The first time I stayed at the Banff Centre was in 1999. I was attending a conference, and every attendees liked it so much that the annual North America conference came back in 2004 and this year 2013. The Centre is a beautiful campus with several buildings on a hill, and the view of the mountains is simply majestic. It is 10 minutes walk to downtown Banff. The Centre is really a school ("incubator") of arts and music (short-term workshops), so the accommodation is like an upscale and comfortable dormitory with own bathroom but dated furniture and TV (hence 4, not 5, stars). The room is spacious, however. I stayed in Lloyd Hall, which is slightly cheaper than the Professional Development Center. The rate is comparable to that of the Best Western in Banff. The Centre offers complimentary access to a large and up-to-date fitness center and swimming pool. I like the fact that the housekeeping does not change towels every day, unlike some hotels I stayed where towels were changed everyday even though the hotel had a "green" policy. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful. Overall, I had a wonderful experience, and I'll come back again.