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Reviewed September 21, 2011

It's a tough call. The setting on Bow Lake is amazing. We took an early morning hike to the falls and it was one of the highlights of our trip. The common spaces in the lodge are charmingly quirky. We had mixed results at dinner. My beef was great, but my partner's salmon was tasteless. The room, alas, really needs some upgrades. This is not a cookie cutter hotel. The layout of the rooms are odd, and the bathrooms are pretty low rent. (Painted particle board walls? Really?) You come away wishing they would spend just a little money improving the lighting and fixtures in the rooms.
All that said, I’m glad we stayed there. Outside of the Fairmont hotels, Banff doesn’t have a ton of places that have the historic authenticity that this place has. It’s the real deal. Do I wish that it pandered a bit more to modern tastes? Sure. But this place was established when it took 2 days by horse to arrive from Lake Louise. It was never a luxury hotel and it sure ain’t one now. But the old gals got a lot of character and you don’t find that everywhere.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

This place is all atmosphere, and deserving of accolades. Simply, the price is too high. But the room was spacious, except for the tight bathroom. Nice meals, and the common areas are very nice. REcommend the Bow Lake hike to the falls, very pleasant. But the room and the meals border on outrageously priced...the price one pays for solitude, I suppose. Me? I'd look for cheaper accomodations. With disposable income, this would be a top choice. Staff is friendly as well.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

We spent one night here while on a Backroads bike trip in the Canadian Rockies. The setting is stunning -- on the shores of Bow Lake, surrounded by the soaring peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Rooms are simple and plumbing can be finicky, but the common rooms are cozy, in a rustic, woodsy sort of way. There are animal busts and stuffed wildlife decorating the walls (Num-Ti-Jah is a former hunting lodge). Food at the Dining Room is ok, but nothing special. No elevator, so not an option for disabled. You are completely off the grid: no cell phone service and no internet.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

it is a wonderful place to stay, although for the price, I woud suggest a bathrooms renovation... other than that an excellent option for a romantic gateway

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed July 30, 2011

We stayed here for one night at the end of our family trip to the Canadian Rockies. From a price perspective this is not a low cost value option - it is more expensive then other options and you should want and expect the rustic stay in a older lodge with no cell service/ internet/ phone/ tv/ fitness center. For some this is unfathomable, yet for our family, having been one of many in towns like Banff and Lake Louise and even Jasper, this lodge was a welcome quiet reprieve in the mountains.

Hotel staff was helpful and accommodating and our third floor 2 queenbed room was clean, comfortable and nor a bad size for two parents and two teenagers. Bathroom was clean and we got hot showers and worked fine. If you are looking for kohler fixtures and granite go elsewhere.

Dinner- not a cheap pizza and beer option but you can easily blow more money on dinner in Lake Louise or Banff. Unless you plan to spend the evening driving a lot of KM not really near any other options. The four course meal for ~$57 is a very full meal - we ended up ordering a combination of a full course option and some "just the entree" options and shared dessert and we were all full.

The canadian rockies are a tremendous region, we did miss the quiet that comes from settling in at night in the mountains without a lot people and commerce. We did find this at this lodge.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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