I was disappointed, though it was partially due to my unrealistic expectations. Banff was to be our first layover day in a long driving vacation, and I was hoping to spend our rest day with a book, a cup of coffee in front of a picture enjoying the Canadian Rockies.
No such luck at the Blue Mountain Lodge. The building is small and cramped for a B&B, and the common area is not inviting. Our bedroom is the worst. It was the size of a large closet with room only for a double bed and a few feet on two sides of it to walk around. Absolutely no space to put our luggage or walk around. The bathroom was so small that my 5'9" 210 pound partner could not even move around comfortably in it.
I need to qualify this statement by mentioning that I peeked into some other rooms and they were slightly larger -- enough of a difference to feel comfortable hanging out in them.
The two female staff members were courteous, but I got the impression reported by a previous reviewer that the place existed to subsidize the owner's hiking habit, and we didn't get the wonderful hospitality we found everywhere else in Canada.
One point in its favor: close to town but in a quiet residential neighborhood.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blue Mountain Lodge has been a hotel or Bed and Breakfast since 1908. Our heritage home features 10 rooms with ensuite bathrooms.Please keep in mind that we have slightly smaller rooms than newer structures. We are also very excited to report that Select Canada acknowledged our accomplishments by giving us a three-star rating in 2009. Type in the word bmlvip in our Blue Mountain Lodge booking engine to take advantage of an instant discount. Looking forward to meeting you in Banff! Pascal and Louise, Innkeepers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Mountain Hotel Banff