Updated: January 22, 2018
The 8 Best Hotels for Families in Banff, Canada
Majestic, historic, luxury mountain resort set in a stunning baronial-style castle in Banff National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) that offers opulent, first-class rooms & suites (sleeps family of 4) with sweeping mountain or forest views. Amazing range of facilities include – in-house shopping, 12 dining options, a 27-hole championship golf course, a heated 32 m saltwater pool, 20 m outdoor pool, whirpool, kids’ wading pool and a 38,000 sq ft spa with waterfalls and mineral pools. Don’t miss out on taking a guided tour of the castle. Children 5 and under, eat for free from the kids’ menu and kids from 6-12 get 50% off on restaurant menus. Lots to explore with hiking trails, elk sightings, fishing etc. on the property and the town with all its cafes, bars and restaurants is a short walk away. Offers ski storage and a ski shuttle (for a fee) to and from Mount Norquay, the Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort and the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Hotel Phone: +1 403 762 2211.
Located at Tunnel Mountain, a bus ride away from town, this resort offers rustic, 2-bedroom apartments with lofts (up to 10 people) with kitchens, washer/dryers, pull out sofas, wood fireplaces and balconies/patios. Also has one 2-bedroom loft apartment with a games room (up to 8 people) with foosball & bubble hockey. Has jacuzzi suites (up to 6 people) too with an outdoor jacuzzi on the balcony, that are worth splurging on for the added luxury. Offers a kids’ play area, two outdoor hot tubs with breathtaking mountain views, barbecue & picnic areas, complimentary parking, ski storage and free bus passes into town. Hotel Phone: +1 403 762 3544.
Situated at the entrance to Banff, this lodge offers comfortable, affordable 2-bedroom suites (family of 6) with a small refrigerator, dataports and irons/ironing boards. Luxury suites add private balconies, kitchen/kitchenettes and jacuzzis (inquire when booking). Offers a complimentary hot breakfast, free secure underground parking, 1 heated indoor pool, a hot tub and ski storage. Many cafes and restaurants can be found in downtown Banff, a 10 minute walk away. Hotel Phone: +1 403 762 5575.
Down-to-earth hotel offering roomy 2-bedroom suites (up to 8 people) with double sofabeds, kitchen nooks (mini-fridge, microwave and toaster) and balconies. Offers an unusual, small, underground, cave and basin themed, hot pool and 1 grill restaurant & bar. Complimentary perks include – a ski locker, underground parking (small spaces), bus passes and breakfast. Good location on Banff Avenue, a 10-15 minute walk away from the main town. Hotel Phone: +1 403 760 8500.
Family owned hotel offering very reasonably priced, basic full family suites (up to 6 people) with mini-kitchenette (microwave, fridge) and balconies with lovely views of Sulphur mountain. Good location on Banff Avenue within walking distance of shops and restaurants (5 minutes). Opt for rooms at the back as road-facing rooms can be noisier. Offers a heated indoor pool, a hot tub, 1 Swiss-Italian restaurant and complimentary underground parking. Guests have an option of having ski tickets delivered to the hotel. Hotel Phone: +1 403 762 2236.
No-frillls hotel, offering functional, cost-effective deluxe rooms and kitchenette suites (up to 4 people). Complimentary perks include wifi, lite continental breakfast, parking and ski storage. Has a small indoor pool, hot tub, steam room, 1 dining option. (One more dining option & a grotto spa are available at their sister property 1.5 blocks away). Hotel is located on Banff avenue, a bit away from the town center. Hotel Phone: +1 403 762 4485.
7. Banff Inn
Set on Banff Avenue a 7-10 minute walk into downtown Banff, this hotel offers unpretentious, affordable, clean, bi-level loft units (up to 6 people) with mini-fridges, coffeemakeres etc. Be aware that this hotel lacks a pool. It does have a large jacuzzi whirlpool, sauna and a steamroom. Offers a whirlpool, steam room and sauna, 1 restaurant (pizzeria), underground parking (limited) and complimentary breakfast. Hotel Phone: +1 403 762 8844.
Older hotel, located a 10 minute walk away from downtown Banff, offering dated but clean, reasonably priced family suites (up to 6 people) with a fridge, microwave, coffee maker and games table. Rooms at the back are more quiet and rooms facing Banff Avenue have lovelier views. Hotel has no pool. Amenities include one 8-person hot tub, a 4 person-sauna, complimentary parking (limited) and a ski room & lockers. Hotel Phone: +1 403 762 4566.