We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Close to town centre” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Homestead Inn

Save Saved
You added Homestead Inn to your Saves list
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 7 more sites!
Homestead Inn
2.0 of 5 Inn   |   217 Lynx St., Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A7, Canada   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #17 of 34 Banff B&B and Inns
Northants
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
54 hotel reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Close to town centre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We managed to book into this hotel at very short notice. The room was quite comfortable although a bit dated. It was very clean. Plenty of hot water. Staff at reception were extremely helpful. We had breakfast at the sister hotel across the road. We were given vouchers for buy one breakfast and get two. Breakfast was very good. Very convenient for downtown and reasonably priced. We had an option of a ground floor or third floor room. We chose the ground floor however in hindsight the third floor would have been quieter. There was a lot of noise with people walking about in the room above.

Room Tip: Go for the third floor as it won't be so noisy.
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

159 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    34
    72
    37
    8
    8
See reviews for
33
57
13
9
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (36)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Rehovot, Israel
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Centrally located but still quiet, spacious, clean and comfortable rooms.
Perfect buffet in the joined hotel. Very polite and helping reception.
A receptionist named Samantha was exceedingly helpful with a lot of patience, useful information and smiles.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bedford, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
243 reviews 243 reviews
33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 129 cities Reviews in 129 cities
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Good location & very handy for a stroll into the lovely town of Banff.
The room was spacious & clean. The door opened onto a back yard where cooking smells were very strong. We were on the ground floor & there was a lot of noise from the upper rooms, but otherwise the location was quiet. There were restaurant & pool facilites in the Park Inn Hotel across the road.
It did the trick for a two night, on-tour stay.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Calgary
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We stayed here over the weekend and it was average. The reviews are pretty accurate. We liked that it was pet friendly. Our dog had a great stay. I think that it was a bit expensive for the quality. We liked the pool that you can use over at the Banff Park Lodge. The steam room there was great. The shower in our room was like being washed with a power washer. The parking was limited but the motel is close to everything so you can get your spot when you check in and you don't have to drive for the rest of the trip. It was really loud outside our room at night, we barely slept at all because of that. All in all it was an okay stay. If it weren't for the pet friendly room for a reasonable price I wouldn't have stayed here but we love our dog so it was worth it.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

The good thing about the hotel is its location - it is near downtown Banff.

However, the hotel room was dated, smelt a bit musky with no air-conditioning (and warm in summer) and it had noisey floor, which meant if anyone upstairs walk about, it would affect the guests below . Also I thought the blankets smelt funny and when I inquired, I found out from hotel staff that the hotel did not change clean blankets in rooms for a week - were they serious? I could not believe my ears!

There was a party upstairs. During the first night, I heard what sounded like rats or mice running around upstairs. It was so noisey that I could hardly sleep . The second night, it happened again but this time, I went up to find out what was happening . I discovered they were not rodents at all but some human species was having a party in one of the upstairs rooms. They had so many people in that room that some of the party goers had to come out into the balcony walkway outside the room.

I complained to hotel receptionist who took action and chucked them out. I am grateful for her quick response.

I have to say the front office staff are always friendly, but the poor standard of the room and the infrequent changing of blankets (if true) caused me real concern and I feel the latter the responsibility of management. I hope the management of this hotel will read this and pull up their socks. Even better, I hope the director of this hotel will read this and tell the hotel manager off. There is certainly a lot of room for improvement.

This hotel could have been very nice if management have put some effort into improving it, but it seemed to be somewhat neglected .

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Homestead_Inn217, Manager at Homestead Inn, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a review on Trip Advisor.

We take all feedback, both positive and negative, very seriously and appreciate when someone takes the time to let us know what was good and what we can improve on.

The Homestead Inn is indeed an older hotel with basic amenities and facilities and this is reflected in our price point. In saying this, guests do receive complimentary access to the pool and recreation facilities directly across the street at our sister hotel the Banff Park Lodge. Plans are also in the works to re-develop the property in the near future.

Despite the age of the rooms, we maintain a very high housekeeping standard and are proud to be recipients of the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association award for housekeeping for the past two years. Please know that I have passed your review onto our Housekeeping Manager to investigate and address with her team.

I do sincerely apologise that you were disturbed during the night by the guests above you. We do have a strict ‘no party’ policy here at the Homestead Inn and if we receive a complaint we will, as you mentioned, evict guests when necessary to ensure that all guests can have an enjoyable stay.

If you have any further questions or concerns that you would like to discuss, please feel free to contact me directly any time.

Regards,

Samantha Taylor
Lodge Manager
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Paso Robles, California
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We spent two nights here on our trip through the rockies. The hotel is ideally situated and walking distance to all shops and restaurants. We did not check out the pool and spa or the breakfast (not included) at their partner hotel across the street.

Pros:
- Great location
- Nicely maintained front yard
- Large room
- Clean


Cons:
- Overall, doesn't seem very well up-kept
- Windows did not close completely
- Wifi not complimentary
- No elevator and only one stairwell at one end of the hotel

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Buckinghamshire, England
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We found this to be a good value (for Banff!) motel style place with clean, very adequate rooms and comfortable beds. The staff were friendly and helpful and the location convenient and close to the main street. As it is a few blocks from the railway station, the noise from trains was not an issue.
We enjoyed using the pool facilities in the sister hotel (Banff Park Lodge) across the street. There is an extra charge for wi-fi connnection and also breakfast (taken across the road) is not included in the accommodation price. The breakfast cost is normally CAD 18 per person, but we were given a 'two-for-one' voucher which we did not use as we had breakfast in a cafe in town.
We enjoyed our stay and would be happy to return.

Room Tip: Top floor would probably be best so that you are not aware of guests in the room above walking about...
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Homestead Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Homestead Inn

Address: 217 Lynx St., Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A7, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Homestead Inn 2*
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia, Travelocity, Booking.com, Priceline, Tingo, BookingOdigeoWL, Venere and Otel so you can book your Homestead Inn reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Homestead Hotel Banff

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Homestead Inn, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.