Accommodation Banff Lake Louise
Banff is a pleasant, bustling town with plenty of hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and non-skiing activities, while the village of Lake Louise is much smaller and quieter as a result of strict development limitations imposed by the Parks Service.
It is five miles by bus from Banff to Norquay and 10 miles to Sunshine – while those in Lake Louise have a five-minute bus ride from the centre of the village to the main ski area.
Banff has more nightlife and amenities than Lake Louise and is close to the family-friendly Mount Norquay; while Lake Louise offers the largest and most varied ski terrain and is 15 miles from Sunshine Village , which has the area’s best advanced skiing.
If you still can’t decide where to base yourself, consider staying in Sunshine Village . While not really a village at all but a smattering of buildings at the mid-station on Sunshine Mountain that includes one hotel, the Sunshine Village Lodge.
Accommodation Banff Lake Louise
Fairmont Banff Springs
This grand and deeply luxurious hotel is built in Scottish baronial style with sweeping views over Banff National Park and the mountains. Rooms are large and decorated in traditional style and there are ten restaurants, including one of Banff’s best, the Banffshire Club, decorated like a gentleman’s club. Sunday buffet breakfast in the Bow Valley Grill will set you up for a week and the newly renovated Willow Stream Spa is built around a mineral pool area complete with plunge pools and waterfalls.
405 Spray Avenue, Banff Tel: 00800 04411414 Web: www.fairmont.com/banffsprings
Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff
This slick, modern hotel is located up on Sulphur Mountain, a short walk from Banff's natural hot springs, with fabulous views of the Banff National Park. The rooms are large and elegant and many have spectacular views of Mount Rundle. There are two restaurants, two bars, a café and extensive spa facilities.
300 Mountain Avenue
001 403 762 3356
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
This iconic hotel is located on the shores of Lake Louise, dwarfed by the dramatic Victoria glacier that towers above it. The Chateau has slightly more contemporary interiors than its sister property in Banff, eight restaurants, a spacious spa and a so-called “boutique hotel within a hotel” – the Fairmont Gold floor. Here you’ll find spacious suites with an exclusive lounge area and dedicated concierge as well as complimentary breakfast, evening canapés and honour bar.
111 Lake Louise Drive
Deer Lodge, Lake Louise
This quirky property is a former log cabin and teahouse, two minutes' walk from the shores of Lake Louise. Bedrooms vary considerably – some are modern while others retain original features – but none has a television. Which is to encourage guests to enjoy the peace of the National Park and the company of fellow guests. The Lodge was also a general store for hikers and now serves wonderful homemade breads and pastries. Don’t miss the views from the outdoor hot tub on the roof.
Lake Louise Drive
001 403 410 7417
Sunshine Village Lodge, Sunshine Village
This is Banff’s only ski-in/ski-out accommodation, located at 2,159m. Rooms are modern, equipped with high-tech facilities, and have great views. There’s a large outdoor hot tub and the excellent restaurant serves a range of classic American dishes. Guests here are the first up the mountain each morning and the peace is blissful – but it’s not an option for party animals as the Lodge is only accessible by gondola until 5pm (10pm on Fridays), after which entertainment is limited to you and your fellow guests.
001 403 277 7669