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Hotel with mixed reviews about maintenance and service quality, two blocks from downtown

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, parking and continental breakfast
  • Many guests felt the rooms were clean and spacious
  • The staff were complimented by many guests
  • Many guests liked that the hotel was very close to the downtown core
Cons
  • Some guests complained about the overall quality of the hotel
  • Many guests felt the continental breakfast left little to be desired
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Freebies
Free Wi-fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 25, 2013
Overview
High Country Inn Banff is located on Banff Avenue, two blocks from the downtown core, which may appeal to those wanting to be within a 5-minute walk of this area.

This 100% non-smoking hotel offers 70 rooms over three floors. Standard room features include a TV, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, a mini-fridge, individual climate control with air conditioning and either one king or two queen beds. Some rooms have balconies. Upgraded rooms may feature a semi-private sleeping area, a microwave, two TVs, a murphy bed, a jetted tub and/or an electric fireplace. One and two-bedroom suites may feature an ensuite bathroom, a microwave and a sitting area. Free Wi-Fi and local calls are available in every room. Pets are not allowed.

Amenities at this hotel include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a sauna, meeting and banquet facilities and an internet kiosk. Ticino Swiss-Italian Restaurant is on site, open for dinner. Complimentary parking and continental breakfast are available to all guests.

There are several shops and restaurants within a few blocks of the hotel. 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 hotel and Calgary International Airport (YYC) can be reached in an hour and half by car. (All distance and travel time estimates: Google Maps)


Verified by hotel staff on February 21, 2013: pets are not allowed, all rooms include an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer, on-site restaurant is open for dinner.

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The Good
Reviews used for this analysis were somewhat mixed, with positive comments focused on the rooms, the staff and the location.

Many guests felt the rooms were clean and spacious. Some guests felt the beds were very comfortable and mentioned that the balcony in certain rooms was a nice feature.

Although there were some complaints about unfriendly or indifferent staff, many guests said that the staff provided quality service with a welcoming and pleasant attitude.

The location was a highlight for many guests who appreciated the convenience of being only two from blocks from the downtown core. Some noted that it was great to find a hotel so close to downtown that had a pool and offered free parking, Wi-Fi and continental breakfast.
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The Bad
Reviews used for this analysis were somewhat mixed, with negative comments focused on maintenance and service quality and the continental breakfast.

Despite many guests enjoying their stay, there were some guests who felt that the hotel was poor quality. Guests thought that the whole place could use a deep clean and several mentioned that they had troubles receiving daily maid service and/or that there room was not very clean upon arrival. Heavy chlorine in the pool was also a common complaint.

A handful of guests mentioned that the heating controls in their room did not work properly, resulting in very uncomfortable temperatures and lost sleep. Some felt that problems like these were received with indifference by hotel staff.

The breakfast was also a common complaint, with guests describing it as a meager, strictly continental selection that was not well-stocked.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #27 out of 33 hotels and rated it 4 out of 5, based on 184 guest reviews.

Hotels.com rated this hotel 3.6 out of 5 based on 240 guest reviews.

Booking.com rated this hotel 7.3 out of 10 based on 131 guest reviews.

The author called the hotel on February 21, 2013 to verify some information.

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
7.6
Good

Rated 7.6/10 based on 539 reviews

Ranked #28 out of 42 hotels in Banff


8 out of 10 | Alan stayed July 02, 2012

"The facilities and location of hotel was very good. The room was spacious and comfortable."

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9 out of 10 | Hank stayed June 19, 2012

"A very comfortable and clean room. Enjoyed the swimming pool. Could tell it was an old hotel but that gave it character."

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7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed July 04, 2011

"Hotel staff were very helpful."

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3 out of 10 | Darrell stayed November 28, 2009


6 out of 10 | Ann stayed June 14, 2006

"The bathroom is so tiny that a sink did not fit. The room was singularly lacking in charm - either your decorator is color blind or you purchased furniture wholesale - none of the soft goods coordinated. When I checked in, my luggage was heavy, but there were neither carts or help available despite 3 people at the desk. However, the staff was courteous, the room clean, and the Inn conveniently located. I did not use the washer/dryer, but I am sure this is a boon for some. The cost of my room was not purchased directly from the Inn and was significantly higher than the rate the Inn normally charges."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed January 15, 2006


8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed December 30, 2005


4 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed June 12, 2005


8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed March 18, 2005

"I enjoyed the complimentry breakfast at the restaurant it was a great way to start our day without having to leave the hotel to search for a place to eat. I was unable to get specifics about the final bill however due to the fact that only three guest stayed instead of four. So I dont know if an adjustment was done as requested. A deposit was taken on my credit card at the time of booking which is substantiouly less than what the final bill should be. I was advised at the hotel that this was policy between the hotel and freehotel.com. I would appreciate a response to this inquiry at your earliest convenience as to what the total of the final bill."

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Location
  • Banff Centre (1.2 km)
  • Peyto Lake (87.6 km)
Map Marker High Country Inn Banff
419 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB