Canalta Lodge in Banff, Canada

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Updated: March 11, 2020

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Review of Canalta Lodge in Banff, Canada.

Canalta Lodge – New, all-weather, family-friendly base camp with large rooms.

Banff’s newest hotel has a fun, casual vibe and features a trendy outdoor courtyard with hot tubs, a cold plunge pool, barrel-style sauna, and a fire pit. The spacious rooms are comfortable with a base camp theme featuring black and white plaid and yellow lantern-style lights, and feel extra spacious with high ceilings. A complimentary hot and cold breakfast buffet is served daily. They have a small coffee bar and licensed lounge, and lots of common areas for guests to share their stories. The hotel is located at the far end of Banff Avenue, so the area is quieter and only has a handful of eateries nearby.

Canalta Lodge – Location

  • Address: 545 Banff Ave #1B5, Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1B5.
  • Area: On the north end of Banff Avenue – Banff’s main street – in a quiet area of town. A handful of restaurants and bars are nearby, otherwise, the majority are in the town center.

Canalta Lodge – The Basics

  • Ages: Guests of all ages are welcome.
  • Pet Policy: Pets are allowed in ground-level standard rooms only. No other restrictions. CA$20 per night, per pet.
  • View: Some rooms have mountain views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
  • Laundry: Coin-operated laundry facilities on-site.
  • Wi-Fi: Complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Parking: Underground parking available for CA$7. No valet.
  • Extras: Bicycles are available for rent at CA$25 per day (24-hour period). Community fire pit, swing chairs, and outdoor barbecue. 10 suites have fireplaces. Keurig coffee machines in all rooms.
  • When To Book: Booking 3-4 months in advance is advised.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: 403-762-2112
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: canaltalodge.com

Canalta Lodge – Amenities

  • Pool: Sauna hut with dry sauna located in the pleasant courtyard, along with two hot tubs and a glacier plunge tub.
  • Spa: No spa.
  • Fitness Center: Open 24/7.
  • For Disabled Guests: One of the Single Queen rooms is accessible.

Canalta Lodge – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: No restaurant.
  • Cafe: Happy Camper coffee shop in the lobby with shared seating in the lobby/breakfast area. Live music on Fridays and Saturdays featuring local musicians (6-9pm).
  • Bar/Lounge: No bar or lounge.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary hot and cold breakfast is served daily.
  • Room Service: No room service.

Canalta Lodge – Rooms

  • Room Types: Single Queen (Accessible) ● Double Queen (Standard/with Kitchen/with Sofa and Fireplace) ● Double Queen Suite (Loft/Loft with Bunk Beds) ● Single King (Standard/with Kitchen) ● Single King Loft (with Sofa/with Sofa and Kitchen) ● Triple Queen Suite (with Sofa and Fireplace)
  • Smoking Rooms: Canalta Lodge is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: Suites and Lofts are spacious and feature sofas. Some have full kitchens. All rooms have AC, Keurig coffee machines, and HDTVs. 10 rooms/suites come with fireplaces.
  • For Families: There are no adjoining rooms/suites but the larger suites and suites with lofts can sleep 4-6 people, and some even have kitchens. Cribs are available.

Canalta Lodge – What’s Nearby

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • BeaverTails – Popular spot for its unique pastries, freshly-baked on-site. Also ice creams, sundaes, and smoothies. 17-minute walk (1 mile).
  • Magpie & Stump – Cozy and informal tavern-style restaurant with eclectic décor serving excellent and authentic Mexican fare with over 60 tequilas. Its rooftop patio is popular during the summer. 18-minute walk (1 mile).
  • Bear Street Tavern – Family-friendly diner serving fantastic signature thin crust pizzas and other classics in a family-friendly atmosphere. 18-minute walk (1 mile).
  • Wild Flour Bakery – Fresh breads, fresh coffee, surprising soups, and hearty sandwiches make this a fabulous and popular coffeeshop. 19-minute walk (1 mile).
  • La Terrazza – Upscale Italian restaurant located in the Banff Park Lodge. Quiet and cozy with delicious gourmet homemade pasta. 20-minute walk (1 mile).
  • The Juniper Bistro – Located in the Juniper Hotel, it offers a great menu, gourmet cuisine, and amazing mountain views. Try the Rockies Road dessert if you are a chocolate lover. 6-minute drive (2 miles).

Best Nearby Bars

  • Tommy’s Neighbourhood Pub – Classic hole-in-the-wall neighborhood pub in downtown Banff. Serves fantastic pub fare at affordable prices. 19-minute walk (1 mile).
  • Maclab Bistro – Located in the The Banff Centre, this air and bright café and wine bar has huge windows and fabulous mountain views. The outdoor fireside patio overlooks the Banff Centre’s amphitheater. 26-minute walk (1 mile).

Canalta Lodge – The Hotel

The hotel has a rustic design.

The hotel has a rustic, chalet-style design.

The lobby is modern and minimalist.

The lobby has a practical design with no carpet and limited sofas.

The breakfast area is just off the lobby.

The breakfast area is next to the lobby and gets very busy in the mornings.

The Standard King rooms are very spacious.

Standard King Rooms have King beds and are very spacious.

The room shave a small work area.

The rooms also feature small work desks and a lot of wall art.

The bathrooms are modern and nice.

The bathrooms have a black and white plaid design and come with a bathtub and shower.

The rooms even have small kitchenettes.

There is even a small kitchenette with coffee machine, microwave, and mini-fridge.

The ground-level room has a small outdoor patio.

The patio of the ground-level room looks out onto the street.

King Loft Rooms are duplexes and very spacious.

The King Loft Rooms are duplexes, with the living and dining areas on the main floor…

The bedroom is on the second floor.

…and the King-sized bed in the loft.

The views are better from this room.

The views are much better from the King Loft rooms.

Complimentary hot and cold breakfast is served every morning. Nothing too fancy but the variety is good.

There is also a small snack bar in the lobby.

A small snack bar serves coffee, tea, and snacks.

There are hot tubs and a cold plunge pool outside.

The hotel has a uniquely-designed spa with a basic nordic theme featuring hot tubs and a cold plunge pool.

The pool area has a fire pit and barbecue.

The pool area also has a fire pit and barbecue.

There is even a barrel sauna.

A traditional barrel sauna is the highlight of the spa.

The gym is small.

The gym is small and has basic machines.

The hotel gives bicycles on rent.

Hotel bikes are available to rent. May come in handy for some as this hotel is farther from town center than most.

BeaverTails is a great place for sweet treats.

For great desserts, smoothies, and sweet treats, visit BeaverTails.

Magpie & Stump is a great Mexican restaurant.

Magpie & Stump is a fantastic Mexican restaurant with over 60 types of Tequila.

The rooftop patio is open in the summer.

It has a colorful rooftop patio that’s open in the summer and offers a limited menu.

Bear Street Tavern is known for its pizzas.

Bear Street Tavern serves fantastic thin crust pizzas and other signature dishes.

Wild Flour Bakery is a popular coffeeshop.

Wild Flour Bakery is popular for its freshly-baked breads, freshly-brewed coffee, hearty soups, and delicious salads.

Tommy's Neighbourhood Pub is a cozy and popular pub.

Tommy’s Neighbourhood Pub has a cozy atmosphere and a delicious, wholesome menu.

La Terrazza is a high-end Italian restaurant.

La Terrazza offers Italian fine dining with a good selection of wines and cocktails.

Maclab Bistro offers great views.

Maclab Bistro is a bright and airy café and wine bar with great views.

The Juniper Bistro offer great food and views.

The Juniper Bistro serves great food and has a very friendly vibe.

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