The town of Waterton Lakes is a quaint village nestled in the Canadian Rockies. Beautiful and well appointed in both its setting and atmosphere. Good restaurants, nice stores and gorgeous scenery with ample wildlife viewing and hiking adventures to suit any taste. Travelers be warned that travel this far north require summer stays since by the middle of September many, if not most services, are shutting down for the long winter.
The Northland Lodge benefits from being at a great spot in this wonderful locale and from being one of only a few lodgings in the whole region to offer the ambiance of a B&B. An old home retrofitted as a B&B, it still maintains some charm but is in need of some updating. With nine rooms, there are generally plenty of other guests to interact with which creates a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Furnishings are comfortable if a bit dated. The rooms can be small, so the use of the common area is a must for some guests. Breakfasts consist entirely of muffins, delicious and hearty, but for stays of more than two nights, it gets a bit old to have the same type of muffins each day. And for those bent on heavy duty hiking, not quite the breakfast to send you on your way for an active day.
For our stay, the hostess was nice and cordial. However, she was not that knowledgeable about the local activities (didn't get the timing or locations right), nor the local restaurants (1 recommendation only even though there were many in town). This may have been due to the fact that was over taxed as she had no help for a 9 room, fully occupied B&B, and as a consequence the service was not quite what one would expect at a nice B&B.
Overall, the Northland Lodge has real potential with a great location and an historic setting, but could use more staffing help for a nine room facility and is in desperate need of more variety for breakfast. If there were competition in the lovely town of Waterton Lakes, this B&B would have to pick up its game. As it is, if you want to stay in a B&B in the village of Waterton Lakes, this is your place.
- Also Known As:
- Northland Hotel Waterton Lakes National Park
- Northland Hotel
- Northland Lodge Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada - Alberta
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Historic Lodge, built in 1928 for a family home of Louis Hill, the famous builder of The Prince of Whales Hotel, is sweetly located in the quiet part of Waterton and is a 5 minute walk to downtown. A stone's throw from the Waterfalls and the only B&B inside the Park and Town of Waterton serving our Famous Hot Muffins with Saskatoon Berry Jam, Coffee, Tea & Orange Juice every morning. Open your window and listen to the sound of the waterfalls all night or hang out on the large deck and watch the deer come off the mountain. Wireless in-room Internet free. ... more less
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