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.