We stayed here for 2 nights as part of a hockey tournament. Prior to arrival my expectations were quite low due to the age and reviews on the property. I was pleasantly surprised.
This is an older, basic, simple type motel, but it is really unique in a good way and the rooms are very large and clean. Our room with 2 queen beds was fairly outdated, but they are starting to renovate the rooms. It was larger than newer hotels and certainly served its purpose. We had the superior room with mountain view and there was a great view from the outdoor balcony. We were planning to bring our dog so upon reservation I was told I had to upgrade to this higher room category as only certain rooms allow pets. I found this a bit silly that in order to have a dog in my room I had to book a 'nicer' room, maybe would make more sense to only allow pets in the basic room category? As well, on top of paying extra for the mountain view there is also a $25/night pet charge. This is pretty steep, they are pet friendly, but it costs you approx. $40 extra per night after the mandatory upgrade and pet fee. In their favor I will say that the 'Pet Pack' waiting in your room on arrival was a nice touch.
The Hotel is laid out in 3 buildings, A, B and C and they are connected by interior ped-ways. It is built into a hill so there is a lot of up and down stairs making your way between buildings, this added to the unique charm of the place. It was pretty confusing trying to find the swimming pools and lobby area from C building, but we found it quite fun. There is a very small indoor pool and hot tub and then an oversize hot tub outside on the top of B building. This outdoor pool is not to be missed, fantastic mountain views and kept nice and hot, very neat!
We ate once in the café and also downstairs in the Pub, both were excellent. They had live music on Sat Night that we thoroughly enjoyed.
The prices here make it a good choice in Banff on a budget (as long as you don't bring a pet!). It is located far down the main street from the shops, but still walkable if you are mobile. I would not hesitate to stay here again in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Banff Avenue the Inns of Banff has some of the best views in all of Banff. With 244 rooms this 3.5 star hotel has it all - ski rentals, award winning Wildfire Grill, Bears Den Lounge, both an indoor pool and jetted hot tub along with an outdoor hot pool, heated underground parking, Japanese restaurant Miki, Gift shop, and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inns Of Banff Hotel Banff
- Inns Banff
- Hotel Banff