We stayed at the Mount Royal for two nights while meeting up with friends in Banff. The hotel has apparently been around for ages -- it is owned by Brewster which has been around as long as people have been travellling to Banff and now owns many of the major tourist operations. In its current incarnation the hotel building appears to date from the 1960s or so. We stayed in a King room -- an attractive good-sized room with a comfortable bed, and decor that seems to have been updated fairly recently. Our friends stayed in a Queen room which they said was smaller and older -- apparently the decor refresh has not reached every room in the hotel. We didn't get lucky with our view -- basically an interior view of a corrugated metal fire escape with a view of the mountains if you twist your neck really hard -- but most rooms have a decent view either of Banff downtown or the mountains. The staff are friendly and helpful.
The hotel's downtown location puts it within walking distance of a wide selection of shops and restaurants as well as some walking trails, e.g., along the Bow River. There is a Tony Roma's BBQ restaurant on the ground floor which gives the lobby a recognizable BBQ restaurant smell/aroma/whatever. There is also a breakfast buffet there, which is a bit pricey for what it is.
The hotel is now made up of several connected buildings and there are some mandatory stairs on the way to some of the rooms. I assume it shouldn't be a problem getting an accessible room if you need one though.
This is obviously not a destination hotel like some of the pricier places in the Banff area but it is definitely a clean, attractive, and comfortable place to call home, and with the added plus of a very convenient location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Banff, the Mount Royal Hotel offers 135, comfortably appointed and recently renovated guest rooms. All rooms offer a window view and come with 37" LCD TV's, coffee maker, digital clock radio, telephone with voicemail, electronic in-room safe and iron/board & board, hair dryer, climate control (heat and air conditioning)and bathroom amenities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mount Royal Banff
- Hotel Mount Royal