We had a family suite with master bedroom and another bedroom for the kids (twin beds). The suit is very nice and has a lot of space. The kitchen is nice, clean and has all a family can need for a vacation. The rooms are very nice and big, you feel more like in a home, a lot better than a hotel room. The master bedroom has its private bathroom, huge and nice, well maintained, feels like a 4-5 star hotel. The master bedroom has a small desk, convenient for a laptop if you travel with one. The additional bedroom has its own flat TV, nice bathroom with good size, not too big, not too small, well maintained too. There is a fireplace, big TV (with amazing HD quality and good channels). There are big windows, lots of natural light in the suite (you can control the amount). Pool and hot tub are superb, the kids loved it (and dad too!). In general, this is a regular size apartment, elegant, clean, modern and convenient, no doubt recommending it. It's an ideal "base" for vacations around Canmore/Banff. Quiet location at night and nice view of the mountains. We paid for that view and we enjoyed it but is not the ultimate value for the money, in any case, you will see the mountains every day while in Canmore/Banff. You may want to ask for third floor or above and maybe the view of the mountains is better from there. We were on the "second" floor (just one level above the street), facing the avenue, and the view was ok, although there are electricity poles and cables that can get in the way ....not a major issue though.
The only little disappointment was the balcony/deck, it wasn't clean, not a big mess but dusty like just as it came out of the winter and the bbq there was really, really dirty (so much that we didn't even think on using it). So make sure you ask for the balcony and bbq to be clean and ready to use.
The front desk personnel: super kind and friendly. Common areas are well maintained and elegant enough I guess. All in all, we liked the place and would come back without thinking it twice.
Ah, almost forgot: if your car is an SUV with cargo box on the roof (or maybe a van or pickup) you wont be able to use the underground parking as the entrance is too low. So you will have to park on the street, which is a little inconvenient if you feel nervous about leaving stuff in your car. We had no problems at all, Canmore is safe, but one never knows...I generally don't like leaving all the stuff one carries on vacation outside, all night (and we couldn't see the car from the suite, as it was on the side road, you can not park on the main avenue). Also, when you return from your day trips, you have to find a spot where to park the car, as another person might be using the space you had before... Not the end of the world though. There is no restaurant but we noticed they are finishing a new cafe and we were told it is planned to open on May 23, 2012. That is going to be a great addition, particularly if you enjoy having breakfast on the spot, with the kids, before heading to your day trip. Otherwise, you have to get ready, get everybody in the car and then head to town to find a place for breakfast there. We didn't see any nearby place for breakfast other than in town center but we don't claim to know Canmore that much.
Highly recommended place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All-suite luxury condominium resort hotel nestled in the Canadian Rockies. 5-minute drive to Banff National Park. All suites incl. Full gourmet kitchen, fireplace, 42" & 32" HDTV’s, Ipod stereo, electronic safe, in Suite laundry & gas BBQ. Outdoor Heated pool, Hot Tub and Fitness Center. Available Wi-Fi and heated underground parking. Meeting, Banquet and Reception rooms available. Ridge Cafe (licenced)open daily serving up light meals, baked goods and specialty coffees. ... more less
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