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Pet-friendly Banff budget motel on the edge of town with clean, quiet & well-equipped roooms

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls
  • Rooms were clean and well equipped said guests
  • Cheap room rates for Banff was a draw for many guests
  • Location was handy to the Hwy, the bus stop, restaurants in walking distance and quiet
  • Some budget-minded travellers were pleased to have a mini-fridge and microwave in their room
Cons
  • Off-site front desk was an inconvenience to some guests
  • No air conditioning in the rooms
  • No elevator to the 2nd floor
  • Some guests found the rooms dated and too basic
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 15, 2016
Overview
This hotel provides a budget stay an 18-minute walk to the town centre. Guests can also catch the Roam bus just outside the hotel and ride to town in 8 minutes with free bus passes supplied by the hotel.

The smoke-free hotel offers 39 rooms over 2 floors. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a 32" flat screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, tea kettle, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, a safe, Rocky Mountain soap, a hair dryer and windows that open.  Rooms are furnished with 1 double bed, 1 double + 1 queen, or 1 king bed. Room extras include a table and chairs, a walk-out patio and a semi-private balcony.

Free outdoor parking is available on site. Pets (2) are welcome for $25 per pet, per night. Beds, bowls and treats are supplied.

On-site hotel amenities include an outdoor courtyard with seating. There is no elevator on site.

Other hotel amenities are off site and available at the sister property (Inns of Banff) which is located a 2-minute walk away (go down Marmot Crescent and cross the street on Banff Avenue). Amenities include a 24-hour front desk, an indoor pool, a rooftop hot pool, daily or hourly bike rentals, tour/ticket assistance, a room for ski storage and safety deposit boxes. 

Bumpers Beef House is a 4-minute walk from the hotel and serves breakfast and dinner daily. Cave and Basin National Historic Site is a 10-minute drive. Cascade Plaza offers groceries and coin-laundry a 4-minute drive away or 15 minutes on foot. Calgary International Airport (YYC) is at least 1.5 hours away by car. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on July 15, 2016: the front desk and many of the hotel amenities are located at Inns of Banff (a sister property) down the way and across Banff Avenue (150 metres), extra parking is also available there
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The Good
Guests were usually satisfied with the hotel stay.

It was cheaper comparitively, being a budget hotel. This was the biggest draw due to high in-season hotel prices in the area, although when prices reached $200 per night, guests judged it to be poor value.

The rooms were clean and comfortable. The best part about the rooms was the wood siding, which gave them a rustic mountain ambiance. Guests usually were pleased with the modern TVs, comfortable beds and good shower pressure, although the rooms were dated.

The location was convenient. Although on the edge of town and a bit of a distance to walk, the area was well treed and quiet, and the Roam bus was free to use and the stop close by. There were restaurants in the area if needed also and the Trans-Canada Highway was easy to access (about 6 minutes' drive).

Guests often liked the surrounding area of the hotel. One guest put it like this, "We came for a quiet retreat and found exactly what we needed! Our main door looked out into a forest and the other door/window led to a very pleasant treed, benched, central court!"
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The Bad
There were a number of things guests did not like about the hotel and their stay.

The hotel did not have its own front desk, but utilized the neighbouring sister hotel's reception area. This was an inconvenience, especially to guests who did not know about this, as they had to locate the sister hotel and walk down Marmot Crescent and then across Banff Avenue to get there. Sometimes issues arose when guests could not locate their room and they had to walk back to reception for clearer instructions.

Some guests felt the rooms were too basic and in need of better maintenance but this was not universally felt. One guest found the very high shower pressure with too thin a stream sharp and painful, a stained towel and chipped toilet tank offputting.

The layout of the hotel although liked by many, was displeasing to some. They described the main floor rooms having 2 doors, with one leading to a shared patio or courtyard which felt closed in and lacking in privacy. The balconies faced this courtyard and were described as semi-private as you were in view of your neighbours and anyone in the courtyard.
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Sources
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.6 out of 5  from 430 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.4 out of 10 from 446 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #27 of 33 Banff hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 148 reviews.


Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
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Rated 7.0/10 based on 798 reviews

Ranked #34 out of 41 hotels in Banff

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Location
  • Banff Centre (1.5 km)
Map Marker Bumpers Inn
P. O. Box 1328 603 Banff, Ave., Banff, AB