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Older budget hotel in downtown Banff with friendly staff but mixed reviews

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • The staff were complimented by many guests
  • Guests seemed to agree that the rooms were clean
  • Many guests liked the downtown location, close to restaurants and bars
Cons
  • Several guests were bitten by bed bugs in 2012 and 2013
  • Some guests felt the rooms were too dated and even run down
  • Some guests had difficulties with the Wi-Fi
  • Some guests complained of noise from the busy downtown area
  • Heated underground parking is available for $5 per day
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 21, 2015
Overview
King Edward Hotel Banff was built in 1904 and is located in the heart of downtown, which may make it a good choice for those wanting to be within close walking distance of shops, restaurants and bars.

This 100% non-smoking hotel offers 21 rooms over two floors. Standard room features include a TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a hair dryer, air conditioning and either one queen bed, one king bed or two twin beds. Upgraded rooms feature a king or queen bed and a sofabed or a king bed and two twin beds. Iron and ironing boards are available upon request. Free Wi-Fi and local calls are available in every room. Pets are not allowed.

Amenities at this hotel include an ATM and currency exchange in the lobby. Free public parking is available in the area surrounding the hotel and a private, heated underground parking lot is also available for $5 a day (must be reserved).There is a microwave on the 3rd floor for guest use; alternatively guests can have one in the room for an additional $5 per day.

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)
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The Good
Many reviews used for this analysis were positive and focused on the location, the staff and the rooms.

The downtown location was a highlight for many guests who enjoyed being right in the heart of Banff's dining and shopping district. Guests liked that there were many shops, restaurants and bars within walking distance of the hotel.

The staff were complimented by many guests for being friendly and accommodating. Guests also felt that the staff were quick to address problems or requests.

Although many guests felt the rooms were rundown and outdated, some said that they were clean and functional with a mini-fridge and flat screen TV.
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The Bad
Although many reviews used for this analysis were positive, a large portion of negative reviews focused on noise and the hotel's need for upgrades and maintenance.

Some guests were disturbed by noise from people and traffic on the street, particularly later at night or on the weekends when people were out partying at neighbouring bars.

Many guests felt that the hotel was basic, rundown and had little in the way of on-site amenities. The rooms were described as small, with small windows and old, worn towels and linens. Although some guests felt the rooms were clean, there were several complaints of mouldy bathrooms and stained carpets and walls. Several guests also claimed the room they stayed in was infested with bed bugs.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #29 out of 34 hotels and rated it 3 out of 5 based on 66 guest reviews.

Booking.com rated this hotel 7.4 out of 10 based on 114 guest reviews.

Hotels.com rated this hotel 3.4 out of 5 based on 142 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
6.3
Fair

Rated 6.3/10 based on 266 reviews

Ranked #38 out of 41 hotels in Banff

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8 out of 10 | Erin stayed March 29, 2013

"Great price and location"

"Liked the hotel a lot. The hotel was at the perfect location. Close to many restaurants and activities. The hotel had no air conditioning so the first night was incredibly warm. Also, very early in the morning the chatter on the cleaning ladies walkie talkie was not the wake up call I wanted. The other workers were making jokes and talking unnecessarily. Other than that incident, I would for sure stay at the King Eddie again."

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7 out of 10 | Alison stayed October 07, 2012

"GOOD BANG FOR YOUR BUCK"

"Ok, this isn't the ritz but you know what ... for us that come to Banff for a quick get-away and to have some fun with friends, it is just fine! The room was small and not a lot of extras but it was clean and the bed was comfy :). The only complaint we had was that housekeeping started vacuuming at 0945 ... which is fairly early when you HAVE A GREAT TIME in Banff the night before."

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10 out of 10 | Arthur stayed June 01, 2010

"The best place to Stay while in Banff Alberta."

"I stayed in the old King edward in the 70s and again now, staff are friendly and rooms are wlll be back."

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7 out of 10 | Andrea stayed May 24, 2010

"Historical"

"I liked staying in this hotel, it was established in 1904. And it was like I was going back in time and being part of history!!"

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Location
  • Banff Centre (0.9 km)
  • Sunshine Village (14.8 km)
Map Marker King Edward Hotel Banff
137 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB