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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 #7 of 32 hotels in Canmore
Drumheller, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“For value and location it's hard to beat.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

This is a pretty decent place with fantastic rates considering its location. It's right near the entrance to the main drag of downtown Canmore so it makes a great base. In a short walk (less than 3k) I went down the main drag, into the woods along the river and back up to Safeway to grab some food to take back to the hotel. A very enjoyable loop. The rooms have flat screen tv's with plenty of channels. The coffee maker was a Keurig, which was fine, but there was no microwave. The hotel also backs onto a pond on Policeman creek. A very good choice in the Canmore area.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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
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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Canmore was a wonderful place to stay while exploring the Lake Louise and Banff areas. Very affordable and less crowded than Banff itself. The Bow Valley Motel was very affordable and was in a perfect location. We had a room with a small kitchen that met all of our needs. We couldn't have asked for a better stay!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Canmore is a delightful town set in stunning scenery, with plenty to do and see, and this motel, conveniently located in Main Street close to shops and eating places, represents excellent value for money. Overlooking a small creek with wildfowl and with the mountains as a backdrop it couldn't be better located.
It is not 5-star luxury but it is kept very clean and the daily maid service was excellent. All the staff were pleasant and helpful. We stayed for a week in a room with a kitchenette, but also had some of our party in a standard room. In both rooms it was clear that updating of furnishings and fittings was taking place - some items were new, others needed replacing, but the overall impression was good, especially considering the very good rates. The rooms were warm and cosy, and the beds very comfortable. The only small negative was that there was rather a mixed assortment of crockery/cutlery/glassware in the kitchenette and the pots/pans left a bit to be desired! We would agree with another reviewer that for a long stay the space to hang clothes is a bit limited.
It was mostly very quiet throughout our stay (even being on Main Street there was no road noise) but the downside of this type of building is that noise from other rooms does travel very badly. On the occasions when there were other guests above us we heard every chair scrape, every word spoken and every toilet activity!! However there's not much that the owner could do about this.
Overall, we were very pleased with our stay and hope to return in the future.Thanks to all at Bow Valley Motel.

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  • Stayed October 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Cheap and cheerful! Great location- right at the beginning of the main streets of shops and resteraunts. Also just a 15min drive from banff. Tge room was clean and spacious - Great value for money. Only downside is the very loud heating system- if you keep it on through the night it may very well wake you up! The staff are also very friendly and will give you info for things to do in and around canmore and banff.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We enjoyed our 8 night stay at the Bow Valley Motel. We had an upstairs, corner room that was quite large with a separate bedroom. The price was very reasonable, the place was clean, the office staff were friendly, the maid was friendly, beautiful view of the mountains from our windows and the bed was comfortable (we slept great). I noticed right away how clean the bedding was. I did appreciate that, of course. Some places I have stayed the bedspread looks like it has not been cleaned in ages! We had no issues with noise as it seemed to quiet down quite a bit at night. We loved the town of Canmore and were so glad we stayed there instead of Banff. It didn't take us that long to drive to Banff and do some sightseeing there. There are some fun places to eat in Canmore and we look forward to coming back to Canmore. We liked how everything was within walking distance. Policeman's Creek boardwalk is just across the road and a nice walk. We did that and several other walks to warm up for the hiking we were going to do.

Just a few friendly suggestions for the owners. It would help to have a towel rack next to the shower instead of behind the door. There is room to hang one there, just below the window. Also, a few more hooks to hang clothes on would be helpful. For those who stay for more than one night more hanging options would be nice (not just the one by the front door).

Thanks again to the group at Bow Valley Motel for a fun 8 night stay.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We love this place...it was a lot cheaper than staying in Banff (a 15 minute drive)...it has recently been redone and is extremely clean. We were able to get a room with a kitchenette which included a refrigerator, kitchen sink, range, kitchen table, adequate kitchen tools and plates, and a Keurig Coffee Maker stocked with some great coffee!!! The motel is at the edge of Main Street which allows you to take a few steps and you are walking down the street where all of the shops and restaurants are...HOW CONVENIENT IS THAT? This is a perfect place to use as a base camp for you and your family to be centrally located to all of the Banff area attractions. It is not as full of tourists as Banff is either. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE...

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Stayed here for a week, very reasonably priced, pleasant staff ,clean rooms. What a fantastic town, beats Banff, too busy there. Great base to explore from. Will stay here again when we go back, hopefully soon. Long way from Australia though!

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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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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:
Ranked #7 of 32 hotels 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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