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“Backcountry pampering!” 5 of 5 stars
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P.O. Box 5, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 1E0, Canada   |  
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Merrimack, New Hampshire
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“Backcountry pampering!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Skoki lodge is a great place.
If you are a hiker you will not find the hike in too difficult, especially considering you get a ride up to the end of the road. The views are outstanding on the way in (alpine lakes, glaciers).
The food and hospitality are amazing. Of course this comes with a price. The lodge is very expensive. But an excellent way to spend some time in the back country; especially if you are not a backpacker.
A great experience !

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

This is a once-in-the-life-time experience. Hard to get to, the hike will be strenuous but achievable. That makes the result so much better. The lodge is an oasis. The 3 cabins are far quieter than the lodge. The food is amazing. Fresh, tasty, satisfying. The hikes from the lodge are wonderful. Understated in terms of challenge, but very rewarding. We spent two nights. Do not go for less. We left a little tired but energized too, talking about returning with our kids.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gillette
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Skokie Lodge is a wonderful place. You can either hike in, or ride in by horseback. The hike in is a challenge.....2500 ft climb over Deception Pass then 1000 ft drop to the Lodge. We sent some of our items in by horse (Timberline Tours ) .....so we didn't have to carry it all on the way to Skokie. We took our own wines because we knew they would be our favorites....Skokie has wine but they are just OK. We carried out everything we took in but the liquor.....so pack light. It's a big climb out of Skokie with an extra 20 lbs on your back. Susan with Timberline worked with us on a price for the weight of what we wanted sent in by horse.....she's a special Lady with well cared for horses. The Lodge is quaint with squeaky floor boards in the small bedrooms upstairs....so bring ear plugs! The beds were comfy...I suggest the double bedroom. Bigger bed than the singles and nice cool breeze from the end window. The Cabins would be ideal for more privacy. The only downside is the Outhouses . There is hot water whenever you want it and the rooms have basins with a pitcher and towels etc.. The food is magnificent and plenty of it. I will return again to one of the most beautiful places on earth.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I have had the privilege of hiking into Skoki and staying at the lodge a dozen times over the last 20 years and it is always a wonderful experience. Katie and Leo are marvellous hosts who help you appreciate what a special place this is by telling you the history and the old stories about the lodge and how it came to be and how it is being preserved. The food is of course outstanding - buy Katie's cookbook to recreate it at home. The rooms and cabins are warm and cozy, good beds, soft duvets, and good bathroom facilities - as outhouses go!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Skoki is nice because of the effort to get there-- a scenic 3.5 hour hike into the backcountry with each next view better then the last---makes it selective to those who appreciate the effort. A really warm welcome by the Skoki staff highlighted by some of the best food one could expect (Katie is amazing, and I bought her cookbook she was so good!). There are not many options for lodges back country which is why I am guessing it is pricey for what I would otherwise consider a high-end AMC hut with only 24 people. $700 for one night for 3 of us in bunk room. All that said I would probably go back. Being off the grid from mobile phone coverage alone for me and two teenagers worth it :) great extra hikes to Merlin Lake and hike back a different route back out past Skoki lakes were wonderful!. interesting guests from around the world in a community style always make it engaging. all in all worth it

Room Tip: riverside cottage is supposed to be one of the best. the rooms in the lodge are nice lodge like bun...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Been planning this trip for a while. Worried about the hike in, carrying a backpack. Did I mention I am not a hiker? Rained all day on our hike in. Soaked when we got there but guess what-the whole experience was incredible. The scenery was jaw dropping, Skoki Lodge was amazing. OK, no flush toilets, no electricity, no running water but the ambiance made up for it.. The food was fabulous, rooms were very basic but functional and day hikes from the lodge made me appreciate this great country of ours. Beauty everywhere. Staff were great.

Room Tip: I think the cabins would have been a better place for me than the main lodge, as I am a very light s...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Skoki makes the beautiful scenery of the backcountry easily accessible. It's unlike any other experience in the Rockies. The staff at Skoki make the trip, they know the area like the back of their hand and the service is phenomenal. Katie's cinnamon buns alone are worth the trip.

We spent 2 nights, day hiking to Merlin Lake and scrambling to Dragon's Drink on Day 2. Merlin Lake is incredible, it's like a smaller Lake Louise with no other tourists in sight.

Catch the shuttle up and back from Temple Lodge if possible. The hike between the parking lot and Temple is quite boring and unnecessary.

Hike out via Packer's Pass - it's a far more interesting hike than in via Deception Pass. As of July 2, you won't need gaiters.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jmacqueen, Marketing Communications at Skoki Lodge, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Hi Kyla,

Thank you for taking the time to write about your Skoki experience. It seems that Katie's cooking leaves nearly as much of an impression on guests as the scenery. But those who have experienced Skoki food will not be surprised.

You will have to come out during the winter. It is a very different experience. But of course the food is just as good.
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Address: P.O. Box 5, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 1E0, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Lake Louise
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Lake Louise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Skoki Lodge is situated in a beautiful high alpine region in Banff National Park. The eleven kilometer trail from Lake Louise to the Skoki Valley makes Skoki Lodge an ideal destination for hikers and skiers of all levels. From Skoki Lodge one can access breathtaking mountain ridges and alpine lakes, or explore five different adjoining valleys. ... more   less 
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Skoki Hotel Lake Louise

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