537 Banff Avenue, P.O. Box 489, Banff, Alberta, T1L 1A6, Canada
Perfect for our 44th Wedding Anniversary
We were very happy with our selection of Rundlestone Lodge. Our check-in was satisfactory and the room met our expectations - maybe exceded our expectations a little because we had a balcony. The weather was quite chilly while we were there so the wood burning fireplaces were pleasant. There was a fireplace in the lobby and in the room that had a wide screen television. the room was very clean and the bed was really comfy - nice pillows too. The ammenties in the bathroom included a lotion with a lovely spicy fragrance, French milled soap in boxes and a Honey Shampoo Conditioner combo. Towels and face clothes were very good. We were not bothered by noise of any kind.
They have a very nice restaurant here but we only wanted to eat the buffet breakfast. The continental breakfast of cold items was offered, but because of low occupancy they did not offer a hot breakfast either morning we were there.
They have underground parking at no charge. Once again because of low occupancy we had no problem finding a parking spot.
There were lots of electrical outlets in the room and bathroom area. The only reason I did not give this hotel a "Great Experience" rating was because the hot breakfast buffet was cancelled and we had to go to town, only a few blocks, to hunt for a breakfast place. This was our anniversary and we wanted to splurge. Nonetheless - I would certainly enjoy staying here again and would definitely recommend it!
Unique Quality: The pool area at the Rundlestone Lodge is very nice. There are several sky lights in the ceiling over the large pool. There were plenty of good towels in the pool area. The hot tub was hot and working well every time we used it. There is also a nice balcony off the pool area with lots of chairs for lounging on nice days.
Nice as biscuits
Banff is pretty expensive if you're travelling on a budget but it was our honeymoon and the Rundelstone had availability at an OK price. The hotel is on the main street all be it a good 20 mins walk from the centre of town but the exercise will do you good. There is a posh Swiss restaurant at the hotel which we didn't go to (didn't like anything on the menu).
Unique Quality: The hotel has free underground parking and the rooms are pretty large. Staff are as you'd expect in Canada, very friendly. The hotel has a large pool with hot tub which is good if you are here in the summer or winter to relax those aching muscles after skiing or as we had been, hiking.
It has a huge fireplace in the lounge and bar which must be nice in the winter.
Directions: On the main street
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Dinner and the show Oh, Canada, eh?
We wanted to do something on our 44th Wedding Anniversary so I called Oh Canada, Eh? for reservations on the day of our anniversary. They were closed that day! Just before we got to Banff I called and asked them if we just showed up would we be able to get seats, and we were assured we could come.
We drove into Banff, found the Rundlestone Lodge, unpacked and ventured over to Canmore to see the show.
We were seated immediately and offered our drink, followed by Canadian Split Pea Soup with Ham and warm bread. By this time a couple of other families were seated at the table for the family style dinner. About the time our salads were served, the show started. The entree was broasted chicken, roast beef and fried white fish with red skin potatoes (which I love) and green bean and carrot vegetable medley. Dessert was a chocolate carmel concoction.
The meal included coffee. We paid $62 each which was a Senior price. Of course, when this came on our credit card, the cost was about $12 less due to the good currency exchange right now.
It was nice to have other folks to meet and chat with during the dinner and parts of the show.
The show was a comedy spoof about Canadian history and customs. It was a nice evening event and I would recommend it.
we stay here for one night, very cool place with good price. It has free wireless internet for all guest rooms. The loft style room in this hotel is so unique, very suitable for family vacation. We stayed in a room with two single beds upstairs and one queen bed downstairs. Fireplace, two TVs, dvd player, nice bath room. More than that, all the buidling is air-conditioned. No kidding, some expensive resort and hotels only have fans. A must stay place if you visit Banff 1
We camp at Banff every year and usually in the middle of our camping we get a hotel for one night. Normally, we stay at Bumper's as it is modestly priced, clean, and comfortable. However, this year we thought we would treat ourselves to something special. We wanted something with an indoor pool and there aren't too many hotels in Banff with indoor pools. We first looked at the Inns of Banff but weren't very impressed with it. We then went to the Rundlestone. The hotel clerk was kind enough to give me a key to a room so I could see what it looked like. It was a room with a loft and it was beautiful! I immediately liked it as it would allow our two young children to go to sleep up in the loft while the wife and I could stay up late downstairs. The room also had a small kitchenette with a fridge which was also a nice touch. Our room looked out onto Banff Ave. with a beautiful view of the mountains. So, we took the room and had no regrets. They have a very nice indoor pool and the temp. in it was just right. Their hot tub was also great as it was not too hot as our young children were also able to enjoy it. There was also a nice big deck you could go out to and tan or just enjoy the view. There was also a large excercise area attached to the pool area which had many pieces of recreational equipment. The other thing we loved was the fact the hotel had laundry facitlites. This was great as it allowed us to do a weeks worth of laundry!
I noticed in a previous review that someone was critical of the housekeeping staff. Well, I spoke with a few of the young ladies and they were all very friendly, polite, and helpful.
Any drawbacks to the hotel? Not really. There was a power outage for a few hours where not only was the power out but it affected the phones as well. It was out for a few hours in most of Banff. Not a big deal really but after about an hour the emergency lights in the hallway and stairs died as well and they were pitch black. Many people stayed in their rooms as they had no flashlight to see to get downstairs (we fortunately did). The disappointment was the staff did not make any attempt to keep us informed or help those who wanted to leave their rooms. They really should have had someone on each floor and in the stairway to assist those wishing to go out.
In conclusion, despite the blackout and staff not responding accordingly, it was a wonderful stay. The rooms are very clean and modern and the staff friendly and helpful. Yes, we will be staying there again next year!
Must be a change in management-for the worse
Front desk refused to check in any guests before 3:00 p.m. (that meant no check in at 2:55). At 3:00 we were checked in and were then asked to wait as our room was not yet ready. At 4:00 we were given a room, with the excuse that they were short staffed. We inquired about lounge and restaurant and were told they were both closed that day.
Room we were given was small but nice, very clean. Plug for hair dryer did not work so we had to use outlet in room and use blank TV screen for a mirror. (This was subsequently fixed.) Returned to room next day after long hike--hoping to take a rest, but there was drilling and hammering going on so that was not possible. Went down to hot tub which was nice but more lukewarm than hot. Tried to eat at restaurant but were told it was not open that night either, nor was bar/lounge area. Came back from hiking the next day, again hoping for a nap, but room had still not been cleaned by 3:45 p.m. Again tried to use the restaurant and this time we were told they did not have enough staff to run the restaurant or lounge for dinner. None of these were big issues, rather small irritations, but since we were not paying bargain basement prices, and this was not "off season" I think the service left a lot to be desired. Front desk people, except for Kate, were curt. As mentioned, room was clean and neat and as expected.
The room they gave us was on the side of the hotel and the right next to the next-door hotel. We could look in their room, and vise versa.
The room was nice size, but the beds were the hardest beds we have ever slept on. When you sit on the bed, it doesn't even sink a bit...
The towels had some stains and it was not really pleasant neither...
At check-out, they tried to charge us for the amount that we've paid as deposit again. It took us about 30 minutes to check out...
Thus, we think the hotel was "slightly" over-priced. Probably will never stay there again.
gem of a property in banff
The Rundlestone Inn in Banff is a gem. It's always hard to book a property when you have no knowledge of the area. This is a real winner. Upon arrival, the front desk manager explained our room had been upgraded. The upgraded room was perfect. The room had two bedrooms connected by both a door and the bathroom area. Each room had a comfortable bed, TV and sink. One of the rooms even had a makeup area with a small table and bright lights. The property is very well cared for and immaculately clean. The pool and fitness center is also clean and well equirpped. Parking is on site and free. I noticed ski lockers in the parking area for winter visitors. My only issue was they had closed the restaurant and bar for the week (maybe season?) so I had to go elsewhere for a beverage to unwind. I would stay here again and unconditionally recommend it all. The price paid, for the area, was also fair.
Can't wait to return
The Rundlestone was one of the best hotels I have ever stayed at. I go to Banff every other year and I would definatly stay at this hotel again. It is close enough to the town to walk but far away enough that you aren't in the middle of the action. This hotel is very clean and the staff are excellent. The view may not have been the best that there is but you can't have it all. The jacuzzi tubs were to die for. This hotel is very highly recommended. Guaranteed a friendly enjoyable stay!
Banff - Heart of the Canadian Rockies
"Lots of cool weather"
It was hot when we left Georgia so the cooler weather here was wonderful. We had sunny and cloudy days - there were some times it was rainy but when we were doing the acitivites we planned the skies were blue and it was pleasant.
We stayed at the Rundlestone Lodge on Banff Avenue. Rundlestone was used to build the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The name comes from Mount Rundle which is easily visible from the Fairmont. We saw the rundlestone up close when we were hiking by Bow Falls. The stone is in layers that is easy to split for a nice looking stone material for building.
We didn't see any elk in downtown Banff while we were there.
"The Cascade Gardens at Canada Place"
We enjoyed a walk through Cascade Gardens at Canada Place - the flowers were abundant and full with beautiful colors that can only be grown in the cool sunny climate of the North.
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Address: 537 Banff Avenue, P.O. Box 489, Banff, Alberta, T1L 1A6, Canada