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“Ok place to stay while working at the Banff Center” 2 of 5 stars
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107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H5, Canada   |  
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Ranked #14 of 33 Hotels in Banff
Edmonton, Canada
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“Ok place to stay while working at the Banff Center”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The rooms at Lloyd Hall are dorm style; they are basically ok, the one complaint for this stay was the bathroom - it was filthy - and not cleaned prior to arrival... if you took a kleenex and rubbed it on the counter it was covered with makeup and dirt... I asked for it to be cleaned again, but was not happy with the job, so bought cleaner and gloves and just did it myself... Maybe just a fluke, but if so, not a nice one...

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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Calgary, Canada
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97 hotel reviews
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273 helpful votes 273 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Booked this place for a meeting and have been really impressed.

Meeting room - large, airy, good acoustics
Catering - good coffee and nice mixture of snacks
Buffet - not great to be honest, everything seems to look much nicer than it tastes
Wine bar - good service and great place for drinks
Rooms - functional and ok, just too hot really
Wireless - good and reliable

A great venue for a meeting with amazing mountain views, highly recommended

Rob

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Such a wonderful facility in extremely beautiful surroundings. Excellent staff. Close to downtown Banff but away from the manic tourist crowds. Our beautifully furnished second floor room in the Reception building was extremely spacious and tranquil. Huge comfy bed, reading lights, modern large TV, mini-frig, settee and a big luxurious chaise. Large bathroom. All very elegant. We had a balcony with 2 chairs and wonderful view of the quiet surrounds of the complex. No air-conditioning in room but a pedestal fan supplied. Perfect during our stay but suspect might be uncomfortable in the extremely hot weather, even if that is not often. Cleanliness of room and whole facility impeccable. Free car parking was nearby and included a resident deer. We had breakfasts in Vistas. Most extensive breakfast choices I have ever seen, excellent value and with lovely view of the grounds. We also had a dinner at the very classy The 3 Ravens, in the complex. At night venue had an outstanding backdrop of mountains and the town. Magic. All of the lovely staff were extremely attentive and the service was exceptional. Our meals were excellent. Fastidious presentation and attention to detail made the dinner truly memorable. The facilities of the complex are many, extensive and up there with the very best anywhere. We caught the end of EmmyLou Harris' concert one night and she sounded wonderful even from our room so as a venue for performances and concerts etc., The Banff Centre is in its own league. The most beautiful, functional centre in a very beautiful town.

Room Tip: A room with a balcony for outstanding views.
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

For location alone this Conference Facility checks all the right boxes. Plenty of activities available on the property to allow for diversions between meeting times. We stayed in the main lodge and the room size was more than ample - beds were very comfortable. Conference rooms with views of the Banff Valley are unparalleled. Breakfast offered a great selection but was pricey.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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 25, 2012

I was schedule to stay at the centre for 3 days to attend a conference, but had to change to 1 night at the last minute due to business meetings. The booking staff were very helpful and there was no problem. As another reviewer has mentioned, there is a bit of a dormitory feel in the hallways, but this was fine in the setting as a conference hotel for large groups. Once inside, the room was spacious, clean and of good standard. Good bathroom facilities, clean and comfy beds, and wonderful to be able to open the windows. What great window mechanisms too - and complete with mosquito nets! The food was also great, especially breakfast. The only shame is that I didn't get to stay longer. Maybe next time...

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Holland, Michigan
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We arrived in Banff on Fri of Labor Day weekend. We spent 2 hours looking for a hotel. Finally a dear bellhop at a full hotel told us to try the Banff Centre. They had a room and it was wonderful. The halls look like a college dorm, but the room itself was great. King size bed, very nice linens, and everything we needed. We also loved the restaurant onsite and ate there for dinner on 2 nights. It's a little pricey, but everything in Banff is pricey.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Overall we love this place for accommodations.
We have stayed here 3 times and each time the bed has been very, very comfortable. I love that the windows open for fresh air. Staff is always friendly and sincere. The rooms are very basic and walls are just painted white. Pictures of previous performances are hung in rooms at odd places.
A fair price for a basic room.
I would say cleanliness is between a 2 and a 3. Gave it a 3 because all the basics were clean enough. But light switches and lamp handles had fingerprints. Coffee pot tray had dirt around corners. Bathroom floor, walls and tub were a bit dirty looking. Cleaning staff really should step it up a bit.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H5, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 33 Hotels in Banff
Number of rooms: 420
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Banff Centre, a globally respected institute for advanced training in the arts and leadership, located in the vibrant mountain destination of Banff, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies, offers professional conference facilities and services for groups of up to 1,000 delegates. The Centre is a renowned site for Canadian and international business, government, research, scientific, and educational meetings. The Banff Centre’s inspirational setting and creative, educational environment provide the essential framework for productive learning and engagement. ... more   less 

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