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Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge
Ranked #6 of 28 Hotels in Canmore
Certificate of Excellence
New York, New York, United States
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Stunning skyline but average motel”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

This is an 'old style' motel, and a pleasant alternative to the big chains. I was there for a brief overnight only. My room looked a bit shabby but was in fact clean and all the utilities worked. Parking lot was crowded, due to the many over-sized vehicles and trailers. Evidently the motel used by commercial travelers as well as vacationers. To me having free WiFi is a must for a hotel/motel and the service worked flawlessly. Although situated alongside a major road (not Hwy 1) and the train tracks it wasn't too noisy and is nicely located within walking distance of some restaurants (3 mins) and the center of town (10 mins). The two ladies at reception in the evening were friendly and professional. The jagged peaks above Canmore are incredible and I just had to pause for a few minutes in the early morning when checking out just to marvel at the skyline in the soft morning light.

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Reviewed August 1, 2012 via mobile

More motel than lodge but ok for a night on our road trip. Aging decor in a swiss loft style with two doubles in the mezzanine loft and a double next to bathroom plus futon. Ok space for 4 - very cramped for 8 people. Had to mend the toilet in the night as it kept filling and also the balcony flyscreen which came off its runners when moved, so could do with an update/maintenance.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Brampton, Canada
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

If you’re on a budget this is a great place to stay in the Rockies- close to Banff but much less expensive- the good: a bedroom with door separating it from the main living room- bed is hard but comfortable and clean- living room area has a small television and electric fireplace, stove, full fridge, microwave, table, chairs and futon- the futon is very comfortable to sleep on unlike pullout couches which are terrible for anyone but small children. Staff are friendly, helpful and eager to please. There are washers and dryers available for a fee. There is a hot tub but we did not try it. The real problem is that the air conditioner is only in the bedroom- it is small and not strong enough to reach the living area. We requested and were promptly provided with a very good floor fan and the heat we experienced in July is probably only a problem for a few months of the year given the climate in this area- but you can’t really leave the doors or windows open at night because of noise from the highway and train across the street- so even though it cools down at night you need to have the doors and windows closed (unless you don’t mind that kind of noise). This is the only real downside of this facility. Otherwise, in spite of the fact that it is an older facility, it represents good value and for most of the year air conditioning is probably not a problem.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights and found this to be an exceptional value in a high priced resort town. Our room was clean and had a fridge and microwave as well as dishes and cutlery. The hotel also offers a couple of gas grills for the guests to use although on some nights you might need to wait in line to use one.

Basic, clean rooms at a bargain price for the area, I would stay again without question.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cheshunt, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

This was my first experience of Canada and was all I expected. We stayed our first 4 nights at the Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge with great views all around of mountains and pine trees. The staff at the hotel were very helpful and polite and made us feel very welcome. The room was spacious with an upstairs bedroom for the kids and a seperate bedroom for us adults. The room was cleaned daily . The kitchen area had a big fridge freezer and a kettle which was a fantastic after a long walk . Limited air conditioning upstairs. Hotel is just a 5 minute walk from a Safeway Supermarket for getting groceries etc. Unfortunately you can hear traffic noise from the nearby highway and need to keep windows and doors shut at night.
We had hired a car so driving to Banff was not a great distance as Canada goes, the views as you drive are just breathtaking. Canmore Town was a short walk away and we spent Canada Day celebrating with proud locals watching parades and marching bands'
Various sorts of resturants were local to the hotel, varying in quality and prices, all a short walk only across the road. Anybody new to Canada should observe road rules and cross the road at the crossings.
I enjoyed watching the very large goods trains(approx 100 trucks) passing alongside the mountains
If this is what the rest of Alberta is going to be like I can't wait to see it.
Rob Bloomfield and Family

Room Tip: although the views are spectacular the roadside rooms can be noisy..
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Traralgon, Australia
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Reviewed July 20, 2012 via mobile

Good Value Motel, only had an apartment left and was given it at room rate. We were very happy with it, might be old, but rooms were clean. Staff were helpful and guests were friendly.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2012

There's nothing fancy about the Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge. It gets the job done. The TV is very small, but works. The decor is kind of dated, but if you are looking for a place to sleep, then it's okay.

I stayed during the busy summer months. I think CAD$148 (including taxes) is expensive for a place like this, but there wasn't much else available that had a decent rating.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge
Address: 1711 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, Alberta T1W 1L7, Canada
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Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Kananaskis Country > Canmore
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Canmore
#8 Family Hotel in Canmore
#12 Romantic Hotel in Canmore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcoming, clean and customer service-oriented, the Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge offers a variety of accommodation options from standard rooms to studio and apartment condominiums in Canmore, Alberta. All rooms have fridges, wireless Internet access and great mountain views. Enjoy amenities such as a Jacuzzi, sauna, laundry room, playground and barbecue. Weekly rates are available. Convenient location in Canmore and 5 km (3 mi) from Banff National Park. ... more   less 
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