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Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
Ranked #15 of 33 Hotels in Banff
Northampton
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3 reviews
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“Fantastic choice for anyone”
Reviewed May 13, 2008

We stayed at the caribou lodge for 11 nights for a snowboarding trip and we were not dissapointed. After arriving at the hotel after a long flight we were greeted at the door by the friendly porter, and we were checked in by the cheerful receptionist in front of the massive roaring fireplace, beautiful. Our room was large and spacious and very clean but lacking in storage! Some people moaned that their rooms were too hot which we found absurd as each room had its own personal thermostat so you could adjust the temperature accordingly.
We used the hot tub almost every night after a hard days snowboarding which again was spotless and very relaxing. The hotel was about a 10 minute walk to the centre of banff or a free bus ride from the stop 20 metres from the hotel.
We used the Keg restaurant most mornings for breakfast which was $13.99 from the help yourself buffet with an array of fruit, meat, cheese, bread, croissants,eggs bacon, sausage, hash browns and cereals to choose from.All of which was very good. We also had evening meal in the Keg on two occasions I had the fillet mignon on both occasions, possibly the best steak I have ever eaten and will ever eat.
All in all a great place to stay and we would reccomend this hotel to anybody.

  • Liked — The awesome hot tub, amogst other things
  • Disliked — The view from the room as we had a cheap room which faced into the court yard
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 12, 2008

Stayed at the Caribou for a week during February 08 and loved every minute of it.
The hotel is located just on the outskirts of Banff town, we walked in most evenings and it took about 7-8 minutes, depending on how cold it was depended on how quick we walked. There is also a free bus which regulalry and frequently stops just outside the hotel and takes you to town and around, you get the free passes from reception.
The room was spacious with 2 queen sized beds, clean and tidy, the only downside was like others had mentioned and that was the lack of storage space, it did not ruin our experience but another drawer would have been nice.
We had breakfast at the hotel every morning which was superb, set you up for a full days skiing, most evenings we had a drink in the hotel bar and maybe some nachos which are a must after a full days on the slopes.
Would definitely stay at the Caribou again and would recommend to anyone.
Banff itself is picture postcard beautiful, it is geared up for tourists, loads of restaurants and bars all withing walking distance.

  • Liked — To difficult to pick just one thing
  • Disliked — Not enough storage space in the rooms
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Bedford, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2008

Stayed at the Banff Caribou Lodge over Easter 2008 while skiing. The hotel is at the eastern end of Banff Ave, the main road through Banff, a short walk (about 10 to 15 minutes) from the main shopping/restaurant centre of Banff.

Enjoyed the stay very much, finding the hotel clean, tidy and relaxed with welcoming, friendly and helpful staff and very well set up for skiers. The (28 person!) hot tub was great way to relax at the end of the day as was the steam room. The restaurant did a good breakfast spread - fruits, cereals cooked dishes etc and did great stakes in the evening. However, if you are not a big red meat eater the menu choices can get a bit limited.

The only slight grumble was the size of the room; having booked through a UK tour company we had paid an ‘under occupancy surcharge’ for a four (adult) person room and so I expected to get a room of an appropriate size for 4 adults. However, our room appeared more typical of a North American double – size, layout and storage space etc.. It was ok (just) for two adults and one young teenager but four adults or a family of four would have found the room very cramped.

For skiers, the ski buses for the three local ski areas stops outside the hotel, its about the third pick-up/return point on the route. Although the ski buses can get busy at peak morning and afternoon times as soon as one bus is full (all seating - no standing) the bus staff call for another bus, which promptly arrives – it’s the best set up ski bus service I’ve experienced.

Despite the grumble over the room size I would definitely go back to the Banff Caribou Lodge, but would look into booking it, and the rest of the trip independently.

  • Liked — Friendly relaxed atmosphere
  • Disliked — lack of storage in the room
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
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Wales
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 18, 2008

We stayed at the Caribou a few weeks ago and thoroughly loved it. The Restaurant and bar were superb and the staff couldn't be more helpful. The spa's just what the doctor ordered after a day on the slopes, although it became quite busy early evening.

There's a free bus to the shops & restaurants right outside if your legs are tired from skiing.

We're returning to Banff at Christmas 2008 and tried to book the Caribou but it's full. So we're having to stay elsewhere unfortunately.

Stayed March 2008
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atlanta, ga
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 11, 2008

This hotel is a gem! We were at a five-star hotel at Lake Louise the day before, but in NO WAY do I feel that we have "stepped down" to this hotel. Everyone is so helpful, the room is comfortable and fairly spacious (we have the luxury 2 queen room), and WOW... no wonder it is rated number two in Banff. The restaurant and bar are always filled with people (and this is the supposed "low season") and there are Tour buses coming in constantly. This is truly a hotel that I would come back to. My husband and son are skiing as I write this ~ I am in the room taking advantage of the high speed internet access. This morning, I had a Relaxation Massage at the Spa located on the premises - reservations are suggested - I tried to add on a facial (I had booked a week in advance), but they were having to turn away clients. A wonderful massage experience. There is also a large whirlpool accessible to all guests. After spending a day walking around Banff and accessing other hotels en route to shopping, I know we made the best choice staying here. Highly recommended.

  • Liked — The wood-burning fireplace in the lobby - you could smell it throughout the hotel. Very pleasant smell.
  • Disliked — Room service closes at 10pm
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2008

Nice big open entry, spacious room, very clean, heated underground parking, ski storage, best food in KEG steak house was a bouns, just make sure to book ahead of time.

  • Liked — spacous room
  • Disliked — a bit noisy at night, as a lot of parties.
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with friends
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Calgary, Alberta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2008

My wife and I wanted to spend a weekend, and we were lucky to find a loft room available here with just a week's notice.

The hotel's located close to downtown, but not too close. We were able to walk to shopping and restaurants in about 5-10 minutes. Check-in went smoothly, and heated underground parking was a pleasant surprise.

The loft had great architectural features - lots of windows and interesting angles to the ceiling features. We lit and enjoyed the fire, and were able to read, sleep and spend time in the rooms without feeling cramped. The extra blanket helped get rid of a chill we had from walking downtown.

We found the lodge had a great spa, with a terrific hot-tub.

Overall, a great place to stay.

Stayed March 2008
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Property: Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
Address: 521 Banff Avenue | Box 1070, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H8, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Banff
#7 Business Hotel in Banff
#10 Romantic Hotel in Banff
#11 Family Hotel in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 190
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Banff Caribou Lodge is centrally located on Banff Avenue, Banff's main street. It offers the Keg Restaurant, Red Earth Spa (a full service spa), free underground parking, free wifi, fitness room, hot pool and steam room. This lodge type accommodation has a large and inviting lobby to greet you to Banff. Enjoy your stay. ... more   less 
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