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“Standard accommodation but excellent value” 3 of 5 stars
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107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H5, Canada   |  
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Ranked #5 of 31 Hotels in Banff
Calgary, Canada
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“Standard accommodation but excellent value”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Stayed again this New Year's at the Professional Development Centre at the Banff Centre. Have stayed here many times and find this the best value for dollar in Banff. Not in the town centre, we like it because it is a little off the beaten track and consequently quiet. You need a car if you stay here, even though it is less than a 5 minute drive to the centre of Banff. The staff is efficient, friendly and helpful. The rooms are not exceptional and are a tiny bit worn, although I understand they are slowly renovating all the rooms. They are, however, clean and perfectly acceptable by any standard.

Room Tip: The executive king suite is a bit overpriced at $215/nt but after renovations are done, it will be a...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Back to basics - a very small clean room, but with the little extras that you get at a chain hotel - lotion, shampoo etc. The beds were twins (pulled apart from a King) and were very comfortable. The locale is stupendous - the hotel (lodge) is in an isolated woodsy area above the town of Banff. I would definitely stay here again - in the summer when several hikes a day would build up your appetite! We only tried the expensive Three Ravens restaurant that I will review separately, but there are other dining options so that you don't have to go "down the hill" to eat. We also had a tiny fridge that held our breakfast items.

Room Tip: Ask to be as far away from the elevators as possible.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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Calgary, Canada
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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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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.

Room Tip: Request a room in the main lodge.
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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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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 #5 of 31 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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