My wife-to-be and I will be spending 6 days in Banff this August as part of our honeymoon. Four of those days we'll be at the Chateau Lake Louise, which is pretty darn pricey. For the first 2 days, we're looking to stay in the town of Banff, and maybe save a little money (so, no Banff Springs). What I'm looking for is a hotel that meets a few simple criteria:
1) We want to be in town. Since the Chateau is a little removed from it all, we're hoping to get the experience of being able to step out of our hotel and be fairly close to the restaurants in town. Doesn't have to be on the main street, but no more than a couple minute walk.
2) Need parking. I don't care if it's complimentary or requires a small charge. I just need a place that will assure me that I don't need to find a place to park my rental car on the street.
3) Good breakfasts! During our days in Banff, we're going to be pretty busy hiking and rafting so overall great service is not something I'm particularly concerned about. Frankly, we won't be around the hotel much at all, except when sleeping. But one thing we will take advantage of before we head out for the day is a good hearty breakfast. I've seen some reviews commenting on one place or another having bad breakfasts, so I figured I'd throw this in.
My price range is flexible. While hoping to avoid the $500 Banff Springs costs, I'm willing to pay $200-$300. I'm not picky on the style of the hotel/inn/lodge, but I would like someplace clean and comfortable, obviously. One place I had looked at is The Brewster Mountain Lodge, but reviews on this site have not been the best. Looking for other suggestions, or perhaps endorsements of Brewster.