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“Shoulder Season Ups and Downs” 4 of 5 stars
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Truffle Pigs Lodge
100 Centre Street, Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia V0A 1G0, Canada   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Field
Richmond, Vermont
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4 hotel reviews
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“Shoulder Season Ups and Downs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My husband and I went to Field during what turned out to be an unexpected exceptionally cold and snowy October week for some hiking. Needed a place to stay near Emerald Lake, and Lodge there was closed so chose Kicking Horse Lodge and Truffle Pigs Bistro. Originally planned on 3 nights but stayed only 2. Dinner was outstanding (at TP Bistro) on our first night but restaurant closed for next 2 days - and no other food nearby. Had 30 min drive each way next night to Lake Louise. Room at lodge was adequate but no service to room while we were there - including no replacement of tea bags so even no morning tea (ouch!) I think we were only people in entire lodge. Owner/chef a delightful person who gave us many good ideas for hiking and a recommendation for dinner when back in Banff. That dinner (at Nourish, a vegan/vegetarian resto) was also outstanding and we got a discount on our bill by mentioning the TP chef's recommendation. So, if going off season, know when TP restaurant is open/closed, bring own supplies - but revel in the Elk right outside your door, spectacular scenery and a very friendly host.

Room Tip: Others have complained about the trains which pass regularly right outside hotel, but since they did...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Corvallis, Oregon, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We were immediately charmed by the St. Bernard dog stretched out in the yard on a cold fall night at the Kicking Horse. We travel with our dog and there was no problem booking our room. Great price, trendy, well kept room with newer mattresses and furnishings. A yummy bonus was the chocolate truffle pig candies on our pillows. In the morning, we were greeted by a happy tabby cat on our morning dog walk. Everyone on the staff was very helpful and we were so tired. We felt lucky to find such a charming place for such a low price, on a cold fall night, in the darkness, in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. Linda from Oregon

Room Tip: Dog friendly rooms weren't second class (as in many motels/hotels). Unique foods and atmosphere...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Have been three times. Sept/09 - Outstanding. Sept/11 - Very good. Jul/12 - Disappointed. Service still good but flat bread was soggy, some of my dining partners commented on small portions (seemed small even to me who is not a big eater). Tacos were very good. Oh, and don't even get me going on the service at breakfast which was abysmal and then the wrong order comes out to me not once but twice! My spouses egg mcmuffin was bordering on cold. That being said previously when the dinners were lovely there always seemed to issues at breakfast, Anyway, I am sad. I think they have been reading too much of their own press

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Frankfurt, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

The hotel is located across from a train switching yard - we didn't mind this much, but there is a lot of train noise especially during the night. We had one of the rooms on the back of the building (with a kitchenette). Thank God we didn't plan to cook - the kitchen is very poorly equipped (AND there is nowhere to buy groceries expect the most basic). Also, the kitchen dishes were not very clean, the fridge was off - and was a bit mouldy (which happens when you switch off a fridge w/o opening the door). Also, the sink in the bathroom didn't drain well, although the bathroom was clean overall. Not so much our pillowcases, which had hair on it. In short, the hotel room we had was not in good repair. The staff at the the hotel was young and not particularly attentive.
I wouldn't mind all of that - if the price of the room hadn't been 190 $ - there is far cheaper and far better accommodation not far away in Golden (which also has great restaurants).

Room Tip: The rooms in front seemed better - much cleaner (they also had wooden floors instead of carpet)
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Called in on spec going Westwards through Yoho and immediately cancelled our booked accommodation in Golden for the return Eastward journey to allow us to stay here instead. Lady on reception was rather reluctant to let us book the basement 'crashpad' as she feared the restaurant above would be too noisy. In the event the room, though suffering a little from faded decor, proved most comfortable.
Restaurant is manic with a great atmosphere and memorable food. Not cheap (our restaurant bill far eclipsed our accommodation bill) but provided something beyond the ordinary.
Field itself is small and quaint, bang in the middle of Yoho, with a number of interesting little features, one of which is the rail yards, which as far as we were concerned provided no threat to a restful night's sleep.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

My family stayed here in August. The town of Field is very small, in a beautiful valley in Yoho National Park. We chose this hotel because the alternatives out of town in Yoho were too expensive: these options being the Emerald Lake Lodge and Cathedral Mountain Lodge. However, the hotel is located across from a train switching yard. In the summer, with no air conditioning, the room windows had to be open at night, so our room was very noisy. One of our windows was actually inoperable, and the sink in the bathroom didn't drain well. In short, the hotel room we had was not in good repair. The staff at the the hotel was young and not particularly attentive.

We ate one dinner at the restaurant. I think it is way overrated. Once again, the wait staff was young and extremely inattententive. We had not been served any food whatsoever one hour and fifteen minutes after we arrived, on time, at the reserved time. When we asked out waitress about the delay, she told us that an hour and fifteen minute delay was not at all unusual. When we finally got our food the portions were very small. I am not that big an eater, but I had to go have a snack after we returned to our room because my main course could be eaten in about three bites.

I would avoid this place in the summer, unless you are impervious to noise. I also think that the more expensive hotels in Field would be quieter and in a better location. Perhaps the better option would be to avoid staying in a hotel in Field, and simply camp, or stay in Golden or near Lake Louise. There are great hotel options near Lake Louise, within a half hour drive. Golden is about 40 minutes away, and has more hotels, and at least one good restaurant. We ate in Golden and had a far better meal than we had at Truffle Pigs, with outstanding service.

Room Tip: I don't believe there are any quiet rooms in the summer, but definitely avoid the basement rooms...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

This was a last minute addition to our agenda. Over the top in service, quality and cuisine. Excellent in these categories. Yet the real gem is the crazy, wonderful ambience. This should be on everyone's list visiting Lake Louise. Avoid the drab dining in the Chateauband treatvyourself. It is an adventure you won't regret.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: 100 Centre Street, Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia V0A 1G0, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Yoho National Park > Field
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Field
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 13 room post and beam hotel/lodge in the heart of Yoho National Park, Field BC. Home of Truffle Pigs Bistro and Lounge: award winning and nationally and internationally acclaimed eclectic bistro. This is a unique family run property in the thick of the rocky mountains that is unpretentious, comfortable, welcoming and human. The staff is likewise : energetic, passionate and professional. This property is a fantastic family hotel, romantic outdoor couples mecca, a hikers hang out and a skier friendly lodge that is minutes from some of Canada's most prestigious ski hills and mountain destinations. Winter is cozy and tranquil & summer is relaxing and chaotic: an atmosphere unlike any other in the Canadian Rockies and not to be missed. Rooms are clean and spacious, freshly renovated and affordable. The property has free parking, WiFi, coin laundry, games room, manicured gardens and immediate access to mountain terrain. Cell service is now available in Field. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Kicking Horse Lodge And Truffle Pigs Bistro Hotel Field
Kicking Horse Hotel
Kicking Horse Motel

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