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March 16, 2005
Two-bedroom, plus pull-out couch actually equals three queen beds, so you can sleep up to six only if they all share.
The biggest drawback is the lack of in-room high-speed Internet access. Regulations governing the national park are restricting all the hotels in the area in one way or another. There is an Internet cafe in the resort bar and others in downtown Banff, but that's rather inconvenient if you plan to bring your work with you on vacation. On the other hand, it's a great plus for family members who would prefer not to fight for attention with the electronic leash.
From journal March Break in Banff
March 3, 2005
In addition, there was not enough room in the kitchen for a regular stove, so there was just a stovetop and no oven.
I would definitely recommend this place if only four people stay here. The employees were all very pleasant and very accommodating.
This place is in Banff National Park, and the park is absolutely beautiful.
From journal Ski Week in Banff
February 7, 2005
The scheduled pickups for the ski resorts were right on time and easy to use. We traipsed down to the activities center, where they arranged for us to go heli-touring with no fuss. They offered an indoor/outdoor pool (heated), squash courts, games for loan, and all kinds of other things that made you feel at home. The shuttle into town was also a godsend—they even ignored the hourly schedule if you asked nicely for a ride.
We got what we needed and wanted, and if we had a bigger room, we would certainly go back.
From journal Fantastic Lake Louise Exceeded our expectations
Niagara falls, Ontario
December 15, 2004
From journal My Trip to Banff
Castlegar, British Columbia
October 31, 2004
From journal Mountain scents
March 10, 2004
From journal A week in Banff
February 22, 2004
This resort is about a five-minute drive from Banff. There is very easy access to Highway 1 and to the town. If you're looking to be right in the middle of downtown Banff, this isn't the place for you. It is right in the middle of Banff National Park and you are surrounded on all sides by the Canadian Rockies -- a definite plus! It was great to step outside of the resort in the mornings and be surrounded by majesty.
The location was outstanding. Since we're not real party people, we enjoyed being on the outskirts of town. It was also nice having such easy access to Highway 1. Being from Chicago, I'm used to traffic, but it was sure nice to not have to fight any while being on vacation!
Another great benefit was the indoor and outdoor whirlpools! We took advantage of that after each day we skiied. We even tried the outdoor whirlpool (in -20 F weather)! It was lots of fun and felt great on our aching muscles and not crowded at all.
The front desk staff was very helpful and efficient. We only spoke with them a few times, but I was impressed both times.
Although we did not take advantage of it, there is a shuttle bus that takes you to the various mountains around the Banff -- Nakiska, Lake Louise, and Sunshine Village for no additional charge.
Our unit had a fireplace, which was very cozy. The resort also sold bundles of firewood for $7 CAD. We used two of these bundles during the week. The bundles are delivered to your door, or even put in your condo if you're going to be gone.
The unit was very clean and nicely decorated. I had read some reviews about the decor being outdated -- it wasn't "hip" per se, but I didn't think it was ugly or outdated. Maybe they have recently redecorated the models.
As you drive off of the exit from Highway 1, the Rocky Mountain Resort is right on the left. There is a nice bright-green sign that marks the entrance of the resort. I was a little unsure as to what to expect, especially as this is not listed as either a Gold Crown or a Resort of International Distinction. But I was pleasantly surprised by the front desk/lobby area (normally, that is a clue into what the unit will be like). The staff was very efficient, it was tastefully decorated and clean.
The units are small. They are not unbearably or uncomfortably small -- we had four people in a two-bedroom and it was almost the perfect amount of space. I never felt like we were tripping over one another, but it also felt very cozy as well. The kitchen/dining room/living room areas are all pretty wide open, which was nice so that one person could be in the kitchen cooking and still be involved in the conversation.
I think the bedroom was where I felt the smallness of the unit. The bed (a nice queen-size bed) pretty much took up the entire room. There was a nice armoire and a nightstand, but that was about all you could fit in there. The upstairs bathroom was a good size, but the downstairs bathroom was a bit on the small size. Still, the downstairs bathroom had a shower, which was very nice, especially when getting ready.
The kitchen was stocked with pots and pans that were adequate, as well as a few measuring cups, a cheese grater, a colander, and silverware. There were no measuring spoons. We were a little disappointed that there was no oven, but we knew that coming in. The dishwasher and stove looked to be new, but the stovetop was fairly old. Still, it was adequate.
We found everything to be very clean and comfortable. We would absolutely stay here again! Don't be afraid because it isn't a Gold Crown resort, unless you have more people than can fit in a bedroom (i.e., two people in a one-bedroom, four people in a two-bedroom).
From journal Ski Banff!
December 16, 2003
From journal Ski trip with friends to Banff AB
Nanaimo, British Columbia
August 16, 2003
From journal Rockin' in Banff
by Gerry May
July 7, 2003
Winter here would offer great cross country skiing and world class downhill skiing at the nearby resorts of Banff/Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village, and Lake Louise.Best Things About the Resort:The best thing about this timeshare is clearly its location in Banff National Park. The units, although quite small, make a good jumping off point for the park. The resort also appears to be well-managed.Resort Experience:The Rocky Mountain Resort and Confereence Center is set about 2lm from downtown Banff. It is easy to access from the main highway (TransCanada Highway 1). The resort is fairly large, but there is not much else close around. This makes for a quiet and beutiful setting. It is just a short drive into the town of Banff.
Most of the units are arranged in "quads" with each building consisting of four units on the gound floor and four units above. The units themselves are very small. The information provided in advance states that the size is limited by National Park restrictions. Our one-bedroom unit was cramped for two adults. We could not imagine having another person, even a chld, staying with us.
The mini-kitchen included a dishwasher, a full-sized refrigerator, a microwave, and a stove top (but not an oven). We have seen smaller kitchens in other timeshares. The small table had three chairs, but it would have been tight with three people at the table. Our only complaint about the kitchen was the tiny four-cup coffee maker. A full sized one would not have taken much space.
The living room had a sofa bed and a TV, but no other chair. The room was so small that you needed to squeeze between the wall and the sofa to get into the room.
The bedroom was where we really felt the smallness of the unit. There was room for a small night stand on only one side of the bed. There was no dresser and no drawers for storage of clothes. A small closet had a few shelves on one side that provided the only clothes storage. The queen size bed was quite comfortable, but it was a tight fit just to walk around the bed.
The unit was clean, but there were some places that looked like they needed painting or sprucing up. Fortunately, we spent very little time in the unit and had a great time touring the beautiful Canadian Rockies.
From journal A Week in the Canadian Rockies