hallways are musty and at that time even wet! The children loved the playground and the water slides and of course, we did too!
I have downgraded my review for one reason, my phone bill. I used the room phone 3 times using my calling card. I just received my phone bill and Douglas Fir Resorts has charged me $22.00 for 11 minutes. Shame on them! Really that is gouging beyond necessity.
While our stay was fine I do feel ripped off.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sussex
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63 hotel reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We booked a bachelor studio and when we checked in we were allocated a room directly above the grocery store, laundry, water slides and liquore store with parking allocated next to the store parking. There was no lift, so getting our luggage to the room was not easy up 2 flights of stairs and we were concerned about the noise from the stores and the busy main road. Just along the road is a large park for RVs (mobile homes) so the shops and other facilities are pretty busy. We asked for another room and were given another room at the back. The room was OK but not as clean as it could be particularly the cigarette ash on the balcony. We were short of a potato peeler and two of the glasses were cracked - these were removed by housekeeping but not replaced. The frying pan was fairly disgusting and even a clean in the dishwasher didn't help. The room was fairly large with a sitting area, a dining table and chairs, and a full kitchen with a small dishwasher. The bathroom was on the small side but OK. There were no stands to put our cases on and limited hanging space with only 10 hangers. Parking was in a large underground car park reasonably close to the room and on the same level. Housekeeping seemed to make the bed and replenish toiletries and towels but don't vacuum. There was a smell of smoke or soot in room at times although it is supposed to be a smoke free hotel. The balcony was covered in ash from previous smokers as smoking seems to be permitted on the balcony as it has a large ash tray on the wall. We asked housekeeping to clean it but they gave it a quick brush and that was it. We washed it down with pans of water and it was much better. We did have a rather tatty stained ironing board - but no iron!!! There was no duvet on the bed only a sheet and blanket and a rather dirty and stained bed cover. There was a second blanket in the coffee table which we had to use. The housekeeping was carried out mainly by students and was very variable. Sometimes toiletries were replenished and sometimes not. We had some fairly anti social neighbours who made a lot of noise and came in late and banged the door and had loud conversations in the hall. Unfortunately this place seems to attract the younger noisy people. On our 3rd night a loud buzzing noise started in our room and seemed to be coming through the walls. It got so loud by 21.30 that I had to call reception. They sent a maintenance man within 10 minutes who knew what the problem was immediately as it had happened before. Apparently the fan for the elevator shaft was vibrating and this was reverberating through the walls. He fixed it in 5 minutes by stopping the fan but why didn't they fix it before if it is a known problem?? I am afraid I can’t recommend this hotel as we wouldn’t return there.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

We had the chance to stay at this resort again last month (june2013) and had stayed perviously in Dec 2012.
The rooms are dated but clean and perfect for families with little ones. We've stayed in both the lofts and one bedroom lofts. I prefer the set up of the loft better then the one bedroom. The kitchen is open in the loft with much more counter and cupboard space if you choose to cook and bring snacks and groceries.
We used the play area several times and it was clean and the enjoyable. The pool is another great addition to the resort. Our kids loved the pools and watersides. If you're traveling with infants, don't forget their swim diapers -they charges $2 per swim diaper.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

We have been coming here once or twice a year for 5 years now. We love staying here with our two kids because there is so much for them to do! We only have a few complaints- the playzone always seems to stink of B.O!. They REALLY need to update the rooms too- the couches are very uncomfortable and so are the beds. The service is awesome, everyone is so friendly and quick to help you out with anything you need.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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north east
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

Excellent studio accommodation. Rather dark rooms, but very well planned with all facilities that 2 people would need. Lovely views from balcony. Unable to get full benefit of resort due to a recent injury, atrocious weather, and power cuts. Obviously no ones fault, just think we were jinxed!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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St. Albert, Canada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

I stayed for three nights here with my brothers - a bachelors weekend for a bike race. We had the one bedroom with a loft so we all had our own queen bed. there is even an extra pull out if you need another. We had a wood burning fireplace a small kitchen and three flat screen TVs. It was spacious and clean. there is a washroom up in the loft and a 5 piece downstairs. We had room 122 right on the end and were happy. I stayed a fourth night with my family (3 kids ages 2, 4 and 5). We took advantage of the water park. It is geared for a slightly older family than ours. Their two slides are good slides and you can get going really fast if you want on them, but it is slide one at a time. After working up to it, even our two year old went by herself with a life jacket (that they provide) as long as my wife was at the top and I was at the bottom. Teenagers were having a blast on them as you can really get going. They also have a games room, a steam room a large hot tub and then in a separate area another decent size swimming pool with a smaller hot tub. THere is also a 3 story indoor playground with some cool slides and mazes. And you are at the top of Tunnel Mountain, in the Banff wilderness, but only 2km down the road into the heart of downtown. Fantastic location without having to fight the Banff parking - and they have a free shuttle running into banff and back all the time.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 4 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:
Ranked #21 of 31 Hotels 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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