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Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

7.7 | Good
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Clean but dated resort 8 min drive to town with free shuttle, indoor pool, hot tub & dining 

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, shuttle to town, local calls
  • Many guests thought the rooms were clean and comfortable
  • Location was well liked for being in close driving distance of Banff, ski resorts and Canmore
  • Guests loved the spectacular views and wildlife spotting
  • Guests enjoyed dining on site
  • Staff were knowledgeable, friendly and responsive said guests
Cons
  • No air conditioning at the resort
  • Some rooms and bathrooms were small said guests
  • Noise transferred easily from rooms above
  • Guests found rooms and the pool area in need of renos
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 23, 2016
Overview
This hotel is situated on 8 acres of private parkland, just 1 km off the Trans-Canada Highway and an 8-minute drive (or 40-minute walk) from Banff's downtown.

The smoke-free resort offers 171 rooms, suites and condos over 2 floors. Standard rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a flat screen TV with cable and pay-per-view movies, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a sitting area, an iron and ironing board, a gas fireplace and a hair dryer. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds,1 queen bed or 1 king bed. 

Upgraded rooms/suites/condos include a sofabed, a loft bedroom, 1, 2 or 4 separate bedrooms, a kitchenette (stove top), a full kitchen, a dining table, 1.5 or 2 bathrooms, free firewood, a wood-burning fireplace and a jetted tub. 

Free parking is available on site. A free shuttle is available to downtown Banff which currently runs from 11 am to 11 pm. Pets (2) are welcome for $25 each per night.

On-site dining is available at Alpha Bistro and on their terrace. It is open for breakfast and dinner.

Hotel amenities include an indoor pool, an indoor hot tub, an outdoor hot tub, a fitness centre, a sauna, a business centre, a guest laundry, outdoor tennis courts, indoor squash courts, a basketball court, a BBQ, a playground, ski storage, bike rentals, and meeting rooms. 

Banff Centre is an 8-minute drive away while Banff Gondola and Banff Upper Hot Springs can be reached in 15 minutes by car. Mount Norquay is a 15-minute drive away. Sunshine Village is an 18-minute drive. Calgary International Airport (YYC) can be reached in 1.5 hours by car. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on July 22, 2016: free parking, free shuttle to town runs every 2 hrs from morning until night, pet fees, restaurant serves breakfast and dinner
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The Good
Guests enjoyed their stay at this older resort. It was a quiet location with beautiful views and lots of wildlife to see.

Guests were usually pleased with the rooms. Guests spoke of large, clean and well-maintained suites although some guests had small bedrooms and bathrooms. Beds were comfortable.

Guests loved the location. It was out of the noisier downtown area, but still an easy drive to town. It was quiet and beautiful. One guest said he saw wildlife there every day.

The restaurant was enjoyed. Guests found the breakfast and dinner tasty and well priced with attentive staff. One recent guest wrote, "We ate outside on the restaurant deck several nights and really enjoyed the food."

Guests found ample parking on site.

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The Bad
Negative comments focused on noise and the size and age of the rooms and common amenities.

Several guests felt that the rooms did not have much soundproofing. Guests could hear their neighbours and footsteps from above.

Some guests felt that certain rooms were very small and that some could also use updated decor and furniture. One guest explained, "Just could do with updating - usually have safes in hotel rooms these days; could do with better lighting (down one side of face only) and ventilation in bathroom. Also could do with redecoration, carpets very worn."

Some guests also complained about the pool and hot tub area being in need of renovation and the fitness centre machines being quite old.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #23 out of 32 hotels and rated it 3.5 out of 5, based on 812 guest reviews.

Booking.com rated this hotel 7.8 out of 10 based on 1085 guest reviews.


Editor's Analysis by Steph J.
Analyzed by Steph J.
Stephanie lives on Vancouver Island, BC, where she enjoys all things West Coast. She has daydreamed about travelling since childhood and has visited over a dozen countries since, but Canada is always at the top of her list.
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hotels in Banff

Rated 7.7/10 based on 4033 reviews

Ranked #21 out of 41 hotels in Banff

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Map Marker Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
1029 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB