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“Does the job” 3 of 5 stars
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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 #27 of 31 Hotels in Banff
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Does the job”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2006

The Red Carpet is an OK motel about 5-10 minutes walk from the main shops and restaurants of Banff. There's free underground and outside parking and its easy to find being on the main approach into town.

The room was simple and functional if a little tired looking. We had a strange plastic shower bath all-in-one fitting which harked back to the 1970's but it worked fine. We were on the second floor overlooking the rear car park, but the views were spectacular of the surrounding mountains - but I guess this would be the same no matter where you stayed in Banff.

The breakfast was included, but this simply consisted of a small room were there was toast, cereals and muffins available, which you helped yourself to with plastic plates and cutlery.

It was quite expensive at the Red Carpet for what you got, but accomodation is limited in Banff and unless you stay in Canmore just outside the national park, then this is as good as it gets for the price.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2006

I stayed at the Red Carpet Inn for a week's ski trip, my first time skiing in Canada.
The hotel is in a great location, there is a ski bus stop right outside so there's no dragging your stuff up and down the road. It's only a 5 minute walk to the shops, restaurants and bars of Banff Avenue.
The rooms are very comfortable (although some face the main road, the rest face the back and a residential street). After an initial mix-up by Inghams over the number of beds in our room, Shane (very helpful reception guy) arranged for our stuff to be moved after our first night into the room we had actually paid for (2 queen beds in the one room). Take care when booking - we were told that the package holiday companies are well known for this. You are told you will get a room with two beds, but when they pass the booking to the hotel they only request one bed for 2 people.
Each room has plenty of cupboard and drawer space, a huge TV and a coffee maker (a kettle would have been useful for us British tea drinkers!), and a fridge. The larger rooms have a safe.
The ski storage area in the underground car park is basic - padlocked lockers (free) but there's not much room and when we were there, there was just one plastic chair to sit on to try and put your ski boots on.
There is internet access (2 dollars for 12 minutes) in the lobby.
On the 2nd floor is a hot tub (hot jacuzzi) open til 10pm with room for 5 people (though there were regularly more than that in there). The perfect way to relax the muscles after a hard day's skiing.
Breakfast is provided but most bookings show as room only as there is no formal restaurant. Breakfast consists of a self serve buffet of cereal, muffins, toast, juice and coffee, on paper plates with plastic cutlery. This may seem cheap, but the breakfast is free and it saves the staff having to wash up etc.
The best thing by far about this hotel is the staff. Shane (Canadian guy) and Angie (Australian girl) were just fantastic. They couldn't have been more helpful. Every question was answered quickly and, more importantly, correctly. Angie is a great laugh and we spent far more time than actually necessary just chatting in the lobby with her. I just hope she's still there when we (hopefully) return next year!!
She was particularly patient and helpful with our poor friends who stayed at a different hotel way out of town, who had to keep coming in to reception to call a cab to take them to their hotel, and she did tell us that we were her main source of entertainment and amusement for the week!!
My only real complaints would be the incredible noise from the water system (especially when you use the whirlpool bath in the larger rooms) and that the towels were too small. But these didn't spoil the holiday at all.
All in all, a great base for a ski holiday, great staff and only just a few points make this short of excellent.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2006

the hotel is right on banff ave, 2-3 blocks from all the stores & restaurants. i think it is the best deal you can get. bus station for the shuttle to sunshine village right in front of the hotel. the bed was very comfortable, room was clean, cont. breakfast included, small fride, tv. would go back for sure.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2006

We have just returned from two weeks in Banff today. What a two weeks it turned out to be. We stayed at the Red Carpet Hotel which is a short walk from the middle of town. A tourist class hotel that was superb. The staff are brilliant especially Angela on the front desk who always provides a smiling face. It is basic but very clean. The hotel provides a basic continental breakfast but hey, when you go to Lake Louise go to the Lodge and have a buffet breakfast for ten bucks. All you can eat. You will be set for the day. Lake Louise and Sunshine are superb and have all anyone could ask for. Norquay is small and limited and most of the runs are quite steep.

Whatever you do, do not go on the Ice Walk run by Banff Tours. A complete rip off. $50 per person for basically a ten minute walk round a lake at night then half a cup of hot chocolate (luke warm) and a couple of toasted marshmallows. If you decide to go you will regret it. If you want to go on a trip then dig deep and go to the Ice Hockey to see the Calgary Flames. You won't be disappointed. We went with Pro Hockey Experience run by Larry. This trip is value for money. Larry is passionate about the game and this is reflected in the quality and content of the trip. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE. the trip is interesting and Larry explains everything you will need to know in order to understand the game. A Long evening that is filled with fun both on the journey to the game and at the game itself.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2005

if you're looking for a hotel that gives exactly what you just need and at the same time will not be heavy on ur pocket, then red carpet is the right one for you! one advise though for future guests of this hotel, just check first their bed sheets...there's somethin there that made me itch a lot on the first night! it was better though after the housekeeping personnel made some cleaning.. generally, im satisfied with this hotel...considering their rate per night per room is not as expensive as the other hotels around it.. the facilities are ok, breakfast is ok as well.

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2005

Just arrived home from Banff and had an excellent stay at the Red Carpet Inn. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much, but it was a great place to stay. It's close to downtown, the rooms are clean and comfortable and the staff were friendly to us. They do offer a simple breakfast with the room, which we took back to our room to eat. I checked out prices at a few other places and we felt that the value was good at this hotel. They don't have a pool, but we were able to use the one next door (not sure of the hotel name) so they must be owned by the same company.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2005

The red carpet inn was a great value in Banff. Good service, nice clean rooms with balconies and located only a few blocks from the shops/restaraunts/pubs. Great for those outdoor enthusiasts who are mainly there to enjoy the outdoors and don't need the luxury of a place like the Fairmont. I will defintely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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 High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 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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