May2018 Banff accomodations

Oct 16th, 2017, 06:17 AM
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May2018 Banff accomodations

We are looking at booking 4 nights in or near Banff in May of 2018. We already have reservations of 3 nights in Lake Louise, and 2 nights in Jasper. Are there any good reasons to book something right in the town of Banff? Our other nights already booked are at nice resorts. Is the town of Banff fun for "hanging out" or should we consider the hotels that are close to Banff?
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Oct 16th, 2017, 06:19 AM
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Since our other nights are at nice resorts, we don't necessarily need luxurious or expensive hotels. Plan on taking day trips around Banff, but wondering if being within walking distance of activities in downtown Banff should be considered.
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Oct 16th, 2017, 10:40 AM
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There isn't really anything "near" to Banff - parks regulations mean that all development is confined to very restricted areas in the townsites.

Most of the hotels in Banff are right in the core - all easy walking distance. A few places are on Tunnel Mountain, which is a longer walk or easy bus ride into town. The only exceptions would be a few places like Castle Mountain Bungalows, Baker Creek Chalets etc. which are up on the Bow Valley Parkway. Beyond that, there are lots of nice places in Canmore, which about 15-20 minutes from Banff.

I would be inclined to get something either in Banff or Canmore - i.e. where you have options for public transport. Banff, especially, can get very congested so it's better to be able to walk, bike or take the bus to get around the townsite and nearby attractions.

Note that the word "resort" is used very freely around here - for everything from a simple motel to the Fairmont hotels. Only a few places in Jasper and Banff/Lake Louise combined would really even come close to being what might consider a resort - i.e. the Fairmont hotels and the Rimrock The rest will be hotels with accommodation, a restaurant or two and things like a pool. Not to say that they couldn't be very nice, but perhaps not what some folks might imagine when the term resort is used.
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Oct 19th, 2017, 01:49 AM
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THank you.
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Oct 21st, 2017, 06:10 PM
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I would choose to stay at Paintbox Lodge in Canmore.. They also have bikes available to use around town. I have a second home in Canmore and prefer it to Banff. There are lots of other desirable accommodations as well. The river is lovely to walk and bike by, there are great restaurants and cafes and not so touristy. Canmore is nestled in the mountains like Banff. If you like to hike you have loads of options from here. You can get info on here and at the tourist office on hikes. It is still a little cool for hiking in the mountains so you will have to get advice in case there is still snow and ice. You can also bike to Banff on the paved Legacy Trail( about 23 km.) and have lunch and take the bus back with your bike (6.50 per person with your bike). You can rent bikes for this at a couple of places in town.
I stopped there about 8 years ago for lunch and the rest is history.
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Oct 22nd, 2017, 04:18 AM
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Thank you , hurrygirl. We will look into it
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