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At Wit's End Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #7 of 28 Banff B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 18, 2014

We stayed for two nights over the family day long weekend for a ski getaway. This was not an over the top fancy B&B but was more of our laid back style. The place was very clean, our bed was comfortable and the big bathtub was very welcoming after a day of skiing.

April was lovely and even surprised us with a delicious snack when we returned from the hill. There was an abundance of snacks, tea, coffee and drinks in the common area at all times. Having the fridge and microwave was a plus as we like to make our own meals and pack a lunch to take to the hill.

We will definitely stay here next time we are in Banff but will bring another couple with us so that we are occupying both rooms and can more comfortably take advantage of the common area.

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

April greeted us upon our arrival. We had our choice of rooms and we're very happy with the facilities and superb cleanliness. Baked treats awaited us each afternoon, the breakfast was customized , abundant and delicious. It filled us up for a busy day of activities. The private entrance allowed us to come and go easily and the kitchen facilities: fridge, beverages & snacks, microwave, toaster oven, etc were an added bonus! It was a lovely ten minute walk to the busy part of town with lots of choices for restaurants and shopping, if that's your thing, but we were all about the many outdoor activities... Skating, cross country skiing, hiking and the hot springs.
I highly recommend this bed and breakfast!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank canoeGIRL07
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for the second time last weekend. It was, once again, perfect for an overnight stay. April served us yoghurt, granola, delicious fresh berries followed by warm pancakes for breakfast. There are always great snacks and a variety of hot and cold drinks too.
Our bed was comfortable and cosy.
Immaculately clean and great to be independent from main home.
We would go back.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank jane16milano
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

I travelled to Banff for 3 days for some skiing. From checking in to leaving this place excelled expectations. As a woman travelling alone I prefer smaller places to stay and those that make me feel almost at home. April and Peter are wonderful hosts. The room I had was very spacious with beautiful bedding and furniture. The bathroom had a lovely deep and decent sized bath tub which was welcome after a long day's skiing. Breakfasts were amazing with April offering a number of options including a wonderful baked cheese, ham, bean and tomato dish plus granola, lots of fresh fruit and berries and very good coffee. Jedda and Ruby the dogs were a delightful addition to the stay and were very welcoming - Ruby kept a watchful eye on my breakfast! It's up to you if you want the dogs down in the B & B suite - they are not forced on you but for me as a dog lover, it was a no-brainer to have them there! There is a fantastic little kichen and lounge area that is communcal with the other room - it has a fridge (with all sorts of drinks), toaster, coffee machine and mini-oven. Great for making packed lunch and also has cling film etc. April surprises you every evening with a selection of snacks from gorgeous cookies and shortbread to chocolate covered blueberries and nuts.

The location is excellent and for me a quiet night's sleep was more important than being bang smack in the middle of town. Having siad that, I could walk into town from the house (a brisk and cold 10 minute walk). The house is also really close to the sulphur springs but you would need a car - I recommend going to the springs but avoid 4-6pm if you want a peaceful child-free bathe! It's open until 10pm.

April & Peter both know the area really well and offer all sorts of tips on skiing and visiting places. I would recommend this place to anyone who likes the non-corporate, non-commerical feel to staying somewhere but prefer to be with a lovely family who genuinely and kindly welcome you into their home (remember this is the case even though you are a paying guest).

Room Tip: Only 2 rooms to choose from - go for the one with the deep big bath tub!!!
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

When we left I told April I was going to write the sort of review I sometimes ignore because it is so good. There is absolutely nothing to fault about the accommodation or the atmosphere of the BnB. I have never before given top ratings for everything, but this deserves nothing less.
The position is great as it was less than a 10 minute walk to town for the restaurants and also on the main route to the gondola.
The bed was comfortable, the bathroom spotless and even had a double sink. The TV in the room was never turned on.
The breakfasts were varied, delicious and generous. it is hard to leave excellent food but we had no choice at times.
The communal area had access to tea, coffee, hot chocolate, chilled water etc on tap, a fridge where we could store food if we had wished and there were extra treats provided each evening during our stay.It was a good spot to meet and chat to other guests with lounge furniture as well as the dining table.
Over and above all this, April was a perfect hostess. She had the ability to be there when you needed advice or to ask us about our day while also giving us privacy when we wished.
We wrote a blog during our visit to Canada. The start for the day we checked out read 'First a wee rave. If you are in Banff, stay at "At wits End". We have stayed in many BnBs and this was the best ever.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank cajeNelson_NZ
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

We stayed for three nights and April truly mad our stay the most wonderful of our 7 week holiday. She cooks the most delicious breakfast and there was always added little extras when we arrived home from a day of touring. It was great to be able to unwind in the lounge area and make our own tea and coffee and a central point to be able to converse with other travellers. The room was extremely comfortable and immaculately clean. Thankyou April for our interesting conversations and wonderful advice on where to go and what to see. We can highly recommend to anyone this truly wonderful bed and breakfast in Banff Canada

Room Tip: Make sure the room is away from the road
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Anne532013
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

We stayed here for three nights in June 2013, the host's were very attentive both april and peter, even when we were trapped in Banff during the floods they supported us and gave good advice and kept us informed, the breakfast is amazing and varied, the room was great, location ideal to walk or drive from. Access to the fridge and coffee making was beyond our expectation as for the treats every day truly thoughtful. I cannot recommend this place highly enough and wished all bed and breakfast were like this one, truly exceptional.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank lethandjames
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Additional Information about At Wit's End Bed and Breakfast

Address: 116 Mountain Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A2, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 28 B&Bs / Inns in Banff
Price Range: $109 - $121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AT WITS END B&B is a clean, updated and affordable property with a great location! Situated across from the Parks Administion Building and Gardens.....just a few minutes walk to downtown and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. ... more   less 
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