I stayed at the Mount Royal with my family and some friends as we planned to ski at Sunshine and Lake Louise over the course of the week. The most pleasing thing about the Hotel is its location. It is in downtown Bannf and ideally located for access to the Restauarants, shops and bars. Everything you could need is within walking distance and the main ski bus stops right outside the hotel in the large car park to the rear. The Mount Royal is one of the early pick ups on route to the the ski resorts so there is normally some seats available. This is important as it is seating only so once it is full it does not pick up any more passengers meaning that one has to wait for the next bus (every half hour on the dot). The hotel itself is well run and clean and boasts two restaurants/bars along with a hot tub and sauna but no pool. The restauarant is Tony Roma's which normally serves a buffet breakfast which is not bad value at $13.99 for all you can eat although the food seemed a little dry. The other option for a lighter cheaper breakfast is either McDonalds or Subways which are about 100 yards away incase you dont want much to eat and or you are in a hurry. The hot tub is quite large and warm although not too bubbly. It was always a good place to chat with other guests and talk about their experiences and tips if they had been in resort longer than you. The rooms we had were quite large although my bathroom was a little small but all our party commented on how comfortable the beds were and there was a reasonable amout of space for clothes and hanging etc. The cupboard included a safe too. They were generous with the tea and coffee although only powdered milk was provided. As per other reviews there was a little noise from the street late at night from people leaving bars and clubs etc but it was not that annoying really and did not interrupt our sleep at all. I would say that the corridoor outside the room was a little noisy though with banging doors and people running up and down (our first two nights had a coach load of schoolchildren on our floor so there was lots of scampering about outisde which was pretty audible from the room). Once they had gone things were pretty quiet although from time to time there was the occasional door bang and the thump thump thump of ski boots but to be fair it is hard to hide this wherever you are. In conclusion I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone and would also recommend staying at Bannf as it is a well set up resort with plenty to offer in terms of restaurants and shops etc. My tips are "The Key" for Steak and the "Magpie and Stump" for Mexican. We were advised that the Saltlick was great for steak lthough a little pricey and that upstairs in Melissa's was good for pub grub and atmosphere although we did not get to go to either of these places. Finally I would heartily recommend a visit to the Hot Springs bath in Bannf and also that you go at least once to the Buffet Dinner in the Bow Valley Grill Restauarant at the Fairmont Bannf Springs Hotel which is about half a mile out of town. The per head price is $30 which is reasonable compared to the main places in town but the selection is superb and the food quality is even better. We went on two different nights and I cannot recommend it high enough - you must go! They are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday I believe and each night has a theme which I think are Italian, Asian and Candadian respectively.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Banff, the Mount Royal Hotel offers 135, comfortably appointed and recently renovated guest rooms. All rooms offer a window view and come with 37" LCD TV's, coffee maker, digital clock radio, telephone with voicemail, electronic in-room safe and iron/board & board, hair dryer, climate control (heat and air conditioning)and bathroom amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mount Royal Banff
- Hotel Mount Royal