Banff Hotels with Wood Burning Fireplaces
If you are looking for Banff hotels with balcony, you have many choices, starting from $159 in mid-summer at the Voyageur Inn (the least expensive hotel rooms with balconies in Banff). Balcony sizes range from very small to full size, but it is also important that you check when reserving where in the hotel your room is located as in some cases balconies may face a wall or not receive any direct sun. This reason alone makes booking direct with the hotel preferable over using an online booking service such as Hotwire or Expedia, through which you have no way of securing the room of your choice.
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 balconies (view a sample from the Inns of Banff here), so you know exactly what you are getting when reserving a specific room.
The least expensive Banff hotel with a swimming pool is also the least expensive with balconies. The Voyageur Inn, at the far end of Banff Avenue, has 86 rooms with balconies, including two rows facing north (no direct sunlight) and east (direct sunlight on summer afternoons). Other rooms have balconies facing walls and the adjacent property – but you’ll still be able to be outside enjoying the fresh mountain air.
In the heart of downtown, the more expensive rooms at Brewster Mountain Lodge have balconies, which afford a surprisingly high level of privacy considering the central location. The Western theme throughout this stylish property extends outside to the log-railed balconies.
Also centrally located is the Banff Park Lodge, one block west of Banff Avenue, where each of the 211 guest rooms has a walk-out patio or balcony. For privacy and direct sunlight filtered through trees, request a south-facing room.
Along Banff Avenue, most Superior and Premium rooms at the Ptarmigan Inn have balconies with enough room for outdoor chairs (those facing north overlook a construction site that will be active throughout 2015). The Ptarmigan is also one of the closest hotels to downtown Banff with balconies.
Continuing along Banff Avenue away from downtown, the Banff Aspen Lodge has comfortable rooms, many with balconies facing Banff Avenue and with direct sunlight until at least noon in summer.
Premium and Superior rooms at the High Country Inn, further along, have smaller balconies than the Aspen, but the same Banff Avenue views and morning sun from most rooms in these categories. Also on Banff Avenue, the Rundlestone Lodge has balconies on their premium-level rooms facing Banff Avenue. The balconies are small, but the glass and log trim is in keeping with the stylish décor throughout the property.
All larger units at the Fox Hotel & Suites have comfortable balconies with outdoor furniture. They are very private, but direct sunlight is only enjoyed in the morning by those facing Banff Avenue or to the south.
Like the Fox Hotel, balconies at the Inns of Banff are standard for all larger units. Most face Cascade Mountain, offering fantastic views and lots of privacy sunlight. Each level of the building is stepped back, meaning balconies receive plenty of direct sunlight (the exception is the lower level, where balconies are directly below the floor above).
Hidden Ridge Resort, located a short walk from downtown on the lower slopes of Tunnel Mountain, comprises self-contained condos, each with a balcony. These balconies are generally very private and most have forest or mountain views. Tunnel Mountain Resort has a wide range of floor plans, with most units having a balcony or patio, many of which face the forest, meaning lots of privacy. If having a balcony is important to you, when it comes to value, it’s hard to go past the rooms at The Juniper. Located at the base of Mount Norquay, across the Trans-Canada Highway from downtown, the Deluxe Valley Rooms have either a patio or balcony with sweeping, unobstructed views across the Bow Valley to Mount Rundle and Sulphur Mountain. They cost from $239 in mid-summer. It’s impossible to discuss Banff hotels without including mention of the Fairmont Banff Springs, although only two of over 800 rooms have balconies (although two rooms in the Stanley Thompson wing do open to what would be best described as ledges). The two Terrace Suites are on the lower level and affiliated with the Willow Stream spa complex, making them the perfect place to stay for a spa vacation. Each of these rooms has a balcony overlooking the forest and mountains beyond.