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Num-Ti-Jah Lodge
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Mile 22 Icefields Parkway | P.O. Box 39, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 1E0, Canada   |  
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Calgary
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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Chili Cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

Authentic, Rustic and Romantic. Don't expect expensive creature comforts here as this is a wilderness retreat originally designed for hunting, fishing and exploring. This is the original building and a well preserved piece of history. Think candle light not computers. Chili not cuisine. The pace here is set by sunrise and sunset walks along the beachfront property listening to the gentle waves lapping the shore at your feet. Hiking, and, Horseback riding from the on-sight stable to beautiful Bow Falls and Glacier are also available. The Staff is kind and receptive. The overall experience is one of living history, and, as one of the first lodges ever built in Banff National Park it is also one of the best kept secrets for anyone wanting to 'get away from it all'.

Room Tip: Ask for the Gable room or stay on the top floor for quiet and the best views . All sides are great...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Edmonton
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

I have been through the Icefields Parkway more times than I can count. It is one of my favourite places on earth.

Last September, we decided to splurge and booked a night at this Lodge. It was wonderful to be able to enjoy the scenery for more than an hour. Usually we stop, walk around, and head off again.

That being said, I would not return to this lodge. WAY overpriced for the quality of room you receive. As most others have said, the walls are very thin and the rooms need a complete overhaul.

I would give it a 10 for the view but the lodge itself was barely a 3. Very disappointing.

Room Tip: There are better accommodations on the Icefield Parkway
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

We were tempted by the location and stayed here for one night.

It was ok................ the room was quite old, with thin walls (could hear the guests next door). The common areas do have that country/rustic feel but the actual rooms felt a bit like daggy motel rooms that could do with some major upgrades. Breakfast was also quite expensive.

It is a good location though, but probably a bit pricey for the actual amenities provided

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gainesville, Fl
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

We stayed one night, very glad we did as the experiance was wonderful. The view is unbeliveable, the restaurant was great, and we loved the remoteness of the lodge. HOWEVER, the walls are very thin, and we could hear every step of the people above us, neither of us were able to sleep at all. If I was to go again, I would definitly get a room on the top floor.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Northern California
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

This old girl is set in about the most beautiful spot on earth. All by itself on Bow Lake, the location is stunning. The lodge itself is a historic red roofed 3 story building that is full of charm and interesting furnishings/decor. Don't expect the rooms to be anything to rave about. The walls are thin, the bathrooms a bit dated, but all is clean. You will find mostly fellow hikers inhabit this lodge. Despite the flaws, we loved it. The staff was friendly and helpful. We awoke to the first snowfall of the fall and the place was beautiful. We found the food in the restaurant to be pretty good. Be sure and sign up for dinner...the closest restaurant is MANY miles away.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011

The minute we walked in the door of Num-Ti-Jah we knew we were in a special place. First impressions are lasting and we were swept away by what we saw and experienced. The beautiful nostalgic architecture, a friendly fire in the hearth and very pleasant staff who offered to carry our large case up the stairs. But we Aussies think we are tough and had not considered that we were about 6,500 feet higher than what we were acclimatised to. By the time we got to the top of the stairs we were puffing like a 400m runner at a track meet. We recovered and found our room to be spacious, well appointed, comfortable and with an excellent outlook. Being at Num-Ti-Jah is like going back to the early 1900's in outback Canada, but with a truly great service delivery. Meals were of a very high standard and priced similarily to capital city restaurants, but when you consider that at Num-Ti-Jah they have to billet their staff, provide their own power and heating etc, this is very understandable. We give thanks to the pioneer, Jimmy Simpson and his family who built and established Num-Ti-Jah whilst living in a humble cabin adjacent to the main lodge. All in all we had a great stay, highlighted by sitting in the truly magnificent main room, snuggly watching early fall snow outside the window. All staff were very passionate about Num-Ti-Jah and its heritage. Would we go back? Yes,as we Aussie's would say "At the Drop of a Hat". Loved the place and people.`

Room Tip: Try for first floor with lakeview room.
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  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Ottawa, Canada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

This is a great old lodge in a grand mountain setting on Bow Lake, where we stayed in early September. My husband & I were warmly greeted to this historical lodge, where we had a large room that overlooked the lake and a marvellous view of the mountains. The room was rather plain & dated, the bathroom had worn fixtures and a tap that kept running continuously, not just a drip. The eiderdown was great. The reception & common areas are in keeping with such a rustic lodge with attractive historical mounted heads of various mountain animals. Guests have access to lovely lounge areas & free coffee, tea & tisanes at all hours, and a great map table with detailed topographical maps to study. The dining room is attractive, with friendly & attentive staff. They could dress a little less frumpily though. We enjoyed the most delicious & well prepared wild mushroom & asparagus risotto that evening. Delicious warm croissants were part of the simple continental breakfast. A hike for a couple of hours along the lake & forest was very enjoyable. When we asked to take a glass of wine outside to sit & watch the sunset, we were told that the National Parks rules would not allow them to provide this...a bit Victorian, we think. Num-Ti-Jah also has a very large gift shop with great clothes, native arts & an extensive book collection on nature & the history of the Rockies. This is a grand rustic mountain lodge in a grand setting!

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the lake, not just for the fantastic view, but apparently away from the e...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Mile 22 Icefields Parkway | P.O. Box 39, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 1E0, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Lake Louise
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Lake Louise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Num-Ti-Jah Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Num-Ti-Jah Lodge overlooks one of the most dramatic scenes in the Canadian Rockies. Out of Bow Lake the mountains rise steep and rugged. The blue ice of Crowfoot Glacier hangs suspended over the turquoise water. To the west, the craggy peaks of the Great Divide tower over Bow Glacier.Num-Ti-Jah Lodge is located 40 kilometres north of Lake Louise on Highway 93 in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. We are a three hour drive from the Calgary International Airport. ... more   less 
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