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This modest downtown Banff hotel, which opened in 1904, is close to all the action that this Rocky Mountain town has to offer. Remodeled in the late 1990s, it offers simple and comfortable rooms that are perfect for cost-conscious travelers. As the second oldest hotel in town, it has a bit of a reputation to maintain, so the service is friendly and the amenities are kept updated. Rates vary seasonally and special deals are offered in October and November.
Built in 1975 and renovated in 1991, this modest inn offers accommodations one block from Banff's main street of shopping, entertainment, transportation and tourist sights. The rooms are simple and comfortable, with sofas and modern amenities. Next door is Melissa's Restaurant and Bar, one of Banff's most popular eateries. The inn is surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful old trees. Children 12 and under stay free with their parents. Tea and coffee are offered free every morning from 7am to 11am in the lobby. Rates vary seasonally.
This hotel complex, opened in 1997, offers the best of both worlds: the rustic style of sloped roofs, stonework and beams, as well as the luxury of state-of-the-art amenities and services. Choose from umpteen different room and suite styles. Enjoy quiet moments with Canadian wines in the Parlour, or go for an après-ski dip in the eight-person hot tub. The hotel is minutes from the shops and attractions in downtown Banff and the mountain views, of course, are incredible.
Sharing facilities, a reservation desk and dining and entertainment options with its neighboring sister hotels, the Inns of Banff and Rundle Manor, this condo-style motel offers spacious suites and rooms in the heart of downtown action. Every room has a refrigerator and microwave, and some have full kitchens. Swiss Village is close to skiing, hiking, shopping and sightseeing. A ski and repair shop are located on-site.
Grab a hot cup of cocoa and sit around the fire while the tranquil mountain setting awaits your exploration. That's the feel that these deluxe chalets give guests that are craving a more secluded stay. The loft chalets, great for families or small groups, have a master bedroom with a queen size bed, well-equipped kitchen, two TVs, wood burning fireplaces and an upper loft with two double beds. The one-bedroom chalets feature the same amenities and treats, and are a good choice for couples. There is also a condo complex. Rates vary with the season.
At Wit's End Bed and Breakfast is a pretty bed and breakfast at the Sulfur Mountain that is located near the famous Cascade Gardens and a short distance from the Upper Hot Springs Pool. The rooms are well-equipped with TV sets, cozy beds, European toilets and WiFi access. Guests can also avail the use of a refrigerator, microwave and oven.
Banff Alpine Center is one of the premier hostels in Canada, with more than enough modern conveniences to keep worn-out travelers happy. Located on Hidden Ridge Way, overlooking the town of Banff, the recently constructed building features a bar, cafeteria, games room and comfortable lounge with log walls and a fireplace. Electronic locks on all doors and four Internet access terminals are also available. There is bus service to downtown Banff, and shuttles depart regularly to local ski areas.
If you are looking to do some world class skiing, The Juniper Hotel and Bistro has a superb location at the base of the Mount Norquay ski resort. Enjoy special ski packages in winter months, and in summer months take advantage of the large outdoor patio deck with a mountain view. All of the rooms come with a view of the valley or Mount Norquay. The hotel, formerly the Timberline Lodge, was recently renovated and can boast the title of the first North American hotel to reflect Art Eco design. The design teams decided to renovate using materials that existed already on the site, a decision that greatly enhanced its green credentials. Choose one of the rustic rooms for two or one of the two chalets, which accommodate four people. The Juniper Bistro gives a diner all they'd want on a cold winter's day - a fireplace, stunning vista views and nourishing food using many local ingredients. Serving hours are seasonal; call ahead or check the website.
Hidden Ridge Resort has rooms with views of the Bow River and Banff. This hotel is semi-secluded, but just two kilometers (just over one mile) from the town's shopping, dining, sightseeing and recreation. There are rooms, suites and chalets suited to everyone. Every unit has kitchens, wood-burning fireplaces, and warm decor. Added bonuses are outdoor hot tubs and local activity discounts. The Natural History Museum, Bow River, Cascade and Castle mountains, and Hot Springs mineral pool are all short drives away. Rates vary seasonally.
This bed and breakfast is located in Canmore, just 45 minutes west of Calgary. It is only about 15 minutes from Banff and 90 minutes from Lake Louise. It has a lovely view of the Three Sisters Mountains and Mount Rundle from the private guest entrances. Room choices include either a queen bed or two twin beds with private bath; both choices have a TV. A hearty continental breakfast includes home-baked breads and jams, yogurt, cereal, fruit, coffee and tea.