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Blue Mountain Lodge
Ranked #13 of 28 Banff B&B and Inns
Lethbridge, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
245 reviews
67 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“A great choice when in banff”
Reviewed September 25, 2011

Stayed with our 3 kids and felt welcomed in this wonderful home. Kids loved it too! Will definitely choose again on return trips!

  • Stayed September 2011
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Carbondale, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2011

As noted by others, this B&B is over 100 years old. I enjoy old places that have been nicely upgraded, but this one has not. The only good thing that I can say about it is that it was clean and reasonably quiet.

There is practically no common area OTHER THAN a common kitchen where some guests prepare their own complete meals. There is a common refrigerator, and if you want some ice, you had better bring your own ice tray and freeze it yourself. There may be some ice available from the main kitchen, but it and the dining area are normally closed to guests, and a manager is often not present.

Our room was dubbed the "RCMP Room" because it contains a few pictures on the wall of guys dressed in red uniforms (one being "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon" who was a U.S. movie actor) and a few other cheap antiques supposedly related to the RCMP. The room was tiny, with a bare fake-wood floor and crude, white painted carpentry. It was clean and had a small, old TV. The bathroom had a shower stall that was anly about 6 feet high and would have been barely usable by anyone taller than that. The queen bed had clean sheets, but a saggy mattress and could only be entered from one side because the room was so small. It is necessary to keep the windows open for ventilation, and traffic noise can be a problem because it is on the corner of two streets that are close to the downtown tourist area. At least that is a short walk away.

Breakfast consisted of a serve-yourself buffet with plastic utensils, the only particularly good, fresh feature of which was some fresh, warmed croissants. The coffee was OK.

An annoying and silly house rule was to remove shoes before going to the rooms upstairs. That would be reasonable in winter when shoes would have dirty snow on them, but I have never stayed in an inn that expects guests to remove their shoes under normal conditions -- especially when the rooms are not even carpeted. (The stairs had worn, nondescript carpeting that would require vacuum cleaning, as would routinely be provided in any inn.)

Banff is a very high priced tourist town (trap) and this place is less expensive than most, but I would only recommend it to people who absolutely want to spend time in Banff as cheaply as possible (short of camping).

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Royal Oak, Michigan
2 reviews
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Reviewed August 18, 2011

This was our first visit to Alberta and Banff specifically. We had just finished a short visit to Yellowstone National Park and we wondered how our trip could get any better. Upon arriving to Banff we quickly found the Blue Mountain Lodge stationed within walking distance to the trendy downtown area.

Pascal (the owner) welcomed us and asked us what we planned to do while in Banff. We expressed our interest in hiking and he quickly got out a map and showed us all the trails. We loved his advice as he could tell us the "local's" favorite spots. As it turns out, Pascal asked us to come along with him on one of his hikes. We couldn't pass up the opportunity as Pascal is an experienced european hiker. That day hike turned out to be the highlight of our trip. It was amazing and we kept asking ourselves "are we really here?" Surrounded by white capped mountains we spent that whole day climbing and sliding down the snow.

The entire trip was great but we had the most fun in Banff thanks to Pascal!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Zaragoza, Spain
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81 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2011

This b&b was exactly what we were looking for. It is an old-style (built in 1908), wooden house just a minute away from the main st in the city, what provides an extraodinary silence, calm and tranquility to relax either indoor or in the front garden. We were a party of 4, and were lodged in the Trapper's Cabin, a room with lean ceiling, really well decorated following a mountanier style, even with a stuffed bear hanging from the ceiling!!!! Two double beds (queen size) and a single bed with bathroom ensuite and room enough for the 4 of us. There is even a firplace. No TV, but you won't need it for sure, Impressive views, very nice breakfast in a very cosy kitchen and free wifi in the whole house. There are also kitchen facilities for guests up to 8pm. So exactly what we were looking for in a place like Banff, since we didn't want to stay in a big and pricey hotel. Quality meets price here, but be ready to spend money, Banff is a very expensive place altough it really worths a visit, if it wasn't so far away from me I would definetly go there again!!! and undoubtedly I would stay in the Blue Mountain Lodge again.

Room Tip: All rooms are really nice, but better to stay in upper floors.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
1 review
Reviewed August 5, 2011

My friend and I visited Banff and have had a wonderful time. Our stay at Blue Mountain Lodge was a great experience. Our room was spotlessly clean as is the rest of the house. Breakfast is more than
adequate.
Because lodge is central Banff - it is within walking distance of many sites. You can drink with dinner and walk home!
Plus this is a very historical old home - and the owner operator is very knowledgable about sites to see trails to hike/walk and was most accomodating to our questions and needs.
Absolutely worth the stay!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Playa Coronado, Panama
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2011

I have been travelling to Banff since a small child - 55+ years. I return each spring and/or fall from Ontario for three to seven days. As a solo traveller, safety, location, safety, experience, and safety are my concerns.
If I cannot get a room at Blue Mtn I change my travel times if possible.
I have stayed at Blue Mtn for 10+ years - thru two operating owners and employee operated.
It is safe, exceptionally clean and an absolute delightful experience each trip especially with Pascal now operating the B&B.
I have stayed at Banff Springs, various hotels in town and other B&B's however my fav spot is Blue Mtn. Exceptional value.
Breakfast is great (better than home!) and the best are the conversations with fellow guests while enjoying hot muffins, crossiants, hard boiled eggs, toast, cerals, etc plus the great coffee. The guest kitchen is wonderful to have use of and is always clean (Safeway grocery is two blocks away). Afternoon tea and cookies is a delight (if you can pull yourself away from trails, mtn views and activities to attend).
Pascal knows what is happening in and around town, and has personal info on trails, hikes, etc as he is a regular user also.
Banff is one of the most unique places in the world and what better way to learn about its' history, pioneers, citizens, animals, trails etc than by staying in a historic B&B with a knowledgeble owner sharing his experiences.?
This B&B does not toss you out at 10am and only allow you back in at 6pm. You can come and go as you please. You have your privacy, however, should you require anything, you know Pascal will do his best to make it available.
The rare times a rude unhappy guest is in residence, Pascal has gone beyond and above to please.
The rooms are unique and each has a bathroom & shower. They are spotlessly clean, good mattress's and I have never run out of hot water.
Do your own research - understand your own needs...if you require room service, concereige, sterile hallways, maids with carts, bars and restaurants, conversations only with your own travel companion, stay in a hotel not a B&B.
A firetrap? I don't think so...worst case jump out the window onto the roof, or climb down a tree - you are never far from the ground. (Try that in a 5 story bldg).
Banff Fire Dept is tough - tourism is #1 - safety is #1 service to tourists. Operation would not be allowed if unsafe.
If you don't like historic bldgs, or wood bldgs, don't stay in them.
Street noise? Trust me, the hotel 1/2 block away where you pay $290 to $400+ for a room,will hear the same noise - only louder. Yes, there can always be a party at a bar on the main street, in a house up the street, or wherever. The B&B is central Banff. It can happen. It is not the B&B's responsibility or fault. I believe I have had disturbed sleep once and it was a drunken female on the street. That can happen anywhere in the world.
Do not bad mouth places that are an absolute delightful experience to many Canadians and world travellers. .
Wonderful breakfast conversations, personal knowledge of places and happenings and experiences, cleanliness, Blue Mtn Lodge is great and safe place to center your visit to a wonderful Canadian treasure - the Rockie Mountains.
I will be back - in a first, 2nd, 3rd floor room or the attic.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2011

This is the oldest "boarding house" in Banff, over 100 years old. What you get is little more than a bed, and a bowl of cereal. This (all wooden) structure is a firetrap. The fire escape for all the rooms on the second floor is up the stairs to the third floor! The rooms are very tiny, with little room to stand, let alone, open a suitecase. The bathrooms are also tiny, with a tiny shower. The only soft spot to sit in the entire place is on your bed. The "guest lounge" consists of a tiny kitchen, dining table and chairs, and one very tired upholstered chair that's as hard as a rock. Oh, by the way, the guest lounge closes at 8:00 PM, so don't put anything in the refrigerator you might want later! If you are staying for more than 1 night, be aware that there is no room/linen service. Need help making plans for your stay in Banff? The staff who greeted us, and served us breakfast, admitted to knowing very little about the Banff area. We regret not paying a little more, and staying somewhere else.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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BlueMountainLodge_8, Owner at Blue Mountain Lodge, responded to this review, July 29, 2011
There are a couple of features which have not been mentioned yet.

- We completely comply to any fire regulation in Banff and are inspected by two fire and safety departments every year, but you might not have seen our Banff Fire and Safety permit on the wall next to our office.
- We have a comfortable love chair since 2007 in our lounge area, but you might not have seen it.
- We serve a buffet breakfast every day with home-made croissants and muffins as well as hard-boiled eggs, fruit, yogurt, cereals and different types of bread, but you might not have seen them.
- My colleague has serious walking problems due to an accident years ago and asking her detailed questions about hiking trails is like asking a blind person about the latest Harry Potter movie, sadly she just quit because of her trouble walking the stairs every day.
- We try not to poison the water in the National Park more than necessary by just offering a linen service upon request or every 3 days. Guests generally agree with us as they don’t do it at home either.
- Closing down the guest kitchen at night is important for the comfort of our guests who would like a peaceful night of sleep.

We have a 103 year old house which has always been a guest house and don’t promise big rooms in our texts or in our pictures on our web site, but we do have tables and chairs in some of our rooms and we strongly advise everyone to whom these features are important to select one of these rooms.
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Property: Blue Mountain Lodge
Address: 327 Caribou Street | Corner of Caribou and Muskrat, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1C4, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Mountain Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blue Mountain Lodge has been a hotel or Bed and Breakfast since 1908. Our heritage home features 10 rooms with ensuite bathrooms.Please keep in mind that we have slightly smaller rooms than newer structures. We are also very excited to report that Select Canada acknowledged our accomplishments by giving us a three-star rating in 2009. Type in the word bmlvip in our Blue Mountain Lodge booking engine to take advantage of an instant discount. Looking forward to meeting you in Banff! Pascal and Louise, Innkeepers. ... more   less 
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