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Banff National Park is the tourism hub for the province of Alberta, Canada. Because of this there are no shortage of hotels or rental apartments. While it may a splurge, we have always stayed in higher-end, luxury accommodations in Banff and the surrounding area. After a long day or outdoor activities in the national park, be it skiing in winter or hiking in summer, we like to come back to our hotel and feel pampered and relaxed. So if you’re like us, and are trying to determine where to stay in Banff, I recommend giving yourself a decent lodging budget and splurging on one of these awesome, family-friendly, luxury hotels.
Where to stay in Banff – family-friendly, luxury accommodations
There are some wonderful options for family-friendly lodging in Banff National Park and in nearby Canmore. We have stayed in the towns of Banff, Lake Louise, and Canmore and have loved each of the luxury hotels where we have stayed.
Fairmont Banff Springs – Banff
Fairmont Banff Springs is probably the most popular luxury hotel in the entire national park, but especially in Banff. The majestic hotel practically screams ‘luxury’ the minute you drive up to it.
If you are planning to stay in the town of Banff, the Fairmont Banff Springs offers the finest luxury and unmatched service. It is a bit of a splurge, but I’d highly recommend it. It makes a perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. The hotel itself is more than 125 years old, and resembles a castle perched up on a mountainside.
The rooms are nice and well-furnished, but the on-property amenities are what make this hotel a five-star experience. The restaurants, spa, and indoor-outdoor heated pool are just some of the amazing features of this hotel that will leave you feeling like a celebrity.
The hotel is in walking distance to the charming downtown area of Banff. It is approximately a 15 minute stroll. There is always the possibility you may see wildlife grazing along the way.
Staying in Banff, as opposed to Lake Louise or Canmore, offers you the convenience of having nearby shopping and a variety of restaurants. There are hot springs, hiking trails, and plenty of great outdoor activities nearby. However, Banff is about a 30-45 minute drive away from the Lake Louise ski resort or the widely popular lakes, Lake Moraine and Lake Louise.
You can also find a Fairmont property right on the shore of Lake Louise if you prefer a lake view over a mountain view.
The Post Hotel and Spa – Lake Louise
In the town of Lake Louise, we stayed at The Post Hotel and Spa. We had an amazing stay with our little one. The Post Hotel offers great views of the mountains and is surrounded by nature. When determining where to stay in Banff National Park, The Post Hotel is perfect for families.
The hotel offers traditional hotel rooms as well as private cabins for families or larger parties. The rooms are nice and the bedding is very comfortable. Small touches, like turn down service with a complimentary gourmet chocolate left on each pillow, make staying at The Post Hotel a sweet treat. The hotel grounds are charming and rustic. A babbling creek runs right next to the property, making for quite a picturesque setting. There are also train tracks that run in front of the hotel, but the trains do not blow their horns, so while you do hear them throughout the day and night, it is actually a peaceful rumble, that I found quite relaxing.
We were traveling with an infant, and the entire staff, particularly those in the restaurant, were very accommodating. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone. It tops my list for family-friendly lodging in Banff National Park. But it isn’t just for families with children. This would be a great option for couples looking for a romantic getaway, as well.
The town of Lake Louise is much smaller than Banff and does not offer the same shopping and dining options. However it is much closer to the mountain resort as well as Lake Moraine and Lake Louise, both popular tourist attractions with some great, easy hiking trails.
Solara Resort and Spa- Canmore
Canmore is located just outside Banff National Park and is a popular place to stay for those who want to be close to the park but not stay within it. You will likely find it is a bit less expensive to stay in Canmore vs. Banff. In Canmore, we stayed at the Solara Resort and Spa.
Our room was more like a small apartment or condo, with a full kitchen, living area, separate bedroom, and a porch.
Staying in apartment-style accommodations makes life so much easier when traveling with kids. Although there are a lot of great restaurants in Banff, we cooked and ate at the condo quite a bit. We were also able to stay up and enjoy a glass of wine after our daughter was in bed, which is ideal after a day of exploring.
The bedding was comfortable, the bathroom had a shower and separate tub (another great hotel amenity when traveling with kids), and the extra space was much appreciated.
Less expensive lodging options near Banff
While we tend to stay in more luxurious hotels when we travel to Banff, there are plenty of places to stay in Banff that won’t break the bank. You can find everything from hostels to budget-friendly family lodging options. But if you are looking to splurge and feel totally pampered, these three great hotels will make your Banff experience truly memorable.
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