We had booked a mountain view room at the Juniper Hotel. When we arrived and checked in to our room, we realized that the mountain view was not the coveted view since the mountain wall was just a few feet in front of our window. We went back to the reception area to see if there were any rooms on the other side of the hotel. For $20 more, we were upgraded to a “valley view” room with an incredible view across Banff which included many mountains. You also get a small patio or balcony on this side allowing you to sit outside and admire the view as the light changes during the day. It was well worth the increase!
The room itself was comfortable with a retro mid-century style. The hotel’s exterior is vaguely Frank Lloyd Wright looking. There are some interesting photos in the main floor hallway of the hotel when it was built in the 1960’s.
The hotel is across the Trans Canada from the town of Banff. We were initially afraid that it might be noisy since it’s right above the highway, but it wasn’t. You do need a car. There are lots of parking lots in Banff so it was not a problem to drive into town for meals or shopping. We loved being away from the crowds!