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Red Carpet Inn
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   425 Banff Ave., Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L1B6, Canada   |  
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Ranked #26 of 31 Hotels in Banff
Nyon, Switzerland
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good value for money?”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Hi I stayed at this hotel in January 2013, the price was the cheapest in Banff but only slightly cheaper than other hotels I've stayed at in the town which are much better (go to Banff every year whilst visiting family in the area). So not sure I agree with good value for money hotel, by paying only slightly more you get a much better atmosphere and service only down the road.

We stayed in this hotel and whilst it has parking etc. the smell of cannabis was all over the hotel to the point we could not sleep without smelling it and had to close the toilet door. The hot tub worked and was ok. The feel of the hotel is old fashioned, carpets, doors, furniture have seen better days (it needs a face lift!). The breakfast is poor quality and very very basic.

The rooms were clean but tiny, the tvs were old-fashioned (as you might expect for the cost) and there was too much furniture crammed into a tiny space.

The staff were a mix, we encountered 2, one very nice lady at the reception desk who was horrified to hear of the cannabis (so I do hope this is not a regular occurrence) and another young guy who barely greeted us when we arrived.

I generally do not have super high standards however in this instance would say this hotel needs a makeover asap, and for the sake of $5-10-20 per night you could really be getting much more value.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Nick L, Front Office Manager at Red Carpet Inn, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Hi i am sorry to read you did not enjoy your stay!
I'm most especially sorry that you smelt cannabis in our hotel, this is a situation where we would evict the parties involved as we have a very strict non smoking policy so i do apologize for that.
I'm glad you found the rooms clean but surprised you found the television old fashioned as we have new flat screen H.D televisions in every room of the hotel.
I'm again sorry you didn't enjoy your stay we try to provide the best service,the cleanest rooms at the best price in Banff so please feel free to give me a call 403 762 4184 and if you can give us a second chance we will guarantee you a great stay at the Red Carpet Inn!
Nick Law Front Office Manager
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Calgary, Canada
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We have consistently stayed at the Red Carpet Inn for a weekend or two every winter for the last 5 years or so. We are from Calgary and very familiar with Banff and have stayed in many hotels. The biggest reason we keep choosing Red Carpet Inn year after year, is because of their rates. The rooms are nothing special, fairly basic, and actually quite dated in decor – but they are clean, and for their consistent rates of around $100-130/night on the weekend, we almost always choose them for a quick ski weekend in Banff. You will be hard pressed to find rates that low in Banff elsewhere on a weekend.

The free continental breakfast is also a perk, as when you are skiing, it’s nice just to have a quick, basic breakfast before you hit the slopes. Again the breakfast isn't anything special, but if it saves us a trip somewhere else early in the morning to pick up food, then hey that's good in our books. They also have heated underground parking which is an added bonus. Also the hot tub is great and is well maintained.

If I was looking for a “special getaway” – romantic weekend, etc. in Banff, I would probably choose somewhere else a little newer and more upscale, but for one night or two in Banff where you are skiing and not even spending much time in your room, this hotel is definitely a great value.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We stayed at the Red Carpet Inn for five nights on February 18th, 2013. When we arrived the people at the front desk were more than accommodating by taking our luggage into the back until it was our time to check in (coming from Saskatchewan, we overestimated our time and got there much too early). Our first breakfast in the morning was delicious and FREE so that's always a bonus for starving students. The hotel in itself was in close proximity to the town site making it wonderful for day time shopping or late night strolls to the local Rose and Crown bar. Our room was cozy with two queen beds, and a balcony facing the street which was wonderful when you just wanted to open the door and breathe in that fresh mountain air.The rooms were well kept and they even folded our personal blankets to give it a homey touch. Two people who I would especially like to thank are Jon and Angela from the front desk. These two individuals always seemed to work the night shifts, which isn't an easy task, however they did so with grace and good humour; always making my girlfriends and I crack a smile as we headed back to our room. Not only were they overall good people, they were extremely knowledgeable with any questions we had about the hotel, as well as any information surrounding the town site, shuttle bus schedule, and surrounding ski resorts. My returning trip to Banff will definitely be spent at the Red Carpet Inn again.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saskatoon, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We were given a clean but tiny corner room. Very narrow and hard to walk around. There was no balcony and the hot tub was not working. Breakfast was basic. I will pay more and stay at a different hotel next time as I should not have to walk sideways to cross the room.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We stayed at Red Carpet Inn in January 2013 on a ski holiday for one night. The room was clean and very comfortable. There was plenty of free parking outside for large (tall) vehicles. The location was a few minutes walk to the bars and restaurants of Banff. Weakest point was the breakfast, very very basic and all in disposable crockery and cutlery - this was a surprise in a nation park. We stayed in a King room.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

We do shop around, but always seem to end up at the red carpet inn, because you simply can't beat the price when you consider the amenities. We stayed 2 nights for $163 all in. For that we received, a room with a king bed, use of their hot tub, indoor heated parking, and breakfast. To top it all off, their internet speeds are the fastest we have experienced in a hotel. We have paid more and received less from other hotels and none we set in such beautiful surroundings.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

Just back from spending the night in Banff at the Red Carpet Inn. Initially when looking for places to stay I overlooked the hotel because of the 2 star rating. Time was running out for me to book and hotels were booking up fast for the weekend so I read the reviews on The Red Carpet and figured I'd just go ahead and book it.

The purpose of my stay was a girl's getaway with my 10 year old niece. The hotel was easy to find and check in was a breeze. The room was a decent size, as mentioned slightly outdated but that's fine - it was extremely clean and as mentioned in previous reviews the bed was SO comfortable. I haven't had a good night's sleep like that in a very long time!

We stayed on the second floor and could hear people walking around in the room above us but it definitely didn't keep us awake.

We had a room with one king size bed and a balcony which faced the parking lot. Regardless, you're surrounded by mountains so the view was still nice.

The only "odd" thing about the room was the vanity sink being outside of the bathroom but the bathroom in our room also had a pedastol sink. The vanity did have ample counter space for toiletries.

Overall, if you're traveling on a budget I highly recommend this hotel. It's a very good value for your money and just a few blocks away from downtown Banff. I would defintely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 425 Banff Ave., Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L1B6, Canada
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Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 31 Hotels in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Red Carpet Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Locally owned and operated by the Irwin family, the Red Carpet Inn has a proud tradition of hosting guests from around the world! Just 2 ½ blocks from Banff’s famous downtown shopping area, the Red Carpet Inn offers excellent hotel accommodations for your Canadian Rockies holiday. With 52 well equipped guest rooms our friendly staff will help make your experience in Banff, Alberta a most memorable. The Red Carpet Inn is family friendly and offers Banff’s best value accommodation. ... more   less 
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