Elkhorn Lodge

Elkhorn Lodge

124 Spray Ave. PO Box 352, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A5 Canada
Suite 5: smaller upstairs bedroom
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.1 of 5 bubbles
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3.4 of 5 bubbles
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3.6 of 5 bubbles
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A rustic restful atmosphere with a view of the mountains and within walking distance of downtown shops and restaurants At the south end of town, near the Banff Springs Hotel * Cots and cribs available * Cancellation policy - 7 days prior to arrival * Seasonal rates - Sorry, no smoking or pets * 4 Sleeping rooms with a coffeemaker and TV * 4 Suites with kitchens and fireplaces * Free parking is included * High-speed wireless Internet included new
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
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Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
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124 Spray Ave. PO Box 352, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1A5 Canada
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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GreenFong wrote a review Jun 2020
Massachusetts
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We ended up at the Elkhorn Lodge. It turned out to be a really nice place and very affordable, clean too. Banff is incredible. Everywhere you go you get a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains. The highlights of our time in Banff include hiking Tunnel Mountain, a chairlift ride at Mount Norquay, lunch at Chaya (a really tiny Japanese restaurant), breakfast at Bruno’s,
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Date of stay: August 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Happywonderer1 wrote a review Jun 2012
Calgary, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent two nights in this hotel which we had booked online. It wasn't quite what we expected. Calling it rustic is stretching it a little. True the original lodge is old but the updates are only outdated. Our whole room needed to be brought into this century, pretty well new everything is needed from carpet to bathroom it even smelled dated and the swag lamp was just plain ugly. Now for the good part the bed is comfortable and everything is clean. We slept well in this quiet location and the parking is free and plentiful. If you don't go modern or expensive in Banff then this is what you get:)

The location is good, we walked to town for breakfast and dinner and up to the Banff Springs Hotel for a coffee. There is a lovely walk to the falls from very close to the hotel and trails and paths that will take you all the way into the mountains if you are feeling fit.
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Date of stay: June 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Get an upper room if you can, the stairs may be a disadvantage but it will be quieter up there.
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OTR_Again_IM wrote a review Aug 2012
Iowa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We looked around downtown Banff for accomodations since we hadn't made room reservations ahead of time. Besides being expensive, downtown also seemed a little too trafficy with both vehicles and tourists, so decided to head south on Banff Avenue. We went over a bridge onto Spray Ave and came across the Elkhorn Lodge. It looked like a relatively quiet location compared to the downtown area so checked on room availability. They had large suites w/1 or 2 bedrooms, kitchen, livroom, fireplace, etc but we opted for one of their queen bed, cable TV, coffee maker & small fridge rooms. Sounded quit reasonable at first $125, but then you add on a 2% tourism enhancement fee, 5% GST, 4% provincial tourism levy... well you do the math. Our room was quite small but was clean, had WiFi and the parking was free. The lady that ran it wasn't overly friendly but was efficient. The location turned out to be quiet for sleeping and good for checking out Banff. It was only about a 10 minute walk to all the downtown Banff restaurants, bars and shopping. And only about a 3 block walk up Spray Ave to the famous and immense Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a historic Canadian Pacific Railway chateau which was about as impressive as the Prince of Wales hotel in Waterton.
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Date of stay: July 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Coll C wrote a review Oct 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What can I say but a fabulous experience. Stayed in Banff many times but often in the village. An easy walk to downtown from the Lodge while you feel like you are in the woods. Ideal spot with a 2 minute walk to the Fairmont Banff Springs to take advantage of that property. Steps from the Bow river and a walk to the Bow Falls or the golf courses. Wildlife abounds. Wait a bit and the property you are in will have deer wandering around mixed in with elk or, simply stretched out for a while outside your window. MAGIC. Add to this you have parking in/near a village where parking is near non existent or pay to park. You can walk anywhere from the Elkhorn Lodge and even avoid what can be problem traffic. Add to all of this experience the rooms are ideal if you want a Banff experience and the support you get from the on site management can't be beat. Go the distance to make your stay special. To sum up for me there is only one place I will stay when I return to Banff. I tried it and ended up staying for months and months. One of the best trips and times of my life. A bit like getting lost in the past of Banff.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ying W wrote a review Jul 5
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I booked a trip to Banff from June 29th to July 4th 2024. And we booked a 4-night stay with Elkhorn Lodge from June 29th to July 3rd at booking.com. However, on the morning of 29th, we got message about WestJet cancelled hundreds of flights due to the airline strike including our flight to Calgary. Based on the situation on that day, we had to cancel our trip. So, I left messages at Booking.com for Elkhorn Lodge and also on their phone to see if there was any way we could get some money back from the room reservation, which is more than $1300. Katrin from Elkhorn Lodge called me back on my phone and told me that if I canceled my reservation from booking, they would re-sale the room. If they were able to re-sale it, I would get some money back. So, I canceled my reservation and I checked that the room became available on Booking.com on 29th with a higher price after my cancelation. On 30th, I checked the room availability of Elkhorn Lodge again on booking, they sold out all rooms. So, it means they sold our room. Today, July 5th, I contacted Katrin to see if we could get some refund based on what we talked before. She said they would not give us refund based on the policy, in which it had past the cancelation date. She basically completely ‘forget’ our conversation we had on the phone about the possible refund. She said you would get money back if you had a travel insurance or used credit card which would cover the losses like this. However, what I want to point out here is this is not about if I have other systems, which can cover the cost. This is really about how dishonest this business was. Katrin tricked me to cancel my room reservation, she at least got money doubled from that room, and now she rejected to give us the refund she promised before. This whole process has been really disgusting.
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Date of stay: July 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Cannot be trusted.
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jax11ard wrote a review Aug 2005
Blackburn, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is a real gem.A lovely fairytale look log built lodge in a quiet location within walking distance of downtown.We had one of the basic rooms room #9.The room was spacious and spotlessly clean.The owners are very helpful.We would not hesitate in recommending this place
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Peveni R wrote a review Feb 2012
Adelaide, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed there for a few nights in winter 2012.

The good
Great location - away from the busy main street; still close enough to shops and attractions.
Reasonable price
Clean and comfortable room
Good service
Free parking
Free Wi Fi

The Bad
Basic accomodation - no laundry, no breakfast.
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Date of stay: February 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Saskatchewanderlust wrote a review Aug 2006
Regina
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a nice little place within walking distance of downtown. The beds are comfortable and the service is friendly.

The room was quite resaonably priced and came with coffee, the usual shampoo/conditioner, and cable TV.

My only complaint is that the rooms don't have telephones. There is a pay-phone in the upstairs common area, but it mostly ate my change.
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Date of stay: August 2006
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Paula_Go00 wrote a review Apr 2014
Montreal, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed 2 days here with my bf. Super quiet, clean , amazing location, very cozy! Perfect for a weekend to relax in the mountains! The manager was also amazing and super helpful. I totally recommend this place. We loved it !!!
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Date of stay: April 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Andrea W wrote a review Nov 2013
Campbell River, Canada
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is a place to lay your head for a night or two. The price is reasonable for Banff. The furnishings are interesting. The room was clean.
The location is the best thing about the hotel. Easy walking distance to town, the Banff Springs Hotel (worth a visit) and walking trails. we took a raft ride down the river. We walked there in minutes.
I had no expectations about the hotel prior to the stay and I'm glad. It suited our needs just fine. However, I can see how it may not meet the standard of some travellers.
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Date of stay: September 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ying W wrote a tip Jul 5
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cannot be trusted."
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harris-vyvyan wrote a tip Oct 2014
Laroque des Alberes, France47 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"We had suite 5. Good, placed around the back of the building. Both bedrooms and one bathroom on the first floor - I believe the sofa will convert into another bed and so the ground floor bathroom would then be useful."
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Happywonderer1 wrote a tip Jun 2012
Calgary, Canada101 contributions73 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get an upper room if you can, the stairs may be a disadvantage but it will be quieter up there."
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PRICE RANGE
C$161 - C$610 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
CanadaAlbertaCanadian RockiesBanff National ParkBanff
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Elkhorn Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Elkhorn Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Tunnel Mountain Trail (1.1 km), Bow Falls (0.4 km), and Cascade Gardens (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Elkhorn Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a concierge.
Is parking available at Elkhorn Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Elkhorn Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Zyka Elevated Indian Restaurant, Bluebird Wood-Fired Steakhouse, and Hello Sunshine Banff.
Is Elkhorn Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Banff.
Are there any historical sites close to Elkhorn Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Cave and Basin National Historic Site (1.7 km), The Luxton Home Museum (0.9 km), and Old Crag Cabin (1.0 km).
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