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Well-liked Banff lodge on Tunnel Mtn with outdoor hot tub, restaurant & in-room fireplaces

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local shuttle, firewood, local calls
  • Guests loved the location, close to town and the highway, but in a quiet and scenic spot
  • Staff were highly praised by guests who called them professional and attentive
  • Many loved the romantic and cozy rooms with wood-burning fireplaces
  • The restaurant was a hit with many guestss
  • Parking could be tight, according to a few guests
  • A few guests felt the rooms were a little too rustic and thought of them as dated
  • No elevator
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 31, 2015
Buffalo Mountain Lodge is located on Tunnel Mountain, about 1 km or a 4-minute drive from the restaurants and nightlife of Banff Avenue. This hotel is popular for offering a peaceful setting and beautiful views, with cozy wood-burning fireplaces in each room, an outdoor hot tub and unique on-site dining, an easy drive to downtown Banff.  

This smoke-free lodge offers 108 room over two floors with no elevator. Standard room features include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, an LCD TV, Blu-Ray players, a coffeemaker, a field stone wood-burning fireplace with seating and free firewood, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and individual climate-control. Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 queen beds, a queen Murphy bed or 1 king bed. Room extras include a vaulted ceiling, heated slate bathroom floors,a clawfoot tub, a glassed-in shower, and a patio or balcony. Studios offer a kitchenette (stove top, microwave, mini-fridge, sink, counter) with dining table and a living area with fireplace. 

Free parking is available to all guests. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to town and back which works on demand. Up to two pets (dogs or cats of medium size) are allowed in certain rooms for an additional $25 per room, per night. 

On-site dining includes Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room & Lounge which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the seasonal Cilantro*, generally open in the summer months. 

Hotel amenities at this lodge include a hot tub, a sauna*, a fitness centre and change room and a business centre. Guests will also find a coin-operated laundry facility located across the street.

There are many shops and restaurants located in the downtown area, about an 18-minute walk or 4-minute drive from the lodge. Banff Centre is a 5-minute drive away while Banff Gondola and Banff Upper Hot Springs can be reached in 10 minutes by car. Mount Norquay Ski Resort is a 15-minute drive away. The Trans-Canada Highway is a 5-minute drive from the lodge and Calgary International Airport (YYC) can be reached in an hour and half by car. (All distance and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on July 30, 2015:  pet policy and fees, hotel amenities on site, *Cilantro and the sauna are currently closed for renovation, the free shuttle service, no elevator 
The Good
Guests typically enjoyed their stays at this mountain lodge in Banff, and much of their enjoyment could be attributed to the dining on site, the very friendly and professional customer service and the in-room wood-burning fireplaces.

Many guests enjoyed the rooms and found them comfortable with a cozy, rustic atmosphere. Those who had upgraded rooms enjoyed the vaulted ceiling, large bathroom and clawfoot bath tub. The wood-burning fireplace included in every room was a highlight for very many guests.

The staff were praised by many guests for being friendly, attentive and professional. Guests gave the impression that they felt welcomed and that the staff did their best for them.

Many guests appreciated the location of the hotel because it was walk-able or a short drive to Banff Avenue, but far enough away to provide peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of downtown. More than one enjoyed the location for the nearby trails and beautiful vistas of the mountain.

The restaurant was very well liked by many guests who typically had great meals there. They mentioned wild game cooked to perfection and wonderful buffet breakfasts. One guest reported having the best meal of their trip at this hotel.
The Bad
Although many of the reviews guests left online were very positive, some negative comments focused on the quality of the rooms and parking.

Although most guests found the rooms rustic and romantic with wood-burning fireplaces, occasionally a reviewer would deem the room as dated with 80's decor. One guest complained of stained carpets and another did not like the smell of the fireplace.

A couple of reviewers found the parking to be limited or tight for those who had larger vehicles.

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TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #17 out of 31 specialty lodgings and rated it 4 out of 5, based on 715 guest reviews.

rated this hotel 8 out of 10 based on 373 guest reviews.

Expedia.ca rated this hotel 4.1 out of 5 based on 588 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.
Guest Reviews
Very Good

Rated 8.1/10 based on 2053 reviews

Ranked #14 out of 42 hotels in Banff

  • Banff Centre (1.5 km)
Map Marker Buffalo Mountain Lodge
700 Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, AB