June 12, 2009


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When most people hear the word “Banff,” they automatically think of the massive and outrageously beautiful national park in Canada. And while that is definitely what people go to visit when they head to Banff, there is also a sweet town bearing the same name located within the park itself. It makes the ideal location from which to explore the park, and it also happens to be a picturesque little town all on its own. Luckily for visitors, the area is full of places to stay – but especially in the high season, the cheap hotels in Banff get booked up early.

No matter when you visit, it is entirely possible to spend a fortune on your hotel room. This is a place people come to regardless of the cost, so some hotels have raised their prices accordingly. Having said that, if you do not mind giving up some of the luxuries you will find in more traditional ski resort lodges, you can find perfectly comfortable (though perhaps more boring) cheap hotels in Banff. And after all, you are not going to this part of the world to stay indoors, are you?

The town of Banff – located in Banff National Park – is where most of the accommodation options are, but it is also not uncommon for there to be hotels outside the downtown area in spots that are even more remote. Of course, many of the places with the most incredible locations are also going to be out of just about every budget traveler’s price range, but if you are visiting in something other than the middle of winter or the middle of summer it is worth checking anyway. You never know what off-season deals you could score.

A few of the cheap hotels in Banff that are worth looking into are Mount Royal Hotel (downtown Banff, 135 rooms, on-site restaurant, sauna & indoor whirlpool, free parking, internet access), Banff Inn (downtown Banff, some rooms with jacuzzis & fireplaces, free WiFi, free continental breakfast, sauna & steam room, heated underground parking), Red Carpet Inn Banff (close to downtown Banff, free continental breakfast, some rooms with balconies, free heated underground parking, hot tub, free WiFi), Charlton’s Cedar Court (10 minute walk from downtown Banff, free WiFi, some rooms with kitchenettes, several breakfast options available, on-site restaurant), and The Driftwood Inn (downtown Banff, free WiFi, free use of spa at sister hotel next door, free public transportation pass).

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