Generally positive experience, put off by niggling charges for incidentals.
I booked into the Homestead for a conference held at the Banff Park Lodge across the street (same ownership). Rates at $85 plus surtaxes (conference rate) were cheaper than in the main hotel.
Reservation was handled quite courteously and competently. Confirmation sent by e-mail which is always nice.
Front Desk - note, you check in at the (rather small) front desk at the Homestead, not across the street at the Banff Park Lodge. All was in order except they could not accommodate my request for a room on the ground floor.
It is annoying to be charged extra ($5 / day) for WiFi access, and $1 per call to call toll free numbers. The dollar amount is small but why anger the customers?
Once paid for and connected, the WiFi was a little flaky, about average for hotels.
Room : quite spacious, second floor, no elevator, "hallway" is outside which would be a little chilly in winter. Anyone with mobility issues, or large luggage, bikes etc would do well to request a ground floor room.
Noise in the early morning from dumpsters in the back alley behind the hotel.
The room was quite clean, no dust bunnies. Although they say all the rooms are non smoking, there were signs of (old?) cigarette burns on the carpet. No detectable odour of smoke however.
Bed quite comfortable.
Room amenities: small bar fridge was nice, coffee maker (not stocked with decaf' coffee, but they did supply some quite cheerfully on request). Full range of TV channels.
Bath: full size bath tub is nice. Fixtures, tile, caulking, tub surround, lino etc can be summed up as old, worn but not worn out. Surprising to see an old "high flush" toilet.
Location: far superior to hotels farther north on the Banff Ave strip. It is a block off Banff Ave and quite close to the parks / walkways etc by the Bow River.
Hotel amenities: you can use the pool etc across the street at the Banff Park Lodge, although of course in the winter this involves bundling up to get there.
- Also Known As:
- Homestead Hotel
- Homestead Hotel Banff
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Located downtown, Free Parking, Access to Indoor Pool & Jacuzzi across the road at The Banff Park Lodge. Pet Friendly, Non-smoking; Each room is equipped with a small refrigerator, coffee machine, TV, phone and hairdryer." ... more less
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