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“A little Jewel in the Rocky Mountains.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bow View Lodge

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Bow View Lodge
Ranked #21 of 32 Hotels in Banff
Calgary, Alberta
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15 reviews
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“A little Jewel in the Rocky Mountains.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2011

We decided to spend 2 restful days over Christmas in Banff. We picked the Bow View Lodge from the internet and we were not disappointed. Our room was small but very charming and functional. All furniture was very compact and made from real wood. The view of the beautiful Rockys and the wooded areas were very nice. All conveniences like coffee maker and fridge were available. The bed was comfortable and we loved the soft pillows. Housekeeping seemed very efficient. We met the Director of rooms Andries who was very personable and gave us good directions. The Banff Park Lodge was available for use to all guests of the Bow View Lodge and also had 2 very good restaurants. Having been in Banff before we visited our favorite restaurant and pub,the Elk and Oarsman and can highly recommend this place for good reasonable prices and a very friendly relaxed atmospere. we enjoyed everything and will return to the Bow View Lodge.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2010

Had a great stay at the Bow View Lodge! Splurged on their "River Suite" and it was a such a treat! Everything was spotlessly clean and the room had a really modern, sleek decor. We were surprised by how huge the suite was - it was at least 700 square feet. It had two queen beds, two big couches, a 37 " flatscreen TV, two bathroom areas and giant shower with 4 shower heads! On top of this it had an eating area with fridge, micro wave, coffee maker & grinder and utensils. This was extremely handy as we were travelling with our newborn and were able to order pizza to the room and had everything we needed there. We could also spread out all of her stuff and we still had heaps of space.

I really should mention the view was the absolute highlight of the room. One whole wall of the room is windows with an uninterupted view of the Bow River. It is truly a one of a kind view. It felt like we were in the middle of nowhere, but we were still only 2 blocks from downtown Banff. Fantastic stay and I would definitely return!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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Sundre, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2010

Hallways were narrow and dark, which scared me a little, but the rooms were great. Not huge, but they had a fridge, coffee pot, and hair dryer. King bed overlooking the Bow River. Quiet at night (except for the train you can hear everywhere in Banff) and very clean. I can believe we stayed in Banff for under $80 a night! Would gladly go back again. Only drawback is that the pool and hot tub are in the neighbouring hotel. We didn't use them, but I think it would have been a really cold run in the -30C weather!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Okotoks, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2010

We stayed here because we wanted to go snowboarding in Lake Louise and it was cheaper to stay here than in Lake Louise. The Hotel was clean and simple. The parking lot was very small and on the second day we had to park across the street in a different parking lot that only allowed 12 hour parking. That was kind of crappy because there was no where else to park and we almost got a parking ticket. The one morning we got up there was barely any hot water for showering which was surprising because I've never run into that problem at a hotel. Other than that it was a good hotel and would stay if I was looking for a more simple, cheaper place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2010

If I were to go back to Banff and I really hope I do, I would stay here always. It is in the best position. It is right across the road from the Bow River and the walking area, at the end of town and when we stayed an Elk ate the garden right outside our ground floor window.This is such a pretty place Banff but the wildlife here is just wonderful. Some people would like to stay at Banff Springs and while it is lovely, as you can go for a look around, it is right out of town, this place is in a much better position.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2010

Well, reasonable hotel. Stayed there for two nights. Clean and nice chamber. The hotel is in a good location and conveniently located for the town.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Hanna, ab
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2010

Booked a couple weeks ahead a river view room with a king size bed. In the pictures is shows a large room with lots of light and a beautiful view of the river. Got there and it was a small dark room with a little patio door with a view of the back street, no river view and we were on the ground floor.. I was paying alot of money for this room for 2 nights. This was very disappointing so we asked for our money back. They told me I wouldn't find another place in town. They were incorrect. There was lots to select from. We ended up staying at High Country Inn, very nice and they were offering a great deal. We got the honeymoon suite for 2 night and paid alot less. Nice balcony, nice view....

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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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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