Kicking Horse Lodge is a very useful place. It used to be a run-down hostelry that looked very unappealing, until the folks from the Truffle Pigs restaurant (which used to be across the street) bought it a few years ago, fixed it up, and moved their restaurant to larger quarters attached to the hotel. They’ve done a nice job with the rooms - about as much as would be possible short of tearing the place down. The furniture and fittings are new and nice, as are the toiletries. As is standard in these parts, there’s no A/C, but if you open the window the room cools off in a jiffy at night. Yes, the hotel is right beside the Field railroad yard (which is the reason the town of Field exists in the first place), but although I’m a light sleeper, I never was bothered by the noise of trains idling or passing in the night. I can’t guarantee that result for everybody, but it was true for me.
My husband and I stayed at Kicking Horse twice in late July, and we also stayed there a couple of years ago. On two of those 3 occasions we had a room on the first floor, which was great. Our second night this year was in a “basement” room, which opens onto the back of the building and is less desirable. For the “B-level” rooms, your window opens next to the door from the outside, so people are walking right past your open window, while on the other levels, the window not only offers a view but is also on the opposite side of the room from doors and walkways.
Don’t miss dinner at the Truffle Pigs Bistro, just next to the hotel office. The food is outstanding and original, wines excellent, and the atmosphere unique - how many restaurants do you know with flying pigs hanging from the ceiling? Be sure to make a dinner reservation because the place is small and fills up. The breakfast menu is limited, but adequate, and for anything else (like sandwiches to take on the trail), there’s a general store and cafe right across the street. I’m not sure when the “no breakfast” reviewer, below, stayed here, but in July Truffle Pigs served breakfast from 7:30 am, and The Siding General Store across the street opened no later than 8 - maybe earlier. Hours vary seasonally for both.
If you want to stay in the middle of Yoho National Park and you’re not a camper, your options are limited. Field has a number of small guest houses that always post “full,” and there’s the huge (and pricy) Emerald Lake Lodge some miles away or the expensive (and pretentious) Cathedral Mountain Lodge a few minutes up the road. Kicking Horse Lodge may not have the atmosphere of those places, but it’s well located, comfortable, and has a fabulous restaurant (which is worth a visit even if you stay someplace else).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 12 room post and beam hotel/lodge in the heart of Yoho National Park, Field BC. Home of Truffle Pigs Bistro and Lounge: award winning and nationally and internationally acclaimed eclectic bistro. This is a unique family run property in the thick of the rocky mountains that is unpretentious, comfortable, welcoming and human. The staff is likewise : energetic, passionate and professional. This property is a fantastic family hotel, romantic outdoor couples mecca, a hikers hang out and a skier friendly lodge that is minutes from some of Canada's most prestigious ski hills and mountain destinations. Winter is cozy and tranquil & summer is relaxing and chaotic: an atmosphere unlike any other in the Canadian Rockies and not to be missed. Rooms are clean and spacious, freshly renovated and affordable. The property has free parking, WiFi, coin laundry, games room, manicured gardens and immediate access to mountain terrain. Cell service is now available in Field. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kicking Horse Lodge And Truffle Pigs Bistro Hotel Field
- Kicking Horse Hotel
- Kicking Horse Motel