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A view from the terrace at the Banff Springs Hotel

Well its been confirmed that this isn't the best hostel to get a good nights sleep.  Once the hostel bar shuts at 2am its really noisy throughout the dorms.  We got up at about 9am and made sure we were really noisy to annoy those who were still asleep!

After breakfast we headed into the town and had a wander around.  We have discovered that the library is the best place to go for email, it's free.

In the afternoon we headed to the Banff Springs Hotel.  A massive castle like structure at the edge of town.  The hotel is open to the public so we went to have a wander around.  Upon entry we were met by a kilted man who gave us a map and explained the areas we could look at.  There are a couple of terraces - both of which have amaxing views across the Bow Valley.  Inside the hotel was definitely grand with ballrooms and large dining areas.  The hotel costs around $90,000 a day to run, amazingly it has 100% occupance for half the year (1700 guests nightly.  The cheapest rooms are about $900 a night (abount 450 pounds).  The Japanese love it ever since it featured on a Japanese soap!  We spent about 1 1/2 hours exploring the first 3 floors.  After this we headed back to the hostel for some food, again cooking the best food in the hostel - fish, potatoes, veg and hollandaise sauce.  The others were looking at their noodles quite pittyfully!

X_Drive says:
You got up at 9am? Most young folks don't get to bed until 9am, unless they pass out earlier. :)
Posted on: Oct 08, 2006
carol_lyn says:
I can understand why you're a bit peeved with the noisy people. You're never like that in a hostel are you?!
Posted on: Oct 08, 2006
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A view from the terrace at the Ban…
A view from the terrace at the Ba…
Elegant dining
Elegant dining
Play it again Emma!
Play it again Emma!
The Banff Springs Hotel
The Banff Springs Hotel
Inside the Hotel
Inside the Hotel
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