Banff, AB Hotels
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Want to experience the lifestyle of a Swiss skiing village without spending a lot of money on lodging? Head north to Banff which caters to travelers who prefer to end the day in a nice hotel rather than roughing it at a campground. Banff is in the heart of the Canadian Rockies near the southeastern border of Banff National Park. You can pick your sport: skiing, hiking, climbing, or bicycling. No matter what activity you choose, you will find discounted hotels like the Banff Voyager Inn, Bumper's Inn, and Banff Rocky Mountain Resort

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Banff, AB

Mount Royal Hotel
Mount Royal Hotel
|
3.8
138 Banff Avenue, Banff
from $63
Bumpers Inn
Bumpers Inn
|
3.5
250 Marmot Cresent, Banff
from $49
Brewster's Mountain Lodge
Brewster's Mountain Lodge
|
4.1
208 Caribou Street, Banff
from $73
Fairmont Banff Springs
Fairmont Banff Springs
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4.4
405 Spray Ave, Banff
from $253
Rundlestone Lodge
Rundlestone Lodge
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4.1
537 Banff Avenue - Box 489, Banff
from $71
High Country Inn
High Country Inn
|
4.1
419 Banff Ave, Banff
from $63
The Rimrock Resort Hotel
The Rimrock Resort Hotel
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4.3
300 Moutain Avenue, Banff
from $139
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort
|
3.8
1029 Banff Ave, Banff
from $73
Banff Park Lodge
Banff Park Lodge
|
4.1
222 Lynx St, Banff
from $67
The Fox Hotel and Suites
The Fox Hotel and Suites
|
4.1
461 Banff Ave, Banff
from $92
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Getting To and Around Banff

You need an up-to-date passport to travel to Canada from the United States. If driving, you'll have to present that passport, a passport card, or a NEXUS card at the border. The best thing to do is to visit the Canada Border Services Agency website for the latest information on foreign exit and entry requirements. The closest airport, Calgary International Airport (YYC), handles most major airlines. You can rent a car at the airport to drive the 90 miles to town or ride the Banff Airporter, a public shuttle. 

Once in town, walking is a great way to get around Banff and enjoy all the sights and sounds. Walking is quick, easy, and allows for random adventures to the river, the forests, or the mountains. When weather prevents this, the bus system is easy to use for $2 a ride ($1 for kids and seniors). It connects with all the area hotels, including the budget-friendly Red Carpet Inn.

Biking is popular too. Several shops will rent bicycles, and Banff's trails offer trips through forested areas, along streams and waterfalls, and lead to incredible lake and mountain views. The HI-Banff Alpine Centre offers a Stay and Bike and See package with discounted bike rental vouchers and Gondola tickets at check-in.

Best Time to Travel

Some of the best times to visit Banff are June to August and December to March.  Depending on what you want to do, Banff is a year-round destination except for in the fall when weather and conditions are unpredictable. You will want to plan your wardrobe as average winter temperatures range from the single digits to the low 30s. During the summer, average temperatures range between 40 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Banff is most crowded during the months of June to August because of the warmer weather, but hotel rates in town are also more budget-friendly. Booking a hotel during these months also offers the best access for hiking and biking.

Winter sports enthusiasts, however, will want to vacation in the height of winter, and travel in December to March. Although the snow falls every month, December to March is the peak season for skiing. Day temperatures rarely surpass 32 degrees Fahrenheit until mid-March and dive toward zero at night. Secure a hotel early to visit at this time and avoid the holidays if you're on a budget.

Stay Close to Everything

Banff is a small community that has about 7000 year-round residents. Depending on whether you want to vacation in style and convenience, you should stay in Banff Town. Banff Town is full of restaurants, shops and other attractions, and features one main street, Banff Avenue, where you will find most of these local businesses. Consider staying at Irwin's Mountain Inn, Rundlestone Lodge, or Brewster's Mountain Lodge. All of these hotels are either within walking distance of or are on Banff Avenue.

How Available Are Airbnb Listings?

Fewer than 100 listings can be found on Airbnb for vacation rentals in Banff. Fortunately, pricing is close to, or even cheaper than that of hotels in the area. A large number of these lodgings are in Banff, but if you're looking to save a few bucks, you might want to stay in nearby Canmore. Because Banff gets overcrowded, a short southwest 20-minute drive to Canmore can help you find will find a condo or even an entire house to rent for less than if you stayed in Banff. 

Tips on What To Do During Your Stay

The main reason to go to Banff is to enjoy the great outdoors. Located within the boundaries of Banff National Park, the town itself is close to skiing, hiking trails, fishing spots, and places to picnic. Even if you don't plan on being out in nature, bring your walking shoes. To enjoy the town, its several gardens, museum, and many little shops along Banff Avenue you should do it on foot. Make it an even more affordable stay by getting a room at the Banff International Hostel (check for availability as this offers seasonal lodging). 

When planning a summer trip, the park offers plenty of ways to take advantage of the warmer weather. Stay at SameSun Backpackers Lodge, pack a picnic, and walk around the Vermilion Lakes located just east of town along the Trans-Canadian Highway. Maybe a guided tour is more your style? Discover Banff Tours provides personalized tours throughout the park. Not into hiking? Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola to enjoy the view or relax in the Banff Upper Hot Springs. 

When planning a winter trip, consider booking during the week because the ski hills are busier on the weekends. If you stay at King Edward Hotel, you'll be in Banff, steps from the Canada House Gallery, and only minutes from the Canadian Ski Museum West. If you travel early in the season, pay attention to the snow reports so you get the best ski experience. Only have a few hours? Ski with the locals at Ski Norquay, with long open runs and great views of the town. 

Banff Is Young at Heart

While those with a love of adventure and the great outdoors will flock to Banff, this town has a lot to offer anyone. Banff draws young people from all over the world, an element which gives Banff an overwhelming college-town feel.

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