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Finding affordable accom for family of 7 proving difficult

researching for hours and coming up empty handed ...Does anyone know of affordable accommodation in Banff and surrounding area for a family of 7 fire code regulations only allow 6 in a room and we have one kid too many !!

Edited: 7:41 pm, March 09, 2013
1. Re: Finding affordable accom for family of 7 proving difficult

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2. Re: Finding affordable accom for family of 7 proving difficult

Let's start by finding you some places that can accommodate your whole group, and then look at the prices later. I'd start with Tunnel Mountain hotels. Hidden Ridge Resort has rooms that can hold 6-8 people:

bestofbanff.com/hidden-ridge-resort/hrr1bedl…

Tunnel Mountain Resort's loft chalets and mountain cabins can accommodate up to 8:

http://www.tunnelmountain.com/amenities.html

http://www.tunnelmountain.com/chalets.html

At the Douglas Fir Resort, you could use the Mount Rundle Suite, or the 3-bedroom family suite, but I suspect those are too expensive for you:

http://www.douglasfir.com/rooms_rundle.html

http://www.douglasfir.com/rooms_3bed.html

http://www.douglasfir.com/rates.html

The 3-bedroom condo at Inns of Banff can probably accommodate 8:

innsofbanff.com/rooms/three-bedroom-condo/

They also have a 4-bedroom condo:

www.innsofbanff.com/rooms/four-bedroom-condo/

It's not clear whether the 2-bedroom suite at the Fox will work for you or not:

bestofbanff.com/fox-hotel-suites/foxsuperior…

Banff Rocky Mountain Resort's 4-bedroom Wolf condo would be big enough, but might not be budget-friendly:

bestofbanff.com/banff-rocky-mountain-resort/…

I remember from staying at Brewster's Mountain Lodge many years ago that they have at least one "family suite" that is not shown on their website; try calling their toll-free number to get the details.

Finally, depending on your budget and when you're going to visit, it may just be that you can't find suitable accommodation for your family in Banff. You could look for more economical accommodations in Canmore, just 15 minutes east of the Banff townsite, and Deadman's Flats, about 25 minutes from the townsite. Copperstone in Deadman's Flats is fairly new and is condo-style accommodations; there are also some condo-style hotels in Canmore.

By the way, the Banff Upper Hot Springs only costs $7.30 for an adult, and $6.30 for a child aged 3-17: pc.gc.ca/voyage-travel/…tarifs-fees.aspx

The higher prices that you mentioned in your PM must be for the very luxurious Willow Stream Spa in the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - which, contrary to what some reviewers have said, the hot pools in the Willow Stream Spa are NOT fed by Sulphur Mountain's natural hot springs. The Pleaides Spa operates at the Banff Upper Hot Springs and will give you spa treatments for an additional charge, if you're interested. But that's completely optional.

Edited to add: banff, I don't think that's the link you were meaning to post!

Edited: 9:12 pm, March 09, 2013
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3. Re: Finding affordable accom for family of 7 proving difficult

rlmptl.................Country Wife in post #2 is right about Hidden Ridge Resort...

Check the following website for accommodation of up to eight......

http://www.sixsuitcasetravel.com

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4. Re: Finding affordable accom for family of 7 proving difficult

thanks sooo much I have some more homework to do but we dont need accommodation till October 3/4 I just want to start early and glad I did this takes a long time to find something .... I was pleased to see the prices at Upper hot springs....... now that is more affordable instead of 70.00 at the Fairmont ..we are hoping to pay in the 179.00 range for Accommodation and some of the places will accommodate us but at a rate of 275 - 400 per night for three bedrooms to accommodate the fire code thing Hidden Ridge was 300.00 per night ..........Tunnel mountain was 200.00 a night , Douglas fir too expensive , Fox has fire code rules , wolf condo was 309 per night , Brewsters fire code rules..most all hotels I called in Canmore again fire code rules with exception of Canadian rockies chalets were very very good and we may stay there 125.00 a night for a big chalet ..I will also look at the deadmans flat did not call there yet ..thanks again for yoru help

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5. Re: Finding affordable accom for family of 7 proving difficult

264 for the copperstone at Deadman flats and Inns at Banff was 300.00 per night Looks like it is tunnel mountain for 200.00 per night if we want to be close to Banff or the best deal is in Canmore at the Canadian Rockies chalet for 125.00........The Red Carpet Inn was also a very good deal but no kitchen facilites at 120.00 and all the beds are in one room but doable as well ..I also found inexpensive chalets near Banff at Rundle Ridge at 179.00 but very few amenities and very rustic ..thanks again everyone now to find one night accommodation around the Jasper or outlaying area ......................

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6. Re: Finding affordable accom for family of 7 proving difficult

Try this lodge just outside the Banff gates, great location and large kitchens.

http://www.banffboundarylodge.com/

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7. Re: Finding affordable accom for family of 7 proving difficult

Looks like a nice place! Unfortunately, their largest units only allow 6, but the OP needs to accommodate 7.

http://www.banffboundarylodge.com/rooms.html

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8. Re: Finding affordable accom for family of 7 proving difficult

thanks for letting me know we would be happy in a room with two queen beds and pull out couch as long as it has a kitchenette and nothing fancy ...I would rather stay closer to Banff than in Canmore are there any places kind of in between we would even take one 20 minute drive to Banff I can remember if there are motels along the highway between Canmore and Banff ???

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9. Re: Finding affordable accom for family of 7 proving difficult

Have you looked at Harvie Heights? That's where the Banff Boundary Lodge is, which Cruiseryyc mentioned, and there are a few other places as well. They're just a teeny bit west of Canmore but still outside of the Banff park gates.

tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g1572407-Harvie_Heigh…

And here's a link for everything in Deadman's Flats, just in case it's helpful:

tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g1816326-Dead_Man_s_F…

But as I noted earlier, Dead Man's Flats (previously known as Pigeon Mountain) is about 10-15 minutes east of Canmore.

Edited: 10:52 am, March 10, 2013
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10. Re: Finding affordable accom for family of 7 proving difficult

Sorry, I should have mentioned that once you're inside the park gates, there is no accommodations until you're at the Banff townsite.

If you want to try staying inside the park, but west of the townsite, you can look at the few places near Castle Junction (intersection of Hwy 1 / Hwy 1A and Hwy 93 S to Radium Hot Springs), but I doubt that they will meet your budget and space needs:

Johnston Canyon Resort

Castle Mountain Chalets

Storm Mountain Lodge

Edited to add: As I feared, Johnston Canyon & Storm Mountain can accommodate 4 ppl max, Castle Mountain maxes at 6 ppl :(

Edited: 11:03 am, March 10, 2013