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Num-Ti-Jah Lodge
Reviewed September 19, 2012

I just had the good fortune of staying overnight at Num Ti Jah lodge. It is definitely worth a visit!
It is one of the most historic lodges in the Rockies, and is an authentic log building with tons of character. Num Ti Jah is situated on Bow Lake which is surrounded by majestic mountains and glaciers. The rooms are clean and well appointed. There is no luxury here, but you will find comfort and peace. There is a cosy dining room that is quaint and full of artifacts and art. A roaring fire is central to the room. The chef is more than competent, the menu small but interesting, and the service friendly and competent.
From the moment I arrived until the moment I left, I truly felt like a welcome guest. I can not wait to return.
If it seems a bit pricey, it is, but then so is everything else in this part of the country. Internet specials and discounts do exist.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

If you want to get away from it all this is the place to be. Very simple room, but very cozy and comfortable. The lodge is steeped in history, take a moment to check out the decor and appreciate its history. The food here is exceptional and reasonably priced. We went for a hike in the morning after breakfast to bow falls, wonderful surroundings and views. We will be back in the future.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

This was our third run down the Icefields Parkway. previously we had avoided this lodge on the grounds of (over) price but we wanted to walk in the immediate area and so went for it this time round. We had a top floor room, which was not cramped, although the bathroom was rudimentary. The views, with the aid of a strategically placed mirror, were good. We decided to 'self cater' to defray the cost and managed OK. The staff were very friendly if inexperienced. it snowed while we were there - and the scenery looked even better in consequence. And the ambience is not like Lake Louise, Jasper or Banff: at Num-Ti-Jah one really is in the midst of the Rockies, not a coach-ridden town.

Room Tip: Go for the top floor to minimise the noise from above.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

We stayed at the Num-ti-jah Lodge for a night while driving on the Icefield Highway. Staying at the lodge gives one the ability to readily get a jump on the people driving by who stop to hike up the scenic trail to the Bow Falls.

Clearly the attraction of this lodge is its location on Bow Lake with its beautiful scenery. Our room was number 20 which has a view of the Bow Glacier due to a cleverly placed mirror at the single window.

The room itself had comfortable beds but the key to a good night is the people in the next room as the walls are very thin with no soundproofing. We found that knocking on the wall alerted the people that they were making too much noise at night.

The food was very good. We had an elk burger and pork chops. The dining room is very rustic with mounted animal heads on the log walls. The view from the dining room of Bow Lake and the Bow Glacier is excellent. The included breakfast was good with a good range of choice.

In summary this lodge is like staying at your grandfather’s old cottage or farmhouse since little has changed with respect to the rooms since they were built in the 40s. The cost of a room reflects the location of the lodge and not the modernity of the room.

Room Tip: Get a room facing Bow Lake/Bow Glacier
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

We stayed here for one night this August. We had been before just for a few minutes t see the views, but had wanted to be able to stay and fully enjoy the experience - we were not in the slightest bit disapointed, with the views and sunset and sunrise being out of this world!

Yes, the rooms are pricey if compared to to newer hotels in Banff or Lake Louise, however the history of the place more than makes up for this and the rooms are actually very comfortable and kept very clean.

We found the staff to be all extremely helpful and friendly and and the food we had for dinner and breakfast was excellent.

My son actually lost his favourite stuffed toy on leaving and on contacting the hotel, the staff did their best to find it (and ultimately did so) and we were bale to pick it up on our return.

I would certainly recommend this as a quite place to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of an exceptional loaction (especially once the crowds have left for the day)

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

Having had three horrible (and horribly expensive) nights in Banff we moved further up the Icefield Parkway and werre cautious about out expectations of Num-Ti-Jah having read TA reviews.
It is simple. These guys have the ONLY lodging facilities within a 30km circle. They have a very charming, nice looking rustic lodge with one of the best views I've seen for a long time. They have loads of tourists passing by during two seasons. What would you do?

So you pay like at least 3x too much for the simple rooms. A Motel6 sign on the roof would definitely cover the comfort of the rooms although I would then go to front desk to complain about the rudimentary but functional bathroom! We had a wonderful sleep, something we did not get for three nights in Banff.

However, the hotel has an adequate dining room, staffed by too young inexperieced waiters. The food was pretty good, actually.

Further, it has a very enjoyable pool table relaxing chairs and picnic tables outside and lots, lots of stuffed animals throughout the building (if you like that). The shop and restaurant look good, but we saved our money.

The Num-Ti-Jah is what it is, a covered up Motel6 at a breathtaking location, but worth every $ if compared to the terrible, noisy, totally nature disconnecting, unfriendly equally overrpriced lodging at Banff or Lake Louise.

Would I stay again, Yes, I think I'd have to :-)

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the top floor. It's a wooden building so you can hear everybody walking. When...
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

My husband and I were driving north from Lake Louise one afternoon when we came across Bow Lake and the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. From the exterior, the lodge looks very romantic and sits on a beautiful lake with surrounding glaciers. DON'T LET THE EXTERIOR FOOL YOU LIKE IT DID US!! I have to agree with every negative review I have read on here, and after learning that the entire staff lives on the property and takes up an entire floor of the lodge; I am convinced that EVERY GUSHING AND GLOWING REVIEW ON THIS SITE IS WRITTEN BY THE STAFF.

Upon check-in, the manager hurried us over to dinner claiming that the kitchen was closing, but after talking with our server, we were told different times for the dining room and turns out we would have had plenty of time to head to our room and not be rushed. They were even still sitting people when we were finished with dinner. Since there is nothing else close by, you pretty much have to eat at the lodge. The food was average; I ordered the bison burger, and although the meat was tasty, it was served on a stone cold bun. The dining area and downstairs common area have an old well-kept lodge feel and clearly this is where the effort is made to give the appearance of a nice lodge. Once you get up to the rooms, there is a much different story. After dinner, we had to drive back to Lake Louise to use the internet since there is no signal at the lodge. We arrived back to the lodge and headed to our room only to be very disappointed to find that the room had the most dreadful smell. It was the vivid scent of strong urine and it was not coming from the very run down and very small bathroom. It was coming from the room itself and smelled like someone had urinated all over the very old carpeted floor. The room itself was not very clean as there was dust all over the furniture, we could not believe they could charge as much as they do for the rooms! The view of the lake from our room was obstructed by a large vent. We tried to make the best of it and hoped the smell would weaken as our noses would get used to the smell, but this never happened. All night we could smell the terrible scent, and even in the morning it was still overbearing. We couldn't leave fast enough the next day, and we refused to eat breakfast there as to not give them another cent!

The best thing about this place is the view, which you can get for free. Don't waste your money on this place, and stay somewhere else!!!

Room Tip: Do NOT stay in any of the rooms. Very run down and dingy, with horrible smell. Not worth the exorbit...
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Mile 22 Icefields Parkway | P.O. Box 39, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 1E0, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Lake Louise
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Lake Louise
Price Range: $263 - $422 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Num-Ti-Jah Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Num-Ti-Jah Lodge overlooks one of the most dramatic scenes in the Canadian Rockies. Out of Bow Lake the mountains rise steep and rugged. The blue ice of Crowfoot Glacier hangs suspended over the turquoise water. To the west, the craggy peaks of the Great Divide tower over Bow Glacier.Num-Ti-Jah Lodge is located 40 kilometres north of Lake Louise on Highway 93 in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. We are a three hour drive from the Calgary International Airport. ... more   less 
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