My husband and I stayed at the Juniper this weekend with our Golden Retriever puppy. We chose this place because they are pet-friendly and provided amenities for pets. I already knew what the hotel looked like before we arrived, so I wasn't surprised at how dated the outside looked. It is renovated on the inside and felt very warm and inviting.
We stayed in a room facing the parking lot, on the right side of the hotel. We didn't mind our room. The bathroom was a little on the small side, but no big deal. The bed was comfy and the decor was nice. They knew we were bringing our puppy, so there was a water and food dish, a dog bed, and towel for her. That was very nice. They put all dog owners on the first floor so it is easy to take the dog outside.
We went into town for an hour or so and got a call from the front desk saying that our dog was barking. We didn't leave in the middle of our dinner, but came back a little faster than we originally were. The reason she was barking is because the right side of the hotel, on the first floor, is where the restaurant is, and it is very busy with people walking by all the time. She heard all of these people walking around and talking and it got her interested. One thing I will say is that you need to BRING EARPLUGS if you are easily woken up in the night. There was a wedding at the hotel this weekend and and entire bridal party was above our room being loud and playing music until 2 in the morning. The walls are very thin, and we could hear every single word they were saying as if they were in our room. I didn't say anything that night to the front desk because I understand that they're just having fun, I would've just rather it not be above my room.
The next morning, I asked the front if we could switch rooms and they did right away. This time to the other side of the hotel, first floor, and we had our own door that went out on to the porch and grassy area. It was awesome! Definitely an upgrade from what we had. If you are coming with an animal, make sure you request a room on the highway side of the hotel, and on the left side as well, as it is MUCH quieter. It was so wonderful having the door to go directly outside from our room, our dog appreciated it i'm sure =) Also WHAT A VIEW!! It was such a stunning view and so great to wake up to.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay. It didn't start off so well, but it ended up pretty great. The staff was nice, most of them you can tell really like dogs and were happy to come and pet and love our dog. The room was clean and spacious (our second room). Don't stay at this hotel if you don't have a car and want to go into Banff, as it is not directly in town, but still very close driving distance. The walls are thin, so keep that in mind, also, on the highway side of the hotel (the one with the amazing view), the noise from the highway can be a nuisance to some. It didn't bother us one bit, since we live on a busy street and have bus stops next to our house. The restaurant was okay, we only had breakfast there once. The service was a little slow, but no big deal. I had the Organic Whole Wheat Flax Seed Pancakes, very good! Very filling. My husband loved his omelette. Anyways, it was an enjoyable stay once we were in the second room, and we will return again when we go to Banff and happen to have our puppy with us!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a panoramic view, plentiful sunshine, and natural setting within vintage modernist architecture. Located along the wildlife corridor, the mountains rise straight up from our back door and downtown Banff is only minutes away. The hotel's woodland setting and striking views of three iconic mountain ranges provides a National Park atmosphere. Experience handcrafted cuisine using the finest and freshest ingredients in the Bistro & Lounge! Relax in our outdoor hot tub or next to our fire pits. On-site you will find interpretive displays and artwork of the areas culture and heritage, as well as woodland walking trails, bike rentals, hiking maps and activity planning services. Wireless Internet access is complimentary hotel-wide. This boutique hotel features 52 guest rooms, many with balconies or patio walk-outs. Guestrooms are all equipped with an air cooling system, mini fridges, coffeemakers and iron & ironing boards. Pets are welcome and must be pre-arranged with the hotel to ensure pet friendly room availability. Offering personalized, local hospitality; explore a peaceful place away from the crowds! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Juniper Hotel Banff
- Juniper Lodge Banff