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Well-liked and pet-friendly condo units near Canmore with full kitchen and gas fireplace

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Many reviewers found the hotel to be a good value
  • Several guests complimented their spacious and well-equipped rooms
  • The hotel's location, near area attractions, was praised by many
Cons
  • Some lodgers complained of noise disturbances during their stay
  • A few guests felt their units needed updated decor and fixtures
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 28, 2014
Overview
Located seconds from the Trans-Canada Highway on ramp and a 5-minute drive from Canmore's city centre, the Banff Boundary Lodge is popular with vacationers who prefer condo-style accommodations close to Banff National Park (a 2-minute drive).

This lodge has 42 air-conditioned suites, each offering satellite TV, a DVD player, a hair dryer, free Wi-Fi, a full kitchen, a living room, a gas fireplace, and a dining area. 1 bedroom king suites and 2 bedroom family suites are available, while deluxe suites feature two levels, two bedrooms, and a living room with a sofabed.

Hotel amenities include a hot tub, a barbecue area, a conference room, and guest laundry. Parking is free, pets are permitted for an additional $15 per night, and the hotel does not offer accessible rooms.

Nearby restaurants include Craig's Way Station, Gasthaus Restaurant, and Boston Pizza, which are all within a 6-minute drive southeast of the hotel. Sobey's grocery store is roughly 8 minutes away by car, and shopping is available at Clock Tower Village Mall in Banff (about a 15-minute drive southwest of the hotel).

The Banff Boundary Lodge is located close to several of the area's local attractions. Lake Louise Ski Area and Banff's Mount Norquay (for skiing and snowboarding) are both within a 20-minute drive northeast of the hotel, while the Canmore Nordic Centre can be found approximately 15 minutes south by car. 
Calgary International Airport (YYC) is about a 1 hour and 15-minute drive eastward. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent on December 12, 2012: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets are permitted for $15 per night, not accessible.

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The Good
The majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive with much praise going to the hotel's value, rooms, and location.

Many reviewers praised the value of this hotel. They described the rates as very good, inexpensive and unbeatable, and one guest remarked the hotel was "a great place for the price I paid".

The hotel's rooms were a source of many compliments by lodgers. They said their rooms as spacious, clean, modern and well-equipped. Some reviewers enjoyed mountain views.

Many guests were pleased with the hotel's location. These reviewers found the hotel to be close to Banff National Park, downtown Canmore, and Banff townsite. It should be mentioned however, that a few patrons felt the opposite and said the hotel was far from local restaurants and shops, describing a 1-hour walk to Canmore.
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The Bad
While most of the reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints among them, which included noise transfer and outdated decor and fixtures.

Some guests reported noise disruptions during their stay. They described loud bathrooms fans, traffic noise from the highway, noise from neighbours' footsteps upstairs, and a loud fireplace timer. 

Complaints about outdated decor and fixtures were made by some reviewers. They reported inefficient laundry machines, outdated decor in the bathrooms, poor Wi-Fi signals, and that the carpets needed replacing in some units. It should be mentioned however, that most lodgers were pleased with the condition of their rooms.
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Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 4.2 out of 5 from 358 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 4.3 out of 5 with a 93% recommendation rate from 267 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #1 out of 3 specialty lodging in Harvie Heights from 106 reviews.

Verified with a front desk agent on December 12, 2012: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets are permitted for $15 per night, not accessible.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
8.2
Very Good

Rated 8.2/10 based on 68 reviews

Ranked #12 out of 34 hotels in Canmore


8 out of 10 | David stayed April 14, 2013

"Awesome!!"

"Excellent value! We were pleasantly surprised at the size of our room! And the kitchen was large and fully stocked with dishware and utenstils! Very clean and comfy! We didnt mind that there were only a few amenities! We would much rather have a Great room at an Awesome price! Dont change a thing"

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9 out of 10 | Candice stayed July 20, 2011

"Great stay for a great price, very spacious"

"My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our stay. Huge rooms, even more than we needed. Great hot tub, fireplace, TV, kitchen and very comfortable bed. The only thing that should be improved is the cleanliness. Some of the cutlery was dirty (the previous people were supposed to wash it though). Also some dirty spots on the carpet. However, we would definitely stay there again."

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7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed July 15, 2011

"Surprisingly nice place and spacious. Perhaps a bit too near the Trans-Canada highway. Great for families and larger groups."

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7 out of 10 | Judy stayed February 06, 2011

"Good value for your $$$"

"If you're looking for value for your $$ this hotel can't be beat. The decor is dated but not in bad repair however if you're looking for a luxury get away this is not the place. This is more than suitable for a homebase while you're enjoying what the towns have to offer."

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10 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed February 06, 2011

"Nice and comfortable"

"No room service, but top notch facility. A lot of square footage for your dollars."

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8 out of 10 | Fred stayed February 04, 2011

"A pleasant surprise."

"We were surprised to find the level of amenities and quality of service forsuch a reasonable price. We would definitely stay again."

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7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed January 30, 2011

"Nice place for the price, clean and not much noise from the train, get a upper suite so u can avoid the noise of other guests going up and down the stairs"

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9 out of 10 | Janice stayed January 24, 2011

"I would recommend this lodge to anyone that wants a quiet relaxed facility and beautiful scenery."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed January 08, 2011

"well worth the price we paid"

"We arrived late and left early the next day so were unable to check out any of the amenities or customer services. The parking was such that we had to lug our luggage all the way around the buildings to get to our suite. But once there the suite was clean, roomy, well stocked and quiet."

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8 out of 10 | Sarah stayed October 17, 2010

"Our fireplace wasn't working in our room but they quickly accomodated us and found another room within minutes. They even turned the fireplace on for us, so it was nice and cozy when we went in. It would be nice if the jacuzzi was open a little later though. : )"

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10 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed October 16, 2010

"Have a nice stay there"

"This is a nice hotel, We were quite happy choosing this hotel, with the location of the hotel of just 10 minutes driving to the gate of Banff. bed was wonderful I've ever slept in! & the room was elegant. bathrooms were very very clean and spacious, that's saying a lot, I will be definitly comming back."

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9 out of 10 | Debbie stayed November 15, 2009

"We love the Banff Boundary..we always stay there when we come to Canmore. My only comment would be that the vacuuming could be better..dust bunnies in all the corners. Beds were super comfortable."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed September 09, 2005

"Just a few maintenance issues. The towel bar in the bathroom was ready to fall off the wall and the stairway railing was loose. We enjoyed our stay."

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Map Marker Banff Boundary Lodge
1000 Harvie Heights Road, Canmore, AB