Yes, the view from our balcony was gorgeous. You could clearly see the majestic snow-capped peaks, that is, when it wasn't raining and cloud cover obscured everything. Unfortunately, we drew the short card where the weather was concerned, and we were more or less cooped up in our room(s) for half the trip. It was the first vacation in memory where we spent most of the time in the hotel room.
On to the review. Canadian television is adequate. Watched mostly CNN and the local weather. The front desk had a DVD library as well. We read a lot - my wife sat on the couch in the living room and read by the only good reading light. I sat on the balcony in 40ish degree temperature and caught a cold.
This was pretty much condo living. The kitchen was well equipped and each condo had a washer-dryer. Each unit had a gas BBQ on the balcony, which is a big plus. Unfortunately, there wasn't much common area downstairs. Front desk was attentive and staffed 24 hours, but there was no lobby and no place to hang out other than the condo. There were two outdoor hot tubs that got a lot of use once the weather cleared. One of the hot tubs was outside our room and we could hear the tubbers until curfew, about 11:00, each night. Late night noise could be a problem, if you're bothered by that.
There is a decent Vietnamese restaurant on the premises, open five days 11 am to 10 pm. We ate there once, and it was very good food. They have a bar/lounge also, but I was the only person in the lounge during those times I took a break from the balcony to socialize with myself and the very cool waitress/bartender. With no Vietnamese clientele in town, this will be a tough business to sell. I think the lodge would be better served by a more standard restaurant, open seven days, serving breakfast. There really are no other eating/drinking choices within walking distance when the weather is so bad. However, the town of Canmore has a lot of interesting bars and restaurants.
Housekeeping service was somewhat disappointing. Our standard routine was to get out in the morning - around 9 am, and spend as much time exploring and enjoying the beautiful Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park as the weather permitted, then return back to the room wet and shivering around 2:00, only to find that housekeeping hadn't been there, and their shift ended at 4:00. So I had to call the front desk to make sure our room was serviced. Maybe we were just scheduled to be the last room cleaned - it just didn't fit into our lifestyle very well.
I would recommend this place to older couples, groups of travellers, and families. It didn't really hit the sweet spot for me and my middle-aged wife.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you are searching for luxurious mountain accommodations located within minutes of Banff National Park, the Falcon Crest Lodge in Canmore offers the perfect setting for your next Rocky Mountain Retreat. Your mountain adventures begin at the Falcon Crest Lodge. Only a five minute drive to Banff National Park, the hotel is also just a short walk from downtown Canmore. Indulge with our hotel features and amenities including granite countertops, fluffy duvet comforters, pillow top mattresses and unparalleled service when you stay at Canmore’s finest hotel. Stay at the Falcon Crest Lodge in Canmore, Alberta and understand why our guests say we are “Soaring to New Heights in Hospitality” ... more less
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