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“Stylish and pleasing accommodation” 4 of 5 stars
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Cathedral Mountain Lodge
3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   1 Yoho Valley Road | PO Box 40, Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia V0A 1G0, Canada   |  
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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Stylish and pleasing accommodation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

This Lodge offers a very attractive and characterful high quality "country" style based on accommodation in luxury log-cabins complete with historical decorative items.
The cabins are set in coniferous woodland close to a river. The location is conveniently near a main highway, but does not suffer unduly from traffic noise or from the railway line that runs on the far side of the highway. It should be noted that although the address is given as "Field", it is actually about 1-2 miles outside the village of Field and is on the opposite side of the highway.
Fittings and furniture are to a high standard. Our cabin was warm and comfortable with a very nice shower/bathroom. Central heating is provided by an imitation log burner that is actually a gas fire.
Breakfast is taken in the attractive main lodge, buffet-style. The food is very good with a reasonably wide selection of items, all of good quality. One small irritation however is that the owners do not seem to supply mugs for drinks - only minuscule teacups.
Beside the dining area is an informal lounge with various sofas and an enormous cheerful wood fire.
The lodge also offers dinner - but this is a little expensive - and "somores". The latter are marshmallows which guests can toast on a fire outside and are eaten there along with chocolate and dry biscuits.
The accommodation's staff are friendly and helpful and very knowledgeable about the local area.
One tip - if you decide not to have dinner at the lodge, be aware that other possibilities in the area are extremely limited. Make sure that you book early, or arrive early, or you run the risk of going hungry!

Room Tip: Cabins near the kitchen in the main lodge may experience noise from the roof-mounted equipment there...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

This was to be our Canadian Rockies trip's big finish after Canmore and Jasper but unfortunately we were a little disappointed... If you are looking at the hotel's website you'll be left with the impression that this property is in the middle of an undeveloped expanse of nature. Not true. It is very conveniently located off the main artery that will take you to points east and west, like Lake Louise and Field. The property is a very densely built collection of cabins that offer very little in the way of scenic views - unless you are on the river! Our kids and their kids - four of them - stayed in the accommodations there. Beautiful view, wonderful rushing water sound - you'd never know you were so close to the highway. Our accommodations on the other hand - after changing rooms - had a view of the cabins in front of us (instead of the original view of the back door of the kitchen and parking lot). Something else to keep in mind is that while the cabins are all outfitted very nicely, they are ALL very small. The quarters are quite tight no matter the accommodation level. The lodge is very nice with a lovely view and also not as large as depicted on the website - the power of a good camera lens! All that said, Cathedral Mountain itself is awesome and to sleep five nights under its looming presence was somehow very comforting, the people at the Lodge tried to be helpful, and the food there was quite good.

Room Tip: The rooms are small so consider how much space you need!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Vail, Colorado
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110 reviews 110 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

This is a stunningly beautiful place to stay. The property is surrounded on three sides by steep mountains which get bathed in sunlight, while the lodge and cabins are cool in the forest below. There are both "duplex" cabins, and individual cabins. Privacy was no issue. The cabins are nicely appointed and many have nice wood burning fireplaces. They have attended nicely to the decor of these places. One weakness is that there are no TV's in the rooms, phones and no wifi. The dining room is post and beam, beautifully decorated, and walls of windows. Make sure to take the time to enjoy afternoon tea, and complimentary s'mores by the fire in the evening. We found breakfast to be very satisfying, and dinner in the evening was pricey, but very good - and compared to the nearby restaurants, right in line. Don't pass it up.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 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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San Diego
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Each small cabin is actually half of a duplex but we didn't hear noise from the other side, so it probably was insulated well. Very clean and obviously much thought went into the furnishings. We had a dorm frig, coffee maker, and tea kettle. So it is possible to buy a picnic sandwich at the Siding in Field and store it safely for the next day. I don't know why people have negative comments about the complimentary breakfast, as it is identical to the buffet breakfasts in other hotels (warm eggs and sausage), fruit, cereal, yougart, fantastic pastries. They didn't run out of anything and everything seemed fresh. The only annoyance was the person ahead of us that held up a line of people picking out her favorite fruit from the fruit salad. We had dinner at the Lodge the first night, which was a bit pricey but worth it as we had been eating pretty lean the previous 4 days. The only drawback was that you could hear some street noise from the main road and the occasional train. But this did not seem constant.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012 via mobile

A hidden jewel just north of Lake Louise.

Nestled amongst the trees beneath Cathedral Mountain, this is a perfect hideaway in the national park.

If you are looking for excellent service, privacy and being as close to nature as possible, this is it. From the deck overlooking the river and mountains, with its own fireplace, to the intimate cabins which are meticulously fitted out - most of the furniture is made of tree branches, including the bed!

My wife and I stayed for one night after 4days of exploring and hiking around Jasper and the Icefield Parkway.

May not be for everyone as Lake Louise is about 10 - 15 minutes drive away, and they are closed after October as their road is not accessible due to snow.

Saying that, would tell anyone who is willing to listen about this place. We would stay again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vienna, Austria
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Generally the Premiere Cabin with Loft had nice furnitures and we had an open fireplace which was very romantic. The location is perfect - very close to the river and not far away to the water fall and to Emerald Lake. The price performance ratio was really not good - too expensive! The breakfast was very poor for an hotel which would provide an high level to their guests. We had not really much selections on the buffet! The bed looked clean but the smell of the pillow was really bad and awful. They should buy new pillow because this is really necessary!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012 via mobile

If you're looking for superb lodging and dining in the Banff National Park area, avoid the crowds of Lake Louise and travel a short 30-minute drive west to the Cathedral Mountain Lodge. Premium lof cabin accommodations on the banks of the Kicking Horse River. Fireplaces, beautifully furnished and finished, the cabins and grounds offer a private retreat from tourists and civilization. Highly recommended and be sure to take in dinner at the main lodge. Local meats, fish and vegetables prepared stylishly and flavorfully.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 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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Address: 1 Yoho Valley Road | PO Box 40, 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 Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Field
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cathedral Mountain Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy our Timber Frame lodge located in stunning Yoho National Park on the banks of the Kicking Horse River; providing unsurpassed guest excellence and attention to detail while surrounded by the lovingly re-claimed Douglas Fir post and beams. If you love the great outdoors but also love luxurious comfort, Cathedral Mountain Lodge is your perfect Canadian Rockies destination. Allow us to indulge all of your culinary senses at our Riverside Restaurant and Lounge, featuring Western Canada's best in-season regional cuisine, complimented by our diverse well-crafted wine list. ... more   less 
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