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“Amazing value on a ski trip!”
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Banff Aspen Lodge
Ranked #8 of 33 Hotels in Banff
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Reviewed February 24, 2009

Spent eight nights and we really enjoyed the property. The rooms were very comfortable and quaint and appear to have been recently renovated. The walkout balcony was great for fresh air and natural light in the room. Housekeeping was great and didn't just drop off towels and make the bed but really would touch up the room and it would smell fresh and clean daily, something not expected at a property with excellent value. Location is perfect for heading into downtown and very short walk to catch the bus for skiing. The comp breakfast is perfect for fueling up for skiing, it's basic, awesome granola and good service. The hot tubs and sauna were clean and relaxing. The staff are also super friendly and helpful which is something that puts this property way over the top.

Only minor complaints are that the water pressure on the shower was on the weak side. It was a low flow shower head which is good to save water but seemed to make showering in the morning take longer. So not sure how much water you save in the long run when it seems like it takes forever to get all the soap out! Also the wireless internet cost is $10 a day which also includes a bandwidth cap. So if you antivirus chooses to update and you have to download pdfs from work it can get a bit sketchy. Hardly anyone charges for internet anymore and it was frustrating to pay for very limited access.

Regardless, it was a great stay and we'd gladly stay at this property again!

TIP: Purchase your tri- area ski passes in advance, they'll be at the hotel when you check in and include the bus rides to the mountains. For advanced skiers check out the day trip to Kicking Horse in Golden, BC. Probably some of the most intense skiing in the area and bus will pick up at the hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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BanffAspen, Manager at Banff Aspen Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2009

Thank you for your review on the Banff Aspen Lodge. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay! The hotel does charge for our wireless internet, as we include our delicious Canadian Rockies Continental Breakfast in all room rates. In regards to the internet bandwidth, we are currently working on a solution the will eliminate the bandwidth cap. The guestrooms have undergone soft renovations over the last while, with a major renovation planned at the end of 2009. Thanks again and we look forward to hosting you on your next Banff Getaway~

Cheers,
Barbara
General Manager

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Reviewed February 21, 2009

PRO Location is great, you have everything walking distance... We got the superior room, and it is spacious and confortable, Breakfast is ok, cereals and bread, not bad... The people there are friendly. CON They charge for the use of internet or WiFi, If you're going skiing you have to catch the bus a block and a half away, Hot Tub is always full, didn't get a chance to get in, I don't like it crowded.. TV, they have very few channels..
Besides those little things, our stay was pleasant.........

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 14, 2009

We booked two rooms here the beginning of February 2009. When we checked in we asked for a cot for one of the rooms and they upgraded the room to add an extra bed for no additional charge. We had a nice view of the mountains and downtown Banff. There was a sitting room with a fireplace in the main common area and a courtyard with two hot tubs open until 10pm. The chlorine in the hot tubs was a bit harsh on our bathing suits so don't wear your favourite one. The ski bus picks up close to this hotel for $15 round trip to the three main resorts. Parking is adequate and free of charge. Our vehicle was oversized so we used the lot out back which was perfect. This hotel is an easy walk to lots of restaurants and shopping. Breakfast was very good with good service and a nice comfortable room. The best part was we only paid $89/night so overall excellent value!

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 1, 2009

We spent one night here and had 2 rooms. Our rooms were clean and the beds comfortable. There was a sitting room (with a sofabed) and tea/coffee maker) and a fairly small bedroom. Oddly there were 2 sink areas/? The huge hot tub was just outside. The staff were friendly and the breakfast quite adequate. The indoor parking good (it was very cold) and the town at most a 5 min walk away. All in all excellent value for $99.

  • Stayed: January 2009
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Reviewed December 30, 2008

We had 4 rooms booked here for 2 nights between Christmas and New Years. We were a group of family and friends in Banff for a couple of days skiing at Sunshine. The hotel rooms were basic, beds were ok - our only complaint was that the rooms were too hot and the bathrooms weren't terribly clean. The hotel was quiet, had a selection of games you could borrow and the free breakfast was more than enough. I would definetly go back for that price.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 5, 2008

Arriving in Banff in the slow season we had our pick of hotels but the benefit of an indoor car park on a cold day was fantastic (free aswell, if a little tight to get out!). It only cost us £57 for a superior double room with a balcony including a fab breakfast (including fresh fruit salad, pastries and toast) and lovely, helpful staff. The room itself was enormous with coffee/tea facilities and the views from the massive balcony of the mountains were brilliant. Banff centre was only a short walk away. When we go back again we would stay here and remember our swimmers for the jacuzzi which was outside in the courtyardy area.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2008

I've stayed here twice. Once in January 08 and again in July 08. Had a basic room with two queen beds both times.
Didn't really have any problems with either of the rooms. Simple decor - nothing fancy. Beds were comfy. The room and bathroom were clean and housekeeping did a good job both times.
No room service, but there are vending machines (snacks and pop) and an ice machine. There is also a small shop off the lobby which offers some snacks as well as souvenirs. But it is very close to Safeway if you needed any groceries (there are fridges in the rooms).
Continental breakfast is offered - not a huge variety but enough to get your day going. Wireless is also included. Got a better price through Expedia than if I booked directly with them. I think this is the way to go if you want a cheaper price.
FD staff were friendly both times. Breakfast staff also friendly. No bellmen if you expect help with your luggage.
The location is on the main street a 2 min walk from downtown. The only problem with that is you hear all the drunks stumbling back to their hotels at 2am. If you don't mind a bit of noise, then you'll be ok with this hotel. Also if you want a great mountain view, this wouldn't be the hotel to choose. You can view the mountains from the window, but its not a premuim high class view.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Banff Aspen Lodge

Address: 401 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A9, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Banff
#11 Romantic Hotel in Banff
Price Range: $134 - $413 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Banff Aspen Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 89
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a Full Canadian Rockies Breakfast with every stay! A friendly hotel of 89 spacious rooms and a three minute stroll to downtown Banff. Guestrooms have a fresh, modern feel and room rates include our delicious full breakfast, wireless internet and parking. Amenities include two outdoor hot tubs with a fireplace, sauna & steam room, in-room refrigerators, ski bus stop close-by, ski work bench, internet access terminal, laundry facilities($) and terrific staff that provide exceptional service for all of our guests. ... more   less 
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