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“Great experience (despite bad night's sleep!)”
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Num-Ti-Jah Lodge
Glasgow
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8 reviews
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“Great experience (despite bad night's sleep!)”
Reviewed September 2, 2007

We spent one night here during our honeymoon and after the Westins and the Fairmonts it made an interesting change - full of character and history, friendly staff (probably the nicest we met in Canada), excellent food, and WHAT a setting. Granted, I agree with other reviewers that the rooms are dreadful (no air-con, paper-thin walls, uncomfortable bed) and I realise they charge a premium for their location - but we still fell for it. I would wholeheartedly encourage people to stay here but please be aware of what you're getting. I won't say I wasn't glad to be in a big chain hotel with a comfy bed the following night - but it didn't have one tenth of the charm of Num Ti Jah!

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Lafayette, Colorado
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Reviewed August 26, 2007

We booked one of the most expensive rooms at the Num-Ti-Jah - a room with a lake view, king bed & private bath for $310/night. What a disappointment. The view is nice but that's about it. I think they believe they can charge so much because they are the only lodging within Banff N.P. The place is very run down. We were on a bicycle and did not have the option of going on to the next lodging. On the return trip, we cancelled our reservation and cycled an additional 40 miles to Lake Louise.

  • Disliked — Run down & overpriced
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Columbia, SC
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50 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2007

Just returned from a four-night stay at Num-Ti-Jah. As others have stated, the lodge is in a beautiful location on Bow Lake. We selected it because of its location--not exactly halfway between Banff and Jasper, but as close as you can get. We paid $280/night. You'd think that for $280/night, you'd at least get breakfast. Think again. We paid $14 for French toast and very marginal service. We did not go back for dinner as the prices took away our appetites.

The lodge is nice and is about what you'd expect--old furniture, big fireplace. And it's nice to have a place to play board games and jigsaw puzzles--kinda gave you a "Dirty Dancing" feeling. But when you get to the rooms--UGH! We would've left immediately if there had been any place else to stay. Hard beds (they do have pretty good pillows, though), bedspreads that look like they've been there since the 70's, old dilapidated furniture, a bathroom a tad larger than on a cruise ship with a rickety tin shower and exposed pipes. We found lots of trash under the beds, so I don't think the room is cleaned thoroughly. Oh, and beware--don't plan on doing or saying ANYTHING that you don't want your neighbors to hear. I could actually hear the guy snoring next door, and when they woke up the next morning, I could hear the conversation as well as if they were in my room. So don't plan a honeymoon here unless you enjoy "sharing."

I don't know WHAT the owners spend their money on--it's obviously something else besides this lodge. The exterior is in dire need of painting and there is zero landscaping. Oh, and every tour bus stops here, so the parking lot is perpetually filled with lots of camera-toting people speaking a myriad of languages.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Rooms; price
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
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Devon
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2007

We stayed 4 nights here at Num-Ti-Jah, an old lodge on the shore of Bow Lake. The location is excellent for exploring, being able to hike right from the door without using the car. Take the hike around the lake shore to the waterfall and glacier - excellent.
Our package include all our meals. Breakfast was good and plentiful and evening meals were excellent. We used the packed lunch facility on all but one day. The one we missed was promised for us for 6.30am - but was not available, so if you want to leave early one morning I would suggest you ask for the lunch to be available the night before!
As Num-Ti-Jah is an old lodge you have to expect it not to have some things. We very much appreciated the help we had to get our bags up to our room, 3 flights of stairs! The rooms are old and the furniture is also old but fits with the character of the place. The walls are thin so you here quite a bit if your neighbours are not that quiet.
We do recommend staying here and we enjoyed it very much and will be back for a return trip.

  • Liked — The location and food
  • Disliked — The thin walls!
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2007

This is a historic lodge, built years ago. Of course, it's a bit rustic, the walls are thin, and the bathroom facilities are dated.

If those things bother you, there are plenty of chain motels all across the continent.

What Num Ti Jah offers is an authentic experience in a lodge built from logs decades ago when it was most difficult to reach this location. The cozy atmosphere in the common areas . . . the friendly guests and staff . . . the relaxed pace . . . the excellent meals . . . it all adds up to a most pleasant visit.

The setting on Bow Lake is stunning. Many rooms have great views. I've stayed there several times and I plan to return.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled solo
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Chester, United Kingdom
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251 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2007

Num-ti-jah is situated in a beautiful location. Staff are friendly, the food in the restaurant is excellent with a reasonably priced wine list and the rooms are comfortable. It is such an interesting place, full of history & character and I would recommend Num-ti-jah to anyone wanting to stay in this area. Don't miss it.

  • Liked — Location, restaurant & ambience
  • Disliked — Muddy car park
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Whistler, Canada
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31 reviews
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Reviewed July 1, 2007

I stayed her for two night at the end of June 2007. The area reminded me of similar to Chateau Lake Louise but on a much smaller scale with the lodge facing Bow Lake and surrounded by mountain peaks. The area is absolutely beautiful. Though Bow Lake is not as blue as Lake Louise, the view is no less as stunning.

The entire lodge has about 24 rooms. It's a very "simple" place. There are no telephones or tv's in any of the rooms and the rooms were clean but again very basic with just a bed, dresser and shower. A sattelite payphone is available on the main floor. There is one restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food there was surprisingly very good. Entree prices were about $24 to start. I had a Duck Breast at $27.00 CAD. There's not much to do in the evenings, but they had a small library room where we chatted with other guests along with a pool table.

There are a few hiking trails in the area and fishing in the lake, but we in we drove to the Columbia Icefields and to Morraine Lake during the day instead.

The days were very long. The sun came down around 11:00 pm and up again around 4:00 am. It was amazing how bright it was at 10:00 pm at night!

Overall, I would say that it was well worth the trip. Living in a large city, this was a nice break away from it all. Absolutely no cell phone reception! It's probably a great place for families to go to spend time together with, but I will admit that 2 nights may be tops here unless you are tree huggers.

Granted I did stay in at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and in Banff after this and so I didn't feel as remote on the rest of my trip. But this is definately the place to go if you are looking for a remote B&B type lodge.

The only small complaint I have is that the road around the lodge, though paved has alot of gravel on it. I guess it's supposed to make the area feel a bit more rustic.

  • Liked — The remote location and being away from it all.
  • Disliked — The remote location! After a while it does get rather "boring" unless you really love the outdoors
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled on business
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Property: Num-Ti-Jah Lodge
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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