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3 of 5 bubbles Review of Elkhorn Lodge

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Elkhorn Lodge
Ranked #15 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Banff
Campbell River, Canada
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26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Basic Accomodation”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

This hotel is a place to lay your head for a night or two. The price is reasonable for Banff. The furnishings are interesting. The room was clean.
The location is the best thing about the hotel. Easy walking distance to town, the Banff Springs Hotel (worth a visit) and walking trails. we took a raft ride down the river. We walked there in minutes.
I had no expectations about the hotel prior to the stay and I'm glad. It suited our needs just fine. However, I can see how it may not meet the standard of some travellers.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

We looked around downtown Banff for accomodations since we hadn't made room reservations ahead of time. Besides being expensive, downtown also seemed a little too trafficy with both vehicles and tourists, so decided to head south on Banff Avenue. We went over a bridge onto Spray Ave and came across the Elkhorn Lodge. It looked like a relatively quiet location compared to the downtown area so checked on room availability. They had large suites w/1 or 2 bedrooms, kitchen, livroom, fireplace, etc but we opted for one of their queen bed, cable TV, coffee maker & small fridge rooms. Sounded quit reasonable at first $125, but then you add on a 2% tourism enhancement fee, 5% GST, 4% provincial tourism levy... well you do the math. Our room was quite small but was clean, had WiFi and the parking was free. The lady that ran it wasn't overly friendly but was efficient. The location turned out to be quiet for sleeping and good for checking out Banff. It was only about a 10 minute walk to all the downtown Banff restaurants, bars and shopping. And only about a 3 block walk up Spray Ave to the famous and immense Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a historic Canadian Pacific Railway chateau which was about as impressive as the Prince of Wales hotel in Waterton.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank OTR_Again_IM
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Calgary, Canada
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24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2012

We spent two nights in this hotel which we had booked online. It wasn't quite what we expected. Calling it rustic is stretching it a little. True the original lodge is old but the updates are only outdated. Our whole room needed to be brought into this century, pretty well new everything is needed from carpet to bathroom it even smelled dated and the swag lamp was just plain ugly. Now for the good part the bed is comfortable and everything is clean. We slept well in this quiet location and the parking is free and plentiful. If you don't go modern or expensive in Banff then this is what you get:)

The location is good, we walked to town for breakfast and dinner and up to the Banff Springs Hotel for a coffee. There is a lovely walk to the falls from very close to the hotel and trails and paths that will take you all the way into the mountains if you are feeling fit.

Room Tip: Get an upper room if you can, the stairs may be a disadvantage but it will be quieter up there.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2012

We stayed there for a few nights in winter 2012.

The good
Great location - away from the busy main street; still close enough to shops and attractions.
Reasonable price
Clean and comfortable room
Good service
Free parking
Free Wi Fi

The Bad
Basic accomodation - no laundry, no breakfast.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Thuperpev
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toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2009

my husband and i spent five peaceful nights at this lodge. short walk to hot springs bow falls and downtown. stayed in unit 1 very nice wood panelled bathroom .and postcard veiw from livingroom. cozy fireplace and nice 32inch flatpanel tv .nice helpful staff .saved a lot of money making own breakfast in kitchen.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank sake8
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Edmonton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2008

We booked here for one night in one of the basic rooms #9. Disappointed considering it cost us $167 (incl. taxes) for something so basic. It was old and the decor was out dated, and had a musty old smell to it. The positive is that it was clean. So clean that the towels smells like bleach. There's no common room like a motel. The manager Ulla was friendly in the beginning of our stay, though she became a bit unpleasant when we mistakenly sat on one of the private porches. Her unpleasant mannerism left a poor impression on the lodge/motel. A better alternative would be a B &B or motel. Overall, poor value.

  • Liked — Clean, but your money can go farther for what your'e getting
  • Disliked — room old and musty, poor service
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank NatsumeE-town
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Cheshire Uk
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2008

We stayed in Banff for 3 nights. Elkhorn lodge is ideally located just over the bridge from the main Banff street. This means a short stroll (10 minutes) in to town and no noise at night. The owner was really helpful. We stayed in room #9 which was one of the basic ones. It was really comfortable with good bed and it's own en-suite. Banff and the area also has so much to offer. Although no food is included in the price, there are lots of good places to eat in Banff.

  • Liked — quiet, peaceful, clean, close to town
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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1 Thank Edgucatingtrips
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Additional Information about Elkhorn Lodge

Property: Elkhorn Lodge
Address: 124 Spray Ave. | PO Box 352, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A5, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A rustic restful atmosphere with a view of the mountains and within walking distance of downtown shops and restaurants At the south end of town, near the Banff Springs Hotel * Cots and cribs available * Cancellation policy - 7 days prior to arrival * Seasonal rates - Sorry, no smoking or pets * 4 Sleeping rooms with a coffeemaker and TV * 4 Suites with kitchens and fireplaces * Free parking is included * High-speed wireless Internet included new ... more   less 

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