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“Quiet & Good Walking Distance to Downtown” 4 of 5 stars
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124 Spray Ave. | PO Box 352, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A5, Canada   |  
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Ranked #17 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Banff
Iowa
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“Quiet & Good Walking Distance to Downtown”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

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.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Calgary, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

We spent two nights in this hotel which we had booked online. It wasn't quite what we expected. Calling it rustic is stretching it a little. True the original lodge is old but the updates are only outdated. Our whole room needed to be brought into this century, pretty well new everything is needed from carpet to bathroom it even smelled dated and the swag lamp was just plain ugly. Now for the good part the bed is comfortable and everything is clean. We slept well in this quiet location and the parking is free and plentiful. If you don't go modern or expensive in Banff then this is what you get:)

The location is good, we walked to town for breakfast and dinner and up to the Banff Springs Hotel for a coffee. There is a lovely walk to the falls from very close to the hotel and trails and paths that will take you all the way into the mountains if you are feeling fit.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

We stayed there for a few nights in winter 2012.

The good
Great location - away from the busy main street; still close enough to shops and attractions.
Reasonable price
Clean and comfortable room
Good service
Free parking
Free Wi Fi

The Bad
Basic accomodation - no laundry, no breakfast.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2009

my husband and i spent five peaceful nights at this lodge. short walk to hot springs bow falls and downtown. stayed in unit 1 very nice wood panelled bathroom .and postcard veiw from livingroom. cozy fireplace and nice 32inch flatpanel tv .nice helpful staff .saved a lot of money making own breakfast in kitchen.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2008

We booked here for one night in one of the basic rooms #9. Disappointed considering it cost us $167 (incl. taxes) for something so basic. It was old and the decor was out dated, and had a musty old smell to it. The positive is that it was clean. So clean that the towels smells like bleach. There's no common room like a motel. The manager Ulla was friendly in the beginning of our stay, though she became a bit unpleasant when we mistakenly sat on one of the private porches. Her unpleasant mannerism left a poor impression on the lodge/motel. A better alternative would be a B &B or motel. Overall, poor value.

  • Liked — Clean, but your money can go farther for what your'e getting
  • Disliked — room old and musty, poor service
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cheshire Uk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2008

We stayed in Banff for 3 nights. Elkhorn lodge is ideally located just over the bridge from the main Banff street. This means a short stroll (10 minutes) in to town and no noise at night. The owner was really helpful. We stayed in room #9 which was one of the basic ones. It was really comfortable with good bed and it's own en-suite. Banff and the area also has so much to offer. Although no food is included in the price, there are lots of good places to eat in Banff.

  • Liked — quiet, peaceful, clean, close to town
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Montreal, Canada
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19 hotel reviews
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100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2007

Very quiet and nice Lodge... They serve no breakfast, though... And it's also a bit pricey (We paid $116.60 CDN in early June, 2007). But the place in itself is a charm. No noise at all, even though we had our room right next to the stairs. We had the TV and Coffee Maker included in the room, and there is a small lounge next to the stairs, on the second floor, which is shared by everyone.

I highly recommend this beautiful spot, very close to downtown and Fairmont Hotel.

  • Liked — So Quiet!!!
  • Disliked — A bit pricey...
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 124 Spray Ave. | PO Box 352, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A5, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
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Ranked #17 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Banff
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