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“A Gem...with a few quirks” 5 of 5 stars
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Hwy. 93 South -Banff-Windermere Highway | Box 3249, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1C8, Canada   |  
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Ranked #4 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Banff
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Washington State
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A Gem...with a few quirks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2008

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.

  • Liked — location, scenery, charming cabins
  • Disliked — noise
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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calgary
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2008

The website gives you the impression that this would be a relaxing secluded getaway however this is not the case at all. Althought the dinner was excellent it was extremly overpriced and the drinks were terrible. The cabins are very close together so there is no privacy and you many of the cabin are right in front of the highway so you hear large trucks all night long while trying to sleep in the most uncomfortable beds I have ever slept in. Don't make mistake and listen to the postive reviews instead of the negatives. The negative reviews are 100% accurate!

  • Disliked — The location and the bed
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2008

Simply amazing and very relaxing! If you are looking for seclusion and romance or just time to relax and unwind this is the place! We were so glad we made the choice to stay here rather than in Lake Louise or Banff were we would be surrounded by tourists.

We enjoyed 4 marvelous nights here and didn't want to leave. We stayed two nights each in Cabin # 5 and Cabin E. Each offered there own elegance.

Cabin E is newer and is pine with a gas burning stove. It was very cozy and set back more. The bed, washroom, etc. was very comfortable and the cabin was very clean.

Cabin #5 was one of the original cabins and was just as great with a few more luxuries such as a porch and wood-burning fireplace. The lighting in this cabin wasn't too great but that helps give it the wonderful atmosphere.


As for the food.....WONDERFUL!!! Although pricey, the dinner is well worth every penny and highly recommended. We enjoyed the Bison tendorloin and chicken, both prepared perfectly. To top it off we indulged in the homedmade cobbler with ice cream and there wasn't anything left when we finished. One night we even opted for dessert and coffee by the fire inside the lodge and once again left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. We also had them pack a lunch for us one day and the sandwiches were scrumptious!

If you enjoy hiking and drives, this is the place for you. A must see is Marble Canyon/Falls and well worth your time.

Overall, we LOVED it here and can't wait until we can return!

  • Liked — The hospitality and seclusion!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2008

We stayed at Storm Mountain Lodge, which was sufficiently away from the hubbub of Banff, and were welcomed to a magnificent old world cabin with logs. It was beautiful inside, and we had a fire in the fireplace every night. It was the highlight of our stay in Banff. I don't know why people complain in other reviews about being close to the road. Most of the cabins are a good distance away from the road, and there is very little road traffic on that particular stretch. It was a nice setting, quiet, and compared to the other prices one has to pay for lodging in the park, a real treat. We thought the prices at the lodge restaurant were quite high ($15 for an omelette for breakfast; $30-40 for dinner), but we just went into Banff and had a meal for half the price at a local cafe. We just think this was an excellent place to stay, and the people who run it are very professional. If we went back to Banff, we would definitely stay there and we would recommend it to anyone who goes to Banff and wants to get away from the cluster of hotels in the main city. This place sits all by itself with nothing else around. Pure heaven.

  • Liked — The beauty of the cabin interiors
  • Disliked — The restaurant prices
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ireland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2008

Stayed in Storm Mountain june 29/30th 2008 - Cabins are so great and cosy. Lovely little sitting area outside to watch the little squirrels and enjoy a glass of wine in the evening. Staff could not be nicer if they tried. Thanks to Sam and Laurie for everything and Isaac for breakfast ! Air canada has lost my luggage but I was able to use the lodge phone without any problem. Food in restaurant is great . Lodge is located 19k ( 15min drive ) oustide of banff town so its great to really be away from the busy town full of other tourists. I cannot recomend these cabins highly enough for a great stay in banff.

  • Liked — Total getaway
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2008

"This place was fantastic. The Cabins are charming, completely restored to elegant cozy units with wood burning fireplaces, log beds, leather loveseats, clawfoot soaker tubs. Very Clean and the best sleep we had in weeks! The atmosphere and food in the lodge was amazing. We had an incredible meal of buffalo tenderloin and alberta lamb. The staff were very helpful and always smiling and willing to help. I can't believe anyone would give this place a bad review. It was a great expereince.

  • Liked — cabins and food
  • Disliked — could not stay long enough because they were full
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2008

On our trip to Canada I can say this was the worst place we could have stayed. It reads like paradise on its website.... but its not .... you think you will be in a peaceful setting except it is on a main road.... our cabin was about 100 metres from the road which is a main transport route and every 2 minutes a massive lorry would drive past and as it is on a mountain you get the lovely sound of the airbrakes or a lorry in low gear. The rooms were dirty and cold - terrible place over priced we would have been better off going to a camp ground .... and I hate camping . If you have booked and its too late....sorry but go in the restaurant on site because that was nice. If you want photos I can email them...... that reminds me the open fire was a sealed gas one.....

  • Stayed September 2007
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Hwy. 93 South -Banff-Windermere Highway | Box 3249, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1C8, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
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Ranked #4 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
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 
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