Bow View Lodge

Katie Jones
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Why We Love This Hotel

  • 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

Enjoyed This
"The location. You can go for a walk along the bow river at the back or out the front a couple of blocks you are on Banff avenue which is a shoppers dream. Never mind all the beauty that surrounds the area."
21 Dec, 2018 - Calgary, AB, Canada
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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).



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


  • 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


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


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


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


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 guest charges will apply as follows:
C$15 plus tax per night for older children and adults.

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.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

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

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.

Enjoyed This
(28 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Bow View Lodge over the past 15 months.
3.1 Ambiance
4.6 Location
3.3 Rooms
4.2 Quality of Service
4.1 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Fast check out Convenient location Easy parking
Other Comments
The room we had was cramped and had a really worn and dated decor. The entire building had a bad smell. There was only an old tube tv. When we arrived the desk clerk told us out reservation was cancelled. We used the food voucher (free appetizer with order of main course) but were disappointed with the quality of the food given the price. No such a romantic escape at all😕
Michael 27 Nov, 2019 Edmonton, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
The location. You can go for a walk along the bow river at the back or out the front a couple of blocks you are on Banff avenue which is a shoppers dream. Never mind all the beauty that surrounds the area.
Other Comments
When the elevator was out of service it made it difficult getting to and from the room. I never could get my cards to work to the underground parkade
Linda 21 Dec, 2018 Calgary, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
It was close to everything! Close to the river and walking trail as well as all the shops and restaurants.
Other Comments
The staff were very friendly
Janet 21 Dec, 2018 Calgary, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
the location was perfect
Other Comments
the hotel is great value for the money
allana 21 Dec, 2018 Calgary, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
Great views from room. Helpful staff. Acccess to the pool and facilities at the bigger hotel next door.
Nicholas 20 Dec, 2018 Oxford, UK
Enjoyed Most
Lovely location, within walking distance of everything. Rooms are so comfortable and clean. Staff was efficient and very friendly. We have been several times and will return many more.
Maxine 08 Dec, 2018 Carstairs, AB, Canada
Enjoyed Most
The view was beautiful. Location of hotel was just off main street.
Other Comments
The rooms was VERY cold. ..heat took a long time to come on. All amenities were at their sister hotel next door. Hotel needs updating!
Debbie 08 Dec, 2018 Summerland, BC, Canada
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
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

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