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Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   521 Banff Avenue | Box 1070, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H8, Canada   |  
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Ranked #6 of 33 hotels in Banff
Calgary, Canada
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“great girls weekend”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

a girlfriend and i decided pretty last minute during the holidays that we should do a little overnight spa get away in the mountains. we got a great room with a balcony - which was really not as expensive as i had thought - and booked ourselves treatments at the red earth spa which is on the lower level of the hotel.

overall i was really pleased. it was not an outstanding but the room was very clean with lots of space. the bathroom was also clean. the place is modern and updated with cozy bedding and that semi-exaggerated mountain rustic charm that all of the hotels in banff play on.

pool was nice... i had hoped there would be an outdoor pool but this one is indoor only. it is a sitting pool, not for swimming so it was a little boring sitting there staring at the tiled room.

note - definitely worth checking out the spa. great treatments.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

I stayed as a solo traveller for two days prior to my family arriving. The hotel was perfect for my needs. Staff was helpful and the room was very clean. Pool was terrific. Would definitely stay her again. Only 10 minute walk to downtown Banff which is nice after a meal.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

on arrival staff were very friendly and helpful.
Our room was really nice two big double beds.
They have a hot pool which is great after a cold day in the snow.
We both had treatments in the day spa which was so relaxing.The restaurant was really good.
I would definitely return to this lodge

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We stayed for two nights (two adults two kids) for a weekend of skiing. We used the Ski Norquay promo code and the price of the room was fantastic ($79). We found the hotel room to be very comfortable with great beds and a large bathroom. Everything seemed recently upgraded. The hot tub area was also quite nice. I also enjoyed having the Keg attached to the hotel and we ate there for breakfast on both days (buffet was good) and also for dinner one night. Downtown Banff is a bit of a walk and we were tired after skiing so we just hung out in the hotel. Another nice thing is that in the morning, the hotel had a booth were you could buy your lift tickets and that was very helpful as it avoided some of the lines at Sunshine. Underground parking was good too. I would give this hotel a five star rating except the only downside was that our room did smell of smoke/campfire from the large fireplace in the lobby. My wife and kids got used to the smell fairly quickly but it took me most of the stay to get used to it and it was fairly unpleasant at first. also, on the second night, there was quite a bit of partying going on in an adjacent room and I don't think anyone from the hotel did anything about this. I find that this is luck of the draw when staying at hotels and not necessarily a specific problem with this hotel. All in all, it was a pretty great place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights in January for a family ski weekend. It's a bit of a walk downtown at the end of the day, but the free bus pass that the hotel provides is a great option. Rooms are nice, ski lockers in the basement handy. Not too much for outdoor parking when driving an oversized vehicle, but that would be my only complaint. I would recommend this hotel and we will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

My boyfriend and I recently stayed at this hotel for four nights and had a great time. The location is perfect as it is only a 10 minute walk from downtown. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. I read a few reviews that some travellers thought the room was small but we found it just fine. The shower is also very nice. There is a Keg restaurant in the hotel, we did not try it but I heard that it was good from others. The hot pool is also wonderful after a day of snowboarding, hiking or skiing. Free wifi is handy as well. Staff at front desk were very nice as well.
The only thing I can really complain about is that the elevator made very loud noises when it was going up to the fourth floor and the lights were flickering as well. This was a bit concerting to us.
Overall wonderful trip to Banff and the hotel was perfect for us.

  • Stayed March 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We only stayed here one nite but the beds were great and having the keg in house was nice. The price was in the ball park for the area(99.00) and the staff was very helpful and friendly.

We were snowbaording at Sunshine for the day, upon arrival we checked in put down the luggage and then went for appies and wine at the Keg (located inside the caribou), always a winner in my book!

After a shower, we took a fairly long walk down the street to the action ( its doable, we walked both ways). We were recommened Giorgio's Trattoria for dinner and I recommened the same to you for excellent Italian Food. I thought the pricing was moderate to high but in the end you get what you pay for.

After Dinner a little dancing and then we opted out of the taxi home and just walked back to the caribou. There are a few a closer hotels but I wouldn't worry too much about the distance the lodge is located from the action, all the hotels are going to be within 5 minutes of each other.

The room (3rd floor)was nice and was not noisey, the shower was good and the beds were very comfortable. Underground parking is awlways nice in the middle of winter.

All in all worth the money spent and will have no problems returning in the future.

  • Stayed February 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
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Also Known As:
Banff Caribou Hotel Banff
Banff Caribou Lodge And Spa
Banff Caribou Hotel
Banff Caribou Lodge
Caribou Lodge
Caribou Banff
Caribou Lodge Banff
Address: 521 Banff Avenue | Box 1070, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H8, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Banff
#7 Business Hotel in Banff
#11 Romantic Hotel in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Banff Caribou Lodge is centrally located on Banff Avenue, Banff's main street. It offers the Keg Restaurant, Red Earth Spa (a full service spa), free underground parking, free wifi, fitness room, hot pool and steam room. This lodge type accommodation has a large and inviting lobby to greet you to Banff. Enjoy your stay. ... more   less 
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