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Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
Ranked #15 of 34 Hotels in Banff
Reviewed March 31, 2009

Overall okay but it felt a little tired especially the rooms. Front desk service and service in the KEG restaurant was great,- food was average. Located in the end og the "hotel-street" a 10 min walk for the center. However,- looking at the other hotels in Banff in the same area I would probably find something a little out of town in the summer. Driving from Calgary.. take the first Banff excit and you will drive directly into to hotel. If you are not into skiing or vinter-acticities not much to do in a small city dominated by souvenir shops. If you are not there for the skiing I would definitely visit in maj or september was the tips from local guides. Johnstone Canyon is very nice and probably also in the summer. No need to take a guided tour,- and easy drive and the path is one way to the upper falls. We did the Paradise Basin Snowmobiling arranged by Banff Tours through Toby Creek Adventures,- very nice experience. But to get the best out of Banff, Lake Louise, Icefield Parkways ect. I would not go in the winter. But if you are,- be carefull with the Icefield Parkways.....they might shut it down if very bad conditions and everything on the way up to Jasper in closed.....so have food, drinks and a full gas-tank before leaving.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 26, 2009

Third visit to Banff and this was definitely our favorite hotel... The loft room with the fireplace took off the chill, was very comfortable and offered great views. Service from hotel staff and the attached restaurant (The Keg) was top notch!

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Reviewed March 24, 2009

Banff Caribou Lodge
This is the third time that we have stayed at the Caribou for winter ski-ing and exploring the countryside.
Its a great place, a good welcome at the Caribou and friendly staff
We stayed for 11 nights from January 7th 2009 its always been a pleasure you have good food in the bar and a log fire in the lobby

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Reviewed March 24, 2009

This year was the 3rd year my husband and I, together with another couple, stayed at the Caribou Lodge. We stayed for 11 nts and went in Jan 09 as we went skiing. Its a great location, especially for the ski buses as its the second stop so the bus isn't packed by the time you have to get on it. Its near to the shops too, about a 10 min walk or you can get a free shuttle bus. The hotel itself is lovely, the rooms are big and the service is brilliant. Whatever you want the staff are always willing to help. There is a lovely big fire in reception and the spa is really nice too. The restaurant is the Keg Steakhouse which did the most amazing food. The only negative point I would say is that there are not enough space for all your clothes in the room (especially skiing clothes) but that is only a very minor point.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 10, 2009

We had a great time at the Caribou Lodge! The staff was so helpful, the hot tub is huge and there's a keg in the lobby! What more could you ask for?! They give you a pass to use the public transit which is great for getting into downtown (although it is only a 5-10 minute walk) and the ski shuttles come right out front.

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Reviewed February 25, 2009

We were in Banff one week in February for skiing in the area. Weather and skiing were great, which we unfortunately can't say about Caribou lodge. We had a pretty small room of average motel size down in the basement. Dark with a very small window towards the neighbor hotel's parking garage and smelling from the pool and nearby parking garage in or own hotel.

This was really disappointing and not up to the standard you could expect. Poor value for money. Next time in Banff we will stay at another hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2009

We chose this hotel based on other trip advisor reviews and it lived up to the expectation. It has a wonderful spa pool and steam room perfect for relaxing after a day on the slopes. The hotel is well served by the ski buses and also the local roam bus for which the hotel gives you coutesy tickets. The bar and restaurant in the hotel are worth a vist but you must definitely go to The Elk and Oarsman pub in town especially on Mondays with Pizzas for $9.

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Additional Information about 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 Family Hotel in Banff
#10 Romantic Hotel in Banff
Price Range: $93 - $318 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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