The recently renovated Mount Royal Hotel in Banff is a historic hotel that dates back to 1908. It has an ideal location so you have quick access to anything you could want in Banff. Inside modern interiors and amenities are certain to provide guests a comfortable stay.
It serves as one of our favorite hotels to stay at in the center of town. Which comes with a slew of perks such as easy access to transportation, shops, bars, and restaurants.
- Address — 138 Banff Ave (GPS)
- Neighborhood — Downtown Banff
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Mount Royal Hotel
The Mount Royal Hotel in Banff makes an appearance in thousands of photographs every year as it’s located in the center of Banff Ave. It’s easy to see why as the views down the center street in Banff to Cascade mountain rank among the best in the world.
While the hotel dates back to 1908 it has plenty of stories and has served many travelers. Even though the building dates back over a century the hotel interiors and facilities are up to date. In 2018, the hotel underwent a renovation that modernized the interior. It is a part of Pursuit’s Banff Jasper Collection, which runs many of the top attractions around the parks such as the Columbia Icefield Center, the Maligne Lake cruise, and the Banff Gondola.
However, the renovation did manage to retain much of the original character. Halls in the hotel span across a collection of buildings that the hotel expanded to over the years, and they are adorned with dozens of historic images from around Banff. Overall the interiors and common spaces are beautifully designed! Once you step into the lobby you quickly realize the hotel feels very stylish and modern.
As far as design touches go they did a wonderful job with the rooms. They are fairly simple rooms with nice design choices that lend well to a comfortable stay. All of the rooms offer some sort of a view of the mountains that surround the town of Banff. Our room was on the rear of the building which gave us wonderful views of Mt. Rundle and a quiet parking lot.
Beds are luxurious with nice linens and the perfect way to recharge after a day tackling the mountains. Inside the rooms are a large flat-screen TV, wardrobe, desk, mini-fridge, Nespresso machine, toiletries, and high-speed internet. The decor is fairly minimal, but it is tasteful with a nice headboard above the bed, prints on the wall, and chic lamps.
Bathrooms are a standout as they were quite sleek and very clean. Showers are cubicles with no swinging doors or shower curtains. This is something we prefer in hotels as it lends well to cleaning and ease of use. The white tile used throughout the bathroom and good lighting make the bathrooms feel fresh and inviting.
There are several room options that provide the option to select the room view and bed types that vary between one king or two queen beds.
There are a number of great amenities at the hotel with the most notable being the two rooftop hot tubs. Views from the hot tubs are sure to wow as they provide tremendous views of Cascade Mountain and Mt. Norquay. From the rooftop, guests can also enjoy the Cascade Lounge that serves drinks and small bites to relax and enjoy the views.
Guests can take advantage of the library that overlooks the library on the lower floors. In addition, the lobby features a large fireplace and seating in an intimate setting. From the hotel lobby, guests can visit Tony Roma’s attached to the hotel that has a separate bar and dining area. Of course, the location of the hotel provides tremendous access to the numerous restaurants in Banff.
Mount Royal Hotel does not have a pool or gym facilities — granted the mountain provide plenty of exercise in our opinion.
As would be expected service was great at the hotel. The staff was kind and helpful with our brief interactions with them. We didn’t get the chance to put them through the wringer with questions about the area as we probably know it best. Feel free to take a look around this site or sign up for our email list if you want to learn more!
It’s near impossible to find a better location if you like to be in the center of everything. A few steps out of the hotel and you’re in the center of downtown Banff. This provides great access to the tasty restaurants, shops, art galleries, bars, attractions, and cafes around town. We were so happy that we were only steps away from Farm and Fire Restaurant, where we decided to enjoy a meal for the night. Made walking in the cold that much easier.
Since the hotel location is right on Banff Ave there is the possibility for some road noise on the rooms facing the street. However, soundproofing is well done in the hotel rooms and you’re unlikely to notice after a long day in the mountains. It should also be noted Banff isn’t exactly a party town and things generally wind down by 10:00 at night, especially outside of high season.