The 4-star Moose Hotel is situated only minutes from the center of Banff, so you can easily walk into town and enjoy the services and attractions available. Rooms are well designed and comfortable, and the hot tub views are likely some of the best you’ll get in the Canadian Rockies. So is the Moose Hotel the best hotel to stay on Banff Avenue? Let’s dig in!
Quick Details of The Moose Hotel in Banff
How is the Location of The Moose Hotel?
The Moose Hotel is located right on Banff Avenue on the corner of Moose Street. It sits right across the street from Whiteback Cafe, our favorite coffee shop in Banff.
Being right on Banff Ave means you are always only steps away from some of the best Banff restaurants and bars. In just a five-minute walk you can access most things in downtown Banff. Even walking to the end of Banff Avenue to the Cascades of Time Garden will take 10 minutes.
We love staying on Banff Avenue when we visit Banff, and after staying at a few other beautiful hotels like the Elk and Avenue and Mount-Royal Hotel, The Moose Hotel is a step above. To us, it is the nicest place to stay on Banff Avenue.
The Rooms at The Moose Hotel
The Moose Hotel offers seven different room types at their property. The Superior Hotel Room is the most common and offers two queens or one king Mountain Luxury Beds.
We stayed in the Superior One Bedroom Suite, which had a spacious room, kitchenette, living room with a fireplace, a large bathroom, and plenty of extra living space for luggage. It was a beautiful spacious room that is often hard to come by in Banff. We particularly loved the fireplace on a cold February day.
There are also other room categories such as the Rooftop One-Bedroom Suite and Rooftop Two-Bedroom Suite. These rooms have spacious balconies with some of the best views in Banff!
The Moose offers pet-friendly and accessible rooms, but it’s essential to inform them at booking if this is the room type you need. There may be extra charges for bringing pets to the hotel.
Lastly, if you want a truly unique vacation, you can book The Corner House, which sits in the middle of the hotel courtyard. The Corner House is an early 1900s heritage house that dates back to Banff’s mining days.
It used to be located in the mining town of Bankhead but was relocated to downtown Banff in 1925. It’s been restored and is a beautiful place to stay with the family and travel back in time.
Hotel Amenities at The Moose Hotel
Being one of the nicest hotels in Banff you can rest assured there are some fantastic amenities offered here.
The most impressive amenities are the indoor pool for children and the outdoor sauna and hot tubs, which adults will love. We were thoroughly impressed walking out on the rooftop to have unparalleled views of Cascade Mountain right from the hot tub.
There is also a firepit to enjoy chats with other hotel guests. The hot tubs open early and close late, so you can come back and soak after a long day hiking in Banff.
The Moose also offers a beautiful fitness center overlooking Banff Avenue, an in-house spa, and a restaurant on site. Pacini is an Italian restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Parking at The Moose Hotel
Parking can be tricky in Downtown Banff, so it’s wonderful that the Moose offers underground heated parking. There is oversized vehicle parking outdoors. If you have an electric vehicle not to worry as there are two Tesla charging stations.
Unless you are venturing to Lake Louise or elsewhere, we recommend leaving your vehicle here while going to explore Downtown Banff since the town now operates on paid parking.
Is The Moose Hotel Pet Friendly
The Moose Hotel is one of the best pet-friendly options in the Canadian Rockies. Both dogs and cats are more than welcome here for a $25 pet fee per night. Make sure to inform the hotel staff at booking if you have your furry friend with you.
The Moose Hotel: Final Thoughts
The Moose Hotel is a fabulous place to stay in Banff. We have toured and reviewed many properties in the Canadian Rockies. After the Banff Springs Hotel and the Rimrock, we agree that The Moose Hotel is the nicest place to stay in Downtown Banff. It is undoubtedly the best property located on Banff Avenue.
Rooms are stylish, comfortable and many feature a gas fireplace in the room. The Moose also offers air conditioning in rooms, which is rare for hotels in Banff. Air conditioning may not seem like a huge deal, but even cooler places like the Canadian Rockies are affected in the summer by the earth’s warming.
The Moose is great for families as they have an indoor pool, two rooftop hot pools, a fitness room, and a sauna. Their room categories make it easy for families and groups to stay connected, and you never have to leave the hotel at night to get a great meal.
Its location on Banff Avenue means you are always 5 minutes away from many great sites. When you want to leave, you can hop in your car, parked nicely in the underground parking area, and be on your way.