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“Great place for a family...” 4 of 5 stars
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Banff International Hotel
Ranked #20 of 32 Hotels in Banff
Edmonton, Alberta
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28 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Great place for a family...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2009

We stayed at the Banff International for three days and loved it. Our family of four had a loft room with three beds. The room was very clean and comfortable for us and the central location of the hotel made visiting downtown Banff very easy. The rooms are not AC'd, but the mountains cool rapidly in the evening and sleeping was easy even after hot days. The entire staff were friendly, from the efficient and polite check-in to the smiling room cleaning staff that say "Good to see you again" when you pass them in the morning.

Our only caution when considering the hotel is the level of noise that creeps into the room from outside. The hotel is not well soundproofed and so you will hear noisy neighbours or people talking as they walk by late at night. But you are in central Banff and should expect the noise such a location will inevitably invite. There is also a train line that you will hear.

We paid $175CDN / night for our loft room. The value can't be beat for a family on vacation in Banff.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2009

The hotel is very clean, well priced and in an excellent location. The only problem is that there is no air conditioning in room so at night it may get hot.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Brisbane
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2009

We stayed two nights at this hotel. After two days on the train we were looking to relax and thankfully our check-in went very smoothly. The front desk gentleman was extremely pleasant as were the other staff we encountered on check-out. Our room was a good size and very clean. I have seen some reports where people have complained about the view from their room, but lets face it, one does not go on holidays to sit in a hotel room all day. (Our room did have a good view). The location is right in the centre of Banff with bus stops close by. Talking of buses, we went to Sulphur Mountain and the bus driver was most helpful in suggesting different sights to see. All in all, a nice hotel in a very pleasant location. Pity we didn't have more time here.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Edmonton, AB
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2009

I recently stayed at this hotel with a group of guys for a stag. We selected it as we were able to get a loft room which would provide us with enough beds and room so the group could all stay together.

The front check in staff were more concerned with the girls in the hot tub wanting to stay for another 10 minutes after it closed than checking us in. The underground parking was a nice feature, although it would be a little scary for some people as most of the lights were off.

The decor of the room as dated, the TVs were from 1980 and one didn't even have a remote.

The problem came at 7:00 in the morning the next day. The walls are paper thin and the room is incredibly hot. By paper thin, I mean that you can hear the next door neighbours walk up and down the stairs and every word of their conversation. They weren't even yelling but it was like they were sitting on the end of my bed having their conversation. Even with the windows open, the room was incredibly hot.

This hotel is located very close to the main strip of Banff which is a huge bonus. Overall this hotel is what it is. It served its purpose for us, but I wouldn't be having a romantic weekend here or bring my family.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Dover
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2009

We found the hotel very friendly/homely with a 24hr reception, which gives you peace of mind. All the staff were very helpful and the food was very good in the restaurant and we had no problems with eating there. The sauna/jacuzzi room was very clean with lovely views. Our room was very big with plenty of room with a fridge and tea making facilities, main let down was we did'nt have a view but we were out most of the time anyway so it did'nt riun our holiday. The hotel was at the end of Banff avenue and was very well located for all the shops, restaurants and museums etc. I did hear that the decor is getting a make over in February. I would reccoment this hotel to anyone to stay in.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Room temperature
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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UK
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132 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2008

This is a large hotel with good facilities, 24 hour front desk, and popular with tour groups. Check-in staff were very helpful, and the room was very comfortable and clean, with mini-fridge. There is a free underground car park, which is a great asset at any time of year (not just winter), as on-street parking is very difficult in Banff. The hotel is on the main street, and all of the shops and restaurants are within 5 to 15 minutes walk. There is a restaurant in the hotel, but I didn't eat there - there are too many great places to eat nearby. This is a good base for a stay of up to a week, and represents good value for Banff. The hotel's web site says it offers free wireless internet, but I distinctly remember that the system said it only offered a free period to try it (enough for me to book my next hotel on this trip), and you would need to pay after the first few minutes - maybe this has changed in the past few months since I stayed there.

  • Liked — Great location, free underground parking
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Lancashire
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24 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2008

We stayed here for 2 nights in a spacious small suite (2 queen size beds, sitting area, bathroom). No air conditioning, but ceiling and freestanding fans. Decoration of room was dingy. Beds were really uncomfortable - the first to be so in our trip. Breakfast is served in the restaurant and there is a choice of a buffet (plentiful and good) or a la carte. There is a car park in the basement. The town centre is quite compact, and there is a good range of restaurants to choose from. We didn't use the hotel's restaurant apart from breakfast, but the menu looked good. The hotel is bigger than it appears, and easily caters for tourists.

  • Liked — Plenty of space
  • Disliked — Lumpy, uncomfortable beds
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Property: Banff International 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
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Ranked #20 of 32 Hotels in Banff
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Hotel Class:3 star — Banff International Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 162
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