With so many accommodation options to choose from across Banff and Lake Louise, it’s sometimes difficult to know where to begin.
Do you opt for downtown Banff, with its proximity to great cafes, restaurants and bars? Do you stay closer to the mountains? And do you splurge big time, or save your loonies for all the adventures to be had around the area?
We’re here to help make your decision an easier one, so we’ve pinpointed the best options to suit every kind of skier, snowboarder and visitor.
And if you’re still unsure, you can click here to contact us and we’ll pull together a bespoke option for you; with everything from hotel rooms to self-contained suites, cabins and lodge-style accommodation on offer.
Find our top picks below…
For the romantic getaway
There is no other option beyond the winter fairytale of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. A luxury mountain resort hotel and just moments to world-class skiing at Lake Louise, plus endless outdoor recreational activities for lovebirds to bond over: skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, and even horse-drawn sleigh rides. All sweetened by breathtaking views of the surrounding Rocky Mountains.
When you have little ones in tow, you can’t go past the Moose Hotel and Suites. One of the freshest accommodation offerings in downtown Banff, you have everything at your doorstep – the best family-friendly restaurants, souvenir shops and bars for a cheeky grown-ups tipple. Families will especially appreciate the kitchenettes for a quick breakfast, and cosy gas fireplaces, plus the indoor pools and rooftop hot pools.
For the history buff
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is world-famous for a reason. Having been modelled after a Scottish baronial castle and taking up pride of place in town since 1888, it’s a true landmark and the type of holiday that’s unforgettable. From the old-school ghost stories to the incredible luxury to be found throughout, guests can enjoy skiing at nearby resorts or head to the award-winning European-style spa, the Willow Steam Spa. It is fondly referred to as the ‘Castle in the Rockies’ for good reason. Even if you choose to base yourself elsewhere during your Banff ski and stay vacation, a visit to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is highly recommended, and you will be warmly welcomed anytime.
For the ski-in, ski-out lover
We all know them – the person that doesn’t want to carry their skis any further than absolutely necessary. The great news is that Sunshine Mountain Lodge is perfect for that person, with ski and stay vacation packages ticking all the boxes. From luxury accommodation and world-class dining to breathtaking scenery, all from a truly ski-in, ski-out location, you get the easiest possible access to Sunshine Village.
For the extreme skiers and snowboarders, Banff’s Sunshine’s Delirium Dive is a skier’s and snowboarder’s paradise. Packed with chutes boasting 2,500 ft of steep vertical, wide-open bowls filled with Canada’s best snow, and acres of wild mountain terrain guaranteed to satisfy even the most insatiable ride.
Another bonus being slopeside is you are always guaranteed first tracks before the daytrippers arrive via the Gondola. Be sure to step outside for nightfall and admire the galaxy of stars in the night skies.
Those who enjoy the peace and quiet
Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of town, or simply looking for more budget-friendly opportunities? Check out Tunnel Mountain; just 10 minutes from downtown, yet close enough to still easily access everything, especially via the complimentary ROAM shuttle. Check out the Canadian Rocky Mountain Resort’s Buffalo Mountain Lodge for a peaceful, cosy mountain retreat. Douglas Fir Mountain Resort and Chalets and the Banff Rocky Mountain Resort also offer larger suites and self-contained options, perfect for families and groups looking for extra space and cooking facilities.