It's Family Day long weekend in February, and my husband and I have chosen to take the kids Skiing in Banff! After looking at the Family Hotels, that are located outside of the downtown core, we have chosen to stay at the Banff Park Lodge which is in the heart of downtown. We've stayed here in the past and we have enjoyed it as a couple. Now travelling with young children, I like to have shopping options nearby.
This time we have opted to rent two rooms instead of one suite. One being a kings sized bed, and the second room attached being a room with two queens. We also obtained a roll in cot for $10/night, which fit nicely in the room with two queens. This hotel has Lodge Suites which is one large room that sleeps six. Though my preference is a wall and some space between me and my kids.
The king size bedroom also has a Jacuzzi tub. The rooms were clean and the beds were very comfortable, though I found the heater a bit loud during the night so I turned the heat off till morning and we only had one minor issue with the tub, being when you pulled up the rod for the shower, a lot of water still drained into the tub. The Jacuzzi was sure nice after a cold day of skiing. Both rooms also came with a coffee maker and an electric kettle and a small fridge. The only thing lacking in the rooms is a microwave oven. Both rooms had large closets which were great to hang jackets and ski pants in to dry. The room with two queens also had a second sink outside the bathroom which was great when the bathroom was occupied for the kids to brush teeth at night.
Our rooms were at the very end of the hotel facing Wolf Street. Across the street was a parking lot, no bars, no hotels and no noise. The only thing we heard occasionally was the whistle of the Canadian Pacific Railway Train, as we were only a few blocks away from the crossing. This did not bother us at all, and I think most of downtown Banff would hear it quite clearly.
With kids you always need something, Banff Park Lodge is one block from Nester's Grocery Store (local grocery store), two blocks away from Safeway (Large grocery chain). One block away from a pharmacy, and my husband broke his glasses and one block away from the optomitrist. Across the street is Shell Gasoline and a convenience store. Also important to note the Tim Horton's Donut shop was only two blocks away, and if you break something skiing, the hospital is a block away.
The hotel is also a full service, the kids enjoyed the swimming pool, hot tub and cooler pool. It is important to note, that the hotel requests the kids swim time to be over at 9pm, to give the adults some time to use the pool. Which I didn't have a problem with that. There were always ample towels to use, and the eucalyptus steam room was really hot. There was a small exercise room, beside the pool which we did not use.
We did use the heated underground parking which was $10.00/day. In February this is really nice to come to a vehicle that is heated, and had all the snow melted off. There is a height restriction of 6 Feet, and our Chevy Avalanche had about two inches to spare! There is even a hose for guest to use to wash their vehicles with to get rid of the dirt. There is even locker service for skis and snowboards, but we chose to keep our equipment locked in the back of the truck. The only thing I wasn't really thrilled about was the $10.00/per 24 hour charge for internet access. Really, is this necessary when most hotels offer it for free??
My son and I ate at the Chinook Restaurant for breakfast, and my husband and I enjoyed a Valentines Dinner at the Terrace Dining Room and another occasion had late night drinks at the Terrace Lounge. All times service was first rate. The hotel also has some small shops such as a convience store, with a large selection of magazines, candy, postal services, and a selection of items which you may have forgotten at home.
We enjoyed being a block off from Banff Avenue, the main street. It was nice quiet, and walking distance to all the bars, restaurants and shops. If you have never been to Banff, be aware that it is a tourist town and prices are inflated here, though I found the Banff Park Lodge to be a good value for our money, and the number of services they offer... and we will be back!
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