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Old Mar 10th, 2007, 02:12 PM
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BANFF

We are landing at Calgary on 8th May at 4pm, we have decided to drive strait to Banff, since we will not arrive maybe till 7-8pm think it best to book an hotel, can anyone recommend best place to stay for 2-3 nights in BANFF.
We were considering Ptarmigan or Caribou lodge, any advise or alternatives would be much appreciated.
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Old Mar 10th, 2007, 08:06 PM
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you didn'e mention how much you want to spend.

Ptarmgian is nice and in the downtown area. The Buffalo moutain lodge is outside of town but is nice and tranquil.

Of course there is also the Banff springs hotel which is the primo hotel but also $$$.

Also if you don't want to drive there is a bus service from Calgary airport to Banff.

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Old Mar 11th, 2007, 12:15 AM
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Well we were thinking in the price range of Ptarmigan, also thought it would be better to be in town?
As for the bus, thats useful to know but we have the hire car for 14 days, eventually ending up in Vancouver. We wanted to book the first couple of nights in Banff to be sure of a hotel.
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You're on the right track. I agree that, at that time of year, a central location is a good thing to aim for. The centre of town will not yet be busy, as it is in July and August. You could get any kind of weather. It could be warm, or you still could get snow. If it's snowing and cool, it'll be nice to be close to the main cluster of restaurants.

In the price range that you want Banff Ptarmigan Inn is a perfect choice.

Other centrally or fairly centrally located hotels you could consider include:

Banff Park Lodge (about the same)

Brewster's Mountain Lodge (down a notch, but still pleasant)

Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge (more expensive)
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Just checked the location of the Delta to make sure I was telling you the right thing.

Banff Park Lodge and Brewster's both are centrally located.

Ptarmigan is in the 300 block of Banff's main street, Banff Avenue. It is just outside of the core, but very close to it.

The Delta is in the 400 block, so a little further out.

Another popular hotel, Banff Caribou Lodge, is in the 500 block, so further out still.

Buffalo Moutain Lodge, which nadoosh mentioned, is on Tunnel Mountain Road, and is still further out.

My preferences at that time of year would be:

(1) Ptarmigan

(2) Banff Park Lodge

(3) Brewster's
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