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Bow Valley Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   610 8th St., Canmore, Alberta T1W 2B5, Canada   |  
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Ranked #8 of 32 hotels in Canmore
Montreal, Canada
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“Good for what's supposed to be”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012 via mobile

This is a decent motel in the heart of Canmore.
If you're not expecting much you won't be dissapointed, the furniture is old but functional, the bathroom clean, the room clean by motel standards :)
They have this huge flat screen TV in the room, the only reason i'm mentioning it it's because they placed it at 90degrees angle from the bed/sofa, so impossible to watch.
Very good value for money.

Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

As everyone knows travel in Canada can be pretty costly. We were doing a road trip in Canada this summer and found the Bow Motel in Canmore, Alberta to be a really good choice for a place to stay while we were in the Banff area. Banff is much more expensive and is only a few miles away. The town of Canmore is really nice with lots of good restaurants and plenty of shops to visit. This motel is perfectly located for walking and has a laundry mat right out front. The people were very helpful, rates were good and we found it to be one of our best catches of our entire trip and we were on the road for over 5 weeks.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

We were so pleased with our recent weekend stay at the Bow Valley Motel. We rented the large housekeeping unit with the Murphy bed in the living room. We were thrilled it was so handy to town and also the walkway. We managed to cook our Thanksgiving dinner in the unit. Only thing required was oven pan, foil wrap and Saran Wrap. I would highly recommend this Motel to anyone who needs a getaway from the city for a good price!

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

This is an ok place for a few nights in the area. We stayed in a queen suite. The bedroom and bathroom were smart, clean and tidy. The kitchen was fully equipped even if the cutlery was a bit mix and match. Overall the kitchen and living area were functional but a bit tired. Flat screen TVs in lounge and bedroom. Situation in Canmore spot on, quiet, fab views of mountains and close to the main shopping area. Canmore itself is a pleasant town.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

My girlfriend and I needed to get away for at least one night last weekend, and I booked us here. I am so very glad I did - this motel is in the heart of downtown Canmore, and it is very well run.

Friendly staff, excellent location to be able to walk to all amenities, and clean rooms make this a place to stay for any budget.

The check-in process was very smooth and friendly, and we were in our room within minutes.

The room itself was a standard queen room with a kitchenette - this kitchenette was bigger than most apartments I have been in! Wow! The decor is what may be expected of a country motel, a little dark, but my girlfriend and I were very comfortable and cozy here.

There was a flat-screen tv as well as a small desk, where I used the motel wi-fi on my tablet to get some work done before bed. Smooth wi-fi network as well, and was very happy.

Went next door (literally) to the grizzly restaurant/bar for evening meal, and liked that we could get a drink and not worry about who may drive home... we are social drinkers, but feel strongly about not drinking and driving, so our room location made it easy to not worry and have a fun night.

Our sleep was a sound one, but me being an avid photographer I rose at around 6 am to go and get my location on for some morning sunrise shots.... Needless to say, I was extremely pleased with my results around Spray Lakes Road among the mountains surrounding Canmore.

Even the shower and bathroom facilities in the room was great!

On the Sunday morning during our packing, my girlfriend noticed she needed a safety pin for something, and we did not pack any such things, so I went to the front desk on the off chance that they may have one. After a few minutes of searching, they found 2 different sizes for us! This may not sound like much, but to me, it can be the little things that can make or break your experience, and this was one of the little things that make you smile and appreciate the great staff that this motel has!

Our stay was very quiet, and we would definitely recommend this motel to anyone staying in Canmore!

Thank you to all the staff (morning and night) for your hospitality, we will see you again!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

I enjoyed my stay here. Family run motel and staff were courteous and helpful. The room was very clean, we had what we needed and felt at home here. The motel is in a good location on the main street opposite a picturesque wooden church. Value for money motel

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Airdrie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

So we found this little motel on Main street in Canmore and just loved our stay. Canmore and more so Banff, is very expensive so we felt we got our money's worth. Which most of the reviews mention as well. We paid $110.00 for a standard room, with nice flat screen TV, comfy bed, fridge, coffee and full bathroom. I've stayed in Airdrie and Calgary a couple times and you'll pay $159.00+ for the same room type and in Banff even more. You will not get the amazing location this motel has and personal service. We checked rates at other properties in Canmore as we drove in and these guys were $20 (or more!) less than all of them. Their front desk staff is amazing with suggestions. Yes, their property is a little more dated in decor but functionality is the same.

You can't beat their location because you can walk to EVERYTHING! We were recommend great restaurants to try all very close.

Great price, great location, great staff! These guys can't be beat in Canmore! We will stay again for sure.

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  • Stayed August 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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Address: 610 8th St., Canmore, Alberta T1W 2B5, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Kananaskis Country > Canmore
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Canmore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Bow Valley Motel 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bow Valley Motel welcomes you to Main Street in the Mountains an ideal base for the independent traveler, family, or small group. Clean, comfortable, affordable accommodations with the wonder of the peaks all around you. 25 spacious rooms with one or two queen beds - each providing complementary coffee, fridge, cable TV, telephone, full bath and free wireless internet. Some units with kitchens, upper and ground units upon request. ... more   less 
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