We stayed here a week and would do this again.
First and foremost, you are on site at Alberta's best ski resort.This gives you lots of options for making early or late starts, taking breaks from your skiing, all at a fantastic ski resort where the snow is always real and good, even when they are having to make snow at other nearby resorts.
I wondered how I would get on with the hotel and restaurants having read other reviews. I liked the room we were given - I asked for a quieter room and our fifth floor waterfall room was perfect in that respect. I wouldn't bother to upgrade as at least one other reviewer suggested. I doubt noise from the bar would reach any of the bedrooms as there is an admin floor between the bar and Chimney Corner lounge on the 2nd floor and the 4th floor bedrooms.
I was concerned that the meals in the restaurants would become a bit 'samey' by the end of the week, but this wasn't a problem for us as we could chop and change between the Chimney Corner and the Eagle's Nest restaurants. We enjoy a catholic diet, so I could imagine that someone with more conservative eating habits might struggle during a longer stay. Our accommodation was bed and breakfast, and we were given vouchers to cover the cost. This allowed us to go for the buffet - I tend not to choose breakfast buffets because some of the cooked items aren't generally refreshed often enough, even at top quality hotels. The vouchers were more than sufficient to order off the menu, where eggs Benedict, other cooked and healthier options were all excellent. I thought the service in the restaurants was excellent where waiting staff were attentive, efficient and always very friendly. Because they are mostly into their snow sports, you can pick up tips from them on where to go in the mountains.
The huge hot tub was great. For extra zest, head through the gate to rub snow onto your tired muscles.
I have a couple of gripes - the room service was pretty poor, and we had to ask them to do a few basics, such as replace toiletries or cleaning, that we shouldn't have had to ask for. Towels for the hot tub are supplied, but the changing rooms weren't checked, so often there were no towels, and the showers weren't kept particularly clean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled high in the Canadian Rockies in Canada’s oldest and most famous national park, this eco-boutique hotel delivers extraordinary luxury surrounded by breathtaking scenery. It is place unlike anything you have ever experienced.World-famous dining. Opulent rooms . Friendly, courteous staff. Outside, a sky so full of stars you won’t believe your eyes. And some of the best skiing you’ll ever find, just footsteps from your room. The Sunshine Mountain Lodge is the ONLY ski-in, ski-out hotel in the Mountain National Parks. It offers casual and fine dining, the area’s largest hot tub, spa services and family friendly activities. Our new West Wing offers rooms with in-floor heating, jetted tubs, large-screen LCD TVs, all in a rustic mountain theme.It’s the vacation you and your family will never forget. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunshine Mountain Hotel Banff
- Sunshine Mountain Resort
- Sunshine Village Inn