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Help Deciding on a Hotel for Christmas 2014

Perth, Australia
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Help Deciding on a Hotel for Christmas 2014

Hi All,

I would really appreciate some help and advice on choosing a hotel for my family for Christmas 2014. We are a family of 4 (2 boys aged 12 and 9). My wife and I have been to Banff before (15 years ago) but the boys have never seen snow! We are aiming to be in Banff for 6 days including Christmas. We wont have a car so will be relying on public transport but we are really happy to walk places if the weather permits.

I would like a room with two separate bedrooms (or a separate bedroom and loft area) if possible. Also one with a kitchenette and sofa. Not so much because we will be eating in but because it would be nice to have the extra space as opposed to a hotel room with two beds side by side.

We will probably ski one or two of the days plus we want to experience tobogganing, tubing and dog sledding. Maybe a visit to Lake Louise one day. Apart from that we want to just soak up the atmosphere of being in such a wonderful place over the festive period. Therefore a hotel which has a nice festive feel would be good.

Our budget is around $250 - $300 CAD per night. I keep coming back to the Rundlestone Lodge as an option but I am put off by the distance to the main part of the town. The 2 bedroom Fox Suites look nice but are a bit outside our price range.

Can anyone recommend any other places or give feedback on Rundlestone Lodge?

Thanks very much.

Edmonton, Canada
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1. Re: Help Deciding on a Hotel for Christmas 2014

you could look at the bow view lodge family suites. it may not be enough room for you but there were tv's in both the bedroom area and the living room area. the pool/hot tub are in the next building but it's just a quick walk across the parking lot. close enough to many, many restaurants/shops in town. the douglas fir resort is very popular for families but probably out of your price range. they have a SMALL water slide area which kids like. there is a bus that goes between there and town but, being right in town would be much more convenient if you don't have a car.

Banff, Canada
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2. Re: Help Deciding on a Hotel for Christmas 2014

There are a number of good options for a larger style unit within Banff.

-As mentioned above, the Bow View Lodge family room is a good option. They are located right near downtown, so most restaurants are within walking distance.

- The Hidden Ridge Resort has loft and condo style units in a variety of sizes with kitchens. Hidden Ridge also features wood burning fireplaces, and an onsite hot tub. It's located on Tunnel mountain, a bit above the town site, so it is a nice, quiet atmosphere with great views. (http://www.bestofbanff.com/hidden-ridge-resort/ )

- The Banff Rocky Mountain Resort also does condo style 2 bedroom units with kitchenettes. They also have an onsite pool, hot tub and restaurant. They also offer a shuttle into town if distance from town centre is of concern. (http://www.bestofbanff.com/banff-rocky-mountain-resort/ )

- The Inns of Banff have a variety of room styles, but they do have some condo style units with kitchen. The hotel also features a rooftop hot tub and 3 onsite restaurants.(http://www.bestofbanff.com/inns-of-banff/ )

- The Juniper Hotel and Bistro has some larger units with a loft style second bedroom and a kitchen. The Juniper is located across the highway from the main town site, closer to Norquay ski hill. They have an onsite restaurant and hot tub. (http://www.thejuniper.com/ )

- The Douglas Fir Resort and Chalets does a classic A-frame style chalet with a loft style second bedroom and a kitchen. They also have an indoor waterslide and grocery store on site. (http://www.douglasfir.com/)

Many hotel do not yet have their pricing and availability updated for Christmas 2014, but these cover a good range of prices, so there should be something here to fit your budget. With the exception of the Juniper, all of the hotels listed are on the Banff Municipal bus route, so getting to and from the hotel into town wouldn't be a problem. The Rundlestone as well is only about a 15 minute walk from down town.

There is also a full listing of Banff hotels on our website at www.banfflakelouise.com

Perth, Australia
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3. Re: Help Deciding on a Hotel for Christmas 2014

Thank you very much for your replies. I will do some more research based on your suggestions.

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