These condos are nicely situated just outside of town, so it feels a bit rustic. I splurged and stayed in unit 207 even though I was by myself. I wanted to be on the top floor to reduce the noise. Had a great view of the mountains from the back patio. Did still have a bit of a noise issue as people have complained about, but I travel with a little fan to drown noise out, so I was set.
The kitchen has almost everything you need... Only lacked a baking sheet and paper towels.
The bedroom upstairs has two queen beds. The bathroom upstairs has a sink and toilet, no shower/tub. The hair dryer is up there, too.
No there aren't closets per se, and the master downstairs is small, but very cozy. The bed was firm, which I prefer. The furnishings are very simple, but nice.
The staff is amazingly friendly.
There is no restaurant at this site, but there is one within walking distance.
There is a grocery store just a five minute walk away. Expensive, but will get you by until you can go into town and shop at one of the big stores that the locals use. There is a wine/beer store next door. OR, there is a service where you can order your groceries online a few days ahead and they'll have them waiting in your fridge before you get there. I didn't use this service.
Conveniently, the bus stop is right near the front entrance, and you get a free bus pass if you ask for it when you check in. It takes 20 minutes to get to town. The buses run every 40 minutes and an electronic clock at the bus stops downtown tells you how long your wait is until the next one comes. Very easy to use. Some of the stops only run on the weekends (the cave and hot springs) so be watchful.
I went in June and it got dark at 11 pm at night!
We drove on the old highway 1A and saw a bear with its 2 cubs, an elk, and big horned sheep! There are also ground squirrels and chipmunks everywhere, too.
We didn't get to take the gondola ride, but I asked about the rides, and was told the gondola in Lake Louise has more grizzly bears below than the gondola in Banff, but the Banff ride lets you walk back down if you choose (because there is less danger!)
We saw Lake Louise, Lake Agnes (prettier than Lake Louise, in my opinion), and Lake Moraine (also breathtaking). Visited Johnson Canyon... An easy hike and beautiful at the end. And Takkakaw Falls... Also beautiful. Five days was not enough!
Restaurants... Banff Ave Brewing Co - had the Derky's Salad with Portobello mushroom instead of chicken. To die for. We had two teens with us and they felt comfortable here. Big tv screens with sports on them everywhere around the room.
On Tuesday nights starting at 5pm the Bear Street Tavern has $10 calzones that they can make from any pizza on their menu. Large portions. To die for! And very cheap for Banff. The accompanying salad was tasty, too. Loved sitting out on the patio. I had the Mediterranean calzone.
Banff is magical! We had 65-75 degree Fahrenheit days and 36-45 degree nights. Coming from Texas, it felt too good to be true.
It's all so much to soak in. The views are overwhelming wherever you turn.
You gotta put Banff on your bucket list!
Try to get upstairs, with a view of the mountains.
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July 31, 2013
Thank you for the great review. Just a quick note that we keep some extra kitchen supplies that are not in all rooms but available upon request. Cookies sheets/baking trays are among them. We can also deliver paper napkins that can double as paper towel upon request as well.
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