The Best Resorts in Banff for Every Traveler

Hot tubs come with a view at the Hidden Ridge Resort, in Banff
Hot tubs come with a view at the Hidden Ridge Resort, in Banff | Courtesy of Hidden Ridge Resort, Banff / Expedia
Debra Smith

Just under two hours from Calgary sits the ski town of Banff, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, in Canada. Every winter, visitors flock here for the white stuff. Come summer, challenge yourself to a mountain hike or visit the glittering Lake Louise, 40 minutes’ drive away. Each of these Banff resorts is bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Hidden Ridge Resort


Sunken hot tubs on the patio outside the Hidden Ridge Resort, Banff, with mountains seen behind.
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Just a short drive from the town of Banff, Hidden Ridge Resort sits on a hillside, surrounded by towering pines. Families love the log cabin-style condos, fully equipped kitchenettes, wood-burning fireplaces and large hot tubs overlooking a valley. You can enjoy the nearby hiking trails, but always be on the lookout for bears and other wildlife.

2. The Rimrock Resort Hotel

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The dining room with views of the Canadian Rockies at The Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff
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The Rimrock Resort’s Banff incarnation took place in 1993. Through a marvelous application of engineering, the resort clings to the side of Sulphur Mountain, offering unparalleled and private views of the surrounding mountainside. It was awarded CAA/AAA four diamond status that year and has held it ever since, through a combination of outstanding service and fine dining. The Banff Upper Hot Springs and main gondola are mere steps from the lobby.

3. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise


The indoor pool and hot tub wit river views at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise
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Set on the shore of one of the most photographed lakes in the world, the Chateau has been a magnet for visitors since it was founded in 1890. One of the original Canadian Pacific Railway Castles in the Mountains, it is the site for international ski competitions, and offers outdoor activities from night snowshoeing, skating, sleigh rides in winter to canoeing, nature walks and horseback riding in the summer. The spa at this resort near Banff helps bridal parties prepare for lavish weddings and pampers guests all year round.

4. Banff Rocky Mountain Resort


The dining terrace and outdoor pool at the Banff Rocky Mountain Resort, Banff
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This secluded resort with a pool in Banff offers a range of condos and suites in classic mountain style with a wolf theme throughout. Enjoy the indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, tennis and squash courts, then curl up by the wood-burning fireplace. Visit the Alpha Bistro for informal dining or whip up a meal in the kitchenette. A perfect getaway for lone wolves.

5. Grande Rockies Resort – Bellstar Hotels & Resorts, Canmore


Seating arranged for a wedding on a landscaped lawn with views of the Canadian Rockies behind.
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Just outside Canmore, the Grande Rockies is a unique resort near Banff that’s a combination of condominium and traditional hotel. Families will enjoy the spacious penthouse suites with private hot tubs and stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The pool has a three-story slide and kid-friendly water features. Take the short drive to Canmore for fine dining options or you can visit the casual on-site restaurant.

6. Tunnel Mountain Resort


The indoor pool with garden views at Tunnel Mountain Resort, Banff
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Mountain cabins on the forest fringe are the most popular accommodations in this large Banff resort. The newly renovated rooms range from standard suites to condos with two bedrooms and a kid-sized loft, most with wood-burning fireplaces. You will love the views of Tunnel Mountain from the pool. Families appreciate the children’s play area near the barbecue pits. Although it’s larger than most resorts in the area, it’s still quiet enough for deer to make an appearance on the grounds.

7. Fairmont Banff Springs

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Chairs arranged spaciously around a long coffee table in a grand ballroom at Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff
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No trip to Banff would be complete without checking out the Fairmont Banff Springs. Known by locals as “the castle”, this exceptional property has been delighting visitors for over a century. Constantly updated with the latest tech, this Banff resort’s defining feature has always been superior attentive service. A daily menu of activities provided by the concierge seems almost endless, as are the dining options. Enjoy the selection of treatments at the newly renovated, award-winning Willow Stream Spa, including massage and hydrotherapy.

8. Douglas Fir Resorts and Chalets


Sunken hot tubs in a patio steam in the cold air and are surrounded by a snow covered landscape at Douglas Fir Resorts and Chalets, Banff
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Families and friends have room to roam at the Douglas Fir with condos, suites and chalets that sleep up to 10. Kids will love the four-story playhouse, the largest in Western Canada, and the waterpark. It has two waterslides, plus a wading pool and a nearby 24-person hot tub. Handily, Douglas Fir is also within walking distance of downtown Banff, but there’s also an on-site grocery store for late night snacks.

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