Where to Stay in Banff, Alberta

Courtesy of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise / Expedia
Photo of Emma Gibbins
26 October 2020

Some hotels you appreciate for their soul-stirring views, others for their eccentric decor. Whether you want sweet seclusion, open fires or curtained reading nooks, Culture Trip’s pick of Banff’s best accommodation stands the test of time and trends.

Fairmont Banff Springs

Despite welcoming guests for more than 130 years, Fairmont Banff Springs is far from dated. Cozy guest rooms and suites – decked out with rich fabrics, Bose stereo systems and bathrooms with European-style body spray showers – are tucked away in quiet corners of the castle. In keeping with Canadian tradition, marshmallows are shared around a roaring campfire during the winter season; after hiking, consider it the best way to enjoy Banff National Park.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

With horseback trail rides, a floor-to-ceiling wine library and bedroom views of the hotel’s namesake lake, a stay at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is about as romantic as it gets. It has welcomed everyone from mountaineers and outdoor adventurers to sightseers and royalty through its doors since opening in 1890. Follow in their footsteps with a guided hike or voyageur canoe experience out on the lake. The Hiker’s Foot Therapy is a must-book treatment in the hotel spa after walking hours on the trails.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace

Sunshine Mountain Lodge

The Sunshine Mountain Lodge has become quite an institution for seasoned skiers, thanks to its status as the only ski-in, ski-out hotel in Banff National Park. At Banff Sunshine Ski School, rub shoulders with world-class instructors who will help you master the slopes in no time. When summer comes, take advantage of its location 7,218ft (2,200m) above sea level and look out over the peaks as you wander through the area’s high-alpine meadows.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa

Surrounded by the untamed landscape of Banff National Park, this in-demand mountain retreat offers respite after a busy day of activities. Upgrade to a loft suite for a two-person whirlpool tub and mountain views, and enjoy juicy steaks from its on-site restaurant, the Keg, which is also open for breakfast. For a change of scenery, stroll along Banff Avenue and discover the town’s restaurants and shops.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Banff log cabin

Cabin, Short-term Rental
Map View
Courtesy of Sharon / Airbnb

What better way to spend a romantic weekend away than in a backcountry cabin nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies? Headed up by long-term Banff residents, Sharon and Malcolm, who live up to their reputation as thoughtful hosts, the cabin comes with a daily breakfast of home-made muffins, juice and tea or coffee delivered on a silver platter. The property is within walking distance of downtown Banff and various hiking trails, but bike rentals are also available.

About this place:

Cosy, Great Location, Wellness, Rural, Stylish, Traditional

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  • Luxury condo in Canmore

    Guesthouse, Short-term Rental
    Map View
    Courtesy of Steve / Airbnb

    In the heart of Canmore (a 20-minute drive from Banff), this beautiful condo epitomizes low-key luxe. Inside, you’ll find two bedrooms, one with an ensuite, and two sofa beds, as well as a spacious living room with a slate fireplace. A spacious balcony lends serene views of the Rockies and the property’s neighboring creek, and an outdoor hot tub invites you to rest tired muscles after a day of exploring. For those driving, there is heated underground parking. Trails also surround the property, making it easy to get around on foot.

    Family-friendly cozy condo for budget travelers

    Apartment
    Map View
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    Courtesy of Milena / Airbnb

    With Milena’s condo as your base, it’s easy to see all that Lake Louise and Banff have to offer. Inside, sleek wooden furnishings offset luxe velvet armchairs and patchwork quilts, setting a tone of chic mountainside comforts. Neighboring the property is Bow Valley Provincial Park, which is great for hiking, biking and fishing. The town of Canmore is just 10 minutes from the property and a great place to go dog sledding during winter.

    Bampton Cabin

    Cabin
    Map View
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    Courtesy of Satu and Ollie / Airbnb

    It may be small, but this private loft-style cabin makes for a cozy romantic retreat in Banff National Park. Bampton Cabin’s hosts, Satu and Ollie, pull out all the stops to ensure your stay is memorable – supplying complimentary eye masks, freshly ground local coffee beans and toiletries by Rocky Mountain Soap Company. When you’re not admiring the mountains from your patio, wander into downtown Banff and discover its restaurants, bars, shops and ski hills. The cabin also includes a private off-street parking spot.

    These recommendations were updated on October 26, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.