I have been travelling to Banff since a small child - 55+ years. I return each spring and/or fall from Ontario for three to seven days. As a solo traveller, safety, location, safety, experience, and safety are my concerns.
If I cannot get a room at Blue Mtn I change my travel times if possible.
I have stayed at Blue Mtn for 10+ years - thru two operating owners and employee operated.
It is safe, exceptionally clean and an absolute delightful experience each trip especially with Pascal now operating the B&B.
I have stayed at Banff Springs, various hotels in town and other B&B's however my fav spot is Blue Mtn. Exceptional value.
Breakfast is great (better than home!) and the best are the conversations with fellow guests while enjoying hot muffins, crossiants, hard boiled eggs, toast, cerals, etc plus the great coffee. The guest kitchen is wonderful to have use of and is always clean (Safeway grocery is two blocks away). Afternoon tea and cookies is a delight (if you can pull yourself away from trails, mtn views and activities to attend).
Pascal knows what is happening in and around town, and has personal info on trails, hikes, etc as he is a regular user also.
Banff is one of the most unique places in the world and what better way to learn about its' history, pioneers, citizens, animals, trails etc than by staying in a historic B&B with a knowledgeble owner sharing his experiences.?
This B&B does not toss you out at 10am and only allow you back in at 6pm. You can come and go as you please. You have your privacy, however, should you require anything, you know Pascal will do his best to make it available.
The rare times a rude unhappy guest is in residence, Pascal has gone beyond and above to please.
The rooms are unique and each has a bathroom & shower. They are spotlessly clean, good mattress's and I have never run out of hot water.
Do your own research - understand your own needs...if you require room service, concereige, sterile hallways, maids with carts, bars and restaurants, conversations only with your own travel companion, stay in a hotel not a B&B.
A firetrap? I don't think so...worst case jump out the window onto the roof, or climb down a tree - you are never far from the ground. (Try that in a 5 story bldg).
Banff Fire Dept is tough - tourism is #1 - safety is #1 service to tourists. Operation would not be allowed if unsafe.
If you don't like historic bldgs, or wood bldgs, don't stay in them.
Street noise? Trust me, the hotel 1/2 block away where you pay $290 to $400+ for a room,will hear the same noise - only louder. Yes, there can always be a party at a bar on the main street, in a house up the street, or wherever. The B&B is central Banff. It can happen. It is not the B&B's responsibility or fault. I believe I have had disturbed sleep once and it was a drunken female on the street. That can happen anywhere in the world.
Do not bad mouth places that are an absolute delightful experience to many Canadians and world travellers. .
Wonderful breakfast conversations, personal knowledge of places and happenings and experiences, cleanliness, Blue Mtn Lodge is great and safe place to center your visit to a wonderful Canadian treasure - the Rockie Mountains.
I will be back - in a first, 2nd, 3rd floor room or the attic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blue Mountain Lodge has been a hotel or Bed and Breakfast since 1908. Our heritage home features 10 rooms with ensuite bathrooms.Please keep in mind that we have slightly smaller rooms than newer structures. We are also very excited to report that Select Canada acknowledged our accomplishments by giving us a three-star rating in 2009. Type in the word bmlvip in our Blue Mountain Lodge booking engine to take advantage of an instant discount. Looking forward to meeting you in Banff! Pascal and Louise, Innkeepers. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Blue Mountain Hotel Banff