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“Banff International Hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Elk + Avenue Hotel
Ranked #16 of 32 Hotels in Banff
Batemans Bay NSW
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58 reviews
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“Banff International Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2012

great hotel, clean, non smoking. Staff friendly, awesome location

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2012

While staying at the Banff International in December 2011, we found it to be Brialliant in every way. The welcome was warm and informative, the room was cosy, clean, quiet and well equiped, the location was perfect - just on the edge of town, but an easy walk into the centre for all the shops, and everywhere you turned, beautiful snow capped mountains. Attached to the hotel is Ricky's Bar and Grill - now if you love your food, and plenty of it for a extremely good price, this is the place to go!, we had all meals there - we couldnt find anywhere else to match the value for money, and again, the staff were Great!!!. We cannot rate the Hotel or Ricky's high enough - go there and see for yourself!.

Room Tip: We stayed in Loft Guest Room - two queens in loft, and double / sitting area with loung, table and c...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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vancouver
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14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2012

Husband read some previous reviews and booked us the top floor corner room that had a spectacular view of the Banff Ave and the mountains. The room was comfortable, with two large queen size beds, which were firm. The deal came with breakfast at the "Ricky's" restaurant and since we both enjoy a big breakfast this worked for us. A couple of quibbles...the wifi was non-existant in our room so i used the high speed plug in the lobby. Additionally, I tend to enjoy the room cool when I sleep and I found even with the heat turned off and the fan on it was still reallly warm. As you are on the strip when the window was open you could hear the drunks at all hours!

This is not the Banff Springs hotel ..it is a comfortable clean hotel with features underground parking, a good location on the ave. Not sure I would stay there again but for the money it was a fairly good deal.

Room Tip: Corner rooms have the best views
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2012

The location of the hotel is great, and while we only stayed overnight, the overall impression was good. The staff is friendly and the rooms are more than adequate.Only a couple of hiccups.

1. There was a dried, bloody stain on the outside surface of the bed cover, only covered a small area but big enough to make out the dripping pattern.
2. One of the red cushion pillows on the bed had a large clear stain, upon closer inspection we got a hunch of what it could have been and tossed the whole thing across the room...
3. the wifi is inconsistent. having wifi is essential to us and we make reservations based on it. The connection was there the night we got there but loading a page was next to impossible. The next morning, however, the connection seemed just fine.

Overall the stay was good. The walls are thin but for an overnight stay it was adequate. I wish the cleanliness of bed items could be further examined

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Calgary, Ab
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2012

With Banff hotels offering rates and quality at wildly inconsistent levels, we focused more on price for a two night ski trip. The Banff "I" offered a spring getaway for 99.00 per night. We asked for no pets/smoking/down pillows due to allergies and were informed this was standard. Great news. The young man at check in would speak only when spoken too. Underground parking was no extra charge. The room was very clean and a reasonable size with two queens. The mattresses were a little soft for our liking. An interesting touch to have washable duvet covers instead of the traditional bedspreads of questionable cleanliness. A quiet building notwithstanding the fellow sitting in a lounge chair out in the hall speaking on the cell phone at 11:00 at night. There is no pool, but there is a large hot tub featuring co-ed rinsing showers. One gentleman didn't notice the co-ed part and showered , um, completely. Good thing my wife wasn't there. I suggest the "no nudity" sign on the door (referring to partiers in the hot tub no doubt) might be more defined. The "I" is walking distance to many restaurants so no need to spend time at Ricky's.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Red Deer, Canada
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17 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

Like most Hotels in Banff... Average

Since Banff is generally very expensive, this hotel is great value for money. There are some great offers, like rooms with free gondola passes ($60.00 value). If you are looking for a high end fancy place, this isn't it. If you need value for money and a nice clean place to stay. This is the place

It is well located, on the Banff strip and very close to the heart of Banff. Some of the hotels are a very long walk away. Do not underestimate this, it can be very important late at night or in the cold. It also has nice heated underground parking.

The rooms were average, showing some normal wear and tear (ie toilet ran, faucet was loose). But the rooms, like the rest of the hotel were clean and that's very important. the wear and tear was average, nothing horrible.

It tries to be fancy and high end, but it just doesn't get there. Its the kind of place that calls their Ricky's All Day Grill - upscale family dining. There is nothing wrong with Ricky's, and there is nothing wrong with the Banff International, they are just not upscale.

Again, if value, saving money, and having a clean, safe, well located place in Banff is what you need, this is a good choice.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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WA
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24 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2012

pros: free underground parking; clean room; with clean crisp bedding; clean bathroom; walls are quite thick, we got the room at the end of the hotel so we only had one neighbour and opposite us was the emergency exit, I don't hear anything from the neighbour who is actually talking quite loudly because I can hear it when I walked down the hallway; front desk staff are lovely and very helpful; hotel is walking distance to the banff shops / downtown that we didn't need to use the car to go there; I can see that there are no aircon in the room, so I'm not sure how the hotel would be during summer, but for us in winter the room temperature was perfect; there's a restaurant downstairs; the hotel itself and the room interior are really charming with country cabin feel to it.

cons: I can hear the train going past every so often, but we found that all we needed to do was to close these latches on the windows to make it airtight & somewhat soundproof, didn't hear the train during the night anymore so that wasn't really that much of a negative for us; the bathroom wallpaper and above the sink lighting somewhat look a bit dated, but the sink, toilet and bathroom were all new and clean

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Elk + Avenue Hotel
Address: 333 Banff Avenue | Box 1040, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1B1, 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 Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 32 Hotels in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Elk + Avenue Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 162
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a few steps from the quaint streets and ample restaurants, shopping and nightlife of downtown Banff, Elk + Avenue Hotel brings an upscale twist to the classic mountain escape. Whether you're looking for a relaxing après-ski sanctuary or a big night on the town, our contemporary designed rooms pair clean, minimalist design with cozy Rocky Mountain-inspired elements to create the ideal accommodation for exploring the best of Banff. ... more   less 
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