After a day in Banff National Park, what better way to unwind than a soak or a swim in your hotel pool, or if you are a family with kids, some of the indoor or outdoor pools can be a destination in their own right. Most hotels in Banff have some sort of hot tub or whirlpool, but several Banff accommodations offer a lot more than that, with some hotels offering swimming pools and others having larger hot pools with unique designs or in special locations. Below you will find a comprehensive list of hotels in Banff with pools that we regard to be a level above the average hot tub.
The Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets has one of the most popular swimming pools for families with 2 indoor waterslides plus whirlpools. This facility is free to hotel guests, and costs $20 for general admission.
Guests at Best Western Siding 29 Lodge can do laps in the indoor swimming pool, or just relax in the hot tub.
Not surprisingly, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel has an excellent selection of pools, with a 20 metre outdoor heated pool (open year round), a 32 metre indoor pool, as well as a shallow indoor pool for small kids plus an indoor jetted hot tub. These pools in the Aquatic Centre are free of charge to hotel guests, while the mineral pool with waterfalls in the Willow Stream Spa as well an indoor and outdoor hot tub are available for an additional charge (currently $69 per day for hotel guests).
The Rundlestone Lodge can offer its guests a 45 foot indoor lap pool plus a large whirlpool.
The indoor pool, hot plunge pool, and hot tub at the Banff Park Lodge can be used by guests of sister hotel, the Bow View Lodge.
And finally, Tunnel Mountain Resort has an indoor heated pool and 2 indoor whirlpools for its guests to enjoy.
If you don’t stay at a Banff hotel with a pool, you can always make use of one the public pools in Banff Alberta, namely the 25 metre swimming pool at the Sally Borden Fitness & Recreation Centre (public swim price $4.50 adults, $2.50 6-15 yrs), or the pool with waterslides at the Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets ($20).
Whether you are travelling with your family or you simply like the taste of your own cooking, staying in a hotel, condo or suite with kitchen facilities can be a convenient and cost effective way to visit Banff. With two large grocery stores and a fantastic bakery in town, it is easy to be self sustaining and the following list of Banff hotels with kitchens gives you a wide selection of self catering accommodation to choose from:
Popular with families due to its waterslide, Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets offers a range of Banff accommodations with kitchens for various group sizes in a peaceful location on Tunnel Mountain. Each unit has a full kitchen with a cook-top, oven, fridge, microwave, pots, pans and utensils.
Surrounded by magnificent mountain views on the edge of the town of Banff, Banff Rocky Mountain Resort offers Banff lodging with cooking facilities. Their studio suites, one bedroom condos, two bedroom condos and loft suites each boast a kitchen with a stovetop, microwave and dishwasher, as well as pots, pans and utensils.
Charlton’s Cedar Court is a Banff hotel with a convenient location close to downtown. Their Kitchenette Suites offer two sleeping areas plus a kitchenette featuring a four burner stove top, microwave, mini-fridge, dishes, and cooking utensils.
With a quiet location on Tunnel Mountain, Hidden Ridge Resort offers a range of modern condo style accommodation in Banff, with one or two bedroom condos as well as some jacuzzi suites. Each unit offers a full kitchen including a stove, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, as well as stylish granite countertops.
Also located on Tunnel Mountain, Tunnel Mountain Resort offers cabins, chalets or suites for 2, 4, or 6 people. Their loft chalets, mountain cabins, one bedroom suites and loft suites each offer kitchen amenities which include a stove top, oven, dishwasher, microwave oven, full size refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, pots, pans and utensils. If you do not require a full kitchen, their executive suite offers just a microwave, mini-fridge and coffee maker.
The Rundle Manor offers basic, affordable accommodations in a central location just one block from the shopping and restaurants of downtown Banff. Their studio, and one and two bedroom apartments each boast a kitchen with a stove, fridge, microwave, pots, pans and utensils.
There is no doubt that all Banff hotels can offer a welcome change from city living, but if you really want to escape there are some fantastic resorts and chalets hidden away in their own quiet corner of Banff National Park. Each of the following properties has a unique location and charm, and they all offer a way to bring you closer to nature while providing the perfect base for discovering the rest of the Banff and Lake Louise area.
Johnston Canyon Resort is located west of Banff on Highway 1A, between Banff and Castle Junction, and offers cabins and chalets of various sizes. The resort has an idyllic location at the end of a picturesque canyon, which guests can walk up on a series of interpretive trails and bridges that take you past amazing waterfalls and geological formations.
Baker Creek Mountain Resort is a charming property located on Highway 1A, approx 15 minutes east of Lake Louise. Choose between 3 types of Lodge Suite or 3 sizes of chalet, each with kitchen or kitchenette. The locally sourced water is magical both for bathing and drinking, and the Baker Creek Bistro provides a fantastic dining experience.
Castle Mountain Chalets are located roughly half way between Banff and Lake Louise on Highway 1A not far from Castle Junction. The accommodation is in the form of log cabins or chalets of varying sizes, each with a kitchen or kitchenette.
Storm Mountain Lodge is found on Highway 93 south of Castle Junction, around 25 mins from Banff. Accommodation is in log cabins which are well appointed and charming, with the type of rustic feel only attainable in such a historic location. The fine dining restaurant is excellent and is well regarded throughout the area.
For anyone living in Alberta, Monday February 18 2013 will be the annual Family Day holiday, meaning that Family Day Weekend from Feb 15 to 18 2013 is a great opportunity for 2 or 3 days of skiing or snowboarding, or simply visiting Banff National Park for a long weekend. If you have previously had the pleasure of spending Family Day Weekend in Banff, you will know that it’s one of the busiest weekends of the winter for Banff hotels, which means that it’s highly recommended that you make your hotel reservations as early as possible, while there are still rooms available.
At the time of writing there are still rooms available at Banff hotels throughout the weekend however availability for a one night stay on the night of Saturday February 16 is becoming limited, and there may be more options open if you select a stay of 2 or more nights.
Click here to check current rates and availability for hotels in Banff
If you are unable to find suitable accommodation in Banff, you could consider staying at a hotel in Canmore, which is an easy 20 minute drive away from Banff and well located for skiing at Banff’s three ski resorts as well as at Nakiska. On holiday weekends it is generally easier to find availability at hotels in Canmore, possibly at a lower rate!
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Another option would be to try hotels in Lake Louise which lies 60km west of Banff, and is of course ideally located for skiing at Lake Louise Mountain Resort.
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Because it is such a busy weekend for hotels in Banff, most accommodations do not offer any Family Day weekend packages or special deals, with the busiest night for lodging likely to be Saturday February 16, however accommodation for Friday February 15, and Sunday February 17 is also sure to eventually fill up.
Once you have booked your Banff hotel, you should consider making your other arrangements for the holiday weekend, such as booking tours or making restaurant reservations, and if you are planning to ski, it is strongly recommended that you arrive at the ski resorts as early as possible so that you can park your car, purchase your ski pass and head up the lifts before the crowds arrive.
Banff is a wonderful place to spend the Family Day holiday, and if you plan ahead you will find the ideal hotel in Banff to experience a truly memorable weekend.
Banff is a superb destination for celebrating New Years, where sophisticated New Year’s Eve parties, mouth watering New Year menus, and fun family activities, all combine to make New Years in Banff Alberta very difficult to beat.
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For hotels in Banff, New Years is a much busier time than Christmas in Banff and early reservations are strongly recommended. Although many Banff accommodations do not offer specific packages for New Years, you can be sure that they are all open for business, and those with restaurants will generally have special dinners or festive menus available.
*Note that at this busy time you will generally find better availability for a 2 night stay or longer.
To check availability and rates at Banff hotels for New Years or other dates, click here.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a special New Years hotel package or festive menu, we have featured some interesting options below.
Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge
Guests of the Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge are fortunate to have the Evergreen Restaurant on the property, one Banff’s finest dining establishments.
For New Year’s Eve the Evergreen is offering a delectable 4 course menu for $75 per person. The choice of appetizers includes Classic Provencal Seafood Bourride, Tian of Sushi, and a Terrine of Quebec Rabbit. The entrees consist of Alberta Beef Tenderloin with Foie Gras Parfait, Curry Crusted New Zealand Orange Roughy, or Braised Elk Osso Bucco Bourguignon. The meal is rounded off with a Duo of Chocolate or Apple Filled Creme Brule dessert.
To check room availability at the Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge, click here.
For dinner reservations, contact the Evergreen directly.
New Years at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
For years the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel has been renowned for hosting the biggest New Year’s Eve party in Banff, and December 31st 2012 will be no different. If you are thinking of visiting the Banff Springs for New Years, you should take a look at what they have planned for their New Years Gala, and indeed throughout the holiday period there is a whole host of exciting festive activities and events taking place at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, as well as several ways to spend New Years Eve itself:
New Year’s Gala – Dec 31
This is Banff’s big New Years celebration – in the Van Horne Ballroom a wonderful 4 course dinner is served including wine service and a host bar, with a nine piece band playing in the background. Following dinner the music becomes livelier and dancing begins for a fully fledged New Year’s Eve party until 1am, with a midnight buffet included. After dinner from 8pm children aged 6-12 yrs are invited to attend the New Year’s Kids Party (see below).
Cost for the whole evening $295 adults, $149 teenagers (13-17 yrs)
Cost for dance only $125 adults, $90 teenagers (13-17 yrs)
Cost for dinner & kids party $149 (6-12 yrs)
New Year’s Kids Club Party – Dec 31
This children’s party is ideal for the 6-12 year old kids whose parents are attending the New Year’s Gala party (see above), and includes dancing, bowling and kids’ activities.
8pm-1am in the Upper Level of the Banff Springs Conference Centre
Cost for gala dinner & kids party $149 (6-12 yrs)
Cost for kids party only $79 (6-12 yrs)
New Year’s Family Skating Party – Dec 31
Three course family dinner in the Waldhaus Pub, followed by ice skating on the Waldhaus Rink
5-9pm, Adults $55, Children 6-12 yrs $27.50, skate rental extra.
Hunters Brunch – Jan 1
What better way to start off 2013 than to enjoy the New Year’s day brunch in the Bow Valley Grill? A veritable feast and, for many, a New Years institution.
11am-2pm, Adults $59, Children 6-12 yrs $29.50
To check room rates and availability at the Banff Springs Hotel for the holiday period click here.
For further details of all the festive activities and dining events taking place over New Years, take at look at the Banff Springs Hotel’s Christmas at the Castle Guide by clicking here.
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Buffalo Mountain Lodge is offering a New Year’s Eve Extravaganza Package, valid for one night on December 31st 2012. The package includes lodging and a gourmet dinner with a glass of sparkling wine, DJ entertainment, plus a buffet breakfast on New Year’s Day. Rates start at $299 per person based on double occupancy.
Rimrock Resort Hotel
The Rimrock Hotel has several dining options for New Year’s Eve, including a 6 course gourmet dinner in the Eden Restaurant, a five course New Years Eve menu in the Primrose Dining Room, and a Ballroom Gala including a cocktail hour, four course dinner, and live music.
Restaurant Le Beaujolais
Le Beaujolais is Banff’s premier fine dining restaurant and for New Year’s Eve they have put together several delicious menus, ranging from 3 or 4 course dinners with early seating from 5.30-6.30pm to a superb 6 course Gala dinner with seating at 8pm. There is also a late seating 3 course option at 9.30pm. No matter which dinner you choose, at Le Beaujolais your last meal of 2012 is sure to be a memorable one.
To view the full menus and prices visit www.lebeaujolaisbanff.com.
*The above rates are subject to applicable taxes, subject to availability, subject to change without notice, and hotel room rates are generally based on double occupancy. For current information, please contact the Banff accommodations directly using the links provided.
If you are spending Xmas in Banff, you may be interested in reading our article about accommodation packages in Banff at Christmas.
If you are looking at various options in the Rockies for New Years, you may also wish to consider New Year’s Eve in Lake Louise.
If you cannot find a vacancy at a hotel in Banff for December 31, you may wish to consider spending New Year’s Eve in Canmore, just 20 minutes drive east of Banff, where room availability can often be better.
Christmas in Banff is a truly magical experience for many reasons; the snow covered Canadian Rockies, warm hospitality, world class skiing, and a great selection of winter activities make Banff the perfect destination for your 2012 Christmas vacation. Although Christmas is much quieter than New Years in Banff, it is still advisable to book your hotel accommodation early.
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Hotels in Banff know how to celebrate Christmas in style and although many Banff hotels do not offer specific Christmas packages, they are certainly open for business right through the Christmas period, with no shortage of festive dining and celebrations throughout the town.
To check availability and compare rates at several Banff hotels for the Christmas period, click here.
If you are looking for special Xmas packages offered by Banff accommodations, you may be interested in the following options:
Christmas at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
It is difficult to imagine a more idyllic setting than the Banff Springs Hotel to celebrate the Christmas of your dreams with your family or loved ones. As soon as you arrive at the ‘Castle in the Rockies’ during the holiday period and see the enormous and lavishly decorated Christmas trees and hear the festive music you know you’re in for a truly memorable experience. Throughout the holiday period there is a whole host of fun and festive activities taking place at the hotel – in fact there is so much going on, they produce a special Xmas guide booklet to help you keep up with all the fun!
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel offers two Christmas packages for 2012:
Couples just looking for a room at a favourable rate should consider the Couples Holiday Getaway Package, which is basically a ‘stay 2 nights and get the 3rd night free’ deal. The package is based on a minimum 3 night stay from December 21 2012 to January 5 2013, with rates starting at $299 per night based on double occupancy in a Fairmont Room. Click here for details and to check availability.
For families or couples who are looking for deluxe accommodation with plenty of ‘extras’ included, the Family Christmas in Banff Package may be just the ticket. This packages includes deluxe accommodation, self parking, a decorated Christmas tree in your room, breakfast each day and gratuities. The package is valid from Dec 20 to Dec 26 2012, with rates starting at $549 per night based on 2 adults and 2 children in a Deluxe Room for a minimum 3 night stay. Click here for details and to check availability.
Once you have booked your room, you can look forward to taking part in Christmas activities such as the gingerbread house workshop, the great Santa send-off, Santa’s workshop, cookie decorating, curling, the Traditional Christmas sing-along, ice skating, snowsheing and much much more.
For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining, there are a variety of options including:
Traditional Christmas Dinner Buffet – Dec 24 & Dec 25
A Christmas buffet with international flair in the Bow Valley Grill.
5.30-9pm, Cost $75 adults, $37.50 kids 6-12 yrs, 5 and under free
Cascade Supper Club – Dec 24 & Dec 25
A sophisticated adult-only 1940s themed dinner & dance in the Cascade Ballroom, with a five course meal and a five piece band.
Seating at 6.30pm, 7.00pm and 7.30pm Cost $125
Christmas Day Brunch – Dec 25
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Christmas Day brunch – sure to impress.
9.30am-1.30pm, Cost $59 adults, $29.50 kids 6-12 yrs, 5 and under free
Christmas Day Afternoon Tea – Dec 25
Traditional Afternoon Tea on Christmas Day in the Rundle Lounge with some of the best views in the Canadian Rockies.
noon-4pm, Cost $49 adults, $24.50 kids 6-12 yrs, 5 and under free
Family Christmas Buffet with Entertainment – Dec 25
Extravagant Christmas dinner buffet in the Alberta Room.
5.30-9pm, Cost $79 adults, $39.50 kids 6-12 yrs, 5 and under free
For full information about Christmas activities and Christmas & Boxing Day dining at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, be sure to view the official Christmas at the Castle Guide.
Juniper Hotel & Bistro
The Juniper Hotel & Bistro is offering a Christmas Package which includes 2 nights in Mount Norquay accommodation and a 3 course Christmas dinner for two in the Bistro on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
The package is valid from December 24 to 26, with rates starting at $445.
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Buffalo Mountain Lodge is offering a Christmas Package which includes one night’s accommodation on December 25th, Christmas dinner, plus a buffet breakfast on Boxing Day, December 26th. Rates start at $197 per person plus tax, based on double occupancy.
Rimrock Resort Hotel
The Rimrock Resort Hotel has lots of fun activities taking place over the Holidays, such as gift wrapping, children’s crafts, a Christmas Eve celebration with Mrs Claus and the Elves, a magician, carol singing, a visit from Santa on the morning of December 25th, and a selection of venues to enjoy Xmas dinner.
Rates for the 2012 Holiday Season from December 24-31 2012 start at $238 per night.
**The above hotel rates are subject to applicable taxes, subject to availability, subject to change without notice, and generally based on double occupancy. To confirm details and availability for all hotel packages and Christmas dining, please use the links provided.
If you are going to be in Banff for New Year’s Eve, you may also be interested in seeing some Banff New Year hotel packages.
If you are coming to the 2012 Banff Mountain Festival and are planing to book a hotel in Banff, you could save money by taking advantage of one of the special Film Festival rates offered by several Banff hotels:
For absolute convenience and the shortest possible walk from your hotel room to Festival events, you can’t beat staying at the Banff Centre itself. Their superior lodge style rooms are being offered at the Mountain Festival rate of $95 per night.
At the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs you can treat yourself to a luxury hotel at a reasonable rate by taking advantage of their special Film & Book Festival package. Valid from October 27 to November 4 2012, rates for this bed and breakfast package start at $249 per room per night.
In the heart of downtown Banff and a pleasant stroll from the Banff Centre, the Mount Royal Hotel is offering rooms for $79 per night from October 26 to November 5 2012.
Banff Aspen Lodge is also offering a Film and Book Festival rate of $94 per room per night which includes a continental breakfast, valid October 25 to November 12 2012. Use the online booking code:Film.
An $89 room rate can be found at Brewster’s Mountain Lodge. The special rate includes a continental breakfast and is valid from October 1 to November 30 2012 (excluding Thanksgiving), using Promo Code: FILM.
The Banff International Hotel is offering rooms for $109 per night during the 2012 film festival, which includes a free breakfast in Ricky’s All Day Grill, valid October 27 to November 4.
For $99 per night you can find accommodations at the Banff Ptarmigan Inn from October 22nd to November 8th. This rate includes a hot buffet breakfast for 2. Use online booking code:FILMFEST.
The Rundlestone Lodge is offering lodging in a Premium room for $83 per night between October 8 and December 20. Use booking promo code:Film.
* The above rates are generally based on double or single occupancy and are subject to applicable taxes, subject to availability, and subject to change without notice. For current information and for reservations, please contact the Banff hotels directly.
If you are bringing your pet to the Canadian Rockies and you need to find a pet friendly hotel in Banff, you have plenty of options to choose from as there are several Banff hotels which are pet friendly where your dog or cat will be made to feel welcome. Most Banff pet friendly hotels have allocated a limited number of rooms to be used for pets, and it is important that you inform your hotel at the time of booking to make sure one of the pet friendly rooms is available for you. All pet friendly hotels in Banff will charge you a daily fee for your pet ranging from $10-$35 per pet per day, and we have provided links to the hotels’ pet policies where available. It is advisable to contact the individual Banff accommodations directly to find out details of any rules or restrictions regarding pets staying at the property.
Showing 1-16 of 16 pet friendly accommodations in Banff
The Juniper Hotel & Bistro
The Juniper Hotel & Bistro
Located at the base of Mount Norquay, the Juniper Hotel is just a short drive from downtown Banff while enjoying a unique setting with some of the most impressive views of any Banff hotel. Extensively renovated in 2003/4 with strong consideration for the environment, guest rooms boast a contemporary design influenced by natural materials, and include free local calls, free internet access, mini fridge, and organic bath amenities. The Juniper Bistro is one of Banff’s favorite dining establishments, and the views from the patio are nothing short of magnificent.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
One of the most famous hotels in Canada, the Fairmont Banff Springs was the first hotel to be built in Banff, and has been attracting visitors to the area for more than 100 years. Sometimes known as the Castle in the Rockies, the Banff Springs offers luxury accommodation in an impressive setting, with a variety of excellent restaurants, a world class spa, and outstanding views of the Canadian Rockies. The Banff Springs is a pet friendly hotel and pets are provided with a water bowl, food bowl and snacks.
Best Western Siding 29 Lodge
Best Western Siding 29 Lodge
Situated a short 5 minute walk from downtown, the Best Western Siding 29 Lodge offers Banff pet friendly accommodations to suit all budgets at a standard you would expect from a Best Western hotel. At the economy end, their Single Rooms have either one queen or one king bed and would suit one or two people, while the Standard Rooms are good for up to four people in two queen beds. Standard Plus Rooms are larger with a small fridge and pull-out sofa, and there is also a selection of suites some of which offer a Jacuzzi, full kitchen and fireplace. Hotel amenities include a free hot breakfast, heated indoor pool and hot tub.
Rimrock Resort Hotel
Rimrock Resort Hotel
Often compared with the Banff Springs, the Rimrock is Banff’s alternative luxury hotel, and its location above the town of Banff at the foot of Sulphur Mountain provides it with arguably even better mountain views than it’s rival. Rooms are exquisitely appointed, are of a good size, and are well positioned to benefit from the amazing views. The lounge bar with walk-around fireplace is very welcoming, and the Eden restaurant is one of the best in western Canada. This is one of the most luxurious Banff dog friendly hotels and provides your pet with a food and water bowl, a fresh dog biscuit and doodoo bags.
This affordable downtown inn is a popular choice among visitors from Alberta, who enjoy its convenient location within easy walking distance of the restaurants and shopping of downtown Banff, as well as being close to the river walking trails. All rooms have 2 double beds, en suite bathroom, TV, coffee maker, and mini fridge. The hotel is cat friendly and dog friendly and as far as we know, this is the only pet friendly hotel in Banff that offers different ‘packages’ for your pets. At $25 per pet per day, the Bed, Meal and a Treat package includes a pet bed, water dish, welcome treat and premium pet food from IAMS or Friskies, while the Stay Only package costs $15 per pet per day if you want to provide your own food and equipment. Also the pet fees are only charged for the first 5 days and are waived for any additional days (up to 14 days), which could add up to big savings on a long stay.
Banff Voyager Inn
Banff Voyager Inn
This simple and comfortable pet friendly accommodation is located a 15 min walk from downtown Banff, and offers an affordable option for visitors and travellers on a budget. Guest rooms have a balcony, en suite bathroom, cable TV and coffee maker, and most rooms have two queen beds. The Voyageur Lounge bar is popular with long time Banff locals and is a good place for a beer and some casual pub food.
The Driftwood Inn is one of the most affordable pet friendly Banff motels which suits budget travellers looking for good value who want to be close to the action, just one block from the downtown core. Standard rooms are simply furnished and can accommodate either two or three people, and there is also one room with 3 beds for up to six people and a room with 4 beds for up to eight people. Guests can use the facilities of the Ptarmigan Inn close by, including sauna, steam room, and indoor hot pools. This cat and dog friendly hotel provides a pet bed, bowls, and special treats on arrival.
Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets
Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets
Located above the town on the quiet slopes of Tunnel Mountain, the Douglas Fir offers dog friendly accommodations around 5 mins drive from the centre of Banff. The resort offers variety of condos, A-frame chalets, and specialty suites to suit all group sizes. Each unit has a well equipped kitchen, air conditioning, and most units have a wood burning fireplace. The family facilities are excellent and include two large waterslides, swimming pool, kids’ pool, indoor & outdoor playgrounds, and the adults will enjoy the jacuzzis, steam room, saunas, fitness room and outdoor tennis.
Hidden Ridge Resort
Hidden Ridge Resort
The Hidden Ridge enjoys a quiet and secluded location, hidden away from the other properties on Tunnel Mountain. The mountain views are spectacular and you get a true feeling of being in nature, yet you are just a 5 min drive from downtown Banff. All condos have a balcony or patio, wood burning fireplace, full kitchen, and have between 1 and 4 queen size beds, depending on the size of the condo. There are several hiking trails close by, and two hot pools.
Mount Royal Hotel
Mount Royal Hotel
138 Banff Ave
With a convenient location in the centre of town, the Mount Royal is one of the most historic Banff hotels, which offers guests a high standard of accommodation in keeping with the heritage of the building. Choose between standard and superior rooms, or one or two bedroom suites.
Banff Ptarmigan Inn
Banff Ptarmigan Inn
337 Banff Ave
With a convenient location just one block from the downtown core, the Banff Ptarmigan Inn offers comfortable lodging in standard, superior or premium rooms, with the premium rooms offering a fireplace plus a jetted tub and seperate shower. Free tickets for the Banff transit bus are included for all guests, and other amenities include two whirlpools, steamroom, sauna, plus an Italian style restaurant.
Red Carpet Inn
Red Carpet Inn
425 Banff Ave
Located just 3 blocks from downtown Banff, the Banff Red Carpet is a good choice for budget minded visitors, with several room types ranging from 1 to 3 beds, plus some Jacuzzi rooms. All rooms have en suite bathroom, mini fridge, cable TV, free wireless internet and air conditioning. Also offers free continental breakfast and hot tub.
Inns of Banff
Inns of Banff
600 Banff Ave
Located on the edge of town, the Inns of Banff offers spacious hotel rooms for a variety of budget levels, including some with impressive mountain views and large private balcony. Larger groups or families will appreciate the newly renovated three or four bedroom condos, each with a modern full kitchen with stainless steel and granite. Hotel facilities include an indoor pool, sauna, large rooftop hot pool, selection of restaurants including the Japanese Restaurant Miki and the Bear’s Den Pub.
603 Banff Ave
Very economical accommodation, located 20 mins walk from the centre of Banff. Rooms are simply furnished with 1 or 2 queen beds, en suite bathroom, TV, and wireless internet. Next door, Bumper’s Beef House restaurant specializes in local Alberta beef and an all you can eat salad bar.
Irwin’s Mountain Inn
Irwin’s Mountain Inn
429 Banff Ave
With a good location just out of the downtown core, Irwin’s Mountain Inn offers comfortable pet friendly Banff motel style lodging in several different room types, including some one bedroom suites, with some units offering fridges, microwaves and jetted tubs. Facilities include a jetted tub, sauna, fitness centre and free wireless internet. The on-site El Toro restaurant is a long time favorite among Banff locals and serves good food at reasonable prices.
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
1029 Banff Ave
Located on the outskirts of Banff, a 10 min drive or complimentary shuttle ride from downtown, the Rocky Mountain Resort offers accommodation spread throughout 8 acres of grounds, surrounded by the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. Studio, one bedroom, two bedroom, and loft suites are available, all with kitchen, living/dining area, full bathroom and fireplace. Standard suites are also available without kitchen.
*The above rates for pet fees are subject to applicable taxes and subject to change without notice. Several hotels allow a maximum of 2 pets per room, some restrict the type of pet they will accept, and some hotels may not allow pets to be left unattended in the room. For current information regarding fees and pet policies, please contact the hotels directly. When booking Banff hotels pet friendly rooms need to be requested at the time of reservation in order to guarantee that your dog or cat will be accepted.
With the opening day for Banff’s 2011-2012 ski season just a few weeks away, now is a great time to be thinking about visiting the mountains for a few days of skiing or snowboarding. A great way to take a ski vacation in Banff Alberta and save money is to take advantage of one of the many Banff ski deals on offer where the hotels offer a great value package including lodging and lift ticket. These Banff ski packages include Tri-Area lift tickets, which can be used at any of Banff’s 3 mountain resorts, namely Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, or Mount Norquay, and considering a day pass can cost over $75 per person, the prices for the ski and hotel packages are very reasonable indeed:
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel has two different ski and stay specials to choose from this winter, each of which includes passes plus accommodations at Banff’s most famous luxury hotel.
If you are just looking for a room and a lift ticket, the Ski & Play for Free is the most economical of their Banff ski packages. Starting at $299 per night the package includes your overnight accommodation, 2 Tri-Area ski passes per room per night, free storage for your skis and boards, 15% discount on equipment rentals at the Banff Springs Ski Shop, plus bus transportation to the resorts. If you do not wish to hit the slopes, you can replace each ski day with a $100 resort credit per room per night.
The Luxury Ski the Canadian Rockies Package includes your overnight accommodation, 2 Tri-Area lift tickets per room per night, transportation to the mountain, daily breakfast (a la carte or buffet), plus a daily pass to the Willow Stream Spa. Rates for this special start at $419 per night.
The above hotel & ski packages at the Fairmont Banff Springs are available from November 11 2011 to May 23 2012, subject to availability.
The Mount Royal Hotel has a 1 day ski deal available which includes 1 night’s accommodation, breakfast at Tony Romas, a 1 day Tri Area lift pass for skiing at Sunshine Village, Lake Louise or Mount Norquay, plus bus transportation to and from the hill. Prices for this Banff ski package start at $140 per person based on double occupancy of a standard room.
Banff Lodging Company is offering specials at several of its Banff accommodations which include lodging, breakfast, plus one Tri-Area lift ticket per adult per day. Their nightly rates based on 2 adults sharing a room start at $270 for a superior room at the Inns of Banff, $278 for a superior room at the Ptarmigan Inn, $298 for a one bedroom condo at the Rocky Mountain Resort and $298 for a standard room at the Caribou Lodge & Spa.
The Banff Park Lodge has specials throughout the winter including hotel and lift ticket, with prices ranging from $104 per person per day for a 5 or more night stay for early and late season skiing and from Jan 3 to Feb 16 2011, up to $164 per person per day for a 3 night stay or longer over the Christmas and New Year holidays. These rates are based on double occupancy, are valid Sun-Fri and a supplement starting from $30 per room is added for Saturday night stays. Ski shuttle transportation is extra, costing $5 per person per day.
For lift ticket & hotel deals in Banff with condo or suite style accommodations with a kitchen, the Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets has several options including a Ski & Stay package which includes your accommodation plus one Tri-Area lift pass per adult per night plus one ‘cook your own’ breakfast delivered to your condo. Rates vary depending on dates of travel and accommodation type, for example a one bedroom condo from Jan 8 to Feb 15 2012 is advertised at the reduced rate of $281 per night. This package does NOT include transportation to the resorts.
* The above Banff package rates are generally based on double occupancy and are subject to applicable taxes, subject to availability, subject to change without notice, and blackout dates may apply. For current information and for reservations, please contact the Banff hotels directly.
If you are coming to Banff for New Years Eve 2012, you may wish to view some special New Years hotel packages by clicking here.
For many Banff locals September is the best month of the summer. The weather is often quite settled, the crowds have died down, the mosquitoes have all but disappeared, and with some snow already falling on the high peaks, the mountain views seem more impressive than ever. Another reason why Banff is so attractive in September is the fact that there’s a good chance you’ll find a great hotel deal, and to help you find that deal we have scoured the websites of several Banff accommodations to see which hotels are offering special rates during September 2010:
Brewster’s Mountain Lodge is offering up to 40% off regular rates until September 30. You need to use their special discount code when making your reservation, and for the date we tested, it gave us a rate of $161 for a standard room when the full rate was $231, a saving of $70 per night! For details of the offer and the special discount code, click here.
For a limited time, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel are offering a special deal on their Everyone’s An Original package. For bookings between Aug 23 and Sept 2 for stays between Aug 23 and Oct 15, they are offering the third night free, a saving of at least $299. Rates start at $299 per night and are based on double occupancy in a Fairmont Room. For full details of this package, click here.
The Ptarmigan Inn has some great deals on standard rooms at the moment, with rates as low as $129-$139 per night for a hotel in downtown Banff. For details of this and other last minute specials offered by the Banff Lodging Co, click here.
From September 6-30, the Rimrock Resort is offering a rate of $178 per night for Sun-Thurs, and $188 for Fridays and Saturdays, with blackouts on Sept 12-14 & Sept 21-25. They also have a special nightly rate of $169 for a minimum 3 night stay in September (blackout Sept 21-25), which includes free wireless internet and 15% off spa and food & beverage purchases. For details of these offers, click here.
And finally, the Red Carpet Inn has a web special of 25% off room rates for September 1, 6, 7, 8.
The above rates are mostly based on double occupancy, are subject to applicable taxes, subject to change without notice, subject to availability and blackout dates may apply. For full details of the offers, packages and discounts, please contact the respective Banff accommodation directly.