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Banff Ptarmigan Inn
Ranked #25 of 34 Hotels in Banff
Reviewed 12 August 2014

I stayed here on a recent long weekend holiday. The location was great, an easy walk to all the restaurants and shops in the city. The hotel itself was just OK. We had a first floor room with a "mountain view", which meant the parking lot. But it seemed better than the interior rooms that looked out on the lobby or a strange atrium. If I were to go again I'd ask for a upper floor, exterior room. The rooms could use an update for the price we paid. They were motel-quality. It has a little bit of an odd smell we never identified, but it was clean and no bugs. There is no air conditioning, but with the fan and opening the window it was fine (in July). The breakfast was edible, the omelet station was pretty good, and at least it was free. Basically if you aren't planning to spend much time in the room and just want a clean place to sleep and eat, this place will do the job.

Room Tip: Upper level, exterior room
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

Appreciated the convenience of this hotel in middle of Banff. Room was functional and clean. Really appreciated the free breakfast - delicious fresh omelettes and good choice. Next door to Brewsters Transport Booking Office for booking Rockies trips.

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1  Thank janbrad
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

This hotel looks nice on the outside. The rooms need updated, but the stay was wonderful. The room was clean with decent linens. There was not AC but they provided a fan and we asked for another...it did the trick. The staff was very helpful and courteous. The breakfast the next morning was included and it was very good as well. You could have what was already prepared or get eggs anyway you wanted them prepared freshly by the kitchen cooks. There were plenty of choices for breakfast as well. I would like to go back to Banff and spend more time in this city. Many, many places to shop, eat and explore.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

The hotel is a nice place in the center of the down town street. It serves very good food, and the rooms though small are cozy and comfortable. The attached bath has jakuzi tub and a quick shower cubicle.

Banff has population of around 10,000 and attracts over 300,000 visitors every season. The attractions of Banff is a Gondola ride to 2088 Mtrs. above sea level with a deck walk across to nearby summit. The city of Banff as seen from the top with river flowing by, lake lewis and a small fall are temptations to watch. Small down town street has a lot to offer to foodies and shoppers.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Rashmi M
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

We got this hotel as the mystery hotwire.com hotel and were pleasantly surprised with the standard of accommodation and very happy with the great location. With prices in Banff extremely high this was still around the 200 dollar per night mark but more reasonable than the overpriced hotels around it. We decided to stay an extra night and then got charged the full price which. adequate us realize what a great deal the night before had been. However, we had a very enjoyable stay and would recommend this hotel.

Stayed: August 2014
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

The front desk staff of the hotel were unfriendly and as I checked in I watched them really talking down to the some Japanese tourist who had a significant problem with his room. The rooms were old, as in no update since the 60's old. They were dirty and falling apart. What a disappointment.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

The hotel room was OK, luckily it was raining and had cooled down since the 25-30 degree day before as there was no a/c in the room. The food in the Restaurant was good, the kitchen in full view while you wait for your food. No fridge in the room to store things such as Diabetic Insulin.
While waiting for the bus to depart early morning, two Elk appeared at the school across from the Ptarmigan, eating the hedge leaves near the sidewalk, this was an unexpected high-light of visiting Banff.

Room Tip: Rooms at back have balconies, good if you want some quick fresh air. No smoking out there but seen b...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Banff Ptarmigan Inn

Address: 337 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H8, Canada
Region: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 34 Hotels in Banff
Price Range: £69 - £247 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Banff Ptarmigan Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 134
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Banff Avenue, one short block from downtown Banff- Includes Full buffet breakfast with a made to order omelette station- Indoor hot tubs, sauna, steam and fitness equipment- The Meatball Pizza and Pasta- 134 cozy hotel rooms- The Sundance and Atrium function rooms for small to mid-size - meetings/receptions- Complimentary wireless internet access in all guest rooms- Heated underground parkade with free parking (first come basis)- Complimentary Roam Bus passes for the Banff transit system. ... more   less 
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