We booked one of the suites for two days on a summer trip through Alberta. The price was quite reasonable, around 200 CAD which was favourable compared to other suites we checked out in Banff. The room itself (Sundance suite? not sure I have the name right) was very very nice, very spacious, excellent bed, large jacuzzi tub in the bathroom, very large balcony with a fantastic view. Beautifully refurbished; large TV and the wifi worked well. The restaurant at this hotel often receives favourable reviews for its view, and this suite is directly above the restaurant. Unfortunately due to highway noise it isn't really feasible to sit on the balcony however.
The room also has a fireplace, which would be nice in the winter but turned out to be a bad idea in July. It's a "one-touch" type of fireplace, which means it never really turns off - so it throws a fair bit of heat even on a very hot July day. The real problem though was that the air conditioning died in the middle of the night, so it became extremely hot. We informed the staff the next morning before heading out for the day, and when we returned they told us someone had been in to fix it. However when we got to the room it was still 28 degrees, so we were moved to the next-door suite (Spray Valley?) which had functional air-conditioning. The second suite had a similar view and also had a jacuzzi, but no fireplace (not a bad thing in the summer). It was also considerably smaller but still a good size.
We also received free breakfast the next day on account of the troubles. Worth noting: we had booked a bed-and-breakfast package on the hotel website, but this includes breakfast on only the first day (not mentioned on the site). The breakfast was really excellent both days. We didn't eat any other meals in the restaurant.
The location was no problem at all for us; in fact since we had a car and spent most of our time in the park rather than the town, being so close to the highway was a plus. We walked into town both nights for dinner and it was an easy 15-minute walk. Walking back is uphill but it's a gentle slope, nothing we really noticed. We found it a very pleasant walk in the summer.
Overall a very good experience, we would definitely stay here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Juniper Hotel is perched at the base of Mount Norquay overlooking the town of Banff just 2kms away. The hotel's woodland setting and striking views of three iconic mountain ranges provides a National Park atmosphere. This boutique hotel features 52 designer guest rooms, many with balconies or patio walk-outs. Mountain views are available from your guest room, Bistro & Lounge and outdoor hot tub. On-site you will find interpretive displays and artwork of the areas culture and heritage, as well as woodland walking trails, bike rentals, ski storage, hiking maps and activity planning services. Wireless Internet access is complimentary hotel-wide, and the Library also houses a pay-per-minute Internet kiosk. Pets are welcome and must be pre-arranged with the hotel to ensure pet friendly room availability. Smoking is not permitted inside the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Juniper Hotel Banff
- Juniper Lodge Banff