What we liked:
Our hosts, James and Theresa, made our stay infinitely more enjoyable than it would have been on our own. We acted on their recommendations for dining (a great steak dinner), and for driving routes (and saw great wildlife, i.e. black bear, elk, etc.). They were very warm and hospitable, and made us feel like we were staying with good friends (and not imposing).
The Inn (house) itself, is wonderful with the most modern, up-to-date amenities and features. Our room was well appointed, and the bathroom was ultra-modern. Some may have found these rooms a little tight, but we were completely happy, and the king-size bed was the most comfortable bed (other than my own) that I've slept in in a very long time.
With B&B's it's hard to find that perfect balance between making someone feel welcome and engaging in just the right amount of conversation versus doting too much or being overbearing. James and Theresa got it just right, although James, you didn't need to brush up on hockey just for us :). The breakfasts were wonderful, although don't expect to scrimp on calories while you stay (James doesn't do "just toast" :)) And, each day we came "home" to a nice baked treat. James's home-made granola bars were my favourite. It was really nice to take an hour or so after a long day of hiking to sit by the fire with a (complimentary) drink to read the paper and relax.
All in all - an excellent couple of days
What we didn’t like?
Nothing negative really to say. The only thing we may have preferred was to have been able to have breakfast a little later on Saturday and Sunday (7-8:30 is a touch restrictive). But, James and Theresa made it up to us by accommodating us for our early departure Monday morning, insisting on serving us breakfast at 6:30, even though we didn't feel it was necessary.
All in all a wonderful couple of days, and very highly recommended for those who enjoy the B&B experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Buffaloberry is a unique and wonderful private accommodation located in the heart of Banff National Park. Bow Valley residents with 30 years experience in the service industry, Theresa and James will provide you with comfort and style brought to you with an informative local edge. If health and relaxation is what you are seeking, look no further, "the experience is as magnificent as the scenery." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Buffaloberry b&b
- Buffaloberry Hotel Banff