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“A Wonderful Setting” 4 of 5 stars
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Storm Mountain Lodge & Cabins
Ranked #3 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Calgary, Canada
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“A Wonderful Setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Back in the 1920's when there was little development in the Rockies, it's easy to see why this spot was chosen, surrounded by such magnificent mountains and close by to the rail lines.

Today it is just an hour from Calgary, but you feel like you are back in time, away from it all.

We had one of the original cabins with a large river rock fireplace and nice little front porch. It was on the front of the property nearer the road than some, but while other reviews noticed traffic noise from the highway, we did not at all. Could be the snow in winter muffles the sound.

The highlight for us was the combo of the secluded cabin feel combined with the cozy and friendly lodge with sofas and restaurant. Very pleasantly surprised that a lodge with mostly just guests eating there, maintains such a high standard. Very, very good food -comparable to some of the best in restaurant-rich Calgary. Great gift shop too- not your usual kitsch - very thoughtful and interesting clothes and gifts.

Went x-country skiing at Castle Junction (10 mins away) then did the snowshoe loop (about an hour outing) next morning, which started right near our cabin.

Overall a bit pricey considering it is funky....but we went on a Sunday and got dinner and breakfast included for about the same price as just the cabin on a Sat night....and hey funky in the woods beats luxury surrounded by asphalt when it comes to enjoying the Rockies.

We will return for another peaceful getaway.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nanton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

What a great little page out of Canadian History, 14 log cabins built around 1922, all have runnning water and toilets...It is a great place to take a romantic weekend.
Ensure you dress for 3 seasons if you plan on doing outdoor activities. The food was good as well, menu is limited but it is very yummy.
Banff and Lake Louise are close if you need to run into town for snacks or goodies.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We've traveled all through Europe and have stayed in some wonderful hotels and inns, but none compare to the romantic, cozy, old-fashioned charm of Storm Mountain Lodge. We spent two glorious nights tucked away from any outside distractions in our delightful Cabin 3. We enjoyed snowshoeing on the extensive and beautiful hiking trails, ate delicious meals at the lodge, and shared warm evenings together in front of our wood burning fireplace. The staff were incredibly accommodating and kind and we loved every minute of our stay. We're already making plans to return as soon as possible. Thank you, Storm Mountain, for a wonderful anniversary setting.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Calgary
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45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We have stayed here 3 times in the last few years, most recently August 2012. This is a wonderful historic property that has never been renovated to the point where it has lost its charm. (I'm thinking of Paradise Bungalows at Lake Louise). Originally built in the 1920s these little cabins have retained all of their rustic charm while still having all of the creature comforts you could wish for. They have bathrooms with large claw-foot tubs and wood-burning stone fireplaces. The log beds have wonderfully comfortable mattresses with high quality linens. There is a little table and chairs with wine glasses in case you want to bring a bottle to enjoy in front of your fire. There are no coffee makers but a short walk to the Lodge will get you a steaming mug of their excellent Kicking Horse coffee and a scone to go with. You can enjoy this in the wonderful Lodge with its roaring log fire or take it back to your cabin.

The restaurant in the historic lodge is outstanding. The menu is, of necessity, very limited with approximately 5 entrees to choose from. Most people will find something that appeals to them and the food is excellent. In the winter this room, which was the old original lodge, can be a bit chilly with its wall of windows and although there are baseboard heaters they sometimes can't keep up. That is the only negative in this very charming restaurant.

The setting on Storm Mountain is simply stunning and although some of the reviewers have mentioned the noise from transport trucks on the highway that runs by the property (how else would you get to it) we have never been bothered by this.

It's not inexpensive to stay and eat here but we consider it a special treat and you won't find a more romantic place to stay anywhere.

Room Tip: Our favourite cabin is #3.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Lillybelle
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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

We stayed at Storm Mountain in August on the last night of our vacation. The cabin we had was great, comfortable accommodation with a fire place. We shared our front porch with a couple of ground squirrels who kept us company as we sat on the porch and read. Yes, there was a little road noise but nothing too significant.

The meals in the restaurant were outstanding. The lodge is worth staying at simply for the amazing food. Both dinner and breakfast were excellent with friendly service as well.

We have travelled a lot in the Rockies and Storm Mountain Lodge is certainly a place we will return to.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Travellingfamily287
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Calgary, Canadá
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

All loved everything we ordered, the food was perfectly prepared with local ingredients and very fresh. This lodge doesn't look like much from the road, it's a hidden gem and overlooked off Hwy 93 a couple minutes past Banff town. We would not have thought it was a good place for dinner but there were good reviews online so we gave it a try - we were extremely pleased with everything. The cabins were super cozy and cute. Nice atmosphere, romantic and warm. We'll going to celebrate many more anniversaries there for sure!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

My fiance and i stumbled upon this place a year ago while looking for a place to eat. A local merchant suggested we go to Storm for lunch and try their bison burger. She was spot on, as this was the best burger i'd ever had. the setting was perfect, we sat next to the fire and the service was awesome.
a year later and we decided to elope to get married at Storm. We're from Texas and coming to the Canadian Rockies is a great get away for us.
We were married right outside the lodge with Storm Mtn. in the background. We didn't have any family with us so a kind Storm staff member was our witness. Everyone bent over backwards to make sure we were taken care of our entire trip.
the cabin's are great. no phone, no alarm clock, no tv. beds are great and the cabins are cleaned everyday. the fireplace had kindling added each day for our romantic fire.
The food is the best in Banff. Hands down. the other restaurants can't compete when it comes to Storm's quality, taste and presentation. say what you will about price, but you get what you pay for. I'm a frequent traveler, and the food here is some of the best i've eaten around the Globe. You're cheating yourself out of a grand meal if you don't give it a try.

Storm is a place my now wife and i will frequent for years to come. No questions about it, the people, cabin and restaurant make it the place to stay for us when we want to get away.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Nick K
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Property: Storm Mountain Lodge & Cabins
Address: Banff National Park | Box 3249, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1C8, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Storm Mountain Lodge & Cabins 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Storm Mountain Lodge was constructed in 1922 as one of eight Bungalow Camps built by Canadian Pacific Railway to promote tourism in the Rocky Mountains. Our Banff Park cabins and lodge offer guests exceptional accommodations and cuisine amidst the majestic Canadian Rockies. Whether its a romantic getaway, weekend retreat, family vacation or a Canadian Rockies wedding, Storm Mountain Lodge provides an ideal setting. Guests will experience delicious Canadian cuisine prepared with a dedication to organic ingredients and naturally raised Alberta meat and wild fish pared with Canada's finest selection of wine. All of our breads, desserts and breakfast pastries are baked daily on site. The Historic Log Cabins provide guests with amenities such as wood-burning fireplaces, antique soaker tubs and offer a cozy place to relax! Stay at our Banff lodge and make the most of your Canadian Rockies vacation. ... more   less 
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