We looked around downtown Banff for accomodations since we hadn't made room reservations ahead of time. Besides being expensive, downtown also seemed a little too trafficy with both vehicles and tourists, so decided to head south on Banff Avenue. We went over a bridge onto Spray Ave and came across the Elkhorn Lodge. It looked like a relatively quiet location compared to the downtown area so checked on room availability. They had large suites w/1 or 2 bedrooms, kitchen, livroom, fireplace, etc but we opted for one of their queen bed, cable TV, coffee maker & small fridge rooms. Sounded quit reasonable at first $125, but then you add on a 2% tourism enhancement fee, 5% GST, 4% provincial tourism levy... well you do the math. Our room was quite small but was clean, had WiFi and the parking was free. The lady that ran it wasn't overly friendly but was efficient. The location turned out to be quiet for sleeping and good for checking out Banff. It was only about a 10 minute walk to all the downtown Banff restaurants, bars and shopping. And only about a 3 block walk up Spray Ave to the famous and immense Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a historic Canadian Pacific Railway chateau which was about as impressive as the Prince of Wales hotel in Waterton.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A rustic restful atmosphere with a view of the mountains and within walking distance of downtown shops and restaurants At the south end of town, near the Banff Springs Hotel * Cots and cribs available * Cancellation policy - 7 days prior to arrival * Seasonal rates - Sorry, no smoking or pets * 4 Sleeping rooms with a coffeemaker and TV * 4 Suites with kitchens and fireplaces * Free parking is included * High-speed wireless Internet included new ... more less