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“Decent resort with indoor water park.” 3 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 #16 of 33 hotels in Banff
San Ramon, California
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“Decent resort with indoor water park.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

No major complaints or excitement about this place. It has a two-slide water park for the kids, and an okay gym and indoor pool. It is not walking distance to any restaurants, but it's a very short drive to downtown Banff. We were located in the main lodge, so it's possible that one of the other buildings might have had more to offer. Don't rule this place out if higher-rated places are booked up.

  • Stayed August 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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  • 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

The resort's webpage states that the extra charge for pets is "We pay special attention to our pet friendly rooms. Therefore, there is a pet charge of $25.00 per day per dog (all taxes included), to cover additional cleaning charges." REALLY??

We entered our room to very dirty floors, and a couch full of old chips, cheezies and popcorn. There was dirt in the tub. That was the plainly obvious stuff. (the hairdryer cord - gross - covered in old toothpaste and grunge) I brought the floors / couch to front desk attention and we went out for a few hours. On return, the couch had been cleaned up but the floors were still dirty. Does this resort not own a decent vaccuum so that they can pay "special attention" to their pet friendly rooms? I resented paying the $25/day for my non-shedding pup.

Another disappointment, was I woke one morning to a flat tire. We had to get to a booked excursion. I went to the front desk and explained the situation and that we had to get to Canmore for our booking - could someone give me hand changing the tire? Their response was to look up a local garage number and hand it to me on a piece of paper.

Thanks ... ? That should only take at least an hour to get someone up here...

Were I behind the desk, I would have said, "What's the name of your tour company? I'll give them a call and let them know what's happened for you and see if it's alright if you're a little late. I'll get ahold of our maintenance guy on site here and see if he can give you a hand."

Instead, I went out and flagged down a fellow resort resident who was gracious enough to lend a hand. (the resort maintenance guy to his credit spotted us changing the tire and offered to lend a hand, but we were nearly done)

So ... for the $200 less it was to stay here for the 3 nights, I'd stay elsewhere. You can pay to go to their waterslides as a family if you want to anyway if not staying there.

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

We stayed here for 3 nights at the end of August and I was really not impressed. We stayed in the one bedroom loft. I will say that there were 3 queen beds and that they were comfortable. Our place smelled very smoky from the log fireplace. At one point one of the other people in the unit must have had a fire as well and the smell was very strong. It was dirty. I picked up some garbage that was laying beside the bed and set it on the night table, and there it stayed for our entire visit. The kitchen seating was all torn up and the counters were missing pieces. We won't be back!!

  • Stayed August 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a great place to spend your January vacation, the younger members go skiing and the grandmas go to the spa. There is everything and anything you need at this resort: lovely rooms, chalets, 2 swimming pools, a kids play room, underground parking, attached store, and a bus service to the door.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We have stayed at the Douglas Fir several times with the kids. We normally just spend a night or two there but have enjoyed all our stays. The hotel is not "new" and certainly could use some updating but we've never had any problems there. The play area is fantastic (though make sure to give hands a good scrub after playing - we had a bad round of flu from here).

The staff have always been friendly and accommodating and rooms are comfortable enough. I love the room options available when travelling with a family.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

I picked this place because it was outside of town and would be quieter. That was about the only good.

I feel the need to start with the injury my son had. Upon check in the receptionist told us the water slides were down for repair but would be started again soon. After we unloaded in our room my husband took my 2 boys to the water slides to play while I laid down. About an hour later I get a frantic knock at the door from my oldest telling me my husband needed help with my younger son whom had something stuck in his foot from the pool. I went to the front desk and they knew nothing about it but took me to the slide area. My son was sitting behind the desk with 3 staffers looking on. He had an unknown material sticking out of his foot and it was bleeding. My son said his foot slid on the bottom of the pool after going down the water slide and he felt the sting. My husband ran to him as he was bawling. He had tried to pull out the thing sticking out with his hands and couldn't. After much debate I was given a tweezers and some antiseptic wipes. I held him down while my husband pulled it out. It was a metal piece about an inch long and as big around as a large sewing needle. It was sticking in his foot probably 1/2 inch. I was handed band aids and sent on my way. The front desk man did fill out a paper to give to maintenance on the matter. They were still letting people sign in and never evacuated the pool. It was as if it was no big deal. We never got a phone call or email asking how he was doing. Even more disappointing was when we checked out the same girl was working and never asked how he was doing or even apologized for the incident. Where we live my room would have been refunded and my stay would have been free. Not even a discount was offered. Very disappointing.

Besides that...
Our room was very dirty. It had a ratty couch that was covered in dog hair of all lengths and colors. The kids tried to flip the cushion and there was trash under the cushions. We laid bathroom towels out so we could sit down. There was a glade freshener in the entrance that was supposed to make it smell better. Dead bugs in the window ledges the size of nickels. The Murphy bed was maybe a double mattress. Not meant for 2 people. The bathroom was newly done and very clean or I would have left. Everything at this place was so spread out. Even getting ice we had to go over several buildings.

Overall a very disappointing stay. I am sending a comment card to them too.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

I attended a conference in Banff and took my family with me. We got a one bedroom suite at Douglas Fir for $259 a night (plus tax). This provided a bedroom for my husband and I and a murphy bed for my son who found it very comfortable. There was a full kitchen where we cooked all of our meals except one which kept our costs down. Everything was great except the coffee was really bad and we bought a non-stick pan because everything that we cooked in the stainless steel pan they provided burned to the bottom. They provide free bus passes and have waterslide, pools and hot tubs (which weren't that hot). I also would bring a dish towel as they provided paper towels. Baby Elk outside our window were great.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets

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:
#8 Family Hotel in Banff
#15 Romantic Hotel in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets 3*
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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