A brand new downtown Banff hotel is shaking up the scene when it comes to accommodations in Alberta’s popular mountain town.
The Canalta Lodge has an enviable location right on Banff Avenue, after taking over the site of the former Spruce Grove Inn and undergoing an extensive redesign. The property reopened in December 2017, revealing a bright, cozy decor that seamlessly blends modern touches like statement light fixtures and pops of sunshine yellow with accents one expects from a hotel in the heart of the Rocky Mountains: think plaid wallpaper treatments, bathroom hooks shaped like deer and a gorgeous front desk fashioned out of logs.
The Canalta Lodge evokes a sense of community that few Banff accommodations have managed to do, starting with the open foyer framed by luxe leather couches, fireplaces and huge windows that make the most of the surrounding scenery. The welcoming common area is where guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast spread each morning, or grab a steaming mug of hot cocoa and snacks from the Happy Camper Coffee Shop. There are also plenty of board games on hand, and plans for the outdoor area include fire pits, a hot tub, sauna, plunge pool and even an evening s’more service.
Travellers of all types will feel right at home in the lodge, which has 112 rooms in various configurations to suit every type of group. Families will want to book one of the lofts or suites, which can sleep up to 10 people on an array of king beds, pull-out couches and bunk beds. They also include a full kitchen, dining area, two bathrooms and fireplaces. Travellers who don’t want to leave their four-legged friends at home will appreciate the fact it’s one of the few pet-friendly hotels in Banff, and millennials love the value Canalta Lodge offers, with inclusions like breakfast, heated underground parking, Wi-Fi, ski storage and a full gym.
The Banff Ski Package is also worth noting, which includes one night’s accommodation, breakfast and two ti-area lift tickets valid at Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village or Lake Louise. Rates start at just $279, and the promotion is valid until April 30, 2018.
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With its desirable location, staff who are known for going above and beyond, charming decor and great value, it’s easy to see why Canalta Lodge is already considered to be one of the best places to stay in Banff, Alberta.
Globe Guide visited Canalta Lodge as a guest of the property. As always, hosts have no editorial influence on articles.
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