I stayed at the Banff Inn for 6 nights in February 2012 for a week of snowboarding. The Banff Inn is in the perfect location for skiing/boarding at the Big 3 (Norquay, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village) as the shuttle bus stops right in front of the hotel.
Now, the hotel is not fancy, but the room rates are quite reasonable. It doesn't have the same modern, mountain charm as the nearby Fox Hotel or Caribou Lodge, but it doesn't have their price tags either. The front desk staff was friendly and helpful.
I was actually pleasantly surprised with the size of the room and the high ceiling. Flat screen TV with many channels provided. The room was very clean and comfortable. The bed, duvet, and pillow were excellent and very cozy. The bathroom was a decent size and perfectly clean. Soap and shampoos were replaced by the housekeeper when needed. My only complaint with the room was the poor water pressure in the shower and its imprecise temperature control.
There is a restaurant in the hotel (Carlito's Pizza) which serves a range of food. The pizza is quite good. They also provide room service from the restaurant's menu. Unfortunately, you cannot charge food to the room - it has to be paid as if you're having a pizza delivered to your house. However, there are lots of other restaurants in Banff, including a Chili's (in the Fox) and The Keg (in the Caribou Lodge) basically right next door. Lots more restaurants are in hotels along Banff Ave. and downtown.
The free continental breakfast (opens at 7am in Carlito's) can suffice but leaves a little to be desired. It offers a choice of cereal (Corn Flakes or Cheerios), bread (sliced bread, bagels, english muffins), muffins, hard-boiled eggs, juice, coffee, and fruit (apples). Yes, it's free, but a little more choice would have been nice - berries, yogurt, etc.
There is a large hot tub, sauna, and steam room in an area off the main lobby. There's a change room and shower there too. This whirlpool area doesn't exactly have a spa ambiance to it (it sits on the other side of some stained-like glass from the restaurant), but it's all easily accessible and clean. Towels are provided at the front desk.
Boards and skis are stored downstairs in the parking garage level. You get a lock (with a $5 deposit required) to lock up your gear. It's not a locker, just a locking mechanism for the board or ski.
At a reasonable price, the Banff Inn offered clean, comfortable accomodations, in a great location for the ski shuttle buses.
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