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Review of Banff Park Lodge Resort and Conference Centre

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Banff Park Lodge Resort and Conference Centre
Ranked #9 of 32 Hotels in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing location, great staff, fantastic holiday!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

My boyfriend and I tagged along to help with a conference being held at the Banff Park Lodge. The rooms for the meet and greet and meetings were perfect. There was tons of space and everything ran smoothly. Staff was attentive and their attention to detail was impeccable! They were very understanding with some of our last minute changes and helpful all around. We called the front desk for a cork screw, and they showed up with not only the cork screw but also wine glasses for us! Sunday buffet brunch was delicious, with so many options. The pool area was very inviting and relaxing (though the door on the steam room needs a better seal).
Overall, everyone with the conference was very impressed and pleased. Our mini-vacation being tacked on was also a great decision. We will definitely be going back and staying here in the future!

Room Tip: New bathroom was great! (though, the floor got soaked!)
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Kaitlin K
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62 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

We are a couple who have been staying in the Banff Park Lodge at least once every ski season for the past 5+ years. We last visited in Jan 2013.

In common with many hotels in Banff, the rooms lag competitive modern standards of décor found outside of the national park (where the supply of hotel accommodation is effectively capped) especially the quite antiquated bathroom. However, they are spotlessly cleaned and maintained have seen a recent upgrade with new large flat LCD TVs updates to some room fixtures and furnishings. All of the modern comforts are available. Wifi is available but the reception for cellphone data plans (ours was with Telus) is good enough for regular browsing, mailing and file transfer.

The common parts of the hotel are spacious with pleasing décor and a pleasant open layout. The bar and lounge provide a very relaxing and luxurious area to unwind.

The staff are experienced, friendly and helpful. My partner needed to study during our stay and so a table and chair were added to our room.

It's location is perhaps the hotel's biggest asset. It's adjacent to a quieter central area of town near the river. Many rooms back on to a quieter areas adjacent to the river (although they are not directly riverside) and have spectacular views of the surrounding mountains from the balconies. There is ample indoor and outdoor reserved parking which is useful if you are driving an oversize vehicle.

Whilst the hotel is in a quieter area, it is only a couple of small blocks away from the centre of Banff with it's many bars restaurants and shops. It is directly opposite Melisa's restaurant which is one of the best value independent restaurants in Banff.

The hotel's smart Terrace restaurant is excellent as is the lobby bar. The breakfast buffet is good and the upstairs restaurant has nice views of the surrounding mountains to enjoy over your morning breakfast.

A couple of years ago, the hotel completely refurbished its modest sized swimming pool, hot tub and fitness/spa area to bring it in line with contemporary design. The lobby has a few shops with some interesting items such as gifts, maps and a good selection of books relating to the local area.

The ski packages are exceptional value. It would be very difficult for a 1-2 week visitor to find or build a better package deal with tri-area lift tickets and similar accommodation. The ski bus stops outside the lobby.

There are a few fancier and more expensive places in Banff. But if you are looking for high quality, excellent value and a great location, this is an excellent choice.

Room Tip: Go for a room at the back of the hotel to minimize noise.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights to have a quiet family bonding. As we just arrived, hubby needs internet and wanted to play a PS3 but for a hunchback TV for superior room? no way! We were surprise that you have to pay for the internet every 24 hours for $10 and another $15 for the microwave ( I have a kid so we need to heat up some food for him) and the weather that time is so cold so another $9/night for heated parking.

It is sad that you have to pay for everything add-ons, knowing that other hotels is giving that for free with no-charge at all and with free breakfast.

Pros: The swimming pool, sauna is nice and clean just too much chlorine that makes your skin so itchy after. The restaurant is classy and their pianist is amazing!

Conclusion: We'll try something else next time!

Room Tip: ask them for the nicer view.... room 372 and up on that section is nice.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Jane C
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Battleford, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

We have stayed here a few times because if the proximity to downtown Banff. The hotel is clean, rooms are clean. Good beds. Not like sleeping on a slab of wood. Very quiet. Front desk staff are wonderful and friendly. Would stay again and again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Saanich, Canada
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152 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

We have been staying here for over 20 years and mixed other buildings in even the Banff Springs but always we return here for value and location. Are there more luxurious places in Banff - yep. But not many that are as professionally run and consistant in service and quality. The breakfast buffet is excellent value and when they open the theme buffet bring your cowboy boots and wagon sized appetite - it's great.

Room Tip: The suites are worth the extra as a treat - really.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank BobFarr2000
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Saskatchewan
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53 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Stayed at Banff Park Lodge for three nights to go sking at Louise and Sunshine.
Arrived Christmas Day with a fifty dollar plate buffet, didn't go as menu showed nothing worth fifty dollars, wet to Tim's instead.
Room was good size with two queen beds, clean and well kept. Staff were friendly and helpful.
Access to hotel from street was limited either front door or key card into underground garage at back either way long walk to room. There were doors closser to our room but couldn't access them from outside, they need to add card access to these doors.
Parking is mostly underground so if you have a vehicle over six feet high otherwise you park in the back along the building into the alley and as you go down the line the length of your vehicle needs to decrease, so small cars parked in long spots leaving trucks no place to park except to block alley. Very limited outside parking. Vehicles that could easily park underground were taking up spots at outside parking. Fortunately there is 12 hour free parking across the street, but it fills up quick at night as trucks etc can't pak at hotel.
Went to the Banff hot springs, nice, clean.
No free internet.
Good location to walk main drag ans shop

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank PrairieDiver
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Brooklyn, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

The Lost and Found Department at the Banff Park Lodge is just excellent! We had left a dear stuffed animal (or maybe he wanted to extend his stay!) at the Banff Park Lodge, and contacted Lost and Found who let us know that they had it and helped coordinate a shipment back to our home in Brooklyn and calmed us down about the whole thing. They also commented on how sweet the stuffed animal was which brought a lot of smiles to our home!

We had a great time at Banff Park Lodge. It's close to everything in the town, and features underground parking which is such a treat when it's so cold outside!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Banff Park Lodge Resort and Conference Centre
Address: 222 Lynx Street, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1K5, Canada
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Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Banff
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Banff
#6 Business Hotel in Banff
#7 Family Hotel in Banff
#9 Romantic Hotel in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Banff Park Lodge Resort and Conference Centre 3*
Number of rooms: 211
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Banff Park Lodge is the only 4 Star Canada Select full-service resort hotel and conference centre with 211 rooms right in downtown Banff, in the heart of historical Banff National Park. We offer 2 restaurants, lobby bar, indoor pool with Jacuzzi and steam room, exercise facilities, self-serve laundry facilities, indoor parking and we offer Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.Our 211 spacious guest rooms are tastefully decorated and include coffee makers, in-room safe, convenience refrigerator, cable television, clock radio, direct dial telephone and voice mail system, a table with two chairs, large dresser, ample closet space, hair dryer, iron & board, individual climate control and a private balcony or patio. ... more   less 
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