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“Decent place for a one-night stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Buffalo Mountain Lodge
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   700 Tunnel Mountain Road | P.O. Box 1326, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B3, Canada   |  
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Calgary, Canada
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“Decent place for a one-night stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I recently stayed at the buffalo mountain for a one-night adventure to celebrate my birthday. We had stayed at the Emerald Lake many times so we decided to stay within the CRMR line of hotels. Upon arriving at the Buffalo Mountain the front desk staff was pleasant and gave us instructions and directions to our room. We were in room 806 on the main floor which was nice. Room was an average size with walk out area at back. The fireplace was great and there was wood situated around the hotel not very far from our room. The hot tub needed a bit of work as the jets were not all going and there was a light by the floor which required some attention. Our bathroom was clean, but you could tell it was a bit dated and could use some service. All in all it was a great stay. I would say I like Emerald Lake better, but Buffalo Mountain did just meet my expectation. If you are looking for a room that is clean with wood burning fireplace pick this place. Also the queen bed was very comfortable!

  • Stayed April 2013
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CRMRManagment, General Manager at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, May 2, 2013
Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the wood burning fireplace and your bed. We would like to assure you that the update of our guest rooms is a continual process.

Hope to welcome you back again in the future!

Warm Regards,
General Manager
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

If you are looking for the perfect mountain chalet experience book the Premier Suite. Post card out your deck, touch of the log cabin, corner rock fireplace with endless birch to burn. Big old soaker tub so bring the salts.Restaurant great selection from artic char to spring lamb.

  • Stayed April 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Our Family has stayed at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge over Easter. We stayed in the suite which offers a bedroom with two king size beds and a separate living area featuring a fireplace, a kitchenette and a pull out couch. It was ideal for the five of us including our two year old. We used the fireplace every night. The outdoor hot tub and the exercise room were a favorite with the boys. On Easter the Lodge was very busy but the noise from other guests was acceptable. After Monday if felt like we had the Lodge to ourselves. We enjoyed breakfast at the Sleeping Buffalo Restaurant almost daily. Such great food! It gave us a perfect start to days of skiing.
The staff at the lodge is very friendly, room service was wonderful. We appreciated receiving a fruit bowl when we arrived and the "easter bunny" also left a surprise in our room.

Room Tip: For Travelers with children I would suggest the suites which have a separate bedroom and living area...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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CRMRManagment, General Manager at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. We are pleased to hear you and your family enjoyed the lodge over the Easter weekend.
Hope to welcome you back again in the future!

Warm Regards,
General Manager
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We picked out the Buffalo Mountain Lodge from pictures and reviews while still at home here in Europe. It is indeed a lovely place, well competitively priced for what is offered, has a fantastic location, and a good restaurant.

The Inn consists of some 15 or so buildings up above Banff. The views from the Inn are great, and if you request a room back off of the Tunnel Mountain Road, you will have almost no traffic noise at all, not that this is a busy street, but it is an access road for the area. We had room 817, and had a balcony that faced into the woods, with a side view down into part of Banff. The balcony furniture had not seen the maid for some weeks, but we had no time to sit there anyway.

Our room was very nice, and as you can see from the other reviews and hotel pictures, it too was outfitted with a fireplace. The Inn conveniently has extra firewood stacked up at strategic locations out front, and even up on the balcony next to our room. Interesting for me, as I also have a fireplace at home, is that each piece of wood in the fireplace had been wrapped up in newspaper to aid in starting the fire, a novel idea for me as a European, and since it worked so well, I do that at home now too. There were also a lot of small things in the room that one does not normally find, like a wine bottle corkscrew, that really came in handy and averted our purchasing another one when we picked up wine locally. The bed was good and firm, well pillowed, great comforter, so it was nice to sleep at night with an open door for that fresh cold mountain air.

My one disappointment with the room however was that some of the floor tiles around the WC in the bathroom were loose, and it appeared that they had already been loose due to water damage and amateurishly re-laid and glued once, and were loose again (photo's submitted).

Don't miss the dining room. Eat dinner there! It has a real "Lodge" atmosphere, great high ceiling, open, woody, and the food is terrific. The Chef is very imaginative, and I also have attached some photos of his edible artwork.

Will we come back? Yes, of course. I love the place......

Room Tip: Best is in a building facing the woods, or in the middle of the installation, and then facing Tunnel...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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CRMRManagment, General Manager at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your overnight accomodations and the Sleeping Buffalo Restaurant. We would like to assure you that the updating of our rooms and furniture is continual process and we do appreciate you advising us of the tiles in the bathroom.

We look forward to welcoming you back again in the future!

Warm Regards,
General Manager
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

This is the perfect mountain getaway. The rustic rooms and wood burning fireplaces are cozy and romantic. Definitely recommend it! The restaurant is delicious. Fine dining, amazing flavours and great service!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

This is the second time my husband and I have stayed at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge and we love it here. The rooms are so cozy and intimate. The wood burning fire place was used on a few occasions. You feel like you are at your own private retreat when you are in your room. The bathroom has a claw foot bath tub that is great for soaking after a long day or skiing, hiking or just walking around town. The floors in the bathroom are also heated which is a really nice touch. The staff at the front were pleasant and courteous. The beds are very comfortable which I love because I am a bit like the princess and the pea when it comes to beds! We did not have an opportunity to eat in the dining room but I hear the food is outstanding.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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CRMRManagment, General Manager at Buffalo Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Thank you for your feedback on your recent stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your overnight accomodations in our upgraded Premier rooms, as well as our friendly staff. Look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.

Warm Regards,
General Manager
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We just returned home after an easter weekend in Banff. We were recommended to stay at Buffalo Mountain Lodge from friends of ours and we DO NOT regret this decision.

We stayed in a lodge room, which was nice but you could hear the pipes and cars, which is normal, nothing is sound proof in life. We really enjoyed the outdoor hot tub.

This lodge is close enough to town, but still out of the way of the busy main street. We would definatley come back to Buffalo Mountain Lodge, but we will be upgrading to the premiere room for next time.

We really enjoyed the options they had for breakfast. Cudos on the great staff at the front desk and in the restaurant.

Room Tip: Spend the extra money and get the premiere rooms. Or choose a high floor.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Address: 700 Tunnel Mountain Road | P.O. Box 1326, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B3, Canada
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Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Banff
#13 Romantic Hotel in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Buffalo Mountain Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Buffalo Mountain Lodge is a peaceful retreat on Tunnel Mountain in Banff, AB. The lodge is surrounded by 9 acres of towering fir, pine, and spruce trees, yet just a 15 minute walk or 3 minute drive from the shopping, nightlife and restaurants that are on offer in downtown Banff. A favourite visitor pastime is to observe the deer and elk who frequently nibble on the lawn, right outside the lodge's windows. The lodge has 108 guest rooms, an outdoor hot tub, and several options for dining, making it the ideal location for a weekend getaway, wedding, or corporate retreat. Buffalo Mountain Lodge is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts' family of companies. Rooms at the lodge have fieldstone wood-burning fireplaces, cozy duvets, LCD televisions and Blu-ray players. Many feature patios or balconies. Each room has been carefully decorated to reflect the mountain lifestyle in Banff-the accommodation is anything but 'cookie cutter.' The outdoor stainless steel hot tub is best enjoyed after an invigorating hike, bike or ski on one of the nearby trails-or perhaps to aid digestion after a sumptuous meal in the lodge's highly acclaimed restaurant, Sleeping Buffalo. ... more   less 
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