When planning our trip to the Canadian Rockies we wanted to stay outside of the hubbub of Banff and Lake Louise, and Storm Mountain Lodge turned out to be a wonderful choice. The setting is magnificent, close to some beautiful trails and other attractions, and the cabins well appointed and charming. The food at the restaurant is excellent and the small lodge is a wonderful place to hang out.
There are some quirks. The location is at the top of a steep grade of route 93 (approaching Vermilion Pass from the north) that is used by many big trucks, and they make a lot of noise. But the traffic eased up after about 10 pm and overall we didn't find it bothersome.
The lodge website asks if you want to make a reservation for dinner. That's great...but don't expect them to follow up if you say yes. They expect you to figure out that you have to tell them the time, and if you don't, no reservation. So we arrived after a long drive expecting to have dinner there, but had no reservation and didn't want to wait until their first available table. They were accommodating in arranging another option, but the experience felt like poor guest service that could have been avoided with a simple change to their website.
The other issue we experienced was with the charming but dysfunctional fireplace, whose flue didn't pull the smoke out of the cabin. Gradually smoke filled the room, set off the fire alarm, and left us with a very smoky cabin the rest of the night. The staff implicitly blamed us for starting the fire too far forward in the fireplace. Again, this felt like poor guest service.
Despite these quirks, I'd stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Storm Mountain Lodge was constructed in 1922 as one of eight Bungalow Camps built by Canadian Pacific Railway to promote tourism in the Rocky Mountains. Our Banff Park cabins and lodge offer guests exceptional accommodations and cuisine amidst the majestic Canadian Rockies. Whether its a romantic getaway, weekend retreat, family vacation or a Canadian Rockies wedding, Storm Mountain Lodge provides an ideal setting. Guests will experience delicious Canadian cuisine prepared with a dedication to organic ingredients and naturally raised Alberta meat and wild fish pared with Canada's finest selection of wine. All of our breads, desserts and breakfast pastries are baked daily on site. The Historic Log Cabins provide guests with amenities such as wood-burning fireplaces, antique soaker tubs and offer a cozy place to relax! Stay at our Banff lodge and make the most of your Canadian Rockies vacation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Storm Mountain Lodge & Cabins Hotel Banff
- Storm Mountain Lodge And Cabins
- Storm Mountain Banff