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Bow View Lodge

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Why We Love It

  • Budget-friendly alternative to pricier options in Banff
  • A five-minute walk from shops and cafes and a 10-minute drive to the Banff Gondola, a glass-enclosed lift giving you 360-degree views of six mountain ranges
  • All guests get access to the amenities next door at Banff Park Lodge -- there's an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, gym and restaurant with large glass windows showcasing mountain views

77%
Enjoyed This
(43 Member Ratings)
"The food at the Italian restaurant at Park Lodge was very good. However there are no dining options at Bow Valley. Then they didn't seem to know about the $25 voucher. When I did get it, it was for $20. I then had to explain to the restaurant it was supposed to be $25, not $20. Good thing I had the original confirmation to show them. I went with my sister and we had a good time in the town of Banff. However, the staff don't seem to know a lot of things. We asked about the shuttle to the Sulphur Mountain gondola and were told to catch it at Park Lodge. We went there and were told to catch it at Elk Mountain Hotel. At Elk Mountain, we were told to catch a regular bus at the bus stop. Just always getting mis-information."
Debra
03. Dec 2018
Calgary, AB, Canada

Map & Directions

It's a 1.5-hour drive from Calgary International Airport.

Rooms & Rates

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Overview

Compared to pricier hotels in Banff, this is a great wallet-friendly option for those looking to save money for the slopes or nearby attractions. Although it's an older building, the lodge has plenty of amenities -- there’s a 24-hour concierge, ski and snowboard storage and even same-day dry cleaning. Guests can take advantage of what their sister hotel has to offer as well. Located next door, Banff Park Lodge has an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, fitness centre and two on-site restaurants. Expect to pay for Wi-Fi and heated underground parking located at Banff Park Lodge, which is first-come, first-serve -- above-ground parking is free for all guests.

Rooms are small but clean with private balconies and patios; some showcasing views of the river. Larger Family Rooms have adjoining bedrooms with a shared bathroom, while the expansive River Suite has a rain shower and a sitting area with river views. Guests may find the decor a little dated; most rooms still have older-style televisions -- however, when it comes to Banff, the real show takes place outdoors.

It’s an ideal home base for summer or winter escapes -- with Lake Louise just a 40-minute drive away, it makes sightseeing day trips or ski excursions all the more tempting. Venture beyond Lake Louise to the Icefields Parkway, where you’ll find yourself on “easily one of the most awe-inspiring drives you'll ever encounter” (Frommer’s).

Amenities

General

  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • No pets allowed
  • 100% smoke-free
  • Steam Room

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms

Internet

  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • Wi-Fi in public areas (fees apply)
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)

Bathroom

  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower

Parking

  • Complimentary parking

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Wheelchair accessible

Policies

Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Minimum age required to check-in: 21.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children 16 or under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Cot available upon request: free of charge.

Extra beds are not available. 
Extra person charge is 15 CAD plus tax, per person, per night.

Pets: Only service animals allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

77%
Enjoyed This
(43 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Bow View Lodge over the past 15 months.
2.9 Ambiance
4.4 Location
3.0 Rooms
4.0 Quality of Service
4.0 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The food at the Italian restaurant at Park Lodge was very good. However there are no dining options at Bow Valley. Then they didn't seem to know about the $25 voucher. When I did get it, it was for $20. I then had to explain to the restaurant it was supposed to be $25, not $20. Good thing I had the original confirmation to show them. I went with my sister and we had a good time in the town of Banff. However, the staff don't seem to know a lot of things. We asked about the shuttle to the Sulphur Mountain gondola and were told to catch it at Park Lodge. We went there and were told to catch it at Elk Mountain Hotel. At Elk Mountain, we were told to catch a regular bus at the bus stop. Just always getting mis-information.
Other Comments
I was charged again for the room for the two nights. Good thing I brought my MC bill to show I already paid it. They then had to recharge my card with the new bill and then credit me for the original amount. Not really impressed. The walls were also thin and we heard people slamming doors and talking in the hallway. The hotel staff said "Travel Zoo" was making mistakes. Not sure I would go through Travel Zoo and would not stay at Bow View. Perhaps the Park Lodge but again, not sure I would book through Travel Zoo. How can I pay once and then get charged again? Annoying.
Debra 03. Dec 2018 Calgary, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
It was clean and adequate for the price. The pool and hot tub at sister hotel was excellent, as was the Crave restaurant.
Other Comments
The staff didn’t say we could park in underground parking. Didn’t mention the dining credit. We had to ask. Didn’t know what a charge on our bill was so just told us we would have to pay it.
j 26. Nov 2018 Calgary, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
n/a
Other Comments
We were not able to go as my wife has injured her back and can't walk. There was no option for refund or cancel.
Dale 19. Nov 2018 Calgary, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
location
John 16. Nov 2018 Calgary, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
The view from our room through the huge windows was gorgeous!
Other Comments
It would have been good to know at check- in where the pedestrian access door to the sister hotel/underground parking was. Better guidance/signage would be helpful as the access is really quite close and convenient to the front door of the Bow View. We didn't use the restaurant voucher as that particular restaurant was quite pricey, but we likely would have used it in the hotel's other, more modest restaurant. This hotel really is quite close to and well within walking distance of many of Banff's amenities.
Beverley 15. Nov 2018 Clive, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
Location on the River and a block from great restaurants.
Jamie 13. Nov 2018 Medicine Hat, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
The location and view of the River. Close to everything. One side is the tow the othe side is a walk along* the river.
Other Comments
The rooms are old and need decorating. The tv is ver small and was not overly clear. The beds were comfortable and the fridge was useful . The table and chairs were helpful.
Donna 09. Nov 2018 Calgary, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
Location, river view, pool next door
Other Comments
Amazing location, simple rooms and hotel, not fancy, great value for the money
Allison 31. Oct 2018 Calgary, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
The 2 deer that came to eat grass right outside our window at 8 PM each night. Room 111 is the very best room for that as the deer were within 10 feet of our window.
Other Comments
Ask for room 111 and you too could quite possibly see those deer.
Douglas 29. Oct 2018 Edmonton, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
Value and location
Gerrit 28. Oct 2018 Coalhurst, AB, Canada

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