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Family-friendly Banff resort with indoor pools, two waterslides, play zone & games room

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking
  • Many guests felt the units were spacious and well-appointed
  • The staff were complimented by many guests
  • Many guests appreciated the on-site amenities like the grocery and liquor stores, waterslides, indoor pool and play zone
Cons
  • Some guests felt the resort's fixtures and decor were a bit outdated
  • Several guests thought the units were not soundproof and complained of noise
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 20, 2014
Overview
Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets is about a 2-minute drive from Banff Avenue. The resort offers an indoor pool, a kiddie pool, two waterslides, a games room and a multi-level play zone, which may appeal to those travelling with children. The full kitchen included in every unit may also make it a good choice for those wanting the option of self-catering while staying close to downtown but off of the main drag.

This 100% non-smoking resort offers 130 units comprised of condos, suites and chalets. Standard unit features include one or more LCD TVs, a DVD player, a Plug n' Play panel, individual climate control with air conditioning, an iron and ironing board, a coffeemaker, a hair dryer, a fireplace (either wood, gas or electric), a safe and a full kitchen. Some units have a balcony or a patio. Units sleep from two to ten people with a combination of one or more queen beds, a king bed, bunk beds, a sofabed and/or a double wall bed. Units may be studio style, have one to three bedrooms and/or a loft or second storey. Some chalets have one and a half bathrooms. Some suites have
a jetted tub and up to four bathrooms.

Free Wi-Fi and local call are available in every unit. Up to two dogs are allowed in certain condos for an additional $25 each per night (must be arranged at the time of booking). 

Amenities at this resort include two guest computers in the lobby, an on-site grocery store, an on-site liquor store, guest-operated laundry, an indoor pool, a kiddie pool, two waterslides, two hot tubs, two saunas, a steam room, an indoor multi-level play zone, a fitness centre, communal BBQs and a games room. Free parking and unlimited use of the Town of Banff shuttle bus system is available to all guests.

There are many shops and restaurants located in the downtown area, about 1 km from the resort. 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 is a 15-minute drive away. The Trans-Canada Highway is a 5-minute drive from the resort and Calgary International Airport (YYC) can be reached in an hour and a half by car. (All distance and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

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The Good
The majority of reviews used for this analysis were positive and focused on the units, the staff and the amenities.

Many guests felt the condos, suites and chalets were spacious and well-appointed with a full kitchen, LCD TV(s) and a fireplace. Although there were a few complaints of worn, saggy mattresses, many guests thought the beds were comfortable.

The staff were complimented by many guests for being friendly, accommodating and attentive.

Many guests thought it was convenient having a on-site grocery and liquor store and guest-operated laundry. The indoor pools, waterslides, play zone and games rooms was a big hit with many guests, particularly those travelling with children. Overall, guests felt the combination of on-site amenities with the full kitchen/option of self-catering included in every room made this resort fun and family friendly.
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The Bad
Although the majority of reviews used for this analysis were positive, some negative comments focused on the resort's need for updates and issues with noise.

Although many guests felt the units were clean and cozy, some guests thought that the decor and fixtures needed upgrading. Guests complained about dated bedspreads, worn furniture and old windows and door seals resulting in the rooms being drafty and cold.

Several guests felt that the units were not very soundproof and were disturbed by noise from guests in adjacent units.
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TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #7 out of 32 hotels and rated it 4 out of 5, based on 604 guest reviews.

Booking.com
rated this hotel 8.4 out of 10 based on 121 guest reviews.

Hotels.com
rated this hotel 4.4 out of 5 based on 297 guest reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Scott B.
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Guest Reviews
8.2
Very Good

Rated 8.2/10 based on 1001 reviews

Ranked #11 out of 41 hotels in Banff

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Map Marker Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets
525 Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, AB