"We had a wonderful stay at this condo. I read some of the reviews, and as always with VRBO renters, there are some negative comments. As someone who travels and rents through VRBO frequently, I get really worn out by having to sift through the reviews and decide which ones are really valid, and which are not. Seems many think they are renting a billionaire condo with wait service. You are not. You are renting from someone who has been kind enough to open their apartment up for vacationers to enjoy. And, that is exactly what you get. You get a fully furnished apartment located in close proximity to everything Canmore has to offer, with the convenience of the National Parks (of which, she provides a park pass - huge savings) and the Village of Banff being a short drive away. If you're spending that much time in the apartment, you're not experiencing everything the area has to offer.
There are great hiking trails for all levels, with a boardwalk right next door to some incredible hikes and scrambles at the edge of town. The mountains in this region are breathtaking. There are plenty of restaurants, but if you chose to dine in, she provides a great supply of kitchenware. The grill is an added bonus! There is a grocery right in town, so no need to shop in Calgary before you arrive. The internet was a wonderful bonus, as it allowed us to check in with family through wifi, and we didn't need international calling.
To touch on a few of the negative reviews... 1. Yes, there is a pub below. Of the 5 nights we rented, there was only one evening with ANY noise coming from the pub. And, just as the owner states, it goes silent at 11. But, you should have enjoyed yourself enough all day, that you're able to sleep right through. 2. Yes, there are trees outside of the balcony. Sure, it would be nice to see the mountains from the couch. But this should not be any reason to leave a bad review. Looking at trees is better than some alternatives 3. The showers were perfectly fine. We had plenty of water coming from the shower heads. 4. There is soap. Again, this isn't an all-inclusive. Like traveling anywhere, if you have preferences, bring your own. 5. There are train tracks nearby, but I didn't notice a single train. 6. The length of time it takes your party to arrive to the rental is of no reflection of the rental. You book your own travel.
This was a lovely rental, and we would rent it again. The owner has done a wonderful job of providing for guests."
Date of Stay: August 2015
Review Submitted: August 12, 2015