Banff Hotels with Kitchens

A kitchen at Hidden Ridge Resort

A kitchen at Hidden Ridge Resort

If you are looking for Banff hotels with kitchens, you have many choices.

Hotels use a wide variety of terminology to describe their rooms, but in general “kitchens” mean full cooking facilities, including an oven and often a dishwasher. Kitchen units described on this page are also fully equipped with pots, pans, and utensils. In the United States, the term “kitchenettes” is often used to describe a hotel cooking area with basic cooking amenities (microwave, fridge, coffeemaker), but here in Canada the term more often means a smaller full kitchen (often without an oven). To be sure, it is best to ask exactly what the room contains when booking. Also beware that there are often addition charges for guests who do not clean up the kitchen area upon their departure – so check before checking out.

Banff’s largest hotel company, Banff Lodging Co. does a wonderful job of displaying rooms from their eight properties online, complete with floor plans showing kitchens (view a sample from Hidden Ridge Resort here), so you know exactly what you are getting when reserving a specific room.

On Banff Avenue, a 10-minute walk to downtown, the Rundlestone Lodge has Kitchenette Suites with basic cooking facilities (no ovens and small fridges) while the Family Suites have a full kitchen and two separate bedrooms.

One of Banff’s newest hotels is the Fox Hotel & Suites, where even the smallest rooms have a microwave, fridge, toaster, and coffeemaker.

Kitchen nooks at the Fox Hotel are compact, practical, and modern.

Kitchen nooks at the Fox Hotel are compact, practical, and modern.

At the Inns of Banff, the three- and four-bedroom condos have full kitchens.

At the northern entrance to town, Banff Rocky Mountain Resort has 169 units spread through a lightly forested area, allowing plenty of privacy for everyone. They also make choosing easy: the Condos have kitchens and the Suites don’t. The condominiums all have full kitchens and many have wood-burning fireplaces and multiple bedrooms (up to four). Also on site in an indoor pool, tennis courts, fitness room, and restaurant.

Around a 20-minute downhill walk to downtown (or a short bus ride), the lower slopes of Tunnel Mountain are home to three hotels where every unit has a kitchen. Traditionally, this is where families on multi-night vacations stay, although the set up is perfect for anyone looking to do their own cooking. At one of the three, Douglas Fir Resort, you will find a small grocery store, meaning you don’t need to fight the crowds in downtown’s two other grocery stores.

Hidden Ridge Resort is the most modern of the Tunnel Mountain choices, comprising 107 units, each with a full kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, and deck or balcony. Kitchens in even the smallest units are adequate for cooking full meals.

Adjacent to Hidden Ridge, Tunnel Mountain Resort has a wide range of floor plans, with all 97 units having a full kitchen.

Also on Tunnel Mountain, Douglas Fir Resort, the only Banff hotel with waterslides, has kitchens in all a large, modern (2013) outdoor hot tub. The hot tub is open Monday to Friday 4 pm to 10 pm, Saturday to Sunday 9 am to 10 pm. Admission is free for resort guests, while non-guests pay $20 per person, which includes access to the indoor waterslides.

The only Banff hotel with kitchen-equipped cabins is The Juniper, at the base of Mount Norquay, across the Trans-Canada Highway from downtown. Set in the forest behind the main hotel, the cabins have separate bedrooms, comfortable living areas, and large cooking areas.