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“Nothing Special” 3 of 5 stars
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Fox Hotel & Suites
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   461 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H8, Canada   |  
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Ranked #4 of 33 hotels in Banff
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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“Nothing Special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We spent the night at this hotel for our anniversary. We received a complimentary upgrade to a suite with double beds. When I booked I forgot to stipulate a queen bed instead of two beds but did mention it was our wedding anniversary so assumed we'd be placed in a room with a queen. This was not the hotels fault but it would have been nice to have had a larger bed since they were giving us a complimentary upgrade anyway. When we arrived at the room the toilet did not work so maintenance had to come in to replace a part. This should have been done before we checked in.
This hotel has rooms that all open to the outside and therefore you must go outside (with your luggage) to reach your room or to get from your room to the hot tub. Therefore, not very family friendly (especially with smaller children) as you have to undress and redress them once you reach the hot tub. The hot tub is very hot so not really good for kids anyway. No pool but there is a dry sauna next to the hot tub.
The continental breakfast was ok but we would have preferred to have had menu service and paid for our meal. We don't generally like to eat buffet style as we don't like the idea of food sitting out in the open where there is the chance that someone has coughed on it, etc. The waitress did serve coffee which was nice. All in all....nothing memorable

Room Tip: You must request a queen or king bed or you will get a double bed.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

We had a great stay at the Fox. We upgraded to the loft suite once we arrived, which was a great choice! We had mountain views from either side.
The room was two levels, and was a great size. The bed was nice and comfy and came with more pillows than I have seen in a long time! The windows had two sets of blinds, one to block the light and one for black out.
The staff was great, having a chili's in the building was nice and handy. Underground parking was clean and well lit, and of course the hot tub was great!
I would recommend this hotel to all of my friends and would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: The loft on the 4th floor was great!!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinatti, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Good:
- Clean hotel
- Friendly staff
- Good selection for the breakfast, they bake pastries every other day, when fresh its delicious
- Free parking
- Good location to restaurants and attractions in Banff
- Nice sauna and hot pool
- Chilli's downstairs and the Keg at the Caribou hotel two blocks down
Not so good:
- Room was quite small
- No A/C inside rooms, night temperature goes down, so opening the window works ok, but there is noise from the bar until 1am or so.
- Keep in mind the hotel is inside Banff national park and you have to pay 20$ every day to stay in the park even if you just want to rest at the hotel and do nothing.

Stayed a week during summer season and it was good hotel overall for the price we paid (170/night). I do recommend the hotel to everyone and also recommend visiting The Keg resaurant next door for really good Thai chicken dish.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Room good if a bit cramped, but good price, really friendly staff. Breakfast included which doesn't seem to be the case in a lot of hotels in Canada. Only winge is the cleaning staff who knocked on our door 3 times in one afternoon when we had just got back from skiing to find the room not done..each time finding one of us just out shower or not dressed, followed by a final visit from the supervisor asking if room had been done...arrgghhh.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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beautifulbanff, General Manager at Fox Hotel & Suites, responded to this review, December 27, 2012
Thank you for sharing your comments. I appreciate your kind words about our staff, and am happy you enjoyed the complimentary continental breakfast.

I am sorry you were disturbed by our Houskeeping Team. For future stays, please place the 'Do Not Disturb' door hanger that you will find in your room, on the outside of your door. We will respect your privacy, and not knock when we see this displayed.

I hope we can welcome you back again!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

On Wednesday we decided to head up to Banff for a short weekend. After looking at previous ratings on Trip Advisor, we decided to give the Fox a try. This place is in a great location and a fantastic value. The rooms were large and very comfortable. The only negatives were the fact that all rooms opened up to the outdoors and the continental breakfast wasn't very good. I would definitely stay here again, but I will probably opt for a better breakfast somewhere else.

Room Tip: We had a room on the ground floor facing the main lobby. Lot's of traffic and noise. I'd r...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

The Fox Hotel and Suites is conveniently located about 3 blocks from the main shopping area of Banff and while it is an easy walk the hotel provides guests with complimentary local bus passes. My single room was spacious enough for one person however the lighting is a bit dim and better overhead lighting would improve the situation. The walkways while covered are open and it meant that I got cold going between my room and the lift however the outlook from the walkways is nice as it overlooks the courtyard and hot spring pool viewing area.
The complimentary continental breakfast was a pleasant surprise and was served in the restaurant Chilis which had good service and good value meals.
The overwhelming positive for me was the reception staff but in particular Julia Thomas who was like a ray of sunshine whenever I returned from a day out. Her genuine interest and desire to help made this lone traveller feel like she was welcome and at home.
All in all my stay in at this hotel was very good.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saskatchewan, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

We've stayed twice in Banff, the first at the Delta, the second at the Fox. We preferred the "rustic" type look of the Fox and the restaurant. The price was typical for Banff, the Restaurant (Chilis) was good and the drinks there were great.

It's about a 15-20 minute walk downtown so if your not the walking type you can drive and park downtown but the underground hotel parking is busy on the weekends so we found our spot and walked to and from for the rest of the weekend.
Room:
We had booked on Expedia for a Queen room and got a standard two double beds but one bed was big enough for two medium sized adults. The room was cozy with a "rustic/Banff" type decore. Friends had paid for a king suite and was very nice and a lot more space for those of you who spend a lot of time in the room.
We had no issues with our room except that the cleaning staff was so thorough they threw out the nice soaps after the first use and continued to replace with one bar less each day afterwards so I had to hide it to ensure we had some from one day to the next.

Our room faced the couryard which was beautiful to look at and was our original choice BUT with more than one xmas party going on that weekend, there were several people making a lot of noise outside during the night and the sound carries and echoes in the small space allowing EVERYONE in those rooms to hear the conversations going on outside. Normally not an issue for us until we were planning to get up early and drive the 6.5 hrs home the following day!

The "pool" is meant to look like the Cave & Basin and is a large hottub not really a pool. It was quite nice after a cold day outside walking and very relaxing.

Worth checking out in Banff - Gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, the Hot Springs, Tunnel Mountain Hoodoos and our favorite the Banff Brewery downtown.

Even though we didn't get the room we requested, the loud courtyard, lack of soap, and one very rude and ornary guest yelling at the hotel staff (which they handled very well) in the lobby, she clearly should not have spent the entire day in the lounge, the hotel staff was very good. The restaraunt staff even better and we really enjoyed our stay! I would recommend this to those of you who enjoy a walk in the fresh mountain air and the decore to match.

Though I would say, next time we will probably spend a little less $ and stay a little closer to the downtown area because that's the part of town we tend to enjoy the most.

Room Tip: If there is just one or two of you ensure you get a Queen, same price as a Standard most of the time...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Fox Hotel And Suites
Fox Hotel Suites Banff
Fox Hotel Banff
Fox Hotel Suites
Address: 461 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H8, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Banff
#4 Business Hotel in Banff
#6 Romantic Hotel in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Fox Hotel & Suites 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Banff's newest Hotel! Waterfalls and mountain springs are brought to life in the Fox's design. Capturing the historic and natural elements of Banff National Park, the hotel's centerpiece is the hot pool inspired by the original Cave and Basin Site. The new Fox offers a unique accommodation style in Banff, with one and two bedroom suites and hotel rooms. ... more   less 
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