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Pet-friendly Banff hotel near town centre with hot tub, air conditioning and jacuzzi suites

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, parking, local calls
  • Many guests felt the rooms were clean and comfortable
  • Many guests appreciated the hotel's proximity to the downtown core, shops and restaurants
  • Staff were very friendly and professional said guests
  • Many guests appreciated the value offered at this hotel
  • Some guests were disturbed by noise from other guests
  • Some guests said the hotel still needed more renos
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Editor's Analysis
Updated May 14, 2015
Red Carpet Inn Banff is located a 6-minute walk from the Banff town centre near to restaurants, bars and shopping and offers affordable rates along with freebies of Wi-Fi, parking and continental breakfast. It's an attractive budget-friendly option for guests seeking to be near to Banff's dining and nightlife, while visiting the area or skiing and snowboarding on Banff's world-class resorts.

This 100% non-smoking hotel offers 53 rooms over three floors. Standard rooms include air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a 27" cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a hair dryer, a safe and either one or two queen beds or a king bed. Some rooms come with a balcony. The hotel also offers a 3 queen bed room for up to 6 guests. Suites offer a king bed, a 2-person jacuzzi and may also have a gas fireplace and a balcony.

Free underground parking and complimentary continental breakfast are available to all guests (some 3rd party booking reservations may exclude breakfast). Pets are allowed in certain rooms for an additional $20 per night.

Amenities at this hotel include an elevator, a hot tub, ski lockers and a guest computer and microwave in the lobby. Guests also 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. 

There area restaurants located next door to the property including Ticino Swiss Italian Restaurant and El Toro Restaurant. There are also 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 travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with front desk on May 14, 2015: pet fees are $20 per night, per pet and the hotel has an elevator
The Good
Many reviews read for this report were positive and focused on the value, the staff and the location of the hotel.

The rooms were clean, large and comfortable and some guests found them quiet and really enjoyed beautiful mountain views. Guests seemed to appreciate having coffeemakers and mini-fridges in the rooms and a couple of guests highlighted the fast Wi-Fi they had during their stay. A few mentioned comfortable beds as well. Some rooms had been renovated and guests were quite pleased with them.

The staff were a high point of many guests' stays. They were considered professional and very friendly. They helped with tourist information and more than one guest wanted to return here because they liked the treatment they received. A couple of reviewers said they handled any concern promptly.

Many guests liked the location of the hotel because it was within walking distance of shops, Safeway for groceries, restaurants and the downtown core.

Guests found the rates affordable, especially for Banff and more than one guest considered the hotel to provide good value. One guest said, "This room was fantastic for the price."
The Bad
Although many reviews that were read for this report were positive, some negative comments focused on the hotel's need for upgrades and issues with noise from other guests.

A few guests said their rooms were older with dated decor and worn furniture and bathrooms.

A few guests said the hot tub was small and crowded, one said the guests were getting drunk there and made it uncomfortable for others to enjoy. Another guest was disturbed by smokers on the balcony at 4 am and bar patrons walking home in the wee hours. Yet another had partiers in the room above creating noise which woke him up.

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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.
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Map Marker Red Carpet Inn Banff
425 Banff Avenue, Banff, AB