The BEST Places to Stay in Canmore

Canmore is a stunning resort town nestled in the Bow Valley that will provide visitors a lovely stay any time of year. Flanked by dramatic mountains and surrounded by no shortage of things to do, we believe it has plenty to offer visitors. If you are looking for the best hotels in Canmore to ensure you have a tremendous stay in the Bow Valley, we have you covered. Our suggestions include spacious rooms, indoor pools, and condo-style rentals. We may be biased, but we believe the town makes for a tremendous base to enjoy the Canadian Rockies.

Two reliable suggestions for hotels in Canmore are The Malcolm and Falcon Crest Lodge. The Malcolm is the most luxurious hotel in town, and it has a tremendous location right next to Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk. Meanwhile, places like Falcon Crest Lodge offers condos and a full kitchen for self-catering.

The Best Places to Stay in Canmore – Quick Answers


Where to Stay in Canmore?

View From The Malcolm Hotel Of Canmore Neighborhood At Sunset

Before we dig into this best Canmore accommodation post, we should discuss what “neighborhoods” you’ll likely be staying at in Canmore. Canmore is a small mountain town with many zoning restrictions; therefore, only three distinct areas make up where Canmore hotels can be located.

Downtown CanmoreThe primary choice is Downtown Canmore near Main Street. Any hotel in Downtown Canmore is easily walkable to Canmore’s restaurants, bars, and boutique shops, including the lovely Policemen’s Creek Boardwalk.

Bow Valley Trail: The Bow Valley Tail area is still close to Downtown but will require you to cross the busy street to reach Main Street. While having a car isn’t necessary for staying in this area, it is more helpful. Bow Valley Trail hotels are more affordable and have easy access to the highway.

Kananaskis Country: This is the provincial park close to Canmore. No hotel in Kananaskis is in the town, but they aren’t too far from Canmore. Because these accommodation options are few and far between and are more unique, they fetch a higher price tag in the high season.


The Best Hotels in the Canmore Downtown Area


Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Center

Entrance To Coast Hotel In Canmore

The Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Center is a great choice for a traditional hotel stay with a good location. It’s a modern hotel with excellent access to downtown or the highway and a reliable choice as a dog-friendly hotel in Canmore. We stayed here when placing an offer on our home in the valley and had a great stay.

With a name brand like Coast, guests know they’re guaranteed a certain level of service. The hotel is pet-friendly and conveniently located at the primary intersection of the highway into town. The Table Food + Drink restaurant is attached to the hotel and makes for a great spot to eat close to your room if you don’t want to venture too far downtown. It’s also where the Banff Airporter drops off and picks up from the Calgary Airport, so if you’re getting in late and don’t want to have to deal with finding your hotel, this is a great option.

Coast Canmore Hotel is also great for business travelers as it has all the necessary amenities to work well. There’s a spacious gym on-site if you want to get a little more workout in after a fantastic Canmore hike.


Malcolm Hotel By Clique

The Malcolm Canmore

The Malcolm Hotel is a luxury hotel in the heart of Spring Creek, a desirable neighborhood just steps away from downtown Canmore. It is one of the newest hotels in Canmore, and it’s sure to make for a great family holiday. Its location is convenient for Canmore’s restaurants, bars, and shops, but still situated far enough away from downtown where you won’t here much noise in the summer.

It also sits conveniently across from the Policeman’s Boardwalk, one of the best walks in Canmore. The hotel’s highlight lies in the rooftop decks, which are a great place to take in the views from the hot tubs, heated pool, or resort restaurant. The pool is certainly loved by visitors, and we loved relaxing in the hot tub at the end of our days.

Natasha Sits In Hot Tub At Malcolm Hotel

Just like the rooftop deck, rooms offer great views of the mountains and have luxurious finishes. Expect modern TVs, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and rainfall showers in each room. Most important, at least to us when traveling, are the super comfortable beds and linens. Facilities at the hotel also include a fitness center, restaurants, concierge service, and free parking.

While the Malcolm Hotel may be one of our favorite hotels in Canmore, it may not suit all families. As it’s a luxury hotel and the nicest in Canmore, it is the most expensive. It’s also worth noting that this is a hotel, which means families can not enjoy self-catering. All this being said, Malcolm provides community support, which sits well with locals.

Random tip: If you're visiting around Christmas, The Malcolm has the best Christmas decor in all of Canmore!

Stoneridge Mountain Resort by CLIQUE

Stoneridge Mountain Resort Best Hotels in Canmore

The Stoneridge Mountain Resort is a great property with luxurious condo accommodations. You can choose from a one, two, or three-bedroom suite with ample space. Each suite has ample space, including a living room, fireplace, dining space, and full kitchen. It’s a great option for families, groups, or couples who like cooking their own meals.

A fireplace in each suite makes for cozy evenings while cooking in the well-stocked kitchen. We’re big fans of self-catered accommodation as eating in Canmore or Banff can be expensive for families, so it’s a great way to save money. However, if families feel like dining out, plenty of restaurants in the town center are a short walk from Stoneridge.

The suites are the only standout feature here, as they also have large patios with barbecues. Plus, facilities on the property include underground parking, a fitness center, an indoor/outdoor pool, and a hot tub. Prices at the luxurious condos aren’t the cheapest in town, but we provide excellent value if booked in advance.


Georgetown Inn

Georgetown-Inn

The Georgetown Inn has been a popular establishment in Canmore for decades and is an excellent option for those seeking some charming character. Hotel decoration revolves around an Old English theme with an English Tudor exterior, eclectic interior, and a charming pub with great food. The location is off the Bow Valley Trail, which is still within walking distance of downtown Canmore but has quick driving access to the TransCanada.

Several rooms feature a fireplace and seating area. All rooms feature a small fridge, coffee maker, kettle, and TV. The Georgetown Inn is pet-friendly for pet owners and has elevator access to rooms. Freshly baked shortbread and tea are complimentary in rooms, and a hearty-cooked breakfast is included in the room rate. Free on-site parking is available.


Falcon Crest Lodge by CLIQUE

Falcon Crest Lodge Best Hotels in Canmore

Room options here shine with the multitude of options for self-catering in the Canadian Rockies. The Falcon Crest Lodge has several options for one and two-bedroom suites that are great for groups. All units have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, kitchens or kitchenettes, fireplaces, and private balconies or patios.

Comfortable bathrooms have tubs, walk-in showers, nice toiletries, and bathrobes. The property has underground parking, a self-service car wash, two outdoor hot tubs, a fitness room, and games/puzzles. It’s a great option for anyone visiting Canmore with a group.

Suites here are not quite as well-decorated as the Stoneridge Mountain Resort. However, they’re very comparable and offer similar amenities, condo layouts, and locations. We feel confident recommending either property and suggest you search for the best price.


Lamphouse Hotel

Lamphouse Hotel Best Hotels in Canmore

The Lamphouse Hotel is a really good value option for exploring Canmore. If you want access to the town center, finding a better location across from the Policeman’s Boardwalk is impossible. We love the hotel’s character as it’s a tastefully renovated motel. All the rooms here are modern, with stylish mountain decor and great amenities for a comfortable stay.

Each room has free Wi-Fi, a 55″ flat-screen TV, a desk, coffee-making facilities, and a mini-fridge. Even the bathroom carries luxury bath products from Rocky Mountain Soap. As it’s a motel, rooms are the standard double-bed layout, which may matter to some families. If you’re lucky enough to score a booking, there’s one well-appointed three-bedroom apartment perfect for a group, book in advance as it books up fast.

It’s also worth noting that the local hotelier, Basecamps, runs the motel and often keeps front desk staff off-site at a sister location. If you need support, this can be an issue, but we love the nature of self check-in.


Canmore Downtown Hostel

Canmore Downtown Hostel Best Hotels in Canmore

Finding hostel options in North America can be tough, but the Canmore Downtown Hostel delivers the goods. Private rooms and shared hotel dorm rooms are available for booking. Dorm beds are still very comfortable, with large bunk beds, drapes, and modern washrooms.

The new hostel is well equipped, comfortable, clean, and has friendly staff. Facilities available at the hostel include a shared kitchen, lounge, and washing machines. Private rooms are without frills but comfortable and have a private bathroom.

We’ve never stayed at the hostel but visited the property and spoke with guests. Feedback is overwhelmingly positive, and it’s common for guests to find travel/hiking buddies in the hostel. The hostel is an excellent option for solo travelers, couples, or young travelers on a budget!


Solara Resort – Bellstar Hotels & Resorts

Solara Resort - Bellstar Hotels & Resorts

Solara Resort is another option for visitors who want condo-style accommodation. Each unit comes with a fully equipped kitchen and fireplace. Also included in the suites are dining areas, fireplaces, washing machines, and flat-screen TVs. The property has an on-site spa, hot tub, and fitness center.

Several units feature mountain views, but most face into the complex or adjacent property. The units are comfortable, with granite countertops, leather furniture, and hardwood floor and the bathrooms are comfortable and clean, with quality toiletries. It’s another option worth exploring for families seeking self-catering accommodation.

Solara is a little more dated and tired than Falcon Crest or Stoneridge. However, it is more affordable than the other two resorts, and considering that most people spend all their time outdoors exploring Solara is more than adequate.


Lady MacDonald Country Inn

Lady MacDonald Country Inn

Lady MacDonald Country Inn is a bed and breakfast off Bow Valley Trail and a short walk to the town center. Guests can expect a charming stay with the guest service expected from a traditional bed and breakfast. Of course, homemade breakfast is served each morning in the solarium. Rooms have unique decorations, private bathrooms, a fireplace, and cable TV. Free Wi-Fi can be found throughout the property. A communal parlor has a wood fireplace and a cozy, relaxing location.


Pocaterra Inn & Waterslide

Pocaterra-Inn-Waterslide-

The aptly named Pocaterra Inn & Waterslide offers a waterslide and indoor pool, which are a big hit with children. The property features, you guessed it, a large waterslide and a sauna for adults to relax while the kids play. Its location is off Bow Valley Trail, with easy access to the highway and an extended walk to downtown Canmore.

All rooms have a seating area, desk, coffee maker, microwave, and mini-fridge. The property also offers a fitness center, but we’re unsure how many people use it after hiking or skiing. Included in the rate is a free breakfast buffet. Rooms are basic, comfortable, clean, and present good value — that said we wish it were just a bit more affordable.


Silver Creek Lodge

Silver Creek Lodge Pet-Friendly Canmore Hotel

Silver Creek Lodge is another option in Canmore that is pet-friendly and great for those seeking self-catered accommodation. The real advantage of Canmore over Banff is the plethora of apartment-style accommodation options. Perfect for the whole family, and that includes the dog.

Suites at Silver Creek Lodge offer fireplaces, granite countertops, modern kitchens, dining areas, and laundry facilities. The hotel also features some of the best sushi in the Bow Valley with the Wild Orchid Asian Bistro. An onsite spa offers facials and massages.


Hotels Near Canmore – Kananaskis Country


Mount Engadine Lodge

Mount Engadine Lodge

Mount Engadine Lodge is located along Smith Dorrian Road/Spray Lakes Road, about one hour from Canmore. It is in a wilderness area deep in Kananaskis Country, an Alberta Provincial Park. There isn’t much else besides mountains, valleys, trees, and the moose that frequent the wetlands around the lodge.

In other words, Mount Engadine is located in an extremely remote section of Kananaskis. A wide variety of room options include private lodge rooms, cabins, glamping tents, and even a yurt. There is no cell service and no televisions. It’s one of the few spots you can truly disconnect in the area,

It’s back to wilderness here—exactly like what you may seek on a trip to the Canadian Rockies. If you’re eager to have that backcountry wilderness experience without roughing it in a tent and eating dehydrated meals, you can’t get much better than staying here.

Bookings include breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. Mount Engadine is located near a few popular trailheads like Chester Lake, Tent Ridge, Smutwood Peak, or Burstall Pass, making it the the perfect place for hikers to book. If you’re not planning on hiking, you can relax by one of the many wood-burning fireplaces while enjoying delicious meals. This special lodge makes for a great romantic getaway for couples. We know this isn’t a hotel in Canmore, but it’s the closest unique mountain accommodation that may appeal to many visitors.


Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

This is easily one of the best places to stay in the Canadian Rockies. Located just 40 minutes from the Town of Canmore near Nakiska Ski Resort (great for winter ski trips) and some great Kananakis hiking trails is the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge.

If you want a luxurious, family-friendly stay in the Provincial Park, don’t hesitate to book this modern and new Canmore accommodation. It’s not a cheap stay, but at least with the price, you can expect some fantastic amenities, such as outdoor fire pits and an indoor heated pool. However, it’s best “attraction” is the Kananaskis Nordic Spa, an outdoor spa with saunas and hotel tubs that is easily one of the best things to do in Kananaskis! Though it’s worth noting that that access to the spa is not included in a standard room night, though discounts are available for guests.


Hope this article helped you choose where to stay in Canmore! If you have any other questions, comment or see our Canadian Rockies travel guide for more articles about photography spots, lakes, hikes, and everything else.


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About Cameron

Cameron is a resident of Canmore, Alberta. After traveling the world for six years, he settled down in the beautiful Bow Valley with Natasha. He has been featured as a travel expert with numerous publications worldwide and has spoken on several occasions about the power of travel. He has a passion for all things in the Canadian Rockies and loves to spend his time snowboarding, scrambling, camping, biking, and trail running. Conservation is a deep fundamental in his life, and he aims to inspire others to care about our natural world. You can learn more on the about us page.

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