This property exceeded my expectations. I had read some of the reviews of Charlton's and had paid careful attention to both positive and negative comments.
After my stay, I would fall decisively into the positive category. I paid C$85 per night for three weeknights in February for what the hotel called a "deluxe room", that came with two queen beds.
I'd categorize Charlton's as a motel/hotel hybrid. As a traveling skier, I appreciated the ready access to my car, while also appreciating the clean, updated room, modern washroom, and on-site facilities which included an indoor steam room, hot tub, and pool. Most motels don't have all three (many have none of the 3), hence, my categorization of Charlton's as a hybrid motel/hotel.
I used Charlton's as a home base for a mini ski break in Banff National Park. I can't comment on Charlton's as a place to stay in the summer months. Comments are based on my experience in Banff's off season (winter).
For $86 per night, I felt the hotel represented excellent value. The room was equipped with a small fridge, which I appreciated because it enabled me to store milk, juice, peanut butter, vegetables, and some other basics.
I appreciated the amenities which included two plush bathrobes, lip balm (which is essential in the dry February in Banff), etc. The free, covered parking on-site was very beneficial. There was a secure storage building to store my skis overnight.
The bathroom was thoroughly modern with a large, deep soaker bathtub, a modern vanity, and a stand-up glass enclosed shower.
The room was very clean and it seemed obvious that housekeeping paid careful attention to cleanliness.
What most surprised me was the bedding. The duvet cover was soft, plush, and completely unexpected from a hotel at this price point. I noticed this and would say this was where my expectations were most exceeded. The bed was very comfortable and it seemed the hotel had invested in bed pillow-tops, which we now expect from hotels in the Marriott/Hilton/Sheraton/Westin category.
One clue to Charlton's good performance (in my opinion) is what appeared to be an affiliation with the Delta Royal Canadian Hotel a few hotels down from Charlton.
Weather for my trip was quite warm for February, ranging from 0C to 7C. The walk into Banff village was a reasonable 7 minutes.
One tip: at the end of a ski day, loosen those joints up by heading up to the Banff upper hot springs to bathe in the sulfur mineral waters. It's a 8-10 minute drive from the hotel that takes you through the Banff village and left after you go over the bridge. It costs about C$7. Towels are extra. The water is maintained at a constant 39C.
I plan to return to Banff every year or so for a mini ski break and I will use Charlton's as my home base again. For the price, I couldn't find anything else that beat this value for the quality and amenities included.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Charltons Banff is located 5 blocks from downtown Banff. This 3.5 star resort was created in the classic alpine style with natural cedar, combined with a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, it makes the Charltons Banff the perfect Rocky Mountain Retreat. Start the day with a complimentary Continental Breakfast. After a busy day of mountain activities relax in the indoor pool and whirlpool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Charlton`s Cedar Court Hotel Banff
- Charltons Cedar Court Banff
- Charltons Cedar Court Hotel Banff