Between Calgary and Banff lies the ever-growing mountain town of Canmore, Alberta. While it’s often overlooked by many international tourists in favour of Banff, Canmore is also a wonderful mountain destination. Situated a mere 20-minute drive from Banff, Canmore is close enough to take advantage of everything the National Park has to offer, while also delivering epic mountain views, great restaurants and affordable hotels.
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Yes, it’s true, Canmore accommodations can be cheaper and more available than many Banff hotels. There are plenty of hotels to stay in in Canmore, each with its own great offerings.
Here’s a complied list of the best places to stay in Canmore (what they have to offer), from hotels to motels to B&Bs and hostels. But if you’re wanting to camp, check out this comprehensive post on the best sites for Canmore camping.
The Malcom Hotel by Clique
Rooms at the Malcom Hotel start at $160 a night with family, suite and single room options available. The hotel is close to downtown Canmore and offers free Wi-Fi and underground parking.
The Malcolm has a decent fitness centre, an outdoor heated pool with two hot tubs. With ever 8,000 sq ft of event space it’s a good option for meetings, weddings or reunions. Especially with its pool and foosball tables, plus outdoor fire pit area.
Solara Resort and Spa
Solar Resort is a beautiful Canmore hotel offering 1,2 and 3 room suites each with a full gourmet kitchen, fireplace and spa-inspired bathrooms. Within the hotel itself is a guest-only movie theatre, a full-service spa, Wi-Fi and underground parking.
Solara also offers its Stay Well initiative which includes a Banff National Park Pass (necessary for those parking within the park), snowshoes, bike rentals and much more.
Grande Rockies Resort
The Grand Rockies Resort is a large hotel, split into two buildings. The Annex holds the standard hotel rooms, which are great for families and have access to all of the amenities located in the resort.
Within the resort building there are penthouses and suites as well as an indoor pool and waterslide. Both buildings offer Wi-Fi, heated underground parking, plus Stay Well amenities like Solara Resort does.
Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre
The Coast Hotel in Canmore offers pet-friendly accommodation. It also has a local restaurant in the lobby, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with happy hour on the patio.
Some guest rooms have a patio. There’s an indoor pool located adjacent to the hotel and guests get free access.
Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge
This traditional ski lodge hotel offers apartment style rooms with beautiful mountain views. Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge offers bike rental and ski/bike storage as well as a picnic area, complimentary parking, Wi-Fi and pet-friendly rooms. They do offer regular economy hotel rooms in addition to the apartment style suites.
Mystic Springs Chalets
Each room at Mystic Springs Chalets is chalet style with sloped roofs, individual entrances and self-catering condo suites. Ideal for privacy, each suite has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Guest rooms open into the courtyard area, featuring the largest heated outdoor pool in Canmore.
The Georgetown Inn
This Tudor-style Canmore Hotel offers three different types of rooms, including King and Queen bed options. There are 6 rooms with clawfoot tubs and fireplaces.
The main attraction at The Georgetown Inn is the newly re-opened Miner’s Lamp Pub, located downstairs. This pub has one of the longest bars in Canmore and offers the self-created title of best Fish ‘n’ Chips in the Bow Valley.
Silver Creek Lodge
Three different types of rooms that include kitchenettes or full kitchens are on offer for visitors to SIlver Creek Lodge. Rooms also include mountain views and soaker tubs.
Within in the lodge, guests have access to the Bodhi Tree Spa and the Wild Orchid Bistro and Sushi Lounge. The Bistro’s menu is 100% gluten-free. Silver Creek Lodge is pet-friendly and the additional pet fee goes to the SPCA.
Blackstone Mountain Lodge
Though it looks quite luxe, this lodge offers rooms from 128/per night. Blackstone Mountain Lodge has 1,2, and 3 bedroom suites, each with a balcony, kitchen, living area and fireplace. Within the hotel, guests are able to use the spa, hot tubs and outdoor pool (there’s not many of these in town!), games room and BBQ space. There is free Wi-Fi and parking.
Canmore Inn & Suites
Canmore Inn & Suites offers regular hotel rooms and suite options. Suites can include newspaper service, and select suites include jet tubs and fireplaces. There’s kitchenette options available, too. A full, budget-friendly buffet is offered every day. Canmore Inn & Suites also offers complimentary Wi-Fi and parking.
Beautifully renovated, Basecamp Resorts has all of your lodging needs. With rooms ranging in size, the largest room can house up to 16 guests.
Travelling alone or as a couple? The studio suite is perfect. Guests have access to a shared rooftop hot tub, full kitchen, dining and living area, wireless internet as well as free parking and local toiletries. The resort offers 360-degree mountain views and is close to the Nordic centre and three ski hills.
Canmore also has chain hotel options including the Super 8 by Wyndham, Best Western, and a Holiday Inn that looks like a castle.
Canmore Bed and Breakfast
Staying in a hotel does have its perks, but you can’t beat the personal touch of a bed and breakfast. Between eating food from amazing cooks and getting to know your hosts, guests also have the privilege of getting first-hand knowledge of Canmore from the bed and breakfast owners that live there. Here are three awesome B&Bs to stay at in Canmore.
A Bear and Bison Country Inn
This large Bed and Breakfast is located at the base of Lady Macdonald Mountain. As you’d expect, A Bear and Bison Country Inn offers stunning views and is just a short walk into Canmore. The Inn has 10 bedrooms, each sporting a king-size bed, a fireplace, patio or balcony and of course, breakfast every day.
Howling Wolf Bed and Breakfast
Located in downtown Canmore, Howling Wolf B&B is perfect for those looking to explore the town. There’s two different suite options, and each include an all-day snack buffet, breakfast, TV, and coffee.
You’ve got free bike rental and access to the sauna. These rooms start at $125/night in the off-season. According to reviews, the food is delicious.
This lodge offers three different rooms, each with large bathrooms and beds. Breakfast is served each morning and can be altered to fit dietary and time restrictions. Main street is just a 10 minute walk away and with the free Wi-Fi and cable TV, it’s a lovely place to relax.
Staying in the mountains can be expensive, especially during peak skiing and biking season. If hotels are out of your budget, or you’d rather spend your money on amazing food, ski passes and transportation, checkout these Canmore motels.
Although recently renovated, the Lamphouse Hotel is still cheaper than many hotels located in Canmore. Starting at $107/night, the Lamphouse has 25 recently-renovated rooms and suites with TV and free Wi-Fi.
The toiletries are all local Alberta products and they offer free parking. They also offer discounts for staying multiple nights and 10% off for first time stayers. Pack your bathing suit, it sports a sweet outdoor hot tub.
Akai Motel offers budget-friendly accommodation starting at $60/night. Each room has a kitchenette and fridge – great for saving money on dining out. There’s free parking and free Wi-Fi for guests.
Another budget-friendly way to travel is by staying in hostels. Hostels often include group kitchens, common rooms and often dorm-style group rooms. The common spaces within hostels allow the prices to be cheaper and for guests to meet other travellers. Here’s a few top Canmore Hostels.
Hi Canmore (Alpine Club of Canada)
By far one of the most popular hostels in Canmore, the Hi Canmore Hostel has plenty to offer. There are private and shared rooms available as well as a ton of amazing amenities.
Guests have access to lockers, storage, parking, free bike rentals, game and tv rooms, a patio and BBQ, laundry and of course, Wi-Fi. The only potential snag is that this hostel isn’t located in right in Canmore, making it a difficult trek into the town for those without cars.
Canmore Downtown Hostel
The Canmore Downtown Hostel has private rooms for up to 3 people, as well as shared dorm-style rooms. These dorm rooms have options for private or public bathroom spaces.
Each private room has the option of sleeping 2 or 3 people on single beds. The hostel is located just off of Highway 1 and is in a relatively new building located amongst the shops.
Canmore Hotel Hostel
The name is a little bit misleading, but Canmore Hotel Hostel is indeed a hostel. The hostel itself is located in the old Canmore Hotel building, built in 1890. It’s website, however, assures guests that this isn’t their grandparents’ hostel.
Located on Canmore’s Main Street, the hostel features one of the top nightclubs in town. During the day, you’ll find fellow hostel stayers hanging there or visiting with each other upstairs.
Dorm-style rooms start at $38/night and include free Wi-Fi, lockers, a shared kitchen and the option of a private or shared bathroom. Female-only rooms are available. There are private rooms as well, each with either a private or shared bathroom.
Where would you like to stay in Canmore?
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