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“A useful lodge in a quirky town”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Truffle Pigs Lodge

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Truffle Pigs Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Field
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Columbus, Ohio
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“A useful lodge in a quirky town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

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).

Room Tip: Avoid the basement rooms, if possible, and if you're a light sleeper, bring earplugs.
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Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

Food excellent and worth eating out if not staying there. Fields has lots of B&Bs. The lodge has been refurbished very nicely and modern. I loved the leather club chairs and comfortable beds. the room seemed small when we alked in but had lots of room for our things and did not feel crowded. Laundry in the walk out basement with mult machines but we did not need. Hot and no airconditioning but the breeze was enough at night BUT unable to close the windows. When windows closed, not noisey The Lodge is right next door to where the train engines are sided and are warming up to do up the pass. 11PM and 4AM were the times I had the most trouble sleeping. It seemed they waited 12/ to 1 hr warming up but I am sure it was much less.
Closest inexpensive place to stay is Golden. It is 20 min down down down the road out of the park. Emerald Lake Lodge looked very nice but pricey.
The tourist information center nearby has a great exhibition about the shale fields and fossils found and how it changed thoughts about evolution.

Room Tip: Use earplugs if need to keep windows open.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

This place is my best memory of our Rocky Mountain tour, Food was great atmosphere was cozy and warm, I had the best Caesar drink in a very long time, the view was amazing. But aside from the great menu, one needs to take in the in house accommodation so you don't rush any of the four or five local breathtaking attractions,The rooms are rustic yet classy, you won't be disappointed. We've stayed in many a hotel/motels this by far was worth every penny, and I'm pretty cheap.

Leanne and Kasten. .

Room Tip: Get the staff show you a room, try the upper floor.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

Spent two nights here in early August in room number 3, a basement room with no view. The room was well appointed with no musty smell sometimes associated with a basement area, the beds were comfortable, and the TV and WiFi worked well. However, there was no table or chair for the computer, no refrigerator or microwave and an overhead fan would have been appreciated since there was no cross ventilation and no a/c. Chocolate truffles were on the bed pillows when we arrived, a nice touch. The Truffle Pig restaurant, which shares the building, was overpriced, the food was marginal, and, though mixed drinks were available at the bar, the beer selection was very limited. We had an Ahi tuna over rice entree which was only so-so and a cabrese salad which was just plain not good. Better food at the cafe across the street for a much more reasonable price. Would probably opt for one of the several B&Bs if we ever return to Field.

Room Tip: Except for no view, basement room not bad.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, ON
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

We stayed one night at the Kicking Horse Lodge and ate dinner and breakfast at Truffle Pigs. The lodge itself is clean and comfortable. The rooms are well-appointed and they offered TV and wifi, which was a nice change for us since we'd been hiking for nearly a week and wanted to reconnect with family and the news of the world. The room we stayed in (upstairs) could benefit from a fan to help circulate the air. As others have mentioned, it is right near the train station and you will be listening to the sound of trains all night. It didn't bother me, but if you're a light sleeper it might be a problem. It was pretty pricey for what you get, but given that it's in the middle of Yoho Park and is so close to Lake Louise, it's good value for the area. I enjoyed the restaurant, although I'm not sure I'd rave about it as others have. I guess considering it's in a tiny village off the beaten track it's a rare find, but was expensive for what you get. The service was great, though. Very friendly. Field, BC is a neat little place that has just enough to be interesting but not enough to be a tourist trap. It seemed like a good place for a base camp to explore the area and was less expensive than nearby Lake Louise.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Calgary
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012 via mobile

We are from Calgary and usually do not stop in Field, as it is very small and there are more amenities in Lake Louise. We visit the area annually to hike the beautiful nearby Iceline trail above the Yoho Valley and the gorgeous Lake O'Hara area.

We expect restaurants in very small Canadian towns to have a limited, meat and potatoes menu because most don't get huge traffic. Imagine our delight to hear from a fellow guest at Skoki Lodge that Field now has a good restaurant. We went on a beautiful day in August and sat outside on the tiny (3 tables) patio, overlooking the river, mountains and yes, train tracks.

Field is on the flats at the base of a huge hill leading into Alberta to the East, so it was founded as a rail yard maybe 100 years ago. The grade is so steep that engineers had to build a spiral tunnel through the rock, which can be seen above the town from a viewpoint on the highway. So if you stay in Field, which is tiny, you will likely hear trains, folks. You will also be surrounded by beautiful mountains and will encounter far fewer tourists than in Banff or Lake Louise.

We were very happy with our meal at Truffle Pigs. The waitress was pleasant, prompt and efficient. The mushroom ravioli was flavourful and appeared to be hand made. It was well presented on big, white plates and accompanied by delicious bread. The setting is delightful on a nice day. We will be back to try a meal inside the dining room.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2012

We stopped here for lunch while out for a day of driving and hiking. It was perfect! The food was so good, the beer was cold and the staff was nice. Field is such a small town and it was almost odd to drive around it, but glad we stopped.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Truffle Pigs Lodge

Property: Truffle Pigs Lodge
Address: 100 Centre Street, Field, Yoho National Park, British Columbia V0A 1G0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Yoho National Park > Field
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Field
Number of rooms: 12
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

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