We have stayed at 6 or 7 Banff Hotels over the years. This year we travelled with friends who have 3 children & the only hotels that could do a 3 x double bedded room were the Inns of Banff & Banff Inn. The reception/lounge is rather small & is tiled & not that welcoming. As mentioned by previous reporters, the carpets in the corridors are very tired & worn. I can see why they're not changed though, as it would cost a small fortune as there are miles and miles of corridors. The place is a lot bigger than it looks & is built in 3 or 4 rows of buildings, each one further back & further up the hill. So to get from reception to your room you have to go up the lift to the top floor then cross the walkway & you're in the bottom of the next building. Up the lift, cross the walkway etc. etc. They gave us a map when we checked in ! Having said that you can park for free right under the rooms. The rooms are more than fine, very large & reasonably clean, with better views than you would get on the high street strip & quieter too as you are away from the road. The pool is far better than no pool but it is small relative to the size of the hotel but it is always empty as everyone seems to prefer to use the fabulous hot tub on the roof with fantastic views of cascade mountain. The whole place is in 70's / 80's decor & would be difficult to change even with a massive refurbishment as the infrastructure itself is in that timeframe. This is no more prevalent than in the food outlets. The Bear's den pub was excellent for informal casual fare with several kids in the evening but the breakfast in reflections was dissapointing to say the least. Full buffet is $14 and doesn't include fruit (unless you mean an apple or orange from the bowl) Far better to go up the road 3 hotels on the opposite side & you will find the Caribou Lodge. The Breakfast & the decor & the fruit ! are in a completely different league - and it will cost you $1 less !! even though it is owned by the same company. All in all the Inns of Banff was absolutely fine but it is not as good as the high standard set by the other hotels that we have stayed in.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Banff Avenue the Inns of Banff has some of the best views in all of Banff. With 244 rooms this 3.5 star hotel has it all - ski rentals, award winning Wildfire Grill, Bears Den Lounge, both an indoor pool and jetted hot tub along with an outdoor hot pool, heated underground parking, Japanese restaurant Miki, Gift shop, and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inns Of Banff Hotel Banff
- Inns Banff
- Hotel Banff