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“Good location, knowledgable and helpful hostess, great value” 4 of 5 stars
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Holiday Lodge Bed & Breakfast & Cabins
311 Marten Street | PO Box 1417, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B3 , Canada   |  
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Ranked #7 of 34 Banff B&B and Inns
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“Good location, knowledgable and helpful hostess, great value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

My husband and I stayed for two nights in this B&B.
It is the oldest one in town, in a characterful house. In the back there are a few cabins where there were more guests staying. Parking our car was possible in the back in front of the cabins, but you have to be a good driver as there is not too much space to manoevre.
Bigger cars can park on the street in front of the house. On the opposite side of the street parking seemed to be limited in time.

We were given the blue room in the main building, which was tiny but adequate and clean. The bathroom was next door with a shower in an antique bathtub, a modern toilet and sink. That bathroom was for our private use, as the people in the bedroom next to us had their bathroom next to their room on the opposite side of the hall.

Karin is a casual but very helpful and knowledgable hostess. She indicated the sights and restaurants on a map and gave us great tips for wildlife viewing.
Every evening after 8 pm. when the golfers have stopped playing, herds of elks come to eat the grass on the greens of the Banff golfclub.
Be careful though, because we went too close to them in order to make some pictures in the fading light, and we were attacked by the male who saw us as a threat for his harem. Luckily for us we could duck between the trees just in time and we weren't injured.

We went back in the early morning (6.30 am.), when rangers were driving the elk away from the greens and we could make beautiful pictures. We kept our distance this time (3 buslengths are advised by the rangers) and stayed close to our car so we could quickly drive away in case another male elk should attack us.

Another tip : when you take the Lake Louise sightseeing gondola to the top of Mount Whitehorn, there is a good chance of seeing a young male grizzlybear, who has made his territory in the neighbourhood of te gondola. The rangers there tell you how to act in case of an encounter.

Back to the review of the B&B: we concur with the raving reviews of the other guests : Karin makes indeed a fabulous breakfast with lots of selfbaked goodies, but you can also help yourself to yoghurt, cereals or fruit if you like. Breakfast is served at 8.30 am.

The B&B is in walking distance to Banff downtown, and there is a big supermarket on the corner of the street. Gasstations are also close by, and we found they had the cheapest rates of all the stations we tanked at during our trip around Alberta and British Columbia.

Overall : great value for money, and we would certainly return if we should be in Banff again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We can't speak highly enough about karin, she is clearly a very busy lady but she does a fantastic job as a host giving great recomendations for things to do she makes a fab breakfast with lots of home baking!

We stayed with her on our honeymoon for 2 nights & she warned us that her cabin wasn't big or modern and it is quite small but very clean and her helpfulness more than made up for the small cabin. The waffles were amazing!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

My family stayed there for two nights. The room was tiny but clean. The hospitality was excellent. She accommodated our three year old toddler. Karin provided a delicious breakfast: home made muffins, mixed fresh fruits, varieties of fruit juices, milk, cereals, etc. Wifi was fast. The locations is walking distance to Banff downtown. Because the location was close to railway, we sometimes heard train whistle during the night. You cannot beat the price in Banff. Overall, we have great experience.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012

I stayed there just for a night in the winter season. You will appreciate the great hospitality of Karin, the manager. She helped me to find me way in the region, she gave me a lot of good tips and did not hesitate to take her on car to drive me in the town. She even drove to the good spots to observe the wildlife far out of the town. The manager was very friendly and invite me to share a few glasses of wine with her own friends. If you not in the mood of staying with people downstairs, you can rather appreciate the intimacy of your room and your private bathroom. You won't miss the marvelous breakfasts that she prepares on a daily basis. I still smell the fresh muffins that she prepared.The WiFi connection is perfect. The location of the B&B is perfect, it is close to both, the center and the bow river. You will not find a better B&B in Banff in this range of price.

Enjoy

Nicolas

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

We stayed at the Holiday Lodge Bed & Breakfast & Cabins for three nights in March 2012. The B&B is actually the oldest B&B in Banff. The hospitality was excellent, dinner tips great and the breakfast was pefect. THe free Wifi was strong and fast. The house is very centrally situated. We had a great stay and will return for sure if we need to stay in Banff again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011

We were in Banff over a holiday weekend and had muddled our dates, so found ourselves with nowhere to stay - having been up and awake for about 22 hours. Then we found the Holiday Lodge, where we were made very welcome. It's been a B and B since the 1940s and there was nothing repro about this place - it's the real deal! The manager told us that it is currently being modernised. In a way that could be a shame. It was small and cosy, comfortable and cheap. Maybe one night was enough, because it's small. But it's hard to fault and the manager was generous with the space and the food.

  • Stayed July 2011, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

My husband and I stayed in Banff for two nights and we wanted something cheap and near the centre of town. The Lodge was a bit run down and our room was very tiny with an even tinier closet (!) but it was good value for the money and the location can't be beat. Just around the corner from the main street and all the shops and restaurants you want. Our room was at the back of the house and at night it was very quiet. Our hostess was very knowledgeable and baked the most fantastic muffins and cakes you could ask for. You had the use of the kitchen, living room and dining room (incl. the TV). And all the baked goodies were left out as well as tea/coffee if you felt like having a snack in the afternoon. We we will mostly likely return as it was a good bang for our buck.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 311 Marten Street | PO Box 1417, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B3 , Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
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Ranked #7 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Banff
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Number of rooms: 6
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