we stayed here over a long weekend based upon a number of recommendations from friends. it turned out to be a very wonderful stay.
there were wedding receptions on two of the three evenings that we were there, however we got a room that was at the edge of the complex and higher up - it was far away from the reception room and therefore it was very quiet where we were. there was some noise for about 20 minutes as a number of wedding guests gathered in the deck below us, however they were mindful of the noise they were making and disappeared at about 11 pm. our room also had a bit of a view into the woods behind the hotel complex.
the room has a fireplace, and there is an ample supply of logs outside the rooms and more than enough kindling to get you started. the ice machine is located centrally in the complex (and there is only one), so its a bit of a walk to go and get ice from the room. i imagine that you can get room service to do this for you in a pinch. the bathroom is a very generous size, and having a separate clawfoot tub and a large shower is a nice touch. another nice touch is having a separate coat and shoe area from the general closet area. you get a lot of space here compared to other places in town.
check in time is a rather late 4 pm and they hold fast to this. also, while close to town, it is far enough that you really need to have a rental car. the hotel complex is also up a steep hill, and there is just the one restaurant on the premises, so having a car will be a must for most people. parking on the grounds is limited, very tight, and ingress and egress can be a challenge if you have a larger vehicle.
looking at the way the hotel is set up, how quiet your room is and what view you are going to get is completely dependent upon which room you are assigned. also, while rooms on the second floor of any of the buildings are nice, you need to remember that you are the one who is going to have to take your luggage up there (stairs only).
the hotel is an ideal spot for people who are in banff for an active vacation (hiking, skiing, biking)
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Buffalo Mountain Hotel Banff
- Buffalo Mountain Lodge Banff
- Buffulo Mountain Lodge