First of all, the most outstanding feature is the helpfulness and kindness of the staff! Thank you for giving good advice on where to go for a scenic drive or walk.
As far as the room and breakfast service is concerned, we were disappointed. The room was too small, hardly any space left to put your baggage/ jackets or to move past each other, the shower/toilet was tiny and breakfast quite simple. If you like home-made croissants or muffins for breakfast, maybe you'll be happier, but I could do without it and have a greater choice of other stuff instead (I fully agree with what JuniperSpring wrote here before). Also, the breakfast room was rather cold and there was no service, which had the charm of a hostel instead of B&B.
Of the side-streets in Banff, Cariboo Rd is still rather busy and many (loud) people came walking by at night or cars were passing. As we were staying in the room on the ground floor with the only window facing to the front, we woke up several times due to that noise. The room was not looked after, the little garbage bin in the toilet not emptied, even on the third day (of course we got a new bag when WE brought it to the reception desk, but that's not the point, is it?).
All in all you can argue that Banff during summer is very expensive and you get what you pay for; and if you have never been to that area or to Banff, the endless patience of the staff for their guests asking questions, seeking advice up to the point of needing guidance to almost every single aspect of their stay, Blue Mountain Lodge is the place to be. But if I had planned a little earlier than beginning of July (for August) I might have gotten something better. Our last stay in Banff 10 yrs ago in another B&B was definetely better.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Blue Mountain Hotel Banff