We came to Banff for a ski vacation, and booked a room with a balcony for ten days. At check in the staff was friendly and shared lots of maps and information for the town and national park. We also arrived in Banff during the "situation" in which the whole town was under a "boil water" alert. BML was one of the few hotels that provided bottled water to their guests, at no charge.
Upon arriving in the room, we were pleased to see a fair sized room for two people, with enough storage so that we could unpack, and not live out of the suitcases for the week. The two beds had two down pillows each, and a down comforter. Very nice, and very warm. We also noticed a card on top of the fireplace mantle, which advised to open the flue vent in order to make a fire. While we could occasionally hear some traffic on the wooden staircase that led up to our 2nd floor room, it was not half as annoying as the smoke alarms from the people who couldn't be bothered to read the card and open the vent. While we absolutely loved the fireplace, we couldn't rely on the housekeeping's fire-building skills, and would definately reccomend to others that the free weeklies about town make excellent use as kindling.
We also used the high speed internet service in the room, but had to call the front desk every other day or so to get it restarted. There was some sort of "power surge" (even reported on TV), that blew out their networking equipment, but they had it fixed the next day. Apparently to make up for the trouble, we found out at checkout that they only charged us for one day, instead of the whole week that we used it.
About the room, we loved to go out on the balcony in the morning and evenings. Our room was facing a "courtyard" of sorts, which was a sloped area with pine trees surrounded by other units. Even though the units were pretty close together, there was a sense of privacy and isolation.
The only two concerns were the ski lockers, and parking. The ski lockers were an open room with ski stands, and you provide the lock. Other places we've been actually provided individual lockers and personal locks, so we were surprised at what was there. There were no skis in the room any time we checked it, and we felt uncomfortable being the only ones to use it, so we kept the skis in our room, or the car. Yes, we rented a car in Calgary and drove to Banff, and found it to be a great decision which helped us enjoy Banff at our pace and timetable. Although, one night, in the middle of our vacation, we returned to the lodge to find not one single parking space. We stopped at the front desk to ask what we could do, and they said we could park in their handicapped spot (!) and they promised not to tow us. We were unhappy about not being able to find parking, but they resolved the situation for us, and if unconventional, it was only temporary.
We did not eat at the restaurant, except for breakfast on the last day. It was priced comparably to other places in town (~$15/person), but was _very_ classy and nice. We thought dinner was higher priced than we wanted to spend every night, but found it was consistent with other wild game restaurants in town (fuse, maple leaf, ~$60/person).
Overall, we're very happy we picked BML, and when we return to Banff, will choose to stay there again.
- 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