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“Quiet place in Banff”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bow View Lodge

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Bow View Lodge
Ranked #21 of 32 Hotels in Banff
Antwerp, Belgium
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“Quiet place in Banff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2014

The Bow View Lodge is situated in a corner of Banff, next to the river. It’s location is the major plus as it’s quiet at night but still close enough to Banff Avenue to join the crowd in just a couple of minutes. The hotel is easily reachable from the highway and parking is free of charge which is also a big advantage.
Compared with the outside look of the hotel, the inside is a bit disappointing. It could use a make-over. Rooms are spacious and equipped with everything you would need. There’s a balcony to sit on but as said, the overall look of the room is a little bit outdated.
And during such a renovation, I would move the reception to a more central place in the hotel. It’s now a bit ‘of the beaten track’, just next to the entrance. Nevertheless, staff is very helpful and friendly.
It’s a pity you cannot have breakfast in the hotel. Many places in Banff do fill in that gap however.
In summary, this hotel is a very good choice when staying in Banff.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Fenton, MO.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2014

Our favorite place to stay in Banff is the only place we have stayed in Banff! We stayed at the Bow View Lodge for 4 nights while attending the Canada Volksmarch Convention held at the major lodge next door. We liked it so much we extended for an additional night, at an even lower price! Desk staff were uniformly pleasant and helpful. The room was small, but had a refrigerator and table with chairs. Only negatives: no microwave and no complimentary breakfast. Restaurants, as well as a Tim Horton's donut shop, are available within about 2-3 blocks. Lodge next door also had a restaurant but we did not try it. Best thing about the room was the small balcony that opened up to a view of the river beyond a pleasant lawn with a totem pole. Without the river view, the room would not have been so great. Also great was the hotel swimming pool in the adjacent property that we were permitted to use. The water was exceptionally clean and blue...the pool area had a gas fireplace. A steam room was also available. As mentioned, you can easily walk to the downtown with a variety of restaurants. We especially enjoyed the Irish and Indian restaurants, and an icecream place called, the Cow. Free parking was available in a small lot next to the building.

Room Tip: Get a room on the river side. 310 on third floor had lovely view.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Carlisle
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

Our room was a little dated but was clean. Liked having a fridge in the room and table and chairs which enabled us to shop at the supermarket and eat in the room - a nice relaxing change when you've been on the go all day. We had the buffet breakfast at the sister hotel and it was lovely. The highlight was seeing a grizzly bear just a couple of minutes walk from the hotel by the riverside path

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2014

Two day visit (fourth visit in last three year.) Everything was good, as expected. Front desk service is unusually competent and friendly. Location is within two blocks of downtown Banff, which eliminates the need to drive and find a parking spot when you go out on the town. Excellent value for money - quiet, beautiful views, handy. We will certainly use this hotel again!

Room Tip: Book a river view room - it might cost a little more, but the view is worth it!
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Southeast Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2014

This hotel was slightly dated but very clean :-) Very friendly staff, and lake across the street was nice too.We saw Elk at the lake from our big window. Enjoyed our stay very much :-)Parking was free and wifi was offered to us for free too

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Tugun, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a great place to stay, friendly helpful staff, and walking distance to everything you could need in Banff. Right on the Bow River so lovely to open the drapes in the morning and see the deer along the river and all the canoers out in the bright colours canoes. We loved our stay here although a little older in style Bow Lodge still offered all the comforts .. Thank you for a great stay and the room with a view.

Room Tip: If you stay here ask for a room with a river view. The road along the river is very quiet and you o...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Nelson, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2014

I had a great stay here. Came back tow days later and stayed again.
This is not your big splashy hotel, just good clean accomadation for a very reasonable price.
The rooms were clean with all the right things, TV,fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer,etc etc.
There was nothing that needed attention from the maintanace staff everything was in good condition and clean.
It is so close to downtown but yet just off the beatten path so it is nice and quiet.
Parking was free not another added cost. The pool and rec facilities are available if you want to use them but are across the parking lot and part of another complex. I didnt use them.
I will happily use this hotel again.The pricing is great and I dont need big and fancy to be happy. Just comfortable and clean with friendly staff, and that is just what this place offers.

Room Tip: Both rooms I stayed in were basic rooms. No view but I wasnt there to look out my windows. They were...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Property: Bow View Lodge
Address: 228 Bow Avenue | Box 339, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A5, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #21 of 32 Hotels in Banff
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Hotel Class:2 star — Bow View Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 58
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