Bow View Lodge - Banff

228 Bow Avenue, Banff, AB, Canada, T1L 1A5show map
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Overview

The excellent Bow View Lodge is located in the centre of Banff, with 58 non-smoking rooms. Valet parking, housekeeping service and ironing service as well as an ATM, a carpark and a gift store are on hand.

Located off Canada House Art Gallery, this hotel is 1350 meters from The Banff Centre. The center of Banff is a 10-minute walk from the property.

The hotel is situated near a museum, historic sites and a gallery.

Bow View Lodge lies 100 km away from Fairmont Hot Springs airport.

Rooms

The rooms feature a balcony, tea and coffee making facilities and blackout curtains, and overlook the river. Some rooms boast views of the Bow River . They provide bathrooms with a shower, a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.

Eat & Drink

A buffet breakfast is served daily in the restaurant. The terrace restaurant serves local dishes. Melissa's Restaurant and Bar and Chinook Family Restaurant are 5 minutes' walking distance from Bow View Lodge.

Relax

There are also a gym and a fitness room for guests to keep fit. Activities include snow skiing, horse riding and bowling.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in the entire hotel for additional charge.

Guest Parking

Private parking is possible on site for free.

Number of rooms:   58.

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Facilities
Paid Wi-Fi

Parking

On-site car park

Luggage storage
24-hour services

24-hour reception

Food/ Drinks

Bar/ Lounge area

Restaurant

Shuttle

Paid airport shuttle

Fitness/ Gym

Fitness centre

Swimming pool

Outdoor swimming pool

Indoor swimming pool

Sports & Fitness

  • Fitness centre
  • Canoeing
  • Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Bowling
  • Golf course
  • Fishing

Services

  • Paid airport shuttle
  • Self-service laundry
  • Dry cleaning

Dining

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/ Lounge area

Business

  • Business centre
  • Fax/Photocopying

Children

  • Cots
  • Babysitting/Child services

Spa & Leisure

  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Leisure/ TV room
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi

Room view

  • Mountain view
  • River view

Room features

  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • In-room safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Living room
  • Sitting area
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Ironing facilities
  • Rollaway beds

Bathroom

  • Free toiletries

Media

  • Cable/ Satellite television
  • Telephone
  • AM/FM alarm clock
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Check-infrom 16:00-23:59FREECheck-outuntil 11 amFREE
Children & extra bedsOne child0 - 2 yearsCotFREEExisting beddingFREEAll children3 - 15 yearsExisting beddingFREEExtra bedChildren above
15 years or adults
Extra bed
There are no extra beds provided in a room. 
PetsPets are not allowed.
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Location
  • Nearby
  • Restaurants
  • City landmarks
Holiday on HorsebackHoliday on Horseback1400 ft
Banff Upper Hot SpringsBanff Upper Hot Springs3300 ft
Banff International Research StationBanff International Research Station2700 ft
Whyte Museum-Canadian RockiesWhyte Museum-Canadian Rockies1400 ft
Banff Park MuseumBanff Park Museum1400 ft
Banff AvenueBanff Avenue1200 ftBanff Avenue
Cave and Basin National Historic SiteCave and Basin National Historic Site4900 ft311 Cave Ave west of downtown Banff
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Melissa's Restaurant and BarMelissa's Restaurant and Bar500 ft218 Lynx St
The TerraceThe Terrace400 ft222 Lynx St (Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel)
Chinook Family RestaurantChinook Family Restaurant400 ft222 Lynx Street P.O. Box 2200
The Bison RestaurantThe Bison Restaurant800 ft#213, 211 Bear Street
The Bear Street TavernThe Bear Street Tavern700 ft211 Bear Street
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Banff GondolaBanff Gondola2.2 mi
Douglas Fir Resort Waterslides & PoolsDouglas Fir Resort Waterslides & Pools1.2 mi
The Banff CentreThe Banff Centre4600 ft
Fairmont Banff Springs Bowling CentreFairmont Banff Springs Bowling Centre1.1 mi
Banff Springs Bowling CtrBanff Springs Bowling Ctr1.0 mi
Canada Cave and Basin HistoricalCanada Cave and Basin Historical1.1 mi
Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Banff SpringsWillow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs1.1 mi
Ski Banff at Mount NorquaySki Banff at Mount Norquay4300 ft
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Getting around
Airports
Fairmont Hot Springs (YCZ)60.0 mi
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Reviews
8.0
FabulousBased on  190  reviews

Rating by category:

7.5
Location
8.0
Rooms
  • 9.6
    Exceptional

    Location very convenient and the use of the pool in the sister hotel across the street

  • 10.0
    Exceptional

    i have stayed at the Bow View Lodge before and plan to do so every time i am in Banff. I ski during the winter months and have always been pleased with the courteous service, good location, easy parking, quiet atmosphere and peaceful nights sleep I have gotten. this is a very good place to stay.

  • 7.8
    Fabulous

    The room was much smaller than what I expected but it was comfortable and clean. The hotel was nice and quiet all throughout the day and night. Staff were accommodating and friendly.

    Though we were allowed unllimited use of the Banff Park Lodge pool and amenities, crossing over in the cold weather was a downer. Especially after a swim. I hope they make a pedway... And please fix the tub drain. It clogged.

  • 10.0
    Exceptional

    The staff were wonderful and very accommodating - really enjoyed our stay.

  • 9.2
    Superb

    Very good value, rooms were nice and large. Close to evrything in town and nice view of the river.

    The mini fridge was too small. Very shallow and no height. Couldn't fit very much in it.

  • 9.6
    Exceptional

    We like to stay at Bow View Lodge because it is a small, quiet, affordable retreat with a wonderful view of river. Have stayed here a number of times during off-season when we like to visit Banff & to hike.

    No dislikes but would comment that some of the plumbing may need some update-sink did not drain very well.

  • 7.8
    Fabulous

    The beautiful mountain setting, and view of the Bow River. Wildlife can often be seen from the hotel grounds. Lots of wonderful restaurants and shopping within walking distance from the hotel. Clean rooms and polite hospitality were also part of our experience.

    We stayed on the 1st floor, which offered a nice view, but no balcony like the other floors. I have stayed in this hotel before and didn't notice that, or I would of requested a balcony.

  • 7.8
    Fabulous

    The hotel is exemely close to downtown, step outside the door, walk to the lits a half block away and you're downtown.

    Didn't like that you had to pay for internet access. Also didn't like that all the rooms are connected and accessible by the balcony.No sense of security if you want to leave the balcony door open overnight.

  • 10.0
    Exceptional

    Location is great; quiet part of town near river, but five mins (literally) from town centre facilities.

    Wifi was available, but for a hefty $10 in one's room, or via a per-minute chargeable foyer desktop. I'm not sure that the website (the hotel's or Booked.net) made the costs clear.

  • 9.2
    Superb

    Friendly helpful staff. Clean and comfortable room. Very good facilities - like WiFi, excellent range of tv channels, safety deposit box and washing machines in sister hotel. Excellent downtown location and lovely river view.

    The double bed in our room only had a bedside light on one side - so no use for reading in bed for one person. Found this twice in Canada, but never before anywhere else in the world - is it a Canadian thing? Next time visting Canada will check if main/double bed has a bedside light on both sides, before booking.

  • 9.6
    Exceptional

    Perfect location - stunning views of Bow River from our window and yet only 2 mins from downtown Banff. Friendly staff and clean, comfortable rooms.

    A bit dated from the outside but this was far outweighed by the location and was not reflected in the interior except for windows being a bit dated.

  • 8.2
    Fabulous

    Location was absolutely superb; book a river view room and you get a wonder view from the balcony with sliding doors that open to let in the fresh air. The room was extremely clean and towels and bedding also clean and fresh.

    The greeting on arrival from the front desk was somewhat sombre and unfriendly; albeit after that day the other desk staff were friendly and helpful

  • 9.6
    Exceptional

    The room was clean. We were allowed to have a slightly late check-out without having to be very assertive. The staff was very friendly. Also, the facilities (swimming pool, steam room, Jacuzzi) were very clean and had fresh towel service. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed our stay at the Bow View Lodge. Definitely worth the money.

  • 8.8
    Superb

    We have stayed here several times before and have always enjoyed our stay. We have requested and received rooms overlooking the Bow River which is a wonderful sight to wake up to. The motel is quiet and the staff is very helpful. The location is great, just a short walk to the downtown shopping and dining areas. We will continue to stay at this motel when we visit Banff.

  • 4.2
    Guest rating

    The location. The website advertises a pool but for the pool you have to cross into the next building, walk through a stinky underground parking lot, up the elevator to get to the pool. It was ridiculous, bad advertising. The room was very small with thin walls. When I explained to the front desk about my insatisfaction about the pool, she just shrugged her shoulders. I have never seen someone in customer service who did not give a damn like she did. I would not recommend this place at all. It says there were vending machines on the 2 floor and no such vending machines exist.

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Highlights
Hotel Awards

According to guest reviews, the hotel has been rated as  Best Family Hotels in Canada

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Good to know
Check-infrom 16:00-23:59FREECheck-outuntil 11 amFREE
Children & extra bedsOne child0 - 2 yearsCotFREEExisting beddingFREEAll children3 - 15 yearsExisting beddingFREEExtra bedChildren above
15 years or adults
Extra bed
There are no extra beds provided in a room. 
PetsPets are not allowed.
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Fairmont Hot Springs (YCZ)60.0 mi
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