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Driftwood Inn
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   337 Banff Ave | Box 1070, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H8, Canada   |  
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Ranked #31 of 33 hotels in Banff
Thompson, Canada
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“Great Value!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

We booked the Driftwood on the advice of a friend. It turned out to be an excellent place to stay, more so because of the low cost combined with the location. We stayed for a week and were literally 2 minutes from the local supermarket (Safeway). We were only minutes (5-10) from the main drag where we found the shopping and restaurants that we wanted. Excellent indeed!
Banff is gorgeous. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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littleworld, General Manager at Driftwood Inn, responded to this review, February 19, 2012
Welcome home and thank you for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed the Driftwood, we are proud to offer clean, comfortable and affordable lodging for people visiting Banff. We hope to see you again soon.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

We stayed in a double room upstairs. The first couple of nights were fine as the hotel was quite quiet, but we did notice a change in noise levels for our final night and so if you're travelling here during peak season it's probably wise to pack ear plugs just in case. The room was spacious and clean, and had a coffee maker and kettle but no fridge.

The location is great, only a couple of minutes from the centre and you are given free bus passes on arrival which get you to most places within the area (except the ski resorts).

The restaurant/bar in the Ptarmagan is a good deal with the 2 for 1 pizza voucher we were given at checkin.

This is a good option if you're on a budget and want to spend most of your time out and about.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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littleworld, General Manager at Driftwood Inn, responded to this review, February 9, 2012
Welcome home and thank you for taking the time to write your review.
Our convenient location is very popular with travelers, however s you mentioned it can also cause some noise issues on the streets during the peak season,. However if you wish to try some ear plugs or have forgotten your please call the front desk and we will be happy to supply some for you.
We hop e to see you again on your next visit to Banff.
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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2011

We stayed at the Driftwood for two nights with our dog just at the end of the shoulder season. We got a rate of around $80 per night. This seemed pretty reasonable considering the going rate for other hotels in town which were in the $125+ range. We noticed that that Best Western's Sliding 29 had raised its rate considerably since we stayed there three weeks previously.
There is nothing fundamentally wrong with the place. It is bare bones but clean. There was no fridge in our room, or bedside tables. We had a top floor room, i.e. second floor room which was overlooked quite closely by the neighbouring Ptarmigan Hotel (which you have to check into incidentally as there's no reception at the Driftwood).

A couple of things to note - which are by no means the fault of the Driftwood:
1) You could hear the very large, heavy ravens hopping along the roof above our room with their accompanying loud sqwarks each morning (after 8am thankfully)!
2) We were awoken twice after 2am by drunken teens using the alleyway between the Ptarmigan and the Driftwood - Friday and Saturday nights to be fair

Although the Driftwood had no pool, we had complimentary access to the Ptarmigan's.

All-in-all the Driftwood met expectations and we spent approx. $100 less on accommodation over two nights than we would have staying at other lower-end hotels in the Banff area.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2011

is a average hotel the i had was ok clean and in order just it has not enough lights in there so is a bit dark but not bad good place i will stay again

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2011

Having booked in at Ptarmagan we found our room to be adequate in the Driftwood which is in effect an annexe across the car park. Pretty good value. Centrally located so easy enough to find plenty of places to eat. The rear entrance takes you in to the back street and is very convenient for local supermarket and liquor store.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2011

Due to the excessive lodging costs in Banff, I chose the Driftwood Inn over its more expensive counterparts. I experienced no major issues, and I would definitely return if I came back to Banff.

Rooms are fairly basic (no comfortable chairs) but the bed was fine. No bugs or dirt. There are some annoyances, such as a non-functional thermostat, a dark parking area, and the electrical outlets shutting off when the room lights are switched off. The walls are thin and I could hear my neighbors talking every night, but fortunately none of my neighbors were noisy.

The location is excellent in downtown Banff.

If cost wasn't a concern, I would stay somewhere else, but if you're on a budget, there's no problem staying here.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

I rated this only average because "Very Good" seemed a little excessive, and there was no "Good" category. I WOULD stay here again, in spite of the lumpy mattress. The value was excellent, location very good. Towels and TP were pretty decent and room was spacious. No micro-fridge was a downer, and thermostat seemed centrally controlled (is there AC?) -- I kept the window cracked for circulation. Room was clean, TV needed more stations, but you don't go to Banff to watch TV. It was a quick block to 2 to downtown, and seemed relatively safe. Accoustics were horrible, as I could hear every neighbor and those outside on the walkway. Parking can be a nightmare if you don't get in early and/or have a tiny car. UNDERSTAND THE CHECK-IN PROCEDURE!!! Go to the Ptarmigan to check-in, you'll be fine.

Room Tip: Rooms further from the Ptarmigan building are probably a bit quieter.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Driftwood Hotel
Driftwood Hotel Banff
Driftwood Motel Banff
Address: 337 Banff Ave | Box 1070, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H8, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 33 hotels in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Driftwood Inn 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfect for the budget conscious traveler looking for an Inn with a cozy mountain feel. All of the Inns rooms are finished with pine furniture and accents, and offer free wireless Internet access. The Driftwood Inn’s convenient location and ample amenities make it one of Banff's best values. The Driftwood Inn is a pet friendly hotel. Located only a block from the downtown area. ... more   less 
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