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“Decent sized rooms and clean”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Bumpers Inn

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Bumpers Inn
Ranked #29 of 32 Hotels in Banff
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Decent sized rooms and clean”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2012

Stayed here for two nights on the first floor with a window overlooking the central courtyard. The room was a good size, with a tiled hall/entrance (handy when it's wet or snowy), a decent size bathroom and bedroom. The room wasn't luxurious but it was functional and clean. Easy to find when entering Banff from the east, and parking was free as well as a good wifi connection.

Reception staff were very friendly and helpful, obviously been there some time as he almost sang his replies to our questions as no doubt he's answered them so many times. No on site breakfast or restaurant but there is a Bumpers grill just to the front. Looking at the rest of Banff this place looks to provide great value as other accommodation is much more expensive.

I certainly would stay here again, but not sure if I'd want to be here for weeks as some of the home comforts would be missed.

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2012

This is a rather faded looking motel on the edge of town; our room seemed rather dark and dated – but it was comfortable and quite a good size. It had a microwave and a fridge, and a bath tub that I could just about lie down in. The hotel has coffee in the lobby in the morning, but no breakfast; for eating in the evening there’s a good restaurant next door (nice food, quick service and not expensive). The hotel is very easy to find, just off the main road into town, but is in a quiet location. The reception staff are friendly and helpful. Altogether, you could do a lot worse than staying here, and you’ll probably quite enjoy it.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2012

basic accomodations but clean & convenient. Great for using as a base to explore Banff & Lake Louise. Room included a fridge, micro, & coffee pot. New mattress- very comfy. No A/C though. got a little warm in the late afternoon. Good steakhouse next door. Can't be beat for the price!

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2012

Banff is quite expensive so this little motel on the edge of town does not break the bank. A basic but functional establishment. No A/C or ceiling fans so the rooms are a bit stuffy in summer. Car park is a bit tatty but hey it's free. Steak house restaurant worth the go next door.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2012 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights here and it was fine. Quite a walk into downtown Banff but the room was good with fridge and microwave. 2 big beds , very comfortable the tired exterior belies the comfort of the rooms. Good Wifi, cheap, 3.10 dollars for the length of your stay .added bonus was a visit from a female elk, the animal type not a weird American cult figure.

Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Central New Hampshire
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2012

I feel guilty rating this 2 stars since the staff were so helpful, but..

The room was a problem.
- First and foremost, there was no air conditioning, no fan. We were so hot in our room that we couldn't sleep two nights running.
- Walls were very thin, we could hear our neighbors talking in their rooms.
- Our windows faced into a courtyard/lounge area, so we couldn't leave our curtains open most of the time.
- The lack of plugs meant I had to unplug the alarm clock to charge my camera.

Ok. Upsides:
- microwave and fridge
- wifi is free, works well
- friendly, helpful staff
- inexpensive for Banff

Also, Bumpers Inn is well away from the center of downtown Banff. That didn't bother us as we aren't into shopping or nightlife...but if you are, this is not the place for you.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Florence, Montana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2012

I read lots of reviews before selecting this place. It is pretty much what the other reviews say, so I knew what I was getting into. I therefore cannot complain that I wasn't warned.

Banff is very expensive and I did not wish to lay down too much money for a room we would not be spending much time in, so we went the budget route. 'Budget' is a relative term. We paid around $150/night, which is not a budget room anywhere else, but qualifies as such in Banff, where nice rooms easily run from $300 to over $1,000/night.

The property is not dirty or poorly maintained. I was just surprised at the simplicity and lack of ammenities for the price.

If you are sensitive to heat, DO NOT stay here during the summer months. The rooms only have windows opening on the central courtyard, while only offering the front door on the opposite side of the room. Since the property sits next to a mosquito-infested forest, you don't dare leave the door open except to run in or out and slam it back shut. There is therefore no ability to obtain cross-draft ventilation. There is no A/C. So, on a warm evening, you're going to sweat as you lay down to sleep. We were warm our first night, but then it cooled off for the second night and was not too bad.

The people who run the place are very friendly and accomodating, so no complaints there. I think they have done the best they can do with the property in its existing condition.

Everything in the room was clean and maintained. Our room had a microwave and refrigerator that both worked fine.

The rules about keeping quiet hours are strict and appreciated, as you will need to keep your windows to the courtyard open at night to be able to sleep in the summer.

There is no breakfast offered, no pool, no fitness center, no business center.

The property is on the far end of town away from most of the shopping and other attractions. This can be good or bad, depending on your preferences.

The Bumpers restaurant right next door was very good. I'll write a separate review about that place.

Bottom line, Bumpers Inn is fine if you need to travel on a budget and don't mind being a bit warm on a summer night. But if you can spend more, you would be well advised to do so.

Room Tip: If you can get a room on the street side, it may avoid some of the problems with mosquitoes when you...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Bumpers Inn
Address: 250 Marmot Cres, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1H8, Canada
Region: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 32 Hotels in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bumpers Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfect for the budget conscious traveler looking for an Inn with a cozy mountain feel. Bumpers is situated in a peaceful location at the start of Banff Avenue, surrounded on two sides by forest with the majestic Cascade Mountain in the background. ... more   less 
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