Located within Banff National Park is the town of Banff, the first community to establish itself within a Canadian National Park. This beautiful resort town is nestled in the Alberta Rockies and runs along the Trans-Canada Highway, providing easy access to various attractions while remaining a preserved outdoor oasis. Accommodations range from quaint, remote cabins to luxury lodges. Here are 25 places to stay in or near Banff to get you started.
1.Moose Hotel & Suites
© Moose Hotel & Suites
This new four-star hotel is destined to become a Banff favorite. Future guests will love the full-service spa, heated rooftop pools with a commanding view of the Canadian Rockies, and gourmet Italian restaurant with gluten-free and vegetarian options. Eco-conscious drivers will appreciate the complimentary electric vehicle charging stations in the underground heated garage. The hotel fits right in at its Banff Avenue address, with its rooms, suites, and historical mail-order house that are all decorated with natural materials. A neutral palette with a pop of color from the original paintings of local artist Jason Carter add flair.
345 Banff Avenue, Banff, Alberta T1L 1H8, CA, Phone: 403-760-8570
2.Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
© Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
Guests at Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa will get a good night’s sleep on a Mountain Luxury mattress after a day spent in the fresh mountain air of Banff. Reservations come with some other great amenities as well, including heated underground parking, use of the lodge’s steam and exercise rooms, and a complimentary pass for travel on the local Roam bus routes. An on-site steakhouse and full-service spa offer additional opportunities for relaxation right on the property. Guests who need to mix business with pleasure can reserve one of two well-equipped private meeting rooms for presentations, workshops, or catered business lunches.
521 Banff Avenue, Banff, Alberta T1L 1H8, CA, Phone: 403-762-5887
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This country inn is located within walking distance of the cafés, boutiques, and galleries of historic downtown Banff, but visitors may find it hard to leave this cozy retreat. The inn is home to Carlito’s Pizzaria, which claims to serve the best poutine west of Montreal in its casual dining room. Carlito’s can also deliver pizza to your room along with your choice of wine or beer. After a visit to the sauna, steam room, or Jacuzzi, guests can get cozy in their room and catch a movie on cable or stream Netflix using the free Wi-Fi available throughout the property.
501 Banff Avenue, Banff, Alberta T1L 1A9, CA, Phone: 800-667-1464
4.Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel & Conference Centre
© Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel & Conference Centre
The spacious and well-appointed rooms of Banff Park Lodge make this resort a favorite family destination. Family-friendly amenities include an in-room refrigerator for storing drinks and snacks, on-site restaurants with children’s favorites on the menu, a heated indoor pool, and coin-operated washers and dryers. The hotel’s concierge is available 24 hours a day to make recommendations for age-appropriate activities in the area. Families who want to spend the day hiking, biking, or horseback riding at nearby Banff National Park can request a boxed lunch from the Crave Mountain Grill to take on the trail.
222 Lynx Street, Banff, Alberta T1l 1K5, CA, Phone: 403-762-4433
5.Banff Ptarmigan Inn
© Banff Ptarmigan Inn
Complimentary underground parking, a hot and cold breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi, and bike rental options are just some of the conveniences that make guests feel welcome at Banff Ptarmigan Inn. Pets are welcome, too, and their owners receive toys and treats for them at check-in in addition to a comfortable bed and bowls for their food and water. The staff’s hospitality has received high marks on review sites, where former guests raved about their friendliness, helpfulness, and attention to detail. These same qualities can be found in the kitchen and waitstaff of the inn’s on-site restaurant, The Meatball.
337 Banff Avenue, Banff, Alberta T1L 1H8, CA, Phone: 403-762-2207
6.Bow View Lodge
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This riverfront hotel has rooms for single travelers, couples, and families with a range of standard amenities at an affordable price. Guests are also invited to use the facilities at Banff Park Lodge next door, which include an indoor swimming pool and several casual and fine dining restaurants. Optional add-on packages – the Bed and Breakfast Package and the 1, 3, or 5-day ski packages – give guests even more value for their money. The Bow View Lodge is a quiet yet convenient location only a short walk away from the shops and cultural attractions in downtown Banff.
228 Bow Avenue, Banff, Alberta T1L 1A5, CA, Phone: 403-762-2261
7.Brewster’s Mountain Lodge
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Brewster’s Mountain Lodge is a family-owned and operated hotel in the center of Banff. Custom log furniture and western-themed art and decor match the mountain spirit of the town and its surroundings. This award-winning property has a selection of standard and deluxe rooms as well as suites with mountain views. Overnight stays at the lodge include a complimentary continental breakfast. The Brewster family also leads backcountry horseback riding trips in the Ghost River area, sleigh rides near Lake Louise, and trail rides in Banff National Park. Their welcoming mountain lodge serves as the perfect base for Rocky Mountain adventures.
208 Caribou Street, Banff, Alberta T1L 1C1, CA, Phone: 403-762-2900
8.Buffalo Mountain Lodge
© Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Named for its location on the mountain, known to local native peoples as “Sleeping Buffalo,” this charming lodge features wood-burning stone fireplaces, chandeliers crafted from deer and elk antlers, and a post and beam construction, giving it an authentic vibe. Guests can have a hearty breakfast, casual lunch, or gourmet dinner in the Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room, or grab a bite to go from the Buffalo Mountain Café. Queen or king-sized beds with feather pillows and duvets guarantee a good night’s sleep. With 108 guest rooms and three separate function rooms, this property can also be reserved for weddings and corporate retreats.
700 Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Alberta T1L 1B3, Phone: 800-661-1367
© Deer Lodge
For almost a century, Deer Lodge has been welcoming visitors to the Lake Louise area. Guests are treated to panoramic views of the Victoria Glacier from the rooftop hot tub and the Caribou Lounge, where locally sourced cuisine is served for lunch and dinner. The lodge runs a seasonal shuttle service that delivers guests to the Lake Louise Ski Resort for a day of skiing or snowboarding on runs that range from beginner to black diamond. Summer visitors will enjoy taking the self-guided heritage tour that starts at the former railway station and includes historical information about Deer Lodge.
109 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, Alberta T0L 1E0, Phone: 800-661-1595
10.Delta Hotels by Marriott Banff Royal Canadian Lodge
© Delta Hotels by Marriott Banff Royal Canadian Lodge
Part of the Delta Hotels chain, the Royal Canadian Lodge has upscale amenities that guests would expect to see from this Marriott-owned brand. The Grotto Spa features a heated mineral pool and a steam room scented with eucalyptus as well as a full menu of treatments and organic products. The lodge’s fitness center houses modern cardiovascular and weightlifting equipment for an energizing workout. After a dinner of regional cuisine in the refined setting of the Evergreen Restaurant and Lounge, guests can retire to their room and sink into their handcrafted Sanctuary bed for a late-night movie on the flat-screen TV.
459 Banff Avenue, Banff, Alberta T1L 1B4, CA, Phone: 403-762-3307
11.Fairmont Banff Springs
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The Fairmont name is synonymous with luxury, and their Banff Springs hotel offers a guest experience like no other. Known as the “Castle in the Rockies,” this area landmark has been hosting visitors for more than 125 years. The property has its own tennis courts, sports fields, and championship golf course, which guests can use as part of the resort fee program. The resort fee also covers access to the hotel’s pools and fitness center, sports equipment service and storage, seasonal family activities, and shuttle service to downtown Banff. Free membership in the Fairmont President’s Club offers even more world-class amenities.
405 Spray Avenue, Banff, Alberta T1L 1J4, Phone: 403-762-2211
12.Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
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The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise welcomes adventurers to Banff National Park. Originally built to be a summer resort, it now offers year-round activities like complimentary guided hikes with accredited naturalists, fitness and wellness classes, canoe excursions, kite flying, and tobogganing. Its concierge-curated seasonal guides list an exciting array of additional activities offered by local companies, such as alpine helicopter tours, ATV trips, and heli-skiing. Guests who prefer to stay indoors can enjoy a relaxing evening by the fire catching up on the day’s news and entertainment with complimentary access to PressReader’s library of local and international magazines and newspapers.
111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, Alberta T0L 1E0, CA, Phone: 403-522-3511
13.High Country Inn
© High Country Inn
From reservations to recommendations, the friendly and helpful staff at the High Country Inn want to make sure every guest feels right at home. They offer 24-hour front desk service, spacious rooms and suites, and laundry services for vacationing families and out-of-town business travelers. The on-site restaurant serves Swiss and Italian specialties using community-sourced bread, eggs, and cured meats paired with local wine and spirits. Many of the rooms have private balconies where guests can drink a complimentary cup of coffee while enjoying the picturesque mountain views. The inn is conveniently located just two blocks from town.
419 Banff Avenue, Banff, Alberta T1L 1A7, CA, Phone: 403-762-2236
14.Irwin’s Mountain Inn
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This award-winning inn has 65 standard, superior, and premium rooms with features ranging from coffeemakers to kitchenettes. Guests who want someone else to do the cooking can visit the El Toro Restaurant, where Canadian classics are creatively combined with Spanish and Latin American flavors. The staff at the El Toro also provide catering services to business travelers using the conference room for meetings and presentations. Once the business of the day has concluded, there are plenty of opportunities to unwind on-site and nearby in downtown Banff. Personalized recommendations are available from the accommodating front desk staff.
429 Banff Avenue, Banff, Alberta T1l 1B2, CA, Phone: 403-762-8220
15.Lake Louise Inn
© Lake Louise Inn
The Lake Louise Inn is a great getaway for solo travelers, couples, and families. Every room, suite, studio, and condo is equipped with high-speed internet and cable television. Select accommodations include premium features like kitchenettes, fireplaces, and Jacuzzis, and some are even pet-friendly. A daily resort fee gives guests access to the inn’s fitness center and heated pool, sports equipment rentals, and a seasonal shuttle service to the Lake Louise Gondola – a popular summer attraction. Special packages with late checkout and complimentary room upgrades are available for guests celebrating a special occasion, or who are simply getting away for a romantic weekend.
210 Village Road, Lake Louise, Alberta T0L 1E0, CA, Phone: 402-5252-3791
16.Banff Aspen Lodge
© Banff Aspen Lodge
This affordable ski lodge in the Rocky Mountains is committed to protecting the beautiful environment that surrounds it. Banff Aspen Lodge even encourages guests to take part in their sustainability initiatives by making a donation in their name to the Banff Community Foundation. They also offer guests a free drink in their lobby café when they choose to forego housekeeping services during their stay. The lodge’s neutral decor and use of natural materials lets the spectacular views from each in-room balcony or patio take center stage. A full daily breakfast that provides fuel for the day’s activities is included with every room reservation.
401 Banff Avenue, Banff, Alberta T1L 1A9, CA, Phone: 403-762-4401
17.Moraine Lake Lodge
© Moraine Lake Lodge
Travelers who want to get away from it all will love the off-grid experience of a telephone and television-free stay at Moraine Lake Lodge. Complimentary breakfast in the dining room and on-the-house afternoon tea and cookies in the library offer time to plan or reflect on the day’s activities, whether they include taking a trip into town, canoeing on Moraine Lake, or hiking the famous Larch Valley Trail. After a day spent in the crisp air of the Valley of the Ten Peaks, guests can retreat to their rooms for a glass of wine by the wood-burning fireplace.
1 Moraine Lake Road, Lake Louise, Alberta T0L 1E0, CA, Phone: 403-522-3733
18.Mount Royal Hotel
© Mount Royal Hotel
The Mount Royal Hotel is a Banff classic that is getting a contemporary makeover. This historic landmark in the heart of downtown has been updated with modern amenities like USB charging stations and high-speed Wi-Fi, while still retaining its character through heritage-inspired designs and decor. The rooftop lounge has comfortable banquettes and cushioned chairs that invite guests to relax around outdoor fire features with a local brew and a bite to eat. The lounge also features hot tubs with a stunning view of the surrounding peaks. The renovated hotel has scheduled its grand re-opening for summer 2018.
138 Banff Avenue, Banff, Alberta T1L 1A7, CA, Phone: 866-606-6700
© Mountaineer Lodge
The Mountaineer Lodge in Lake Louise offers quality accommodations with value-added amenities. Its location in the center of the village puts it only 5 minutes by car from the lake and the ski area, and it is surrounded by several European-style restaurants and a handful of art galleries and gift shops. At the lodge itself, guests will find everything they need for a comfortable and convenient stay of any length. Reservations include a complimentary continental breakfast, access to laundry facilities, a place to store skis and other sports equipment, and a free seasonal shuttle to the slopes during the ski season.
101 Village Road, Lake Louise, Alberta T0L 1E0, CA, Phone: 855-556-8473
20.Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
© Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
For more than 50 years, this family-owned and operated property has been hosting visitors from all over the world. The buildings are clad in half-log siding to create a charming country vibe but are full of features that can be found in any big city hotel. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and gas fireplaces. Guests can shop at the local market and use their well-equipped kitchen or the centrally located outdoor grill to prepare home-cooked meals. Younger guests will love the playground, and the open areas are perfect for tossing a Frisbee or playing a game of catch.
105 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, Alberta T0L 1E0, CA, Phone: 403-522-3595
21.Post Hotel & Spa
© Post Hotel & Spa
Voted one of the world’s ten most beautiful ski lodges by CNN Travel, the Post Hotel and Spa certainly lives up to its title. Its rustic yet refined atmosphere is created by the use of natural materials and luxury appointments. An on-site spa with a saltwater pool and an extensive menu of signature treatments is the perfect place to relax before an exquisite meal in the dining room. Complimentary tea and freshly baked desserts are served every day in the lobby. During warmer months, guests can soak up the sunshine on the patio or on the white Adirondack chairs dotting the well-manicured lawn.
200 Pipestone Road, Lake Louise, Alberta T0L 1E0, CA, Phone: 402-522-3989
22.Red Carpet Inn
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Banff’s Red Carpet Inn has accommodations for every type of traveler and amenities to please them all. The inn is family-friendly and pet-friendly and offers discounts to senior citizens, military and government employees, and long-term guests. Just steps from the center of town, this family-owned and operated hotel shares facilities with its sister property, the High Country Inn. The 24-hour front desk staff can assist with booking tours and recommending activities and is always ready with the day’s forecast and ski reports. Skiers and snowboarders will appreciate the availability of equipment lockers and a coin-operated laundromat.
425 Banff Avenue, Banff, Alberta T1L 1B6, CA, Phone: 403-762-4184
23.Storm Mountain Lodge & Cabins
© Storm Mountain Lodge & Cabins
Storm Mountain Lodge began as a tourist camp built by the Canadian Pacific Railway. Today, it houses visitors who want to experience the wonders of nature without the distractions of modern technology. Private cabins with stone fireplaces, clawfoot bathtubs, and log furniture transport guests back to a simpler time. A light lunch in the lounge or a dinner of Canadian classics in the dining room make the lodge the go-to place for daily meals. Guests can also dine in their cabins with meals prepared by the kitchen staff or request a hiker’s lunch for off-site adventures.
Highway 93 S, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1C8, CA, Phone: 403-762-4155
24.The Rimrock Resort Hotel
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The Rimrock Resort Hotel is a travel award winner, and it’s easy to see why. Their hospitality is unparalleled, and their concierge services help make every visit to the Rimrock a memorable one. Paul Mitchell toiletries, seating areas with upholstered club chairs and leather sofas, jetted tubs, Tassimo coffeemakers, and premium Wi-Fi are just some of the many luxuries that are offered in the resort’s selection of rooms and suites. Room service is available, but guests won’t want to miss the opportunity to dine in one of the elegant restaurants with magnificent mountain views.
300 Mountain Avenue, Banff, Alberta T1L 1J2, CA, Phone: 403-762-3356
25.The Rundlestone Lodge
© The Rundlestone Lodge
Business travelers and tourists alike will find everything they need for a pleasant stay in Banff at the Rundlestone Lodge. Business travelers will value the laundry service, fast Wi-Fi, and available meeting rooms. Guests who have come to Banff for recreation can take advantage of the hotel’s location on the Roam bus route or its complimentary bike rentals to explore the area. The front desk team can recommend local events and free-time activities. After a day hard at work or hard at play, hungry guests can head to Bumper’s for a hearty meal and a glass of house wine.
537 Banff Avenue, Banff, Alberta T1L 1A6, CA, Phone: 403-762-2201
25 Best Places to Stay near Banff National Park
- Moose Hotel & Suites, Photo: Moose Hotel & Suites
- Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa, Photo: Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
- Banff Inn, Photo: Courtesy of malkovkosta - Fotolia.com
- Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel & Conference Centre, Photo: Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel & Conference Centre
- Banff Ptarmigan Inn, Photo: Banff Ptarmigan Inn
- Bow View Lodge, Photo: Bow View Lodge
- Brewster’s Mountain Lodge, Photo: Brewster’s Mountain Lodge
- Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Photo: Buffalo Mountain Lodge
- Deer Lodge, Photo: Deer Lodge
- Delta Hotels by Marriott Banff Royal Canadian Lodge, Photo: Delta Hotels by Marriott Banff Royal Canadian Lodge
- Fairmont Banff Springs, Photo: Courtesy of quasarphotos - Fotolia.com
- Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Photo: Courtesy of urmoments - Fotolia.com
- High Country Inn, Photo: High Country Inn
- Irwin’s Mountain Inn, Photo: Irwin’s Mountain Inn
- Lake Louise Inn, Photo: Lake Louise Inn
- Banff Aspen Lodge, Photo: Banff Aspen Lodge
- Moraine Lake Lodge, Photo: Moraine Lake Lodge
- Mount Royal Hotel, Photo: Mount Royal Hotel
- Mountaineer Lodge, Photo: Mountaineer Lodge
- Paradise Lodge & Bungalows, Photo: Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
- Post Hotel & Spa, Photo: Post Hotel & Spa
- Red Carpet Inn, Photo: Red Carpet Inn
- Storm Mountain Lodge & Cabins, Photo: Storm Mountain Lodge & Cabins
- The Rimrock Resort Hotel, Photo: The Rimrock Resort Hotel
- The Rundlestone Lodge, Photo: The Rundlestone Lodge
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