Best Banff Hotels (Organized by Category) for Your Next Trip to the Mountains

Welcome to Banff – a captivating destination where the awe-inspiring beauty of the Canadian Rockies meets world-class hospitality at the following Banff hotels. As you embark on your journey through this picturesque town, you’ll discover an array of accommodations that cater to every traveler’s needs. In this blog post, I’ll delve into the realm of Banff hotels, focusing on those that stand out for their exceptional quality, unique amenities, and unmatched experience.

While the Banff hotels mentioned in this blog post may not encompass every lodging option in town, rest assured the Banff hotels that are mentioned were chosen based on something notable they offer. Whether that thing be price point, location, amenities, etc. If you’re seeking a cozy mountain lodge, a budget option, or a luxurious resort boasting panoramic views – you’ll find what you’re looking for in this Banff hotels blog post.

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Let’s Cut to the Chase – Best Banff Hotels Overview

If you don’t want to read this entire blog post, here are quick links to my top-pick hotels per category.

Best Luxury Hotels in Banff: Fairmont Banff Springs and the Rimrock Resort Hotel – bucket list options.

Best Budget Hotels in Banff: The Dorothy Motel and the YWCA Hotel offer cheaper rates. There are also 3 hostels in town: HI Samesun Banff (my top choice), HI Banff Alpine Centre, and the Banff International Hostel.

Best Mid-Range Hotels in Banff: Bow View Lodge (best location and by the Bow River). Irwin’s Mountain Inn, Charlton’s Banff, Banff Inn, Best Western Plus – all on Banff Avenue and great value-stays.

Best Cabin-Style Hotels in Banff: Johnston Canyon Lodge & Bungalows, Storm Mountain Lodge & Cabins (my top-pick), Baker Creek (runner up), and Castle Mountain Chalets. These options are driving distance from the town of Banff, but they all offer a serene experience closer to nature.

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Best Hotels in Banff by Location: Mount Royal (only hotel located IN downtown Banff), Elk & Ave (at the beginning of downtown and next to a grocery store), Banff Park Lodge (close to the Bow River), The Peaks Hotel & Suites, Sunshine Mountain Lodge (ski-in/ski-out), and the Juniper Hotel & Bistro (amazing food, great views, and away from downtown for a quieter stay).

Best Hotels in Banff with Spas & Pools: Fairmont Banff Springs (full-service indoor/outdoor spa experience), Rimrock Resort Hotel (full spa), Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa (full spa with treatments), Fox Hotel & Suites (cave-inspired indoor pools), Moose Hotel & Suites (full spa services), Canalta Lodge (outdoor hot tub and sauna), Rundlestone Lodge (indoor pool).

Best Hotels in Banff with Fully Equipped Suites & Kitchens: Rocky Mountain Resort (my top-pick), Basecamp Suites by Banff (closest to downtown), Tunnel Mountain Resort, and Hidden Ridge Resort (located closer to Tunnel Mountain, bus service on-site to downtown).

Best Hotels in Banff for Events: Buffalo Mountain Lodge (weddings), Fairmont Banff Springs (conferences), and the Moose Hotel & Suites (conferences).

Best Hotels in Lake Louise: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (luxury, right on the lake), Moraine Lake Lodge (directly next to moraine lake), Paradise Lodge and Bungalows (1.5kms to Lake Louise), Mountaineer Lodge (mid-range), Lake Louise Inn ( best value-stay), HI Lake Louise Hostel (budget option).

Best Hotels in Canmore: Malcolm Hotel by Clique, Lamphouse Hotel by Basecamp, and Canmore Downtown Hostel (budget).

Best Hotels Near Banff: Emerald Lake Lodge (Yoho), Mount Engadine Lodge (Kananaskis), and the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge (nordic spa).

Tips for Booking Hotels in Banff

Best hotels in Banff

Book in Advance: hotels in Banff fill up FAST – we’re talking months in advance. This is especially true for weekends and high season (June-August). Booking in advance saves you $ too.

Travel in groups: during high season the average price of a Banff hotel for 1 night is around $500 – even hostels are $300+ for a bed in a shared dorm. Travelling in groups of 4 is ideal as you can split the cost 4 ways.

Shop around: Hotel prices are not fixed – aka they constantly fluctuate. Keep an eye on the hotels you’re most interested in. You can also consider booking hotels outside of Banff. Canmore is a mere 20 minute drive away (there’s also a public bus) and typically has more reasonable lodging prices.

Weekends: Hotel prices in Banff are typically higher on the weekends. If possible, try to visit mid-week.

Shoulder Season: Banff is cheapest to visit during shoulder season which is around May-April and October-November. Booking hotels in Banff during these months opposed to peak summer or winter can save you hundreds.

Consider camping: if you have the gear and aren’t afraid of a ‘less glamorous’ style of trip, camping is the MOST affordable lodging option in Banff. Tunnel Mountain I and Tunnel Mountain II campgrounds are near town, plus there’s a bus to get you from the campgrounds to downtown. Two Jack Main and Two Jack Lakeside campgrounds are outside of Banff, but closer to the lakes. There’s also a bus to downtown from the Two Jack campgrounds.

Best Cabin-Style Hotels in Banff

Starting out this list of the best hotels in Banff with the dreamiest options – mountain cabins. The following lodging facilities offer relaxing getaways away from the crowds where you’ll be immersed in nature.

Storm Mountain Lodge & Cabins

Best cabins in Banff

Storm Mountain Lodge & Cabins easily stands out to me as the best hotel in Banff when it comes to cabin-style stays. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be greeted by the serene ambiance of the surrounding garden and crackling fireplace. As you step inside, you’ll find cozy accommodations adorned with thoughtful touches, including some rooms with balconies boasting breathtaking mountain views.

Storm Mountain offers a delicious on-site dining room and continental breakfast which is a great way to fuel up before tackling the nearby trails; Twin Lakes, Arnica Lake, and Boom Lake – to name a few. Whether you’re hiking along scenic trails, hitting the slopes for some skiing, or exploring the area by bike, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy just steps away from the lodge.

Keep in mind, Storm Mountain requires a car to access. It’s located a 30 minute drive away from the town of Banff and a 20 minute drive from Lake Louise Village.

Baker Creek by Basecamp

Best cabins in Banff

Baker Creek by Basecamp stands out as my “runner up” choice for best cabins in Banff. It’s tucked back on the scenic Bow Valley Parkway which means you’re away from the crowds, but just steps away from incredible viewpoints, hiking trails, ski resorts, and more. This resort offers suites with cozy fireplaces, full kitchens, and rustic wood paneling.

On-site guests can expect to find a fitness centre, steam room, sauna, and skating rink in the winter months. Campfires along the creek provide a perfect end to adventurous day spent exploring nearby Lake Louise, Yoho, and Kootenay.

Castle Mountain Chalets

Best cabins in Banff
Best cabins in Banff

Castle Mountain Chalets is where breathtaking mountain views meet relaxing getaway. What makes this one of the best Banff hotels is the nearby nature (like Johnston Canyon and Lake Louise), the charming chalets (which boast fully equipped kitchens), and the vast number of amenities like flat-screen TVs, private bathrooms, and free toiletries. With a fridge, oven, microwave, and kettle provided in every unit, convenience is at your fingertips.

There’s also free WiFi access and private parking. Keep in mind, Castle Mountain Chalets requires a car to access.

Johnston Canyon Lodge and Bungalows

Best cabins in Banff

Johnston Canyon Lodge & Bungalows beckons nature lovers and adventurers alike. Here you’ll be surrounded by the serene beauty of the outdoors from the comfort of your own cabin, complete with a cozy fireplace and private entrance.

Guests can step outside onto the outdoor patio to cook up a meal on the provided barbecues amidst the stunning mountain scenery. They can also unwind with a friendly game of tennis on the resort’s court or simply immerse themselves in the tranquil surroundings.

Nature enthusiasts will thrive here as the infamous Johnston Canyon lies right outside their doorstep. After spending the day chasing waterfalls through the canyon, visitors can indulge in a delicious meal at the on-site Blackswift Bistro which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I can confirm, the lunch is to die for for!

ps – Johnston Canyon Lodge and Bungalows can be reached via bus from the town of Banff.

Best Luxury Hotels in Banff

If you feel like treating yourself, the following 2 Banff hotels offer the most luxurious experiences in town.

Fairmont Banff Springs

Best luxury hotels in Banff

Embark on the ultimate bucket-list stay in Banff with a visit to the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs. This historic castle resort, nestled within the breathtaking Banff National Park, promises an unforgettable experience.

The Fairmont Banff Springs is easily one of the best hotels in Banff. It features 11 exceptional restaurants, 14 charming shops, and a luxurious spa which boasts 27 treatment areas including a range of rejuvenating massages and beauty treatments.

This Banff hotel also has a 32-meter lap pool and a 20-meter heated outdoor pool surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain vistas. There’s a bowling facility, tennis court, horseback riding, and a world-renown golf course on-site too.

Rimrock Resort Hotel

Best luxury hotels in Banff

At Banff’s Rimrock Resort Hotel, you can immerse yourself in luxury. This Banff hotel is situated just a 6-minute bus ride from downtown Banff and within walking distance to the tranquil Upper Hot Springs, iconic Banff gondola, and Sulphur Mountain hiking trail.

The Rimrock offers an indoor pool, indoor hot tub, spa and wellness centre, on-site restaurant and shops, 32″ LCD flat-screens, and air-conditioned rooms (a rarity in Banff).

Best Budget Hotels in Banff

I’ll reiterate what I wrote earlier – camping is easily the most budget-friendly Banff lodging option. However if you can’t get a reservation or if you don’t have camping gear, the following Banff hotels will be the gentle-est on your wallet.

Dorothy Motel

Budget hotels in Banff

The standout feature of this Banff hotel is the beautiful terrace and garden view. The price point is fairly friendly (for Banff standards) and everything in town is within walking distance.

If you’re looking for a ‘quieter’ Banff getaway, the Dorothy Motel is a great option as it’s located on the ‘local’s’ side of town rather than the touristy downtown region.

HI Samesun Banff Hostel

Budget hostels in Banff

The Samesun Hostel stands out to me as the best Banff hostel.

The Samesun has the best location among its counterparts, an on-site bar which hosts trivia nights and serves great happy hour deals, a communal kitchen, en suite bathrooms in each dorm, barbecue facilities, a launderette, and a common room.

Hi Banff Alpine Centre

Budget hostels in Banff

Nestled in Banff’s Tunnel Mountain area, this hostel offers a café, bar, free WiFi, and self-catering kitchens available for guest use.

Accommodation options include private and dorm-style rooms, some with en suite bathrooms. Guests can also dine at Cougar Pete’s restaurant and/or unwind at the Storm Cellar bar which features free darts, billiards, and foosball. Complimentary bus passes for local transport are provided, along with discounted ski packages, bike rental vouchers, and summer rafting tickets – making this one of the best Banff hotel options (or ‘hostel,’ in this case).

What I like most about this hostel is the beautiful wood finishings which make you feel like you’re in a mountain lodge.

Banff International Hostel

Budget hostels in Banff
Budget hostels in Banff

Conveniently situated in the centre of Banff, this hostel offers complimentary WiFi in all rooms, communal bathrooms, and lockers in a shared dormitory-style setup. Select rooms boast private bathrooms for added comfort. Linens are provided for guests to make their own beds, ensuring a hassle-free stay. Guests can also take advantage of the fully equipped kitchen, computer, and 24-hour reception.

YWCA Banff Hotel

Budget hotels in Banff

Just a brief stroll from the town centre, the YWCA Banff Hotel offers a serene setting directly along the Bow River. This hotel was designed with minimalism in mind to keep costs down making this one of the best hotels in Banff for budget travel. Don’t expect to find televisions, air-conditioning, or mini-fridges in your room, but do expect to find 24-hour reception, laundry facilities, complimentary WiFi, and (limited) on-site parking.

As a social enterprise hotel, the YWCA Banff supports social services aimed to empower local women and their communities for a better future. You can rest assured that the money you spend on lodging here will partially be going toward a great cause!

Best Mid-Range Hotels in Banff

The following are the best hotels in Banff for value-stays. These hotels offer fair price points (for Banff standards) and are all located on Banff Avenue which means you’re less than 10 minutes walking distance from Banff’s shops, restaurants, and bars.

Charlton’s Banff

best mid-range hotels in Banff

Nestled along the vibrant Banff Avenue, Charlton’s Banff effortlessly stands out among the best hotels in Banff, offering a cozy Alpine-style retreat that’s just a stone’s throw away from downtown’s lively scene.

With a variety of accommodations ranging from deluxe rooms to lofts and kitchenettes, Charlton’s Banff ensures a comfortable stay for every type of traveler. Picture yourself kicking back in spacious bathrooms with plush bathrobes or enjoying a relaxing soak in the indoor mineral pool. You also have the chance to rejuvenating here with a session in the steam room, or by simply unwinding in the hot tub.

Bow View Lodge

best mid-range hotels in Banff

The Bow View Lodge is one of the best hotels in Banff as it clocks in at a great price and has a great location – it’s nestled directly beside the scenic Bow River and just a short stroll from downtown Banff. Most guest rooms offer breathtaking river views, alongside modern amenities like cable TV, a seating area, and a private bathroom.

Guests can enjoy access to a swimming pool, fitness center, and sauna nearby, ensuring a rejuvenating stay. With a 24-hour front desk and on-site launderette, convenience is at your fingertips.

Banff Inn

best mid-range hotels in Banff

Experience the cozy vibe of Banff at The Banff Inn on Banff Avenue. Here you can unwind in the hot tub, steam room, or sauna before savouring the on-site restaurant’s – Carlito’s – variety menu. Enjoy modern amenities like free WiFi and cable TV in air-conditioned rooms (a rarity for Banff).

Irwin’s Mountain Inn

best mid-range hotels in Banff

This Banff hotel offers a perfect retreat for travellers who are seeking both comfort and convenience. With a fitness centre and hot tub on-site, guests can relax after a day of hitting the slopes or trails. Shopping and dining options are just a few minutes walk away and you can stay connected with free WiFi available throughout the hotel.

Each guestroom at Irwin’s Mountain Inn features a 37″ flat-screen cable TV, coffee machine, mini refrigerator, and seating area for added comfort. The private bathroom includes a hairdryer, bathtub, and shower.

Best Western Plus Siding 29 Lodge

best mid-range hotels in Banff
best mid-range hotels in Banff

Nestled in the heart of Banff, Best Western Plus Siding 29 Lodge offers a cozy haven for travellers seeking both relaxation and adventure. With its indoor swimming pool and inviting hot tub, this Banff hotel offers a perfect retreat after a day of exploring the surrounding beauty.

Each room at Best Western Plus Siding 29 Lodge is thoughtfully appointed with modern comforts such as a cable TV and minibar, while select rooms feature the indulgence of a spa bath. Start your mornings right with a delicious breakfast, featuring scrambled eggs, sausages, and waffles (for an extra fee).

Something stand-out which makes this one of the best hotels in Banff is the complimentary underground heated parking. This is a lifesaver when Banff hits those frigid -40 degree temperatures in the winter.

Best Hotels in Banff by Location

The following are the best hotels in Banff for their location. The whole of Banff is within walking distance or lies on a bus route, however these Banff hotels are located in the heart of downtown OR have something unique about their location.

Mount Royal Hotel

Banff hotels close to downtown

The Mount Royal Hotel is more than just a place to stay – it’s a cozy retreat with all the comforts you need. You’ll find it conveniently close to downtown attractions – just steps away from Banff’s restaurant and shopping scene.

Inside you’ll find air-conditioned rooms (a rarity in Banff) with modern conveniences like free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, and a coffee machine to kickstart your mornings. And after a day of exploring, feel free to unwind in the sauna or the hot tub on-site or grab a bite to eat at the upper class restaurant downstairs; The Brazen.

The Mount Royal Hotel is the only hotel located in downtown Banff, which easily makes this one of the best hotels in Banff.

Elk + Avenue Hotel

Banff hotels close to downtown

Banff Park Lodge

Banff hotels close to downtown

The Banff Park Lodge (BPL) offers a blend of exceptional service and comfortable accommodations set against a breathtaking natural backdrop. Just steps away from both downtown Banff and the beautiful Bow River, The Banff Park Lodge easily tops the list of best Banff hotels for location.

As soon as you step foot into the Banff Park Lodge, you’ll be greeted by the hotel’s friendly bellhop team who will take care of your bags. From a state-of-the-art fitness centre to rejuvenating steam rooms, a selection of specialty boutiques, and equipment rental shops conveniently located on-site – relaxation and convenience are guaranteed throughout your visit.

The Peaks Hotel & Suites

Banff hotels close to downtown

The Peaks Hotel and Suites is located just steps away from Banff’s downtown scene and it’s one of the town’s newest hotels. This charming 3-star hotel offers a cozy shared lounge, a welcoming 24-hour front desk, and complimentary WiFi for guests’ convenience. Private parking is also available on-site.

Guests can expect air-conditioned rooms equipped with all the essentials for a comfortable stay including a wardrobe, coffee machine, fridge, safety deposit box, and a flat-screen TV. Each room features a private bathroom with a bath or shower. Some units at Peaks Hotel and Suites even boast a balcony, and all rooms come with a kettle for added convenience. Bed linen and towels are provided in every room for a hassle-free experience.

The Peaks is also located next to one of Banff’s finer restaurants – Bluebird Wood-fired Steakhouse.

The Juniper Hotel & Bistro

Banff hotels close to downtown

The Juniper makes the list of best hotels in Banff for location – but not for the reason you’d expect. The Juniper is located 5 minutes drive away from downtown Banff which makes this a great spot if you want to be near the bustling scene of Banff, but have a quieter escape at the end of the day.

One of the most notable things about the Juniper is its delicious bistro on-site. The Juniper Bistro boasts beautiful panoramic views overlooking the mountains and the town of Banff alongside a tasty menu serving up dishes like braised bison, salmon, and a variety of brunch items.

Sunshine Mountain Lodge

ski in ski out hotel in banff

This 4 star lodge is the only ski-in/ski-out accommodation in Banff, making this the best Banff hotel for skibums. If you’re looking to catch first tracks, consider Sunshine Mountain Lodge for your next trip to Banff.

More: A Local’s Guide to Skiing Sunshine Village in Banff

The hotel operates multiple restaurants, an outdoor hot pool, ski storage, spa services, an on-site gym, dry sauna, scheduled movie nights, and snowshoe/tobogganing tours – all ensuring a comfortable, yet convenient stay for guests. Each room at the Sunshine Mountain Lodge is thoughtfully appointed with a 42-inch flat-screen HDTV and wood furniture, slate floors, and granite countertops.

ps – the lodge is open year round. In the summer months you can find an array of hiking trails nearby in addition to the Standish Viewing Deck and Sunshine Meadows which boasts some of the best wildflower displays in the park.

Best Hotels in Banff with Spas & Pools

The following are the best hotels in Banff for their spa or pool facilities.

For the ultimate luxury spa experience, check out the Fairmont Banff Springs or the nearby Kananaskis nordic spa at the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge.

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

best Banff hotel with pool and spa

The Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa offers a serene mountain retreat with the convenience of city amenities. Each room and suite at the Caribou features modern comforts including a flat-screen TV, mini-fridge, and in-room safe. Select suites even offer indulgent amenities such as a hot tub and a fireplace for added relaxation.

Guests are provided with complimentary bus passes for Banff’s transit system in addition to free WiFi. The lodge also has an on-site dining option – The Keg Steakhouse and Bar – which offers a delectable menu of dinner options, refreshing drinks and a delicious breakfast buffet.

If you’re seeking ultimate relaxation, the on-site, full service Red Earth Spa features six treatment rooms dedicated to hydrotherapy and esthetics. Complete access to the hotel’s hot pool, steam room, and exercise facilities is also included, ensuring a rejuvenating experience for spa-goers.

Fox Hotel & Suites

best Banff hotel with pool and spa

The 4 star Fox Hotel and Suites offers a contemporary retreat with convenient amenities like a flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee maker, and sofa bed in their rooms. Guests are also provided with a complimentary shuttle service to downtown Banff.

The Fox makes this list of best Banff hotels for spa and pool facilities as it features a unique cave-inspired hot pool. You won’t find much about this online though as the hotel likes to keep it ‘low-key.’

Some other standout things about the Fox are the on-site Chili’s Restaurant, outdoor patio, and laundry facilities.

The Moose Hotel & Suites

best Banff hotel with pool and spa

The Moose Hotel & Suites stands out as one of the best hotels in Banff for its prime location (just minutes from downtown) which offers easy access to the town’s restaurants, museums, and shops.

At the on-site Meadow Spa you’ll find 10 treatment rooms, an indoor swimming pool, exercise room, and two spectacular rooftop hot pools offering exceptional views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

At the end of a long day exploring, guests can opt to dine at the on-site Pacini Italian Restaurant which offers a delicious menu in a warm atmosphere.

Canalta Lodge

best Banff hotel with pool and spa

The Canalta Lodge offers a cozy retreat with convenient amenities for travellers seeking comfort and relaxation amidst the stunning Canadian Rockies. Each air-conditioned room at the Canalta features a welcoming seating area and a cable TV, private bathrooms, and Wi-Fi.

For coffee aficionados and sweet tooths alike, the on-site Happy Camper coffee barista serves up a delightful array of coffee and confectioneries – perfect for a quick pick-me-up or a leisurely indulgence. In the morning, guests are treated to a complimentary breakfast.

Additionally, the Canalta offers a fitness facilities, an outdoor hot tub & sauna, plus paid underground parking.

Rundlestone Lodge

best Banff hotel with pool and spa

Located on Banff Avenue, the Rundlestone Lodge offers an indoor pool, cozy rooms, and a fitness centre.

Best Hotels in Banff with Fully Equipped Suites & Kitchens

In my opinion the following are some of the best hotels in Banff solely based on the fact you can cook your own food. Eating out in Banff typically costs no less than $35 per meal (per person), so if you’re dividing the room cost with a group of 4+, this is a great way to save a few $.

Rocky Mountain Resort

banff hotel with kitchen (fully equipped suite)

The Rocky Mountain Resort, located a 5 minutes drive from town, is the perfect spot to lodge if you’re looking for a quiet escape in Banff with the comforts of home.

At the Rocky Mountain you can expect to find a la carte breakfast, outdoor barbecuing facilities in the spacious outdoor patio, an on-site restaurant, fully equipped kitchens, a gym, squash courts, outdoor tennis courts, a 15 metre indoor swimming pool, plus an indoor and outdoor hot tub.

The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle service ensuring guests can easily explore the town of Banff sans-driving.

Basecamp Suites Banff

banff hotel with kitchen (fully equipped suite)

Located centrally in downtown Banff, Basecamp Suites is the perfect place to find your “home” in the Canadian Rockies. In my opinion (if you have an extra few $ to spend) this is the best hotel in Banff as it offers everything you need for a convenient, comfortable stay in a central location.

Each unit at Basecamp Suites Banff offers a seating area with a sofa, a dining area, and a fully equipped kitchen with various cooking facilities, including a dishwasher, an oven, a microwave and a toaster. A fridge, a stovetop and kitchenware are also provided, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle. The units include a private bathroom, a hair dryer and bed linen.

If you’re looking for a place where you can cook your own food, relax in the hot tub, and explore the highlights of Banff just steps from your door – look no further than the Basecamp Suites.

Tunnel Mountain Resort

banff hotel with kitchen (fully equipped suite)

Tunnel Mountain Resort is located just a quick walk or bus ride from downtown. The resort is located in a quieter area of town meaning you can explore the sights of Banff, but return to a quiet destination where you won’t need to ‘fight the crowds’ in the evening.

The resort features an indoor pool, panoramic views, Wi-Fi, sauna, fitness centre, outdoor barbecue, and children’s play area. Additionally, each suite or chalet features a comfortable sitting area, cable TV, a fully equipped kitchen, and some even have a fireplace.

Hidden Ridge Resort

banff hotel with kitchen (fully equipped suite)

The Hidden Ridge stands out as a top choice for chalet-style stays in Banff. Each apartment has wood finishings, full kitchens, and (my favourite) wood-burning fireplaces – firewood is provided. You’ll truly feel like you’re ‘lodging in the mountains’ here.

The resort is located up on Tunnel Mountain, so it’s a bit of a walk to downtown Banff. However there is a bus stop located just outside the resort.

The resort also boasts an outdoor patio area with barbecues and there’s a hot tub.

Best Hotels in Banff for Events

If you’re planning a trip to the mountains for a conference or a wedding, the following are the best hotels in Banff.

I already mentioned the Moose Hotel and the Fairmont Banff Springs, however I’ll bring these two up again as they’re ideal for holding conference-style retreats.

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

best hotel in banff for weddings

The Buffalo Mountain Lodge is a beautiful facility perfect for weddings. It’s situated directly next to the Tunnel Mountain Reservoir which is a popular place on town to host special occasions – the backdrop of Mount Rundle makes for some picture-perfect scenery.

Each room at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge has a wood fireplace, a private bathroom, cable TV, a coffee maker and ironing facilities. Visitors can also enjoy a workout in the gym or relax in front of the fireplace in the lounge.

There is a restaurant on-site called ‘The Prow’ and rumour has it they serve up delicious wood-fired pizzas.

Best Hotels in Lake Louise

Typically travellers opt to lodge in Banff rather than Lake Louise as Banff has more shops, restaurants, activities, etc. If you’re looking to do some hiking, sight-seeing, or lake-exploring in the Lake Louise area, staying in the town of Lake Louise may be a better option for you.

The following are the best hotels in Lake Louise.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

best hotel in Lake Louise

The 5 star Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise offers a classy experience in an iconic location. Lake Louise is one of the most – if not THE most – famous lakes in Canada. The Chateau lies directly next to its shore.

Staying at the Chateau Lake Louise ensures guests can view both sunrise and sunset on the lake, get a head start before other hikers to allow for more ‘alone-time’ on the trails, in addition to early access to the canoe rentals before the general public.

The on-site resort health club facility includes a heated indoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. Guests can also enjoy skiing at the nearby resort (a free shuttle to and from the Fairmont is included), a full-service spa and hair salon, and 8 on-site dining options.

ps – views of Lake Louise or the Château grounds are featured in every traditionally decorated room at the hotel.

Moraine Lake Lodge

best hotel in Lake Louise

The Moraine Lake Lodge is one of the most iconic, yet hard-to-book lodging options in Canada. Situated directly next to the shores of Moraine Lake, the lodge offers guests an unequivocal experience in this pristine location.

Perks of staying at the lodge include a complimentary canoe pass (which is normally $150+ per hour), a permit to drive your personal vehicle down the Moraine Lake Road which is now closed to personal vehicles, unlimited access to the lake, and all meals at the on-site Walter Wilcox Dining Room.

My favourite thing about this lodge is the easy access it offers guests to see both sunrise and sunset on the lake in addition to the nearby hiking trails as it can be quite challenging to get here.

If you’d like to stay at the Moraine Lake Lodge, it’s recommended to book your stay a year in advance.

Paradise Lodge and Bungalows

best hotel in Lake Louise

Paradise Lodge and Bungalows is a great alternative to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise as it offers guests a similar experience at a much more affordable rate.

The Lodge is situated only 1.5kms from Lake Louise so guests still have easy access to the lake for hiking, sightseeing, sunrises, and sunsets.

Paradise Lodge and Bungalows offers both spacious lodge rooms and fully equipped cabins. The property is surrounded by gardens which include a barbecue and a playground. Select rooms offer kitchen facilities and balconies with mountain views, and all rooms are equipped with a coffee maker and a bar refrigerator.

Lake Louise Inn

best budget hotel in Lake Louise

The Lake Louise Inn is considered the best ‘value stay’ in Lake Louise. The Inn is in a central location (next to the small village) with bus stops, restaurants, and shops just steps away.

The Inn features a heated indoor pool, hot tubs, 2 on-site restaurants, and a lounge. Rooms include views of the surrounding mountains, a flat-screen cable TV, and coffee machine. All suites and apartments offer a balcony and fireplace.

Aside from staying at the hostel in town, the Lake Louise Inn offers the best bang-for-your-buck lodging option in Lake Louise.

Mountaineer Lodge

best hotel in Lake Louise

The Mountaineer Lodge offers guests a tranquil retreat infused with rustic charm and modern comforts – all just steps away from the Lake Louise Village.

Both Lake Louise and the Lake Louise ski resort are just a quick bus stop away, ensuring your holiday is packed with adventure. At the end of a long day exploring the area, you can plan to unwind in the indoor hot tub.

Each room at Mountaineer Lodge has an en suite bathroom, coffee-making facilities, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, and a mini-fridge.

HI Lake Louise Hostel

best budget hotel in Lake Louise

Standing as one of the best budget options in Lake Louise, the HI Lake Louise Hostel offers an on-site café serving up hearty fare along with two fully equipped guest kitchens.

The hostel also has a cozy common room with a crackling fireplace and TV which is the perfect place to meet other backpackers. Travellers will also find a library on-site, a sauna, and WiFi here.

Best Hotels in Canmore

Oftentimes travellers will opt to stay in Canmore over Banff as Canmore is less touristy, quieter, and can offer lower lodging prices.

Canmore is located only 20 minutes driving distance from Banff. There is a public bus connecting the two towns and it runs frequently.

Malcolm Hotel by Clique

best hotel in Canmore

The Malcolm is a distinguished hotel which offers guests a luxurious getaway in the heart of the Rockies. Boasting an array of upscale amenities, The Malcolm creates a relaxing retreat complete with iconic outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, and BBQ facilities.

Inside, the units feature modern comforts such as flat-screen TVs, coffee machines, and luxurious showers stocked with complimentary toiletries. The on-site restaurant, Stirling Grill, serves up delectable dishes and the bar provides the perfect setting to sip handcrafted cocktails.

Lamphouse Hotel by Basecamp

best hotel in Canmore

Canmore’s Lamphouse by Basecamp is the perfect boutique accommodation in the Bow Valley. It offers visitors modern comfort amidst a gallery-like atmosphere. Here you’ll find unique artwork around every corner, a 55-inch flat-screen in every room, a refrigerator, and a desk (perfect for digital nomads).

Canmore Downtown Hostel

best budget hotel in Canmore

If you’re looking for the ultimate budget stay in Canmore, check out the Canmore Downtown Hostel.

This hostel comes equipped with bed linens and towels, a communal cooking area, and a social atmosphere. Did I mention the views?

Best Hotels Near Banff

If you’re looking to expand your Canadian Rockies travels, the following are the best hotels near Banff. Cue bucket-list locations, nordic spas, and mesmerizing mountain views.

Emerald Lake Lodge

best hotel near banff

This one is a bucket-list stay – Emerald Lake Lodge, nestled within the breathtaking beauty of Yoho National Park. The rustic cabin-style rooms here feature wood-burning fireplaces, balconies, and modern amenities including a coffee maker and a private bathroom which ensures a tranquil, yet convenient stay.

The cabins are all located directly next to Emerald Lake where you can find activities like hiking, snowshoeing, xc skiing, and canoeing – depending on the season.

The lodge offers multiple dining experiences to ensure you’re well fed after a day exploring the mountains. Mount Burgess Dining Room is where Rocky Mountain cuisine takes centre stage in a more sophisticated approach. For a more laid-back atmosphere, the Kicking Horse Lounge offers a diverse menu of dinner, lunch, and cocktails, perfect for unwinding after a day of adventure. You can also dine al fresco at Cilantro on the Lake which is open seasonally to offer a unique culinary experience by the water’s edge.

Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

best hotel near banff

The ultimate mountain retreat exists at the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge – where luxury meets adventure in the heart of Kananaskis Country. Located just a 1 hour drive from Banff, the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge promises an unforgettable experience via its five restaurants, indoor heated pool, and picturesque views. One of the most notable features of the hotel is its full service Scandinavian Spa. It’s the only one in the Canadian Rockies!

Each room at Kananaskis Mountain Lodge offers comfort and convenience with features such as a coffee maker and hairdryer.

The lodge also has an in-house tour desk where they can help you arrange exciting outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and skiing or snowboarding trips.

Mount Engadine Lodge

best hotel near banff

Mount Engadine Lodge – located in Kananaskis Country, 1 hour drive from Banff – has a location and atmosphere that’ll make you swoon.

In the heart of Spray Valley Provincial Park and nestled amidst beautiful scenery, Mount Engadine Lodge offers the ultimate mountain getaway complete with heated rooms, private bathrooms, and an on-site restaurant & bar. Meals and afternoon tea are included in your stay, plus they can provide a packed lunch if you plan to spend the day hiking the nearby trails.

Stone fireplaces and an outdoor terrace provide the perfect spot to relax after a day full of activities making this one of the best hotels near Banff.

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HI, I’m Taylor – the voice behind The Holistic Backpacker.

After moving to Banff National Park in 2020 I became an outdoor adventure enthusiast and vowed to never stop exploring.

I now spend my days travelling the world, climbing mountains, and spending nights under the stars in the Canadian Rockies backcountry.

I created The Holistic Backpacker so I could share my adventures and help connect people like you with the same amazing experiences.


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