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We need 2 nights accommodation in Banff from 08August. I nearly had a stroke when I saw the prices being asked for hotel accommodation. I have stayed at Banff Park Lodge a few years ago in winter for a very reasonable rate. I checked their website, and the best I can get is about CAD275 per night plus tax! Now I thought it was a nice hotel back then, but I can't remember it being that nice!!
Anyone have any ideas, tips, tricks, or secret deals that they care to divulge in finding reasonable priced accommodation for these dates? Or do I have to suck it up and fork out the dollars? (I have been trying Priceline without success, and I'm worried I'm going to get a place I'm going to regret!)
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I've stayed in Banff many times over the years (used to live in Calgary) and although I did book some reasonable rates on-line (for lesser quality hotels), I found it ultimately more cost effective to call the hotels directly to ask about better rates. Once I knew I was going to "bite the bullet", as Banff is certainly pushing $$ upwards, I would end up at the Rimrock Resort. I was always able to get a better rate than published on their site and usually get something extra (breakfast or a daily meal voucher). If I'm paying top dollar, I will want a view and some nice surroundings and the Rimrock has never disappointed me.
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Trust me - as one who usually spends several nights in Banff each year early August you won't find much for under $150.00 a night - even the lower priced YWCA charges around $100.00 a night for a spartan room with just a bed and bath.
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I think you made a good choice. I just looked at our reservations in August and we paid 261.56 a night at the Banff Rocky Mountain resort.
However, it is a two bedroom suite with kitchen. I sure hope the Banff Rocky Mountain Resort is nice! We will have a rental car, so I think it is a bit out of town, but that is ok.
Banff RM Resort is on the outskirts, as you approach Banff. It appears to be a nice property, but I've never stayed there. It is newer than the other 2 that were being discussed. The main road that goes by it is one of the 2 main accesses to Banff... you'll be glad you have a car, as I wouldn't want to walk that road -- too much traffic for my taste. But the property is back from the road, so I don't think traffic noise will be a problem.