This review was a long time coming, even though my husband and I have stayed multiple times at this hotel and have an overload of memories tied to The Juniper.
We first discovered the hotel in 2006, when we were hunting for a memorable place to get married. We wanted something that represented who we are - easy going, fun, tasteful - and had what we like - memorable location, views for the ceremony, cozy interior for the reception and great food. The Juniper delivered all of this and more. Not a single negative thing comes to mind when I remember the day of our wedding in August 2007. The staff went above and beyond to accommodate us and our party, the food and drinks were great - and their large patio was perfect location for the ceremony with the view of Banff and Vermilion Lakes in the background.
Almost 6 years later we keep coming back to the Juniper not only for special occasions, but even just for random weekends away from our home in Calgary. The location is spectacular, right outside of Banff with great views to wake up to. The staff is always wonderful, friendly and goes an extra mile to make our stay special. The restaurant at the hotel keeps serving great food; never once were we disappointed with anything we ordered.
The only reason why I gave 4 and not 5 is that compared to 2007 when we first stayed here, the rooms do need to be updated a bit. Wouldn't hurt to put in new carpets, clean the air vents some of which looked like they collected way too much dust, and update a few of the furnishings that are starting to show age. The common areas and the restaurant look stylish and well-maintained at all times, and rooms used to as well, but over the last couple of visits in late 2012 and early 2013 we noticed that some rooms we've stayed in could use a bit of attention.
If the management does take some steps to remedy this before it gets too far, there won't ever be a better place to stay in the town of Banff!
- 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