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Windtower Lodge & Suites
Ranked #23 of 28 Hotels in Canmore
Winnipeg, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Holy Cow....Small Room!!!”
Reviewed July 27, 2006

My wife and I stayed here for a one-night getaway in the Rockies in July, 2006. We booked on hotels--. Seeing as how it was high season in the Rockies, and you're in either of the heavy tourist areas of Banff, Lake Louise, or Canmore you can expect to start at higher rates for a room.

We were honestly very surprised at how small our room was. It was barely larger than our walk-in closet at home! The layout of the hotel is designed not that well - with all the development and construction going on around it, it looked like space in Canmore was becoming a premium. The room barely fit a double bed, and you could not walk around it from one side to the other! Needless to say, it was cosy! When we asked about upgrading to a suite, they told us that it was another $50 to do so. For only one night, we figured it wasn't worth it.

The buffet breakfast, on the other hand, was wonderful. The room was clean, the view was somewhat decent (in Canmore, any room has a nice view) and the service was good.

  • Liked — The buffet breakfast
  • Disliked — The size of the room
  • Tips/Secrets — Read any fine print on the website re: room size (if any information) before booking
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed July 1, 2006

My family and I spent one night at the Windtower in the third week of June. Great location, just miles away from Banff. My only problem was they did not have a crib or a playpen for our two month old, despite they fact that we had both called and emailed to confirm that they did. No air conditioning (which we already knew) and the toilet ran forever, but the room was nice and the staff was pleasant. I would stay there again, as long as I did not need a crib for a child.

  • Stayed June 2006
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Reviewed January 30, 2006

As a Calgary company wanting to treat our staff to a weekend away, the Windtower met all of our expectations! 2 bedrooms suites, restaurant was outstanding and service was excellent and trated our entire group with professionalism. We have booked for next year!!

  • Stayed December 2005, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 20, 2005

I stayed at the Windtower for 3 nights at the end of September and my overall impression was that, for the money it was a great value.

The staff was very helpful, I requested a room with a view, and was given a south facing room looking out to the Three Sisters and Nakoda. This view alone made it worth the stay. The breakfast buffet was great, and the wireless internet access was always available.

The only downside was that the bedroom in the suite next to me must have been on the other side of the wall next to my bed, because I could faintly hear someone with a major snoring problem through the wall. I think it was actually more funny than anything, just thinking about the people in that suite that had to put up with it directly..

I would definately stay at the Windtower again and would recommend it to anybody considering staying in the Banff/Canmore area..

  • Stayed September 2005, traveled on business
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Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed October 1, 2005

Just like to say that not all rooms have a kitchenette, like I hoped we would have.
Buffet breakfast was good, it was a bit of a free for all as there are not enough tables for all the guest ( bus groups seem to be able to reserve tables).
Rooms were too hot, the fan supplied only circulated the heat!
Also there was alot of construction around the lodge.
I would stay there again but I would be more specific regarding my booking the next time.
It is good value for money.

  • Stayed September 2005
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Reviewed August 29, 2005

We stayed at the Windtower for one evening... Being that we are from Alberta we just wanted a quick getaway to the mountains... We found a deal for $79.00/night. We thought it had to be too good to be true... Well part of it was, our room was a closet... Part of a two bedroom lock-a-way. It was fine for only one evening... Breakfast buffet was FABULOUS!!!! Better than what other hotels give... We would stay again, but maybe upgrade to another room if we were staying for more than one evening....

Stayed August 2005
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Le Mans, France
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Reviewed August 27, 2005

Quite a nice place. The location is fine for visiting Banff national Park, of course, but Canmore by itself is a pleasant place to stay for a couple of days. Make sure to ask for the right side of the building: you'll be in a quiet situation, with a lovely view of the "Three sisters mountains". You'll feel most welcomed as soon as you check in (either in french or in english...). Fine rooms, big enough and with all the amenities as we got upgraded without asking to a room with kitchen. Everything is well maintained. Complimentary hot and tasty breakfast - nothing to compare with the typical chain hotels kind: lovely buffet, fresh products, hot food prepared continuously. One of my best stays in a 6 weeks vacation in the Rockies.

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Property: Windtower Lodge & Suites
Address: Wind Tower 100-160 Kananaskis Way, Canmore, Alberta T1W 3E2, Canada
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Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Kananaskis Country > Canmore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 28 Hotels in Canmore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Windtower Lodge & Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Windtower Lodge & Suites Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, we are situated in Canmore, which is considered Canada's mountain playground. We offer a wide variety of adventure and leisure pursuits. The property boasts cedar, stone, and log construction. A picturesque view of the mountains can be experienced from the hotel rooms and suites. We are pleased to offer our guests the choice of staying in one of our room or suite accommodations. All accommodations are designed to provide exceptional value and optimal comfort, whether your stay is business or pleasure related. To make your stay with us that much better, we are happy to offer a variety of on-site amenities and services such as the Fitness Centre and Outdoor Whirlpool Hot Tub. It is our delight to introduce The Wandering Elk, a quaint cozy breakfast spot adjoining our main lobby. Dine with us each morning for a tasty assortment of hot and cold breakfast selections. The Wandering Elk is also open for lunch and dinner, and features a variety of fare to suit every palate! Enjoy our patio with a fabulous view of Three Sisters, Ha Ling Peak, and Rundle Range. Your Pet is Welcome Too!We wish to extend a warm welcome to you and your pet at the Windtower Lodge & Suites. As a "Pets Can Stay Certified" accommodation provider, we would like to outline our basic pet policies and services for your reference and to make your stay, and that of our other guests, comfortable and pleasant. ... more   less 
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