My wife and I just returned from our wedding on November 23 at the Juniper Hotel in Banff. We chose this venue after looking at many others with our fantastic planner in the Banff area and several things stood out. The uninterupted view on the south side is fantastic. Looking over Vermillion Lakes and across the valley to the Banff Springs is one of the instant attractions. The rooms and suites on the 2nd floor are quite comfortable and well appointed. The washrooms appear relatively new for fixtures and the beds are very comfortable. The first floor rooms do feel smaller and are a bit colder on the south side with the doors leading to the patios, but still have great beds and good washrooms. The floors are the original hardwood which is a nice touch and understandably helps the pet friendly rooms for cleanliness. We have stayed here with our dog before and again for the wedding and the pet bed, treats, bags and food/water dishes were a thoughtful touch. The cleaning, maintenance, desk and event staff were all great to work with for the event and went out of their way to be accomodating for every request. All of our guests enjoyed the convenience of the single location for the wedding and reception, commenting positively on the quality of the rooms and venue, including the food at the Bistro. The art and historical displays through out the site are nice and I enjoyed the reading and presentation, including the trail camera slideshow on the lobby computer station!
The hotel could use an update in new paint and finishings. New windows and doors would help with some of the outside noise and cold feet issues on the lower floors. It is a boutique hotel, not a standard chain, and one should realize that when booking. It was built in the 1940's or 50's so there are some smaller rooms. Being wood frame, it is also noisier as the insulation and seperation of spaces isn't the same as newer properties. Light sleepers and or folks looking for greater solitude and luxury may want to look elsewhere. I tend to use my earplugs and didn't have any problems though. It is located away from Banff above Highway #1 which is quite busy and can disturb a peaceful view and relaxation looking over the valley if one let's it. It can be nice to stay away from down town in Banff, though being within walking of the main drag has it's attractions too. Realize what you are looking for when you choose. The Juniper is quaint and nice, a little dated and worn but very comfortable. The food is outstanding though portions in breakfast may not be to somes tastes. The service was fantastic from all areas and it can be more relaxing to stay away from the crowds, if you're willing to drive/hike a bit for attractions. I do think new windows, doors, and paint would go a long way in a bit of a refresh. Thanks for making our wedding the memorable event it was with your help!