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Reviewed September 9, 2006

I just returned from a wonderful trip to Alberta with my husband and another couple. I was the trip planner and was very careful when choosing our accomodations. I utilized this website for my decisions. My only disappointment was the Buffalo Lodge.

On the plus side, the staff was pleasant, the grounds were nice and the rooms were clean and cozy. We arrrived a little early and were allowed to check-in early. The bus stop was across the street from the lodge which was convenient.

On the minus side, the rooms were dark. The lamps were capable of using 3-way bulbs but only low watt bulbs were used. The train and road noises made the first couple of days a little difficult to sleep. Probably the most inconvient for us was when we made the mistake of lighting a fire in the fireplace. The roomed filled with smoke and the fire alarm went off. The flue wasn't working properly. We were moved to another room after a couple of hours.

If you don't mind noise, dark rooms and don't want to have a fire in the fireplace, the Buffalo Lodge would be a good place for you. However, I would not stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled with friends
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4  Thank Cindy W
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Reviewed September 9, 2006

We were slightly disappointed with this hotel, probably because the previous hotel had been so fabulous. Our room was on the ground floor and was rather small and dark in comparison to what I had been led to believe. In the winter it would have been lovely as it was small and cosy with a fire but in the summer it was disappointing that no sun entered the room directly. THat said it was clean and the staff friendly. Quite a way out of Banff town centre itself so if you don't have a car you rely on taxi's if you don't wish to walk up the mountain.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank GoldenFleece
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Reviewed August 16, 2006

We had such a great dinner at Buffalo Mountain Lodge that we went back a couple nights later. They specialize in wild game and fish. The dishes we had were outstanding. I especially liked the caribou although my husband preferred the elk. We couldn't believe how quite such an exquisite restaurant was but that was fine with us. The service was excellent, attentive but not intrusive. The price on the high side with 3 course dinner for 2 coming to $120 Canadian. It certainly would not stop us from going back.

1  Thank travelismyjob
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Reviewed August 4, 2006

We selected this hotel based upon a mistaken notion that this was actually a true Canadian Rocky Mountain lodge--a destination in itself. Make no mistake, it is a very nice hotel, with large rooms, excellent beds, and a nice large bath. In the final analysis, once we overcame our expectations of a lodge experience, we were reasonably well satisfied. However, you should know in advance that this is just a local Banff hotel with sort of a "lodge theme." It is nothing like this company's superb Emerald Lake Lodge, which is by any measure a true lodge experience and a destination on its own merits.

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled with family
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3  Thank JAM-Atlanta
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Reviewed July 29, 2006

We stayed at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge for 3 nights in June 2006. It is just up the road from the main street in Banff, you will still need a car. The rooms are small, but very well appointed. The fireplace in the room is excellent. They set it up every night so you can just use a match to start and add as much wood as you would like. The main restaurant is very nice with a nice selection of game.

Stayed: June 2006
1  Thank jmalzone
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