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Blue Mountain Lodge

7.0 | Good
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B&B within 2-min walk of city centre area, with free parking but small rooms

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Many guests found the location convenient for exploring the city centre area on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and knowledgeable service
  • A couple of reviewers praised the mountain views from their rooms
Cons
  • No elevator
  • Many guests found their rooms and bathrooms to be small
  • Many reviewers thought that this hotel did not offer good value for the money they spent
  • Several guests were disturbed by noise from outside the B&B
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 30, 2013
Overview
This B&B, built in 1908, is situated within the city centre of Banff and is a 2-minute walk from shopping, nightlife and restaurants on Banff Avenue. Offering only 10 rooms, this B&B is well suited for guests who prefer more intimate accommodations.

This property is 100% smoke free and all 10 rooms include free Wi-Fi, an en suite bathroom and a TV. Rooms are furnished with one queen bed, one double bed, two double beds and one single bed, or one queen bed and a single bed. Select rooms are decorated with a theme. Guests may want to note that only one room is air conditioned. Most rooms offer views of the mountain. One room has an electric stove and two rooms feature a private entrance.

Free parking is available on site and pets are not permitted. This property has three floors and no elevator.

A free continental breakfast is served daily from 7:30 am to 11 am. Free coffee, tea and hot chocolate is available all day, while cookies are made available in the afternoon.

Other on-site amenities include a fully-equipped guest kitchen, open from 8 am to 9 pm, and a library with books and games.

Bow Falls is abut a 15-minute walk away, while the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is about 4 minutes away by car. The Sulphur Mountain Gondola and the Upper Hot Springs are both a 7-minute drive away. Skiing at Mount Norquay is 13 minutes away by car. Skiing at Sunshine Village is 21 minutes away by car, while skiing at Lake Louise is about a 43-minute drive away. The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is about 86 minutes away by car. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
While many guests seemed disappointed with their stays at this property, among the reviews used for this analysis, there were some common compliments expressed by guests.

Many guests found the location convenient for exploring the city centre area on foot. The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and knowledgeable service. One guest said that she felt very welcome from the time of arrival.

A few reviewers found their rooms to be basic, but clean. A few other guests found their beds to be comfortable and a couple of reviewers praised the views of the mountains from their rooms.

While a few reviewers appreciated the free breakfast, several guests thought that the breakfast could have been better (see below for more details).

A couple of guests thought that the guest kitchen area was an added convenience, while a couple of reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable. However, some other guests thought that room rates were not reasonable (see below for more details).
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The Bad
As mentioned above, many guests seemed disappointed with their experiences at this B&B, among the reviews used for this analysis.

Many reviewers thought that the room rates were expensive and that the property did not offer good value for the money they spent.

Many guests complained that their rooms and bathrooms were small and cramped, with several reviewers mentioned that it was difficult to stand and move in the shower. One guest said that the bathroom was tight, while another reviewer found his room to be impossibly tiny. A couple of guests mentioned that the beds in their rooms were on wheels and moved when they moved.

Several reviewers complained about noise disturbances from outside the B&B. Some guests were disturbed by train whistles, while other reviewers could hear party-goers passing by.

Several guests thought that the free breakfast was too basic and a couple of reviewers said that the bread items served did not seem fresh. One guest said that the bare minimum was served at breakfast.
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Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 2.8 out of 5, with 75% of 4 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.com ranked this property #19 out of 34 B&B and Inns in Banff, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5, from 78 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
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hotels in Banff

Rated 7.0/10 based on 141 reviews

Ranked #33 out of 41 hotels in Banff

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Map Marker Blue Mountain Lodge
137 Muskrat Street, Banff, AB