I spent 4 nights in Banff, my longest visit yet. I have stayed in Banff many times at various hotels, including the Driftwood. This time I chose the Driftwood because my regular discount hotel, the Bow View Inn, was booked. This is the last time I go cheap in Banff and never at the Driftwood again. However, that is more a comment on my travel choice than the Driftwood itself. For the price, in Banff, the Driftwood is adequate, but on this stay there were just enough things that went wrong that I will not return. The bed was old and had slight sag, the room was too warm, and the bathroom is just that much too small (and no sink plug). On the Saturday night of my stay there was a large dog barking until midnight with a smaller dog responding every now and then. The cleaning time of the rooms was unpredictable and done by a group of young staff on the floor all at once (not a problem, just different to my experience). Several of the rooms appear to be longer term rentals to youth working in the town, as just a quick look in the rooms, in passing, looked like a frat house blew up! Plus there was an odd smell in the hallways. There was ample parking and the services of the Ptarmigan Inn are available to guests, i.e. pool, gym, etc. but I did not have time to use them this time. Overall, the Driftwood is a reasonable value for a Banff visitor on a budget, but I will choose to spend a little more next time.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Driftwood Hotel Banff
- Driftwood Motel Banff