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Delta Hotels Banff Royal Canadian Lodge 3.5

Banff, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies

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Pros

  • Within walking distance of downtown Banff and near buses
  • Spacious, comfy rooms with flat-screen TVs, large bathrooms, and bathrobes
  • Suites have wet bars, and some add jetted tubs
  • Indoor heated pool and waterfall hot tub, plus large steam room
  • Grotto Spa with holistic treatments and Apothia products
  • Small gym with limited machines and fresh fruit
  • Restaurant and lounge serving Canadian cuisine and wild game
  • Concierge, lending library, and business center with printer
  • Free Wi-Fi, and ski, golf, and bike storage
  • Free underground heated parking with free window washing
  • Free tea and coffee in the morning

Cons

  • Some spaces are dated and underwhelming
  • Breakfast isn't included
  • Wi-Fi can be slow
  • No private balconies
  • No pets allowed (pro for some)
  • Gym is small and has limited, old equipment

Bottom Line

Delta by Marriott Royal Banff Canadian Lodge is an upper-middle-range property within walking distance of downtown Banff. This spot is popular with tour groups and older guests, though some travelers feel the contemporary-classic decor and tired hallways feel too dated for the price tag. Notable on-site features include an indoor heated pool and hot tub, tiny spa area, and the casual upscale restaurant serving Canadian Rockies cuisine and exotic game. There's no free breakfast here, but guests will get free parking, slow Wi-Fi, window washing, and access to a small gym, large steam room, and free Starbucks coffee and tea in the morning. If you are flexible on location, the stylish Sulphur Mountain's Rimrock Resort Hotel is worth a look and around the same price. 

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Scene

Hotel with contemporary-classic decor, but some dated areas

When this hotel first opened in 1972, it was called Charltons Evergreen and had just 52 units. It was one of the first modern hotels on this side of Banff Avenue and was family-owned. Today, the Delta by Marriott Royal Banff Canadian Lodge is franchised through Marriott, though it is still a family-managed property. Entering the hotel feels rather impressive, due to an open atrium lobby's vaulted natural wood ceiling, sets of leather chairs, a large wood-burning fireplace, and huge chandelier. The warm lighting makes it feel elegant, while the smooth natural wood and slate brick keep it grounded and lodge-like. The not-quite-classic, slightly dated decor tiptoes the line, leaving several guests feeling that it is not contemporary enough, and others happy with the classic nod. Tired hallways and some public spaces continue the argument for the former. 

This hotel is popular with tour and corporate groups, and older folks who wan to avoid partiers, however, many Marriott Rewards members do not feel that the hotel is up to par with the brand standards on service, style, or features. For around the same rates (or even sometimes cheaper) the Rimrock Resort Hotel is worth a look. It's not walking distance to downtown Banff, but it is loaded with features and has a slightly more obvious and contemporary feel. 

Location

Fantastic location within walking distance of public transport, a supermarket, and downtown Banff

Delta by Marriott Banff Royal Canadian Lodge is on the north side of Banff Avenue's eastern edge, between Banff International Hostel and Fox Hotel & Suites. It's about a 10-minute walk to the IGA supermarket at the start of the downtown area. There are plenty of hotels on Banff Avenue that have on-site restaurants within a few minute's walk, and most trailheads are within about a five-minute drive. The local bus service to Sulphur Mountain stops right outside the Fox and drops off across the street. Two other bus lines are across Banff Avenue, and a free shuttle to the Banff Gondola and Upper Hot Springs (which returns from the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel) is just a 13-minute walk toward town. 

  • Seven-minute drive or 19-minute walk to the Banff Pedestrian Bridge
  • Eight-minute drive to Cave and Basin
  • Nine-minute drive to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
  • 11-minute drive to the Banff Upper Hot Springs
  • 14-minute drive or 34 minutes via public transportation to Lake Minnewanka 
  • 11-minute drive to the Banff Gondola
  • 26-minute drive or 52-minute bus to Canmore
  • 40-minute drive to Lake Louise
  • 90-minute drive to Calgary Airport

Rooms

Contemporary-classic decor and fireplaces, but underwhelming bathrooms

The 99 rooms come standard with decorative wood headboards, a contemporary take on classic furniture, and neutral-toned decor with pops of red. Bathrooms are slightly dated with tile and acrylic countertops, and come with waffle bathrobes and Apothia toiletries (shampoo and soap only). In most rooms, guests can separate the toilet and shower from the vanity area with a wooden sliding door. Flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and kettles come standard, as do AC and mini-fridges. 

The biggest advantage in upgrading to Premium Rooms is the gas fireplace, while bumping up to a Junior Suite also brings a fireplace, as well as a king-sized bed, a pullout sofa, and bigger TV. These rooms feel spacious and are bright with big, draped windows. Some have a wet bar stocked with wine glasses and a bottle opener, and extra bathroom amenities include body wash, mouthwash, conditioner, vanity kits, and lotion. Executive King Suites have an open plan with a sitting area, wet bar, single-person jetted tub, big bathroom, big tiled shower, and iHome dock. 

Rooms that face the main street can be noisy, and there are no rooms with private balconies here. 

Features

Lots of features in decent condition, including a holistic spa and heated pool

Delta by Marriott Banff Royal Canadian Lodge is stocked with features, giving it a solid edge against its competition. For starters, there are an elegant (though simple) indoor heated pool inspired by a cave and basin stonework that features brick columns and a stained glass window etched by a local artist. At the top of the pool is a raised, 10-person tiled whirlpool with a waterfall edge that empties into the pool. A massive steam room is on-site and Apothia amenities can be found in the small changing room. 

Just outside the pool area is the hotel’s holistic Grotto Spa. There’s a slight Asian theme here and all the massages and treatments (no couples' massages) use Whistler Natural products. It’s a small corner spot with an informal waiting area housing a tiny Buddha statue. The fitness room is also small and has a limited number of dated equipment and apples. Guests don’t need a spa appointment to use the pool or hot tub. 

The Evergreen restaurant (and its separate lounge area) are located right at the entrance of the hotel and serve upscale Canadian cuisine that features a lot of game meats. The lounge has a separate day menu with salads and burgers, and meals at either can be charged directly to the room. Breakfast isn't included, but a seasonal buffet is available.

Guests get a lot of freebies here, including heated underground parking with occasional overnight windshield wiping, bike, golf, and ski storage in the parking garage, reportedly slow Wi-Fi, and Starbucks coffee and tea every morning in the lobby. Cruiser bikes can be rented for a fee. Other amenities include concierge service, a large lending library, meeting rooms, and parking-level business computer with printer. 

No rollaway beds or cots are offered, but playpens, highchairs, and booster seats are available on request. This hotel does not accept pets. 

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Address

459 Banff Ave, Banff, Canadian Rockies T1L 1B4, Canada

Also Known As

  • Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge
  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Banff Royal Canadian Lodge

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