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20 Best Hotels in Banff, Canada

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Our guide to the best hotels in Banff will enhance your time in the Canadian Rockies, whether you’re hiking, skiing, snowshoeing or enjoying the spectacular scenery.

Being Canadian and having lived in Calgary, I can’t even count how many times I’ve visited Banff National Park and stayed in a hotel. Some of my stays were memorable – think cozy, fireplace or an outdoor hot tub perfect for stargazing.

While other hotel stays were just OK and frankly unforgettable.

That’s why I’ve curated the best hotels in Banff for every budget. So not only will your hikes, skiing or time outdoors be the only highlight of your time in Banff, but also your hotel stay will be a highlight of your time in the Rockies. 

Even if you live closeby in Calgary, a weekend in Banff or Lake Louise can be all it takes to feel you’ve been transported to another world and come back refreshed.

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Luxury Accommodations in Banff, Canada:

Best Luxurious Mountain Hotel in Banff
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

If you're looking to celebrate a special occasion or just believe in decadence for no other reason other than you're worth it, you can't do better than the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. I feel like royalty whenever I stay here. The hotel has welcomed royalty, celebrities, and singers since 1888. It has spectacular views, a 32 m lap pool, and a 20 m heated outdoor pool. The resort’s Willow Stream Spa even boasts a number of treatments, relaxing massages, and beauty treatments.

Location:

  • 1.7 km from Banff Town Center
  • 1.9 km from Banff gondola
  • 19.7 km from Sunshine Village Ski Resort


Perfect For: Couples
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Ultimate Luxurious 5-Star Hotel in Banff
Rimrock Resort Hotel

My second choice, that's slightly cheaper than the Fairmont Banff Springs but still luxurious and a hot spot for celebrities, is the Rimrock Resort. I attended a wedding here, and the opulence wowed all the guests. Plus, you'll feel like a celebrity here with their impeccable service and elegant rooms. The spa, and wellness center will make you feel pampered and well-rested. Rimrock hotel features meeting facilities, ski storage, a swimming pool, a bar, and shops on site.

Location:

  • 3.1 km from Banff Town Center
  • 0.55 km walking distance from Banff Gondola
  • 21.8 km from Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Perfect For: Couples
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4-Star Accommodation in Banff, Canada:

Excellent for a Mountain Adventure
Buffalo Mountain Lodge

I love the rustic yet modern vibe of Buffalo Mountain Lodge. Located on the slopes of Tunnel Mountain, the homey rooms offer a wood-burning fireplace and private bathroom. Guests can work out at the gym or just chill and enjoy the majestic view of the Rocky Mountains in front of the fireplace.

Location:

  • 1.6 km from Banff Town Center
  • 4 km from Banff Gondola
  • 19.5 km from Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Perfect For: couples and ski bunnies
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Excellent Choice for Families
Peaks Hotel and Suites

Peaks Hotel and Suites features elegantly decorated rooms in Banff with a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom with a bath or shower. Guests will love this 4-star hotel and its friendly staff at the 24-hour front desk, a shared lounge, and free WiFi. Private parking is also available on-site.

Location:

  • 200 m from Banff Town Center
  • 3.5 km from Banff Gondola
  • 17.8 km from Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Perfect For: Families and Groups of friends
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Great for a Romantic Getaway
Moose Hotel and Suites

Moose Hotel and Suites feature stunning views from each unit that offers a patio or balcony. An a la carte breakfast is available each morning that's always made fresh and locally sourced. The hotel's spa boasts a heated private pool that is outdoors and 10 treatment rooms. You can even enjoy 2 spectacular rooftop hot pools that offer views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Location:

  • 300 m from Banff Town Center
  • 3.8 km from Banff Gondola
  • 18.1 km from Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Perfect For: Couples
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Perfect for Ski Bunnies
Royal Canadian Lodge

The Royal Canadian Lodge boats an indoor mineral swimming pool and spa services every adventurer will love after a full day of skiing. Guests can also enjoy locally sourced meals and excellent room service. A fitness center is provided on-site.

Location:

  • 0.7 km from Banff Town Center
  • 4 km from Banff Gondola
  • 20.6 km from Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Perfect For: Outdoor enthusiasts
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3-Star Accommodation in Banff, Canada:

Ultimate Rustic Mountain Vacation
Storm Mountain Lodge

You will feel like you stepped back in time when you stay at Storm Mountain Lodge! Enjoy gorgeous mountain views from the restaurant, bar, or your room. Each of the rooms includes a private bathroom and free toiletries, and certain rooms at the hotel have a patio. All units at Storm Mountain Lodge & Cabins are equipped with a seating area.

Location:

  • 31 km from Banff Town Center
  • 48.4 km from Banff Gondola
  • 35.9 km from Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Perfect For: Couples and families
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Excellent Choice for Honeymooners
Banff Caribou Lodge

Newlyweds and couples on a budget who still want luxury will enjoy staying at Banff Caribou Lodge. This lodge features its Red Earth Spa, a full-service spa with 6 treatment rooms including rooms dedicated to hydrotherapy and esthetics. Spa-goers will also enjoy complete access to the hotel's hot pool, steam room, and exercise facilities.

Location:

  • 1 km from Banff Town Center
  • 4.1 km from Banff Gondola
  • 20.3 km from Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Perfect For: Couples
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Great for Family Vacations
Best Western Plus Siding 29 Lodge

Best Western Plus Sliding 29 Lodge features an indoor swimming pool and hot tub great for relaxation after being outdoors. A spa bath is offered in select rooms and a minibar adds extra convenience. Free WiFi is offered in all areas, as well as breakfast daily.

Location:

  • 0.7 km from Banff Town Center
  • 5.3 km from Banff Gondola
  • 20.7 km from Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Perfect For: Families and groups of friends
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Perfect for a Romantic Getaway
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

Banff Rocky Mountain Resort features spacious all-suite accommodations. Guests can enjoy a health and fitness club, including a full gym, squash courts, outdoor tennis courts, a 15 m indoor swimming pool, plus indoor and outdoor hot tubs.


Location:

  • 3.4 km from Banff Town Center
  • 6 km from Banff Gondola
  • 21.3 km from Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Perfect For: Health enthusiasts
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Excellent Pet-Friendly Choice
Tunnel Mountain Resort

Tunnel Mountain Resort is a pet-friendly hotel that boasts an indoor pool, and panoramic views of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Each suite or chalet features a comfortable sitting area and cable TV. Guests can enjoy mountain views from their private balcony or patio. While select units feature a fireplace.

Location:

  • 1.6 km from Banff Town Center
  • 4.2 km from Banff Gondola
  • 19.6 km from Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Perfect For: people who want to bring their dog
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Hostel and Cheap Accommodations in Banff or Closeby

There are other accommodation options in Banff or close to Banff that won’t break the bank that still have panoramic mountain views.

Great for a Family Holiday
Mountain View Inn

Mountain View Inn is located in Canmore, just 7 km from Banff National Park where guests can relax in the lobby or take a hike in the surrounding area. Each room is comfortably furnished room at Mountain View Inn. All air-conditioned rooms include an en suite bathroom.

Location:

  • 250 m from Banff Town Center
  • 16 km from Banff Gondola
  • 40.7 km from Sunshine Village Ski Resort


Perfect For: Families
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Great Choice for Budget Travellers
Banff International Hostel

Banff International Hostel is conveniently located in the Banff Center. It has shared rooms, bathroom facilities and lockers. Select rooms do have private bathrooms, but you have to book well in advance to get them. There's also a 24-hour reception and high-speed WiFi.

Location:

  • 0.7 km from Banff Town Center
  • 4 km from Banff Gondola
  • 20.6 km from Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Perfect For: Young travellers and budget travellers
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Great Choice for Adventurers on a budget
Canmore Downtown Hostel

Canmore Downtown Hostel features rooms with air conditioning located in Canmore. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hostel also has family rooms. It's a great place if you want to meet other hikers, skiers or adventurers.

Location:


  • 200 m from Banff Town Center
  • 16 km from Banff Gondola
  • 40.6 km from Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Perfect For: Budget Travellers
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Hotels in Lake Louise

Ultimate 4-Star Luxury Right on Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Surrounded by some beautiful scenery, the iconic Fairmont Hotel Chateau Lake Louise has been attracting visitors, including celebrities, since it opened in 1912. Today, guests can enjoy luxurious accommodations, fine dining, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Each suite includes modern amenities like flat-screen televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and plush bedding.

Location:

  • 4km from Lake Louise Village
  • 7 km from the Lake Louise Ski Resort
  • 16 km from Banff Townsite 
Perfect For: Couples seeking a romantic getaway
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Perfect for Honeymooners
Post Hotel and Spa

Located in Lake Louise Village, the Post Hotel and Spa offers guests a luxurious experience in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. I personally enjoyed the spa and the fireplace in my room as I enjoy being surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. There is a fitness center, a wine cellar of over 32,00 bottles, and traditional Swiss-style fondue on site too.

Location:

  • Located in Lake Louise Village
  • 4 km from Lake Louise
  • 3.6 km from Lake Louise Ski Resort
Perfect For: Couples and ski bunnies
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Great for Family Adventures
Paradise Lodge and Bungalows

Paradise Lodge and Bungalows' unique location give guests access to so many different activities. From skiing to access to Moraine Lake to hiking along the Bow Valley Parkway, there's plenty to keep everyone busy during their stay. Paradise Lodge and Bungalow's attention to detail makes each guest feel like they've been treated like royalty.

Location:

  • 2.8 km from Lake Louise Village
  • 5.6 km from Lake Louise Ski Resort
Perfect For: Families and couples
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Great 3-Star Hotel Pick
Lake Louise Inn

With its heated indoor swimming pools and hot tubs, Lake Louise Inn is a perfect place to unwind after a day of skiing. My favorite part is that each suite has a balcony and a fireplace to warm up to after a day of skiing and a choice of 2 onsite restaurants. They also offer a ski shuttle to Lake Louise Ski Resort during ski season.

Location:

  • Located in Lake Louise Village
  • 4.3 km from Lake Louise Ski Resort
Perfect For: Couples and Ski Bunnies
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Excellent Choice for a 2-Star Hotel
Mountaineer Lodge

While many hotels claim to have "super comfortable" rooms, this one really does deliver. Rooms include a microwave, mini-refrigerator, fast internet, and in-room coffeemakers. Families can enjoy the larger suite options including bunk beds and fireplaces. Guests love the indoor hot tub and convenient location near shops and restaurants. With so much to see and do in Lake Louise, this hotel makes an ideal starting point.

Location:

  • located in Lake Louise Village
  • 3.9 km from Lake Louise Ski Resort
Perfect For: Families and couples
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Special Mention

OK, this one technically is in Yoho National Park, so outside of Banff, but I included it since it’s just 20 minutes west of Lake Louise. And because it’s  one of my favorite places to stay in all of the Canadian Rockies.

Ultimate 4-Star Accommodation Outside of Banff in Yoho National Park
Emerald Lake Lodge

Located just outside of Yoho National Park, Emerald Lake Lodge is a favorite of locals wanting to get away from it all while seeking a luxurious hotel stay. It's one of my favorite places to stay in the Canadian Rockies . Situated amongst towering peaks and beautiful lakes. The lodge has an incredible three restaurants – the Mount Burgess Restaurant, the Kicking Horse Lounge, and the Cilantro on the Lake. Plus, many of the cabin-style rooms have wood-burning fireplaces. And there's an outdoor hot tub!

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Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway with a cozy fireplace or a family hotel to enhance your time in the Canadian Rockies, our guide for the best hotels in Banff has it all.

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