Staying at The Juniper Hotel in Banff, Alberta
When most people think of Banff, Alberta they think luxury resort town. Sure there are some high end properties in town but there are also excellent affordable offerings too. I was only in Banff for one night this fall and stayed at the Juniper Hotel. It’s actually just outside the main town centre which means that, unlike hotels in town, you get a great view of Banff and a more panoramic view of the mountains. Chances are you’ll be visiting the town with a vehicle so with free parking in town I found the hotel’s location to be a plus rather than a negative.
If you stay here, do what you can to get a room that overlooks the town rather than one that backs onto Mt. Norquay. I stayed in the Panoramic Mountain View Deluxe room and I never got tired of that view. If it’d been warmer I totally would spent my time out on the balcony rather than at the desk in the room.
The Juniper Hotel has a few unique touches that add to its charm. There are walking trails right on site. The large patio outside the bistro has a stunning view and I can only imagine what it’s like in summer. My favourite though was the outdoor hot tub that overlooked the town. I can imagine it would be the perfect place to relax after a day of hiking or skiing. It’s open 24 hours so if you feel like a 3am dip, you’re more than welcome.
There are 50 rooms and two chalets so it’s a rather intimate size. If you stay more than a night you’ll start to recognize faces. Staff were very friendly and didn’t make me feel bad when I locked myself out of my room or asked to leave my bags for awhile after check out.
I also love how eco-friendly the Juniper Hotel is. I like how their commitment to the environment shows from the BeeKind bath products to their choice of Frog Friendly Wild Coffee. From the bike hut and ski storage to their use of Bullfrog Power. They’re doing their bit to make sure that the unspoiled beauty of the Rockies stays that way for a long time to come.
If you’re looking for good value in your Banff hotel, it’s definitely there at the Juniper Hotel. Prices are very reasonable for the Banff area and there are lots of extra little touches that make it a unique stay. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again the next time I’m in Banff, which can’t come soon enough.
- Where: 1 Juniper Way | Mount Norquay Rd, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta
- Cost: Rooms range from $125-$359 (for a 3 bedroom suite)
- Number of Rooms: 52
- Amenities: On site bike tuning, free wifi, pet friendly, free parking, bistro on site, outdoor hot tub, walking trails, bike rentals, ski storage
- Rating: TripAdvisor 3*
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January 20th, 2014 at 11:28 pm (#)
I went to Banff back in 2006 but we only stayed for 2 days. would love to go back and this hotel has a great view!
March 6th, 2014 at 10:16 am (#)
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