I believe we were some of the first to book for the holidays period, back in August. We were very excited and had high expectations about everything - they were all far exceed!
We had an amazing suite (I mean, amazing - it took us some good 20 minutes to believe we had that room and that view!). Room was very big, with a super king-size bed and small living room+gas fireplace. We had a nice size balcony and two sets of windows almost floor to ceilling - you couldn't believe the views!
The bathroom was also large, not huge, and had a nice jacuzzi, good pressure shower, good amenities, heated floor and good hairdryer. The bath robes were of excellent quality and you could take them to the EXCELLENT, big outdoor heated pool they have for all guests.
Food - we had the continantal breakfast every day (CAD14/Person) which had pretty much all you can imagine. We always had lunch at the coffee near front desk, serving very nice crepes and sandwiches (around CAD 7 each). At night we had dinner at their finest restaurant on Christmas eve (The Eagle's Nest) and food/service was very good - we paid CAD 120 for a 3 course meal+bottle of wine+tips. The rest of the days we had dinner at Chimney Corner, also nice food at very reasonable prices (pizzas at around CAD 15). Service was always good with very polite and friendly people from around the world.
Skiing - they have a locker room and each room is given a locker key - enough to store all gear of a small family. From there is not more than 20 steps to the snow. Leaving the lodge you are some 15 meters (50 feet) from the first lift! Skiing in Sunshine is amazing and will be review of=n a different post.
Check-in and check-out were very effective - when arriving you leave your heavy stuff on the base and it will be taken to your room within 3-4 hours. Your skiing gear will be stored directly to your locker.
The atmosphere around the lodge was always friendly and family - we don't have kids, but loved to watch them having the time of their lives there. The hotel has some night activities like snowshoe and tobogganing (Thank you Kristin for the wonderful time we had!) - all managed by very lively people!
My especial thanks for all staff who provided us with such an unforgatable experience, everyone: the check-in ladies, the spot-on house-keeping, all mountain staff and guys at the restaurants - thank you! I hope to see you all again in the future!
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunshine Mountain Hotel Banff
- Sunshine Mountain Resort
- Sunshine Village Inn