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Hotel in need of updated fixtures and decor, within a 10-minute walk of downtown

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, parking and continental breakfast
  • Many guests felt the rooms were clean and comfortable
  • The staff were complimented by many guests
  • Many guests appreciated the hotel's proximity to the downtown core, shops and restaurants
Cons
  • Many guests felt the hotel's fixtures and decor were worn and outdated
  • Some guests were disturbed by noise from other guests
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Freebies
Free Wi-fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Rates & Availability
Editor's Analysis
Updated Feb 20, 2013
Overview
Red Carpet Inn Banff is located on Banff Avenue a few blocks from the downtown core, which may make it a good choice for those who want to be within a 10-minute walk of this area.

This 100% non-smoking hotel offers 53 rooms over three floors. Standard rooms include a TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, air conditioning, a hair dryer, a safe and either one or two queen beds or a king bed. Free local calls and Wi-Fi are available in every room. Pets are allowed in certain rooms for an additional $10 per night.

Amenities at this hotel include a hot tub, ski lockers and a guest computer in the lobby. Guests have complimentary access to the pool, hot tub and sauna at the hotel's sister property, High Country Inn, located across the street. Guests can also use the fitness centre and guest-operated laundry at the hotel's other sister property, Irwin's Mountain Inn, located next to the hotel. Free parking and complimentary continental breakfast are available to all guests (some 3rd party booking reservations may exclude breakfast).

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 15, 2013: 100% non-smoking, pets allowed in certain rooms for an additional $10 per night, guest computer in lobby, hair dryer in each room, iron and ironing board available upon request, guests have access to pool, hot tub and sauna at the inn's sister property High Country Inn, as well as the fitness centre and guest-operated laundry at the inn's other sister property Irwin's Mountain Inn.
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The Good
Many reviews used for this analysis were positive and focused on the rooms, the staff and the location.

Many guests felt that the rooms were clean and comfortable. Although there were some complaints that the mattresses were worn and saggy, many guests felt that the beds were of good quality. Overall, guests felt that the quality of the rooms combined with the free Wi-Fi, parking and continental breakfast offered good value for the price they paid (particularly compared to other area hotels).

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

Many guests liked the location of the hotel because it was within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the downtown core.
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The Bad
Although many reviews used for this analysis were positive, some negative comments focused on the hotel's need for upgrades and issues with noise from other guests.

Many guests felt that the hotel was a bit worn and aged and could use some renovations to give it a more modern appearance. Guests complained that the decor, lightening, air conditioning units and bathrooms would outdated and needed maintenance.

Some guests felt that the hotel did not have very good soundproofing and were disturbed by noise from guests and plumbing in adjacent rooms.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #19 out of 32 hotels and rated it 3.5 out of 5 based on 201 guest reviews.

Hotels.com rated this hotel 3.9 out of 5 based on 183 guest reviews.

Booking.com rated this hotel 7.7 out of 10 based on 329 guest reviews.

The author called the hotel on February 15, 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
7.4
Good

Rated 7.4/10 based on 536 reviews

Ranked #31 out of 42 hotels in Banff


8 out of 10 | Joven revilla stayed April 22, 2013

"fair"

"washrooms not good"

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7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed October 15, 2012

"A OK"

"Great all around."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed September 03, 2012

"Great stay and great value"

"We had a great stay at this hotel, great value for Banff and the room was better than we had expected considering the cost."

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8 out of 10 | Stephanie stayed June 22, 2012

"Very nice stay"

"It was a very good experience and stay overall! Only concern was parking out back! The spots were small and tight, BUT, I think that's just the way banff hotels are so it's not a concern for THIS hotel in particular! :)"

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9 out of 10 | Scott stayed January 29, 2012

"Clean rooms, the whirl pool? ... not so much."

"The room was good and comfortable. The hot tub could have been cleaner. Looked like someone put dish soap in there and there were bubbles everywhere. The ladies at the front desk were helpful though."

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7 out of 10 | Raj stayed July 03, 2011


4 out of 10 | Dick stayed February 11, 2011

"1) towel in poor well used condition and not bath towel size. 2) Cold air leakage through summer A/C system. 3) Heating system failure at one point. 4) Television cable system failure on most channels. Hotel is old and tired, needs a major update. Not recommended unless looking for "very basic cheap" accommodation."

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8 out of 10 | Aneta stayed January 29, 2011

"nice times at the red carpet inn"

"The hotel is a great price for Banff and what you get for that price is pretty comfortabe."

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9 out of 10 | Justin stayed November 20, 2010


9 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed March 28, 2010

"the best place or hotel to stay ...."

"the hotel is excellent place to stay. my daughter and my husband really likes the place and very comfortable to stay.... so far there's no bad things i could say about it because there's nothing bad about it anyway."

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Location
  • Banff Centre (1.2 km)
  • Peyto Lake (87.6 km)
Map Marker Red Carpet Inn Banff
425 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB