Recommended Lodging in Banff - Jasper and Canmore in the Canadian Rockies
In the Canadian Rocky Mountains, there is a variety of different lodging styles available: Hotels, bed & breakfasts, holiday apartments, and camping sites. Most of the hotels are pretty pricey (compared to standard hotel and motel prices in other areas in Canada and the US), and while camping is definitely an experience, it’s not for everyone (especially considering the fact that even in the height of summer it might rain heavily).
Therefore, the most popular options are Bed & Breakfasts (B&B) and holiday apartments. The price range in this style of living can vary greatly. Some B&Bs in the area are extremely pricy and appropriately luxurious. Others, however, are very nice and decently priced. The advantage of living in a B&B, besides the opportunity to live in the heart of the Rockies, is that you get to meet the Canadian owners of the house, known for their kindness and hospitality. Their home-made breakfasts are delicious as well.
Despite the name, some Bed & Breakfasts do not include breakfast. I highly recommend picking one that does include breakfast – This way, you will start the day with a delicious meal before travelling in the beautiful Rockies. Those who prefer a holiday apartment with several bedrooms and a kitchen where they can prepare their own meals will find what they’re looking for as well.
Usually, you will encounter nature at its finest just outside your doorstep in the Rockies. Many B&Bs and apartments are right next to a river or creek; the snowy tips of the mountains can be seen from many windows, and quite often you will encounter a big deer right in your front yard, grazing peacefully.
Good site to look for B&B : B&B in Canada at Booking.com.
It is also important to note that not all rooms have their own bathrooms, and you may have to share a bathroom with other guests or the house owners themselves. In my opinion, it is better to rent a room or apartment with its own bathroom.
After much searching on the web I have found two main areas of the Canadian Rockies that are at good location and good prices: Jasper in the north and Canmore in the south. In Jasper (which is right next to Jasper National Park) the number of options for lodging is greater and the prices are lower than those around Banff National Park. Canmore is a holiday town east of Banff National Park. Banff has many B&Bs as well, but prices there are significantly higher.
The lodging options listed below are especially suitable for families. Note that all prices listed on the various websites are in Canadian dollars!
♦ Recommended Lodging in Canmore:
3 star hotel. Rooms with a kitchenette and a fireplace. Free Wi-Fi is included. Free public parking. A separate living room and a washing machine and dryer are featured in selected rooms.
luxury 4 star country inn offers an outdoor hot tub and an optional 3-course breakfast. All elegant rooms come with a spa bath, fireplace and a mountain-view balcony. Free Wi-Fi. Free public parking.
4 star luxury resort offers a panoramic outdoor hot tub
and a fitness center. All elegant suites come with a
fully equipped kitchen and mountain-view balcony.Free
Wi-Fi. Free public parking.
A fully equipped kitchen is included in each guest suite. Free Wi-Fi. Free public parking.
Swiss-Canadian gourmet breakfast served every morning. Satellite TV and a kitchenette. Free public parking.
4 star luxury country inn offers an outdoor hot tub and an optional 3-course breakfast. All elegant rooms come with a spa bath, fireplace and a mountain-view balcony. Free Wi-Fi. Free public parking.
♦ Recommended Lodging in Jasper
Indoor pool and on-site spa services, 3 restaurants. Free Wi-Fi and a refrigerator are included in each guest room. Free public parking.
Include breakfast, fridge, Free WiFi , Free public parking.
A suite with fully equipped kitchenette with dining area. Free WiFi , Free public parking.
♦ Recommended Lodging in Banff
4 star Historical resort. 11 restaurants and 14 shops.
4 star luxury Canadian lodge. Free WiFi.
4 star hotel with indoor pool and a hot tub, located a 6-minute drive from downtown Banff. Free WiFi.
Located in Banff town centre, this property offers self-catering accommodation, includes towels and linens, full kitchen facilities and a dining area. Private entrance . Free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV in each cottage. Free public parking.
4 star B&B with gourmet breakfast. Free WiFi , Free public parking.
Usually, people visiting the Rocky Mountains will either
start or finish the trip in Calgary, which is near Banff
National Park and has a big international airport.
Calgary is a pleasant town full of attractions which
certainly deserves at least one full day of its own (I
recommend staying two nights). Calgary is known for
having the biggest rodeo festival in the world,
Stampede, which takes place every year for two weeks in
July (the dates change every year). The city also has a
big open museum, a tower with a viewing deck, a ski
museum located in the Olympic park of the Winter
Olympics that took place in the city, and other
Booking.com is a good source for lodging in Calgary.