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Bow Valley Motel

7.7 | Good
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Popular downtown Canmore motel offers value rooms with kitchenette and free parking 

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking
  • Many said their rooms were very clean with comfortable beds
  • Many felt the hotel provided good value for the area, especially when compared to Banff prices
  • Guests loved the location, an easy walk to restaurants, pubs, groceries and shops
  • Wi-Fi was rated as good overall
Cons
  • This motel has three floors but no elevator
  • Some lodgers complained of noise transfer during their stay
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 15, 2016
Overview
This motel is located just off Hwy 1 in Canmore's downtown, and offers a budget stay with kitchen facilities in walking distance of restaurants, pubs and groceries.

All rooms are smoke free and include free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a Keurig coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a desk, a hair dryer and climate control. Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 queen beds. Room extras include drive-up rooms, a pull-down bed, a microwave, a kitchenette (with stove top), a full kitchen (with stove and oven) a separate bedroom, a dining table, a living room and mountain views. Irons and ironing boards are available at the front desk. This motel is not wheelchair accessible and has exterior corridors.

Free parking is available on site. There is 1 pet-friendly room only; pet charges may apply.

Hotel amenities include a guest laundry and BBQ facilities. There is no elevator to second or third floor.

The Banff townsite is 23 minutes away by car. Canmore Museum is about a 4-minute walk from the hotel, while Canmore Golf and Curling Club can be found 5 minutes away by car. For skiers and boarders, Mount Norquay is a 27 minutes, Sunshine Village is 34 minutes and Lake Louise is 1 hour away by car. Calgary International Airport (YYC) is a 1-hour and 15-minute drive away. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on January 15, 2016: motel is non-smoking, some rooms have a full kitchen with stove top and oven, all rooms have a Keurig coffeemaker, irons and ironing boards are available from the front desk
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The Good
Guests typically enjoyed staying at this motel for its value and convenient location. 

Guests found the location convenient to downtown amenities, pubs, restaurants and shopping. Some liked having a pub next door with a micro-brewery, and guests liked the location for being close to Banff but cheaper overall for dining and sleeping.

The rooms were basic but very clean with comfortable beds and air conditioning, and some offered stunning views of the mountains. Some were pleased to have larger mini-fridges, with freezers, in their non-kitchenette rooms.

Many were pleased with the value of this no-frills motel, especially when compared to Banff's hotel prices.

Reviewers spoke well of the excellent staff, who were genuinely friendly and helpful. Some mentioned that the staff provided them with bear spray and a bear bell for safety's sake, gave helpful directions of the area and were helpful in saving guests money.
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The Bad
Weak spots of the stay or motel sometimes surfaced in the reviews.

Some guests complained of noise disturbances during their stays. Complaints included exterior noise from lawn mowers, passing vehicles, housekeepers speaking loudly during their early morning rounds, neighbouring rooms, water pipes and guests walking above on the veranda while rolling their luggage.

Occasionally guests were challenged by having to carry luggage up the stairs to their rooms.

Some complained about the Wi-Fi being slow and inconsistent, and a few guests missed having a microwave in their room (although some rooms have them).

Very occasionally a guest would complain that the facility was dated.
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Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8.4 out of 10 from 530 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #10 of 30 Canmore hotels with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 from 174 reviews.



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.
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Rated 7.7/10 based on 219 reviews

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Map Marker Bow Valley Motel
610 8th Street, Canmore, AB