We stayed here for three nights, and had an overall good experience.
The best part is being able to wake up, have breakfast, put on your ski stuff, and be one of the first ones out on the hill. And then be able to ski up to the hotel at the end of the day, get in the hot tub, and not have to worry about driving anywhere.
We had two beautifully sunny mornings, with fresh powder, and being able to get out and ski first thing was really amazing.
The downside is that you are stuck there at night, and unfortunately the food at the restaurant is pretty mediocre. It's not bad...it's just not good either. Not that surprising since they have to send everything up a gondola, but that got old by the second day. Would recommend bringing a lot of your own snacks at least.
The rooms were pretty nice. We had one of the basic rooms in the main lodge the first two nights, looking towards the trees in the back, which we actually really liked. Small-ish, but has everything you need, and it was nice, and quiet, and enjoyed just watching the snow fall on the trees.
We had to move the third night because those rooms were all booked when we reserved. We originally moved to the newer wing to a 'deluxe' room. That room was fine.. a bit bigger, but still only a queen bed, and the windows looked right out to the lift only maybe 20ft away. I guess that's a nice view..but didn't feel nearly as private. The second floor of that wing is off the ground and has much bigger windows..those rooms may be worth the extra money, but the first floor certainly isn't in our opinion.
And I think the walls are thinner over there. We had a group of young guys in the room next to us there intent on partying..which we were really not excited about.
We called to complain about the noise and asked to move. After some discussion, they ended up handling it well and professionally - the hotel was almost full that night but they moved us to a suite back in the main lodge, which was on the floor we had been on before. Much better.
All in all a really nice time. Some great skiing, beautiful views, and time relaxing in the hot tub and sauna. Wouldn't recommend staying more than 2 or 3 nights just due to the lack of food options.
- 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