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Big Horn Motel
Okotoks
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5 reviews
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“Terrible”
Reviewed 21 January 2008

This was the worst motel we have ever stayed at. We had just went through an auto accident & we had two dogs with us, let me start with that, date of stay was January 19, 2008. We were in a room that was freezing cold, there was a plug in heater in the room but it did not work either.
We had just been traumatized by the accident and the cab driver dumped us off at this motel, we had nowhere else to go, if we had our vehicle we surely would not have stayed. We were put in a back room that looks like none of the pictures on the website.
It was colder outside than in the room so we did not want to risk being thrown out into the street in the cold we had already sat in a freezing vehicle for an hour waiting for a tow truck.
The motel was aware we had just been in an auto accident, we asked if it was ok if we would be an hour or so late checking out the next day, in case our ride did not arrive on time to pick us up, they said "no, if you do not check out on time you have to pay for another day".
So we slept in our clothes for added warmth, we would not shower there, it was too cold.
I would not recommed this motel to anyone unless it is your only means of survival from the cold.
Thankfully our ride arrived at 8am to pick us up.
They do not even give you a coffee in the room for the $89.00 they charge. no carpets, cold cement floor, can't take your shoes off.

  • Liked — at least we did not freeze to death
  • Disliked — coldness
  • Stayed January 2008, travelled on business
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Deer Park, Texas
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Reviewed 29 September 2007

We spent our last night of vacation here and planned on driving back to the Calgary airport in the morning for our flight home. For one night it was okay but I would not want to stay longer. The queen room we had for two of us was very small, two of us could not pass each other around the bed without one of us turning to the side to let the other pass. The bed was comfortable to sleep in though and the room was clean. The room faced the front towards the Trans-Canada 1 highway so the traffic noise was a problem with the window open (no A/C). There was a fan in the room so we could close the window and have some white noise to drown out the traffic noise. Bathroom wasn't too bad with a tub-shower combination. The towels were nice and thick. There was a community kitchen down the hall on the second floor for the use of all guests but someone had ignored the signs in the kitchen about cleaning up after yourself and left a mess of food crumbs on the countertops and floor and dirty dishes with food in the sink so we did not use the kitchen. The rate we paid was reasonable for the area at $79.00 for a queen room. It wasn't the worst place we ever stayed but certainly not the best. I would probably look for something else if I return to the area.

We walked next door and ate at Bandoleer's Tex-Mex Restuarant next door the the restaurant. It is not Tex-Mex but more Southwest in type of food they serve but it was not too bad.

Stayed September 2007
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Hampshire
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 16 August 2007

Nice room with use of communal room and kitchen. Closeness to transcanada highway meant no open windows. No sound proofing so every nearby bathroom noise was chronic, especially late at night and very early morning. We chose this motel because its website advertised a texmex restaurant called Bandeleros next door, saving evening driving. Unfortunately this was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so a drive into Canmore was the only option - no other restaurants in this tiny hamlet.Manager, however, was very helpful.

  • Liked — Value for money
  • Disliked — Noise of other peoples flushing toilets and running showers during night
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Travellers are raving about these Dead Man's Flats hotels

Rochester, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2007

After staying in several hotels in the greater Canmore and Calgary area, the Bighorn was the worst. It's a very basic motel located just off the main highway in Dead Man's Flat, just outside of Canmore.

We ended up in a room on the ground floor towards the back with a view of the parking lot which featured big rigs idling their engines all night long and bright lights aimed at the rear of the motel. Because this property does not have air conditioning, and Alberta summers are growing hotter, it required a window fan to keep the room bearable (as the drapes had to remain open at night to accomodate the fan in the window).

The noise from the parking lot and warmth in the rooms did not afford a comfortable night's rest. If you stay here, opt for a room facing the front if possible.

Further, the in-room amenities were second rate, including a dented in-unit refrigerator, open shelving for dishes (complete with a warning that failure to wash and dry them would result in a $10 penalty), and a shower that was among the smallest I've ever encountered in a hotel.

Internet access at this hotel carries a $10 fee which grants you access to the password required to connect to the wireless network, but it does not work unless your room is located very close to the office. I can't say how tired I've become in dealing with hotels that promise Internet access but provide inept or non-existant service (and have the nerve to charge for it to boot!) This isn't rocket science - hotels need to take this issue more seriously for those of us who book hotels, in part, based on their promised availability of Internet access.

Overall, this is a very basic motel which, at $50-60 a night, would be reasonable. But at rates twice that amount during the high season, there are far better choices nearby at similar rates.

  • Liked — The staff was friendly and reasonable.
  • Disliked — Room quality and location, lack of consistent Internet access.
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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41 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2007

For $65 CDN (We were Off Season on June 5th, 2007), we found a good inexpensive motel in Dead Man's Flat, very close to Canmore.

As I'm not fond of motels, since I prefer B&B by far, i did not expect much from this one, which stood right next to the highway.

But I was gladly surprised! The owner was very nice, the motel was clean, and, surprisingly, apart from our neighbour who was watching his TV that we could hear through the very thin walls, and some trucks from the highway, there was almost no noise at all.

We also had a shared kitchen, which included a fridge, a stove, microwave, table, etc... where we could stock our food among other people food, and we could even cook meals (Which we did not).

It looked like it is a stop for people staying there for weeks, though. But for one night, it was perfect.

The morning after, I had to make my laundry while going breakfast to the Husky's restaurant, next to the motel (Breakfast is not included, but there is free coffee at the entrance of the motel). After I dried my clothes up, it was still wet a little after the cycle was finished. The very nice lady cleaner saw it was not dried up completely, and she offered to dry them up in her drying machine for free, which only took 5-6 minutes. I thought it was very nice of her.

I would say it's a typical motel next to a highway, but the staff if way nicer than the average.

  • Liked — The Staff was very helpful.
  • Disliked — Thin walls & usual motel noises.
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank Steff68
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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77 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2007

Great hotel, wonderful service. The man at the front desk let us borrow a vcr and movies at no extra charge. We drove to Banff and Lake Louise during the day to sightsee. The Grizzly bear cafe next door has good food. The rate was very inexpensive. I can't recall exactly but probably around $40-$50 a night back in 2003.

  • Liked — Inexpensive
  • Disliked — No complaints
  • Stayed December 2003, travelled as a couple
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Thank 2ez4me
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Nova Scotia
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 19 March 2007

As part of a skiing trip to Alberta, my son & I stayed at The Big Horn Motel for two nights in March 2007

Although it is just off the Trans-Canada Highway, and located near two gas stations, there was no appreciable noise from trucks or cars

We paid $ 69 a night for a ground floor corner room, complete with kitchenette and two large beds. This appears to be a winter season rate, which increases slightly for the summer, but not by much

This motel is very conveniently located just east of Canmore for the ski hills around Banff and Kananaskis, which are no more than 30 minutes drive away. The town of Canmore itself is very close, approximately 5 to 10 minutes driving distance

More importantly, it seems to have been freshly decorated and is exceptionally clean and well appointed

We also noticed a small poster on the wall signed by all the members of the Whistler Mountain (BC) Ski Race Team thanking the Big Horn Motel for the hospitality shown to them during their stay in 2006. This says a lot for the motel as well

The Big Horn Motel far exceeded our expectations in terms of location, value for money and the type of room we anticipated. Additionally they have a selection of movies that can be rented at very minimal cost to play on the VCR that was provided in our room

In short, a very nice place to stay, good location, and great value

  • Liked — Value, Cleanliness, Location
  • Disliked — Not in centre of town
  • Stayed December 2003
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Property: Big Horn Motel
Address: #1 - Trans Canada Highway at Deadman's Flat, Dead Man's Flats, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2T9, Canada
Region: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Kananaskis Country > Canmore > Dead Man's Flats
Amenities:
Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Dead Man's Flats
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Big Horn Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 27
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