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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 #30 of 33 hotels in Banff
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“A comfortable place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

While the unit was in a different building from the main lobby it was an easy walk with plenty of parking available. The beds were excellent.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Lausanne, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012 via mobile

Convient, very close to the center. Quiete place but our room was really dark.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012 via mobile

It was really not good to stay, gladly were stayed just only for one night. The room so dark and hot, no air con, has electric fan but terribly not working, the bed isn't comfy my friend had soar back in the morning,.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

Next door to the flasher Ptarmigan Inn. Managed by the Ptarmigan Inn. That is where you will check in and be offered the use of their facilities, pools ect. But Driftwood really is the same establishment but of a much lower standard. Bathroom fine. Bed........ a THICK feather cover on mattress making all far far to soft and on occassions the odd quill of a feather sticks through and gives you and irriating POKE. I was here for 9 nights and dont want to return. Was booked by so called specialty snow travel agency. No so good. NOISE. Not wrong. Other guests come back to their rooms leave their doors open and carry on playing. Yelling and the rest. 3 in the morning. No spacific day or holiday on this stay although its mentioned in replies from management in reply to reviews I have just read that it only happens on ..... It is a PROBLEM. This was not on one occassion but many. It has not happened at the SIX resort Accom I have stayed at on this trip.As this is a lower budge accom from next door the standard of guests also seemed to be budget. Saying this on the balcony in the Ptarmigan opposite my room window was littered with empty booze containers from messy party goers outside having noisy drinks with their smokes.
The room has NO fridge but a tiny ice bucket that can hold a can of beer and a few blocks of ice from the free ice machine down the hall way. Generous. I do not use the horrid complimentary powdered creamer thats unfit for any living creature but use milk which needs refridgeration. Shuffled the can and milk in the small ice bucket for 9 days.Free internet access. Ha. No such luck. Went to reception asking whats happened to it. The company was upgrading its system and wont be working properly for another week. Some service. Need the net urgently for business, told I could got to Starbucks or MacDonalds as they have wireless. Hopeless. Asked about how I could get to Kicking Horse Ski Field for the day and got a blank look, dont know, may be bus. This is a tourist facility and should have more knowledge.The next night asked another in reception and she said one moment and went out the back and came back with a list of the price to get there with Brewsters buses. Two hour journey each way, $59 each way and discount of 20% on lift tickets.Good but the office number is in Calgary and got no connection . Found an office by walking around Banff and POW 'weve got bus going on thursday'. $115. return including Mountain lifts. Paid there and then. Bus leaves 6:15 am, its dark and on the walk to the bus depot an Elk Stag with set of antlers on walked across the road in front of me. Wild. Kicking Horse wonderfull ski field if you ever get the chance. The bus company also had FREE wireless. Real service, Great bus company, taking you to and from the surrounding ski fields.Unlike the overall service offered by my accom.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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littleworld, General Manager at Driftwood Inn, responded to this review, March 22, 2012
Welcome home and thank you for the review. We do apologize for the lack of information regarding your queries into Kicking Horse as well as other matters, and we are already working with our newer staff to bring them up to date on as much relevant information as we can, thank you very much for bringing this to our attention and we will do a better job in the future.
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

Drunk college kids screaming in the hall all night. Repeated calls to the front desk got them to quiet down each time but it kept restarting until 5 AM. Otherwise, nice rooms and good location, but I didn't sleep much at all.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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littleworld, General Manager at Driftwood Inn, responded to this review, March 4, 2012
Dear Michael,
Thank you for writing your review, and we apologize for the high levels of noise, the week you were visiting was reading week, so we had a higher than normal amount of students. We will be sure to increase our staffing levels- who will monitor the hallways next year during this time, thanks for letting us know of the concern. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the room and location otherwise, and hope that you may give us another try next time you are in town, I am sure you will find it much quieter.
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Thompson, Canada
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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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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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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 #30 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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