I stayed here for 4 nights at the end of May and early June. Check in time is 4 - 8 pm, and when I arrived at 3.50 pm, Rob just happened to arrive also, and in no time we were shown our room, Room No. 9 in the walk-out basement.
Considering the price we paid, the room was way above expectations. There were 2 queen-sized beds, and a mini kitchen (minus cookers/oven) that came with a microwave, mini fridge, kettle and some utensils/cutlery. Even without the cooker, this would enable us to save money on meals. There's no TV in the room, but you didn't come to such an awesome place like Banff for that, did you?
I'd read elsewhere that there was no wash basin in Room 9's bathroom. Well, it looks like there had been some renovation carried out here, for there is one now, albeit a small one (see pics attached).
For those with cars, there are 2 places to park them - in front of the B&B on Otter St. (enough space for 2 cars, parallel parking) and a rear parking lot (for 5 cars) accessible by entering the back street that runs between Otter and Muskrat Streets.
Cleaning service is provided daily, with towels replaced and beds made. I remember seeing Robyn doing this herself at one of the other rooms one morning at 10 a.m. while I happened to be around. So, how's that for downright hands-on? They are attentive to detail: I remember both Rob and Robyn saying let them know if you have any food allergy or don't eat any particular item, and they'll try to adjust their cooking accordingly.
The cooked breakfast service is provided between 8 and 9 a.m. This includes both the cooked portion (varying from day to day - we had omelette, pancakes, scrambled eggs/bacon and breakfast burrito on 4 different days) and the continental portion (juice, coffee/tea/others, cereal, toast, muffins). Guests who have breakfast before 8 a.m. or after 9 a.m. can still have the continental portion.
Overall, I'd say my expectations were exceeded!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are an intimate high-country inn situated three blocks east of Banff Avenue on Otter Street in a quiet residential neighbourhood. The building dates from 1907 and has 10 guest rooms and a gorgeous main lounge and dining room. We use excellent ingredients, serve locally roasted organic coffee and vary our menu daily. This historic mountain home is warm and spacious. It was used extensively in the '30s by CPR work crews as a boarding house. For the following forty years it was known as Douglas House and served as tourist accommodation. The Inn was fully restored in the late '80s and has had recent renovations to maintain its original character and substantial mountain charm. We have four suites, which suit small families, as well as simple and elegant double rooms. Our dining room and lounge are open to guest use during the day and there is a television in the lounge. We have private off-street parking to accommodate guests with vehicles. However, once you are in Banff many activities and walks are accessible by foot from the B&B. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rocky Mountain Hotel Banff
- Rocky Mountain Bed And Breakfast