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“Nice but needs some reno's” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Banff Ptarmigan Inn

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Banff Ptarmigan Inn
Ranked #27 of 32 Hotels in Banff
Calgary
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37 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nice but needs some reno's”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

Spent one night at this hotel. Only a block north of where Banff Ave shopping starts so very convenient. In general the hotel is not bad. Looks like the bathrooms "may" have been upgraded with tile floors, new paint, etc. (at least the room we had) but the rest of the room was just standard. Also had dirty shower curtain, missing the plug in the sink...menial things like that but they still add to reno's being required. The carpets throughout the hotel are in dire need of replacement and the hallways could use some sprucing up too but in general...the rest was nice. Bed was not too firm but not "real" soft either...so, I would give it a passing grade. The one BIG saving grace was, whoever the maid was before we checked in, left the room in "spotless" condition...a very good job...well done!!! The staff also, were very nice from check-in to checkout. The FREE buffet breakfast had everything most would want. Bacon, REAL scrambled eggs (not powdered), sausages, cereals, yogurts, granola, breads, etc., was very tasty.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kamloops, Canada
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638 reviews
119 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

got a nice room , with a view, 3rd floor. corner . nice- SOFT beds. good pillows. smells so nice and clean. lots of wood trim. pool and hot tubs look very inviting. front desk staff very attentive and helpful. nice little coffee maker, with china mugs. and nice big glasses for happy hour.

Room Tip: some room inside the courtyard can be on the hot side.....
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Antwerp, Belgium
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83 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

doing a road trip through the rocky's & stopped for 2 nights in Banff.

Hotel: situated in the middle middle of the centre of Banff. Free underground parking, free Wifi & free breakfast. The hotel has a warm "lodge" feeling. There is also a restaurant ( The Meatballs ) & bar situated in the hotel

Rooms: We had a room with an internal view. This was the only negative element of our stay. There is no fresh air & it is quite hot in the hotel / your room. The room has only a heater / no airco. For the rest: big room with 2 queen beds & with a big tele. Room was also very clean. We also had a balcony with view on the reception.

Breakfast: It was included. They make eggs on demand. Veggie omelet? No problem. Meat omelet? No problem! For the rest: standard breakfast - only don't touch the french viennoisserie.

Price / Quality: well this is certainly a four star hotel for me! Nice, big rooms. Very friendly personnel & some extras ( free bus shuttles & free public transport - free internet - very low phone costs )

Bar: super! Nice choise of beers. Could stay here all night
Restaurant: See my other review of meatballs. There are better places in Banff.

general conclusion; if you are searching a midd-class hotel this is the one! I will return to this hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with an outdoor view.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

So maybe it's expensive everywhere in Banff. I chose this one because it is close in town, the price was fair, and it has free breakfast...but I was not impressed. First night we checked in late (11pm) due to being stuck on the highway for over 5 hours because of an accident. The front desk clerk looked like he was drunk or half asleep and was not very friendly. Our room was on the top floor (4th?) but had a balcony that overlooked the INSIDE rotunda. Who designs a hotel room with an INSIDE BALCONY??? The room was tidy but small and had a tiny bathroom, you'd have to stand sideways in order to close the door - not suitable for our family of 4! The room was also extremely hot, there was no A/C, only a couple of floor fans. You could get some air flow by opening the door to the INSIDE BALCONY but you'll just be hearing the traffic of people in the lobby (during the day) or you'll be hearing the staff vacuuming the carpets at night....I probably should have slept in the hallway because the airflow was much better there. Stay there for 2 nights and couldn't stand it anymore so I asked to be moved. Manager on duty was friendly and apologetic and we got moved to another room with an open balcony (but overlooked the parking lot...sigh). This hotel brags about the free "hot breakfast" but it isn't anything to write home about: hot cakes, sausages, greasy bacon. The omlette station was decent. I'd rather have a continental breakfast where they give you at least some fruit to balance off the grease. Overall, not impressed. Poorly designed hotel. Will not stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Edmonton, Canada
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45 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

Stayed here this summer on a double date over a long weekend before heading to Jasper. Going to the mountains is an ideal road trip from Edmonton. We booked VERY last minute, taking 2 of the remaining three rooms available for our trip. Even though the hotel was packed, the room was always cleaned before we got back, the buffet breakfast was fully stocked, and the Free wifi was a nice touch. It seems less and less hotels are offering free wifi to customers now. Check in and out was easy. Be aware that the underground parking is VERY low. Our Land Rover had to be parked outside at the read of the building, don't try to drive into the underground parking until you've confirmed that you're the correct height. Buffet breakfast was really good quality. Really centrally located, it's very easy to find this hotel. For only $100ish a night this place was great value.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

Stayed here for two nights 4th and 5 th october. Nice hotel tidy clean rooms, although lighting bit dark in rooms. Good breakfast. Nice little bar but on last night arrived back at hotel for nightcap around 10.30 told by the 'bit scruffy' long haired barman that they had closed, even though the bar was full, said couldn't serve us a drink!! Decided to go elsewhere but as we were leaving saw him serving a young guy a beer!! Obviously our face didn't fit. Not the best service for a hotel bar!!!

Room Tip: Ask for a room higher up we were on a low floor so room bit dark
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bigmac04
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

Booked via TripAdvisor and Booking.com. Booked for just one night but decided to stay an extra night as we liked it.

The young guy on the reception was very well mannered and welcoming he explained everything very well.

Room had two double bed and bathroom with view of the mountains.

The hotel provided parking below the ground floor and breakfast was included.

Location is great for driving round and looking at all the local lakes and mountains.

Banff is great for everything, shopping, eating, looking round and sightseeing

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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: Banff Ptarmigan Inn
Address: 337 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H8, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 32 Hotels in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Banff Ptarmigan Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 134
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Banff Avenue, one short block from downtown Banff- Includes Full buffet breakfast with a made to order omelette station- Indoor hot tubs, sauna, steam and fitness equipment- The Meatball Pizza and Pasta- 134 cozy hotel rooms- The Sundance and Atrium function rooms for small to mid-size - meetings/receptions- Complimentary wireless internet access in all guest rooms- Heated underground parkade with free parking (first come basis)- Complimentary Roam Bus passes for the Banff transit system. ... more   less 
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