This hotel is basic but decent. Overall its in good shape but not so neat and tidy you feel bad about the snow kicking off your ski boots as you drag yourself back to the room after a day on the hills.
Location:It is on the edge of town and unless your trying to sober up I recommend a cab or the bus back to your room as the walk is a tad long. It is really reasonable to take a cab from downtown or even the Banff Centre ~$10 with tip! If you are tapped out from skiing then hop on the ROAM bus as your bus pass is included in your accommodations-be warned tho that the pass expires every three days. When you scan it on the bus you can see the expiry date on the scanner. Also, bookmark the site on your phone to get realtime updates for the next bus at your stop. It runs on time; you can set your watch by it! It is opposite the stop for the buses (both roam and ski resort bus). If you are a family with small children and plan to dine out daily, it is doable but not ideal. That said, there are several restaurants in walking distance and two located in the hotel.
Room: Yes the reviews are right, the pillows are a bit thick. Ask your housekeeper for a thinner one if it bothers you. The TV was new and big. The heating system was loud as was the mini fridge in my room (B525). It woke me as it emanated a hum that resembled an alarm clock when it kicked on. I moved it into the bathroom (sorry housekeeping) and closed the bathroom door at night. I am a bit of a princess tho when it comes to sound. The hotel was louder on the weekends but not unbearable- there are doors all along the hall way so if someone is being too loud you can close a hall door or two. The bed was great-very comfortable. The shower was consistently warm. Yes the decor is not the Fairmont, but neither is the price. They allow you to opt out of daily housekeeping with a hanger that you place on the door and they reward you with a $5 coupon to use in the restaurant- I did so on alternate days and got free buffet breakfast on my last day.
Hotel: By far the best feature of this hotel is the beautiful hot tub. It is large, suitably warm but not too hot and the view is unbelievable. It never feels crowded. If you are lucky at night you can hear the coyotes howling if a train goes by. It is a confusing hotel to get around and could use "you are here" dots on the maps posted in the halls. I found it easier to walk around to my room on the outside of the building vs inside. There is a nice lobby with a microwave in it. A gas fireplace adds to the lobby a place to warm up yourself while you warm up leftovers from last night. Yes, security is an issue as I was able to walk into my building from outside without using my room key to open the door.
The staff: No complaints. They were good at giving information about skiing, hotel amenities and the town itself. The guys in the pro shop were fantastic helping me select new goggles.
- Also Known As:
- Inns Of Banff Hotel
- Inns Of Banff Hotel Banff
- Inns Banff
- Hotel Banff
- 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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