With the exception of the worn lobby and elevator carpets, this hotel is clean and comfortable. I was never disturbed by noise while I was there. And at less than $100 per night, the hotel provided good value for the money. But if you are looking for a room to be part of your vacation, rather than simply enable your vacation, look elsewhere.
There are few amenities, but the ones they do have (coffee in the room, small fridges, boot drawer) are handy. The pool and hot tub are actually in the much more plush hotel next door, the Banff Park Lodge. Reportedly, the pool is pretty nice. The Banff Park Lodge also has a couple of good restaurants: all February Bow View cutomers are eligible 2 for 1 deals for their excellent buffet dinners three nights a week. Unfortunately, Bow View did not tell me about this until I had already enjoyed the curry buffet night.
The wi-fi was expensive ($10 a day with some suggestion they could cut the rate if you took a week). I went to the nearby Starbucks instead.
The bus pick up for the ski resorts is in front of the Banff Park Lodge, which is about a two minute walk in ski boots. It's the last pick up spot before the hills and the first drop off spot. so that was nice (the bus service always put on a second bus quickly if the first filled up, when I was there). The Banff Park Lodge is also where you catch the bus back to the Calgary airport. Bow View has its own ski room, but they don't seem to mind if you take your gear up to your room. Banff Park Lodge let me store mine in their ski room, which was much more handy and seemed more secure (in fact they offered to store my gear).
The staff was sparse, but quite helpful.
The hotel is quite convenient to 'downtown' Banff -- perhaps a 3 minute walk.
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- Also Known As:
- Bow View Hotel Banff
- Bow View Banff
- Bow View Lodge Banff