Located within a 5-minute walk of the shops and restaurants of downtown Banff, this hotel is in the lower price range for Banff hotels and caters to guests looking for a budget option while visiting the town of Banff.
The 100% smoke-free and pet-free hotel has 29 standard rooms, 25 river-view rooms, 3 family rooms and one suite (called the River Suite). All guestrooms come with a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, cable TV, a dining table with two chairs, and a hair dryer. Ironing boards, irons and kettles are available on request. Family rooms have two adjoining bedrooms plus a sofabed and come with an extra TV and a microwave. The River Suite has two queen beds, a walk-in shower, additional seating area with plasma TVs, a large refrigerator, a coffeemaker with built-in grinder, and air conditioning.
Each room has individual climate control for heating only as no air-conditioning is available in the hotel (except for the River Suite). The hotel does provide fans in the rooms during the summer months to assist with air flow and cooling. Rooms on the 2nd and 3rd floors all have balconies, and some rooms on the 1st floor have walk-out patios.
Local calls are $1.00 extra and Wi-Fi costs $5.00 for 24 hours. An internet kiosk or coin-operated computer is available on-site. The hotel provides free parking as well as free ski, snowboard and bike storage.
Access to the indoor pool, hot tub, steam room and exercise room is available only through Banff Park Lodge (a sister hotel) directly behind the Bow View Lodge. The Banff Park Lodge also features two restaurants, The Chinook Family Restaurant and the Terrace Dining Room and Lounge. A breakfast buffet is served daily from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for $18.50 plus tax.
The Banff Park Museum is a 2-minute drive away, and both the Banff Springs Golf Club and the Banff Upper Hot Springs are under 10 minutes away by car. The ski shuttle to the area's major ski resorts can be accessed at Banff Park Lodge, a 4-minute walk away (confirmed with 2012-2013 schedule). (All travel time estimates: Google Maps.)
Verified by a front desk agent on August 8, 2012: there is no air-conditioning in the public areas and hotel rooms (except for the River Suite), the internet kiosk is a coin-operated computer and there is no return airport transportation provided by the hotel.