My boyfriend and I went here for two nights to celebrate an anniversary. Last year we stayed at the Banff Fairmont and without thinking twice we both would choose Castle Mountain again. We loved it there. It was easy to find, you could apparently take the highway right to it but we took the scenic route from the 1A through the Bow Valley Parkway. I would recommend taking the 1A. Castle Mountain is literaly half way between Banff and Lake Louise. (28 minutes to Banff, 27 minutes to Lake Louise.) We got there, checking in took a few minutes but literally everyone was there checking in for the stay. I didnt get the mans name checking us in but he was awesome, so friendly and helpful. We were in chalet #5 get this one if you want a view of a mountain literally walked out the door every morning and a huge mountain right there. We had a one bedroom deluxe and it was perfect.
Yes you do have to bring your own food and snacks and whatever else but thats just adds to the experience of staying somewhere in the mountains. We were however rushed leaving Calgary so were not able to do our groceries at our local store so we went to lake louise the first day and they just have a little store very expensive. Second day we went into Banff and they have a Safeway but still very expensive too. There is a little store at Castle Mountain but also expensive and just mainly snacks and things that you could have forgotten.
They do have 3 different areas for BBQ pits and there were people out bbqing in the cold so they are available to use. It is pet friendly, you would have never guessed it though it was so quiet the whole time we were there and we saw dogs walking around the whole time.
We loved the room, for the price that we paid I think it was worth it maybe even more then what we expected. Flat screen, with a dvd player. Stone wall with a fireplace. That was my boyfriend's favorite part, tending the fire. Everything in the kitchen was clean and worked. Bathroom was the perfect size; shower, jacuzzi, and big sink area. Bedroom was also very nice, very comfortable.
There were some reviews saying the trains were mainly the bad point for staying here. The train track in honestly like 100ft away from the chalets so yes you are going to hear the trains. But knowing that, this is still going to be the place I choose to go to for a little getaway. There is too many nice things at this location for one little thing like hearing trains to stop me from going. I've already booked to go back in a few months, we have family coming to visit and this would be an amazing spot to bring them for a few nights.
So yes I would recommend this place to anyone. We had an amazing time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Midway between Banff and Lake Louise, in the heart of Banff National Park, you'll find a breathtaking location and the perfect getaway resort - Castle Mountain Chalets. Beautifully designed and furnished individual chalets are where you will relax in this nature lover's paradise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Mountain Chalets Hotel Banff