Stylish Brewster’s Mountain Lodge (208 Caribou St., 403/762-2900 or 888/762-2900, www.brewstermountainlodge.com, $220–280 s or d) features an eye-catching log exterior with an equally impressive lobby. The Western theme is continued in the 77 upstairs rooms. Superior rooms feature two queen-size beds or one king-size bed, deluxe rooms offer a private balcony, and loft suites have hot tubs. All rates include breakfast, and if you don’t feel like dining out you can order room service from noon onward.
The 134-room Banff Ptarmigan Inn (337 Banff Ave., 403/762-2207 or 800/661-8310, www.bestofbanff.com, $245 s or d) is a slick, full-service hotel with 134 tastefully decorated rooms, down comforters on all beds, a restaurant, heated underground parking, wireless Internet, and a variety of facilities to soothe sore muscles, including a spa, whirlpool, and sauna.
Hidden Ridge Resort (Tunnel Mountain Rd., 403/762-3544 or 800/661-1372, www.bestofbanff.com, $220–540 s or d) sits on a forested hillside away from the main buzz of traffic. Choose from modern condo-style units or much larger Premier King Jacuzzi Suites. All units have wood-burning fireplaces and balconies or patios. In the center of the complex is a barbecue area and hot tub.
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