Best Banff hotels for that cosy or adventurous snow trip

Experience the beauty of Canada’s top destination on any budget with these top rated hotels and deals.

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There’s no question that Banff is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. The small ski town draws in people from around the globe who want to see the jaw-dropping scenery, snap pictures on mountain tops and kick back at top spas.

We know that visiting a popular destination can often come with a price tag. That’s why we have included not only hotels that are oh-so luxurious but also affordable accommodation, and discounts that make this must-see destination possible for everyone.

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Best Banff hotels

Cheap hotels in Banff

We’re well aware that tourist areas can often be the most expensive, but luckily Banff has a number of affordable hotel options with prices starting as low as $69 for a room in the off season. Plenty more are available in the town centre for under $150 per night.

While to save money you often have to sacrifice on location, we know you’ll love the prime areas that these hotels are in, with the majority of cheap Banff hotels being only minutes away from the Banff Visitor Centre in the middle of town.

Our top picks for cheap hotels in Banff: Banff Park Lodge, Banff Rocky Mountain Resortand Brewster's Mountain Lodge.

Best for views: Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
Best for views: Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

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Best for food: Brewster's Mountain Lodge
Best for food: Brewster's Mountain Lodge

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Best hotels in Banff

As a prime tourist hotspot in Canada, Banff has no shortage of fabulous hotels to choose from that are sure to exceed your expectations. Fairmont Banff Springs, the “Castle in the Rockies”, is part of Canada’s most luxurious hotel chain and is, along with the Rimrock Resort Hotel, listed among Canada’s top hotels.

Keep in mind that these fancy stays do come with a hefty price tag. Rooms start at $429/night at the Fairmont or $267 per night at Rimrock. But if you’re in Banff for a short period we think the amenities, views and locations of these hotels are well worth the splurge.

Our top picks for the best hotels in Banff: Fairmont Banff Springs, Rimrock Resort Hotel and Fox Hotel & Suites.

Best for luxury: Fairmont Banff Springs
Best for luxury: Fairmont Banff Springs

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Best for views: Rimrock Resort Hotel
Best for views: Rimrock Resort Hotel

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Best for amenities: Fox Hotel and Suites
Best for amenities: Fox Hotel and Suites

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Banff hotels in downtown

The town of Banff is a sleepy ski town that is the main base to stay in while visiting the area’s stunning surroundings. It’s in a part of town that’s closest to all of the main amenities such as Banff’s delicious dining scene as well as the visitor’s centre and a number of hikes that are accessible within walking distance of the town itself.

While it is possible to stay on the slopes at one of the three ski resorts in the area, we think it’s more exciting and reasonable to be in town close to many attractions as well as public transport for a variety of things to do.

Our top picks for the best Banff hotels in downtown: Bow View Lodge, Moose Hotel & Suites and Elk & Avenue Hotel.

Best for couples: Moose Hotel and Suites
Best for couples: Moose Hotel and Suites

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Pet-friendly hotels in Banff

If your furry friends love the outdoors as much as you do, you won’t want them to miss out on your adventures in Banff. These hotels that cater to all budgets allow your pets to join you on your scenic vacation.

Opt to have your pet join you for a luxurious vacation at the Fairmont Banff Springs where cats and dogs of any size are welcome for a fee of $50 per pet. At Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets expect a more homey, cabin feel where condos and one-bedroom lofts are open to cats and dogs up to 50 pounds with a $25 fee per pet. Or opt to stay in your very own cabin at Johnston Canyon Lodge & Bungalows where each pet is included for a $25 fee.

Our top picks for pet-friendly hotels in Banff: Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets, Fairmont Banff Springs and Johnston Canyon Lodge & Bungalows.

Best for views: Fairmont Banff Springs
Best for views: Fairmont Banff Springs

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Best for families: Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets
Best for families: Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets

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Best for privacy: Johnston Canyon Lodge & Bungalows
Best for privacy: Johnston Canyon Lodge & Bungalows

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Alternate Banff accommodation options

Hotels aren’t the only options for you in Banff. You can also find properties that are more cozy through Airbnb.

A number of campsites close to town are also available with Tunnel Mountain Village I and Two Jack Main being the closest. Since Banff is a must-stop destination on any Canadian road trip, some of the campsites have RV parking too at sites such as Tunnel Mountain Trailer Court or in Lake Louise.

If you’re really looking for a budget option or are a solo traveller, there are multiple hostels in Banff to choose from as well.

Frequently asked questions about Banff hotels

Which Banff hotels have pools?

Luckily there is no shortage of hotels in Banff that have pools and you aren’t expected to pay big bucks to enjoy a pool either. Accommodation options with pools range from luxury to budget and include both indoor and outdoor pools.

Be able to swim year-round at these hotels with indoor pools or outdoor heated pools:

Which Banff hotels have an outdoor hot tub?

After spending some time on the mountains, we think the perfect way to wind down and relax is in a hot tub that you can walk to from your room.

Banff Aspen Lodge is the only hotel in the town centre with outdoor hot tubs but you’ll get the best views from the hot tubs at Hidden Ridge Resort. The most unique hot tubs in Banff are technically indoors at Fox Hotels & Suites but you’ll feel like you’re outdoors being surrounded by rock walls in a cave.

If you wish to indulge, check out the Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Banff Springs which is known as one of Canada’s best spas.

What are some Banff luxury and 5-star hotels?

No matter where you look, the top picks for luxurious hotels in Banff are always the same two hotels: Fairmont Banff Springs and Rimrock Resort Hotel.

Both of these properties ooze luxury and you’ll be hard pressed to find accommodation that tops these two. The only other hotel we see being better is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise which has unbeatable views but is a 45-minute drive outside of Banff town.

What is the average price of hotels in Banff? Why are Banff hotels so expensive?

The average price of hotels in Banff varies greatly depending on what time of year you’re visiting. Peak season from mid-June until mid-October has the highest prices where you can expect to pay an average price of $400 for a hotel room for a night.

These prices reflect Banff’s popularity and stunning location as it’s one of Canada’s top destinations. You’re not alone wanting to see the beauty of Banff!


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