10 Best Places to Stay in Banff and Lake Louise

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In the heart of Banff National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies the bustling mountain town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise. Surrounded by stunning snow-capped peaks and sparkling lakes, its three ski resorts together offer one of the longest ski seasons in North America.

The three resorts are Mt Norquay, Banff Sunshine and Lake Louise Ski Resort are all covered by the SKIBIG3 lift pass, which also includes connecting ski bus services. And with 356 trails between them, as well as some of the best freeride trails in North America, Banff Lake Louise ski resorts offer superb skiing no matter what your skill level.

Banff Sunshine is only 15 minutes from the town of Banff and has over 3,300 skiable acres, from the freeride terrain of Wild West and Delirium Dive to the gentle snow groomers of Strawberry Chair. Just minutes from Banff, Mt Norquay – the oldest ski resort in the Canadian Rockies – is also the first ski resort in Canada to switch to 100% clean, green energy generated from a mixture of wind and energy. low impact hydroelectric.

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Lake Louise is one of North America’s largest ski resorts, with over 4,200 acres of skiable terrain and spectacular views of mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests – perhaps one the most idyllic settings of any ski resort, and a twin ski vacation resort combining Lake Louise and Banff is the perfect way to experience this fantastic region.

Breathe the fresh air of the Canadian Rockies while enjoying exhilarating skiing and horseback riding before returning to the comfort of the stunning Banff and Lake Louise hotels and condos, fantastic eating and drinking, and wellness opportunities. be relaxing. Soak your tired muscles in Banff’s natural mineral hot Springs or soothe your soul in the hot tub on the roof of your hotel or in the heated outdoor swimming pool.

When it comes to the afternoon, the town of Banff is a bustling place with many bars, restaurants, cafes and bakeries – its nightlife thrills until the early hours of the morning. The city also has several art galleries as well as the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies which gives a good overview of the surrounding landscapes.

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How to get to Banff

Banff is an easy drive from Calgary Airport, which is only a 90 minute car / coach ride. Ski independence offers a choice of airlines flying from London to Calgary and offers complete flexibility in choosing the day of departure, length of vacation, choice of airline and type of cabin.

Their Banff vacation includes a shared shuttle transfer from Calgary, or you can rent a self-driving car, SUV, or van. The ‘Gold’ car rental option includes all mandatory taxes and fees, additional driving costs, fuel and ski rack.

Best Places to Stay in Banff and Lake Louise

The Banff area has a wide variety of places to stay. Here are 10 great places to stay in Lake Louise and Banff:

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The Fairmont Banff Springs

An elegant and luxurious full service hotel located on the outskirts of Banff. Designed in the style of a Scottish stately castle, you can expect first-class service and facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, or a treatment at the luxurious Willow Stream Spa – one of the best full service spas in the Canadian Rockies! There’s no shortage of dining options either, with a choice of 11 different restaurants and lounges – serving everything from sushi to steak.

Price: from £ 1,216 per double room for 7 nights (including flights).

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The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

The locations of the hotels are no more breathtaking than that. Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Louise, with its spectacular glacial backdrop, the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise combines history and modern energy to create a unique resort experience. Just minutes from the Lake Louise ski slopes via the free scheduled shuttle, this hotel has all the amenities you would expect from a world-class hotel, including 8 on-site restaurants and a health club with an indoor pool heated and spa.

Price: on demand

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Fox & Suites Hotel

With a fantastic central location on Banff Avenue, close to many downtown attractions, the Fox Hotel is an ideal base. Offering spacious hotel rooms or condos, it’s perfect for families and those looking for the added flexibility of self-catering accommodation. Banff’s excellent bars, restaurants, shops and galleries are within walking distance, while on-site facilities include a large hot pool and sauna, as well as Chili’s Grill & Bar which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. dinner.

Price: from £ 1,138 per suite of 4 for 7 nights (including flights)

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Moose Hotel & Suites

Located on Banff Avenue, the Moose Hotel has 174 guest rooms with a combination of spacious one and two bedroom suites and hotel rooms. Enjoy a range of on-site amenities such as the Meadow Spa & Pools with private outdoor hot pool, a bright indoor pool and two rooftop hot pools with spectacular mountain views. The hotel also has its own Italian restaurant Pacini. Downtown Banff is a short walk away and the ski bus departs from the Banff Ptarmigan Inn next door.

Price: £ 1,211 for a superior double room for 7 nights (including flights)

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Banff Aspen Lodge

A great value property two blocks from downtown Banff, offering flexible and affordable accommodation with warm, friendly hospitality and excellent facilities including sauna, steam room, outdoor hot tub, internet connection Free Wi-Fi and the White Bark Cafe. Downtown Banff is a three-minute walk away, and the free and scheduled ski shuttle leaves from the neighboring Banff Ptarmigan Inn. A stay also includes the hotel’s legendary full Canadian Rocky breakfast.

Price: from £ 1,041 for a double room for 7 nights (including flights)

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Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

A great value pick for a ski vacation in Banff, the Caribou in downtown Banff, is a popular pick for Ski Independence customers, many of whom return year after year. Facilities include a 26-person spa with hot tub and the on-site Keg Steak House Restaurant and Bar. The regular free ski shuttle departs from the central hub in downtown Banff and guests receive free bus passes to use the ROAM Banff transit buses that take you into town and connect with the shuttle bus from ski.

Price: from £ 987 for a standard double room for 7 nights (including flights)

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Lodge Canalta

The beautifully renovated Canalta Lodge has a beautiful, quiet location directly across from the Banff Inns on Banff Avenue. It offers quiet sophistication and great value, including daily breakfast, free Wi-Fi, outdoor hot tubs, outdoor sauna, and glacier hot tub. The regular free ski shuttle departs from the central hub in downtown Banff and guests receive free bus passes to use the ROAM Banff transit buses.

Price: from £ 1,056 for a standard double room for 7 nights (including flights)

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Elk + Avenue Hotel

Formerly Banff International at the gates of downtown Banff, the Elk + Avenue hotel offers spacious and comfortable rooms and a wide range of on-site amenities, including a cedar sauna, steam room, large hot tub and a fitness room. The Farm & Fire Kitchen and Bar are open all day and the Good Earth Coffeehouse offers great coffee and snacks. The regular free ski shuttle departs from the nearby downtown Banff hub.

Price: from £ 978 for a standard double room for 7 nights (including flights)

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Hotel Mont-Royal

This completely renovated hotel is located in the heart of Banff within walking distance of downtown shops, bars, restaurants and après ski. Guests have access to a rooftop lounge with hot tubs, as well as the Toque Canadian Pub with its extensive list of craft beers! New for winter 2021-22 is a new onsite restaurant / lounge for dining and relaxing. There is also now a Guest Pantry take-out cafe on the 2nd floor. The free, regular ski shuttle leaves from downtown Banff, behind the hotel.

Price: from £ 998 for a Heritage double room for 7 nights (including flights)

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The Lake Louise Inn

The closest hotel to the Lake Louise ski area, The Lake Louise Inn offers great-value accommodation just 1 km from the slopes, via the free scheduled shuttle. It’s a very popular choice for families thanks to its range of excellent facilities which include a choice of two good family restaurants – Legends and Timberwolf, a large heated indoor pool, two hot tubs and a steam room.

Price: on demand

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Specialists in tailor-made ski holidays, Ski independence, have over 25 years of experience in organizing the best possible ski vacations for their clients. With destinations across North America, France, Switzerland and Italy, they offer a wide range of accommodation ranging from self-catering apartments to 5-star luxury.

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