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Bow Valley Motel
Ranked #12 of 29 Hotels in Canmore
Certificate of Excellence
Calgary, Canada
Level Contributor
207 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Could Be Better For The Price”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

Given the price we paid I really can't rate this higher than a three. Not that we had a bad stay. The room was a decent size, had a good bed, AC that worked and was clean. For the rest it was nothing special. Pillows were a little flumpy, you could hear water running in adjacent suites, street noise and people walking on the stairs and upper level walkway. If you are a light sleeper like me that will keep you awake. Also there is no breakfast offering at all. For $110 + tax I was hoping for more,

Room Tip: Ask for a river view.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Anastasia B, Manager at Bow Valley Motel, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Hello,

Thank you for your candid review of our property. We pride ourselves on being an excellent value for your money. We are sorry to hear you didn't feel this when staying at our property. Typically June-September is considered high season here in the mountains. We find our rates to be very competitive and are some of the lowest in the Banff / Canmore area, especially when you take in consideration you are right downtown in the heart of it all. I am sure if you compared your stay with us against some of the other properties in the valley you would see we are very reasonably priced and a great value when visiting the mountains.

We are a small family owned and operated business , we constantly do updates to help maintain our property but it can come with some older plumbing. Unfortunately we do not offer breakfast as we are within walking distance of over a dozen eateries and do not have space on site for a breakfast room.

We hope to welcome you again,

Anastasia Breeze
Manager
Bow Valley Motel
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  • Sleep Quality
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Wigan,England
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65 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

Stayed three nights in September.Room was clean and comfortable with all the necessary facilities.Ideally situated at the bottom end of Main Street within walking distance of shops and restaurants.Only down side was the public laundromat at the entrance to the motel,a little noisy early morning.Try supper at the Rose and Crown pub at the end of Main Street,the steak and kidney pie and fish and chips are excellent.A good value for money motel.

Room Tip: As far away from the laundromat as possible.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PeterWigan_England
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
87 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

The Bow Valley was a pleasant surprise, as you never quite know what to expect from an independant motel. The owners have obviously invested to keep the motel up to date; we had a big comfortable bed, a large flat screen TV, and free wifi (an advantage that they don’t mention in the rather unassuming website). The room was a fair size and well furnished. The views, even from a room overlooking the car park, are quite striking. It’s a shame that they don’t throw in a free breakfast, but we bought some things from the local supermarket (in easy walking distance) and ate at the table in the room. The motel is set in the heart of town, but right next door to some fine walks, and a restaurant recommended by the motel served a superb dinner at a very reasonable price.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KWD_11
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Tucson, Arizona
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

My wife and I were fortunate enough to spend three nights at the Bow Valley Motel last month. It's good to find a human-sized motel these days. The competition all seemed to be huge corporate -looking supersized monoliths.
The motel is very comfortable, the staff is remarkably helpful, and the location is ideal- A walking path by the creek right outside our window.
Canmore is a good place to stay, even if your destination is Banff. Banff is crowded, hectic, and expensive. Canmore is smaller, quieter, and offers many pleasant walks.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JohnLander L
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Blue Springs, Missouri, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

The motel is not new, but is very well maintained, modernized and clean. It is located in downtown Canmore on the river and within walking distance to all the downtown shopping and restaurants. The value for the money was excellent, and Devin who helps manage the property was great in giving us info on where to eat, hike etc. Room was very clean, staff friendly and we would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Have kitchenettes available, with ground floor and second story rooms available also.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ralph H
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Edmonton, Alberta
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

We were a little skeptical about booking a room at this place, but since it was a child-free weekend we wanted to stay central so we didn't have to worry about driving. We were pleasantly surprised! Our room had a seperate bedroom with a queen sized bed (comfy) and a big window that looked out over the bow river. There was also a full kitchen which we didn't use (again, no kids in tow so we wanted to spend as little time as possible in the hotel) and a living room with a murphy bed. our room was clean, they were very friendly at check-in, and i would not hesitate to stay here again. nice to be able to park the car for the weekend and walk everywhere!
also, we left an iphone charger in the room after check-out, and the front desk emailed us about it almost before we were out of the mountains.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank slaurie75
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Munich
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

In July 2012 we were twice in the Bow Valley Motel. Both times we were very pleased with the friendly and helpful staff. The service went well beyond the usual services of a motel. The staff could even arrange a reservation for our next motel and were otherwise very dedicated and reliable.
Thank you for your help,
Violetta and Andreas/ Germany

Room Tip: Spaces on the right side have a good view
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 139Andrew
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Property: Bow Valley Motel
Address: 610 Main St, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2B5, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Kananaskis Country > Canmore
Amenities:
Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Canmore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Bow Valley Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bow Valley Motel welcomes you to Main Street in the Mountains an ideal base for the independent traveler, family, or small group. Clean, comfortable, affordable accommodations with the wonder of the peaks all around you. 25 spacious rooms with one or two queen beds - each providing complementary coffee, fridge, cable TV, telephone, full bath and free wireless internet. Some units with kitchens, upper and ground units upon request. ... more   less 
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