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Canadian Rockies Hotels

$200-$299
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Banff Boundary Lodge
1000 Harvie Heights Road
Harvie Heights , Alberta
Canada T1W 2W2
Tel: 877 678 9555 (toll-free)
Tel: 403 678 9555
info@banffboundarylodge.com
www.banffboundarylodge.com

Just a half mile from the gates of Banff National Park, and eight more from the town of Banff, this condo-style lodge is ideal for outdoorsy travelers. It's convenient to numerous hiking and biking trails, six golf courses, and five ski areas (ask about ski packages when booking a room). The 42 one- and two-bedroom suites aren't exactly plush, but the blond wood furniture and forest-green sofas positioned before gas fireplaces do the trick. There's an outdoor hot tub, laundry facilities, and movie rentals for those who believe that après-ski means curling up in front of the TV.

$199 or less
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Bear Trail Lodge
Fernie , British Columbia
Canada
visitbeartrail@aol.com
www.beartraillodge.co.uk

This fully catered and hosted on-mountain log cabin affords great views across the Elk Valley. Inside, the scenery includes vaulted ceilings, a full kitchen, and a games room (with pool table, bar, and cable TV). Of the comfortable wood-paneled bedrooms, the best is the one on the top floor, with its own Jacuzzi and fantastic vistas. The room price includes breakfast, afternoon tea, and a homemade three-course evening meal with local beer and wine. The chummy staff will ferry you to the ski hill free of charge. The lodge sleeps ten, with a one-week minimum stay. (Parties of less than eight must pay a supplement.) Reservations are made by e-mail. Guests are picked up at Calgary or Cranbrook airports (or driving directions are provided on request).

$199 or less
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Best Western Fernie Mountain Lodge
1622 7th Ave.
Fernie , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 250 423 5500
info@bestwesternfernie.com
www.bestwesternfernie.com

A block from the Elk River and 5 kilometers from the ski resort, this Best Western has friendly employees and pleasant rooms with modern furnishings. Its in-town location means prices are more reasonable than those closer to the ski hill. Rooms fall into three categories. Standard rooms include microwave, fridge, Internet, and cable; some even have fireplaces. Executive suites feature a separate living area and kitchenette. Theme suites are luxurious (albeit kitschy) and have Jacuzzis and customized décor (the French Country unit is the most tasteful). Boston Pizza has a lounge with satellite sports TV and a deck; the hotel's Uptown Café serves acceptable breakfasts.

$199 or less
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Chalet Europe
5063 Madsen Road
Radium Hot Springs , British Columbia
Canada V0A 1M0
Tel: 888 428 9998 (toll-free)
Tel: 250 347 9305
info@chaleteurope.com
www.chaleteurope.com

Located on a mountainside 600 feet above the Columbia Valley, this family-owned, 17-suite chalet is minutes away by car from Radium Hot Springs. All rooms have balconies, fireplaces, and kitchenettes, and the aptly named Owls Nest, Osprey Nest, and Eagles Nest suites come with a second private balcony, telescopes, and bird's-eye views. For entertainment, there's a hot tub, a Ping-Pong room, an exercise room, and an outdoor do-it-yourself barbecue area. Complimentary coffee and homemade breakfast pastries are served each morning.

$200-$299
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Emerald Lake Lodge
Field , British Columbia
Canada V0A 1G0
Tel: 800 663 6336 (toll-free)
ellmanager@crmr.com
www.crmr.com/emerald-lake-lodge.php

"It is as stunning as the brochure says." Overlooking Emerald Lake, this 1902 timber-and-birch lodge has a dining room, a games room, and stone fireplaces. Rooms in two-story alpine cabins with willow furnishings are either "a little shabby" or "high-end rustic." Mount Burgess Dining Room's bison, caribou, elk, and salmon are "fresh, innovative, and beautifully presented." "Friendly staff treated me like family."

(85 rooms)

$400 or more
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Fairmont Banff Springs
405 Spray Avenue
Banff , Alberta
Canada T1L 1J4
Tel: 403 762 2211
banffsprings@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/banffsprings/

For more than a century, this opulent, immense (778 rooms!) hotel has sat on its own plot of forested land, just outside of downtown Banff, proving that, sometimes, manmade beauty can almost match nature's. Styled after a Scottish baronial castle, the imposing structure has had a long history: It opened in 1888, was rebuilt in 1920 after a fire, and most recently underwent a massive remodeling in 2001 under the management of Fairmont. Improvements include a less cramped arrival area: Now a seamless roundabout takes guests and their luggage right to the doors and soaring ceilings of a grand lobby, where staffers can easily accommodate check-ins even if slack-jawed tourists are aimlessly wandering around, ogling. Service is efficient, but nobody is likely to remember your name. Remodeling of the rooms has affected some more than others: Be wary of getting stuck in the smallest rooms in the older castle portion. If you're looking to truly live it up, there's always the Presidential Suite (accessed via private elevator), with 1,500 square feet and panoramic views of the Spray and Bow River valleys. The Willow Stream Spa has also been renovated, and now has 29 treatment areas, mineral pools, and waterfall-fed whirlpools.

$400 or more
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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
111 Lake Louise Drive
Lake Louise , Alberta
Canada T0L 1E0
Tel: 403 522 3511
chateaulakelouise@fairmont.com
www.fairmont.com/lakelouise/

Alpine settings don't get more awesome than this: The Chateau Lake Louise is perched on the banks of aquamarine Lake Louise, with dramatic Victoria Glacier just off the distance. The actual structure is nowhere near as dramatic as the Fairmont Banff Springs, and there is always a distracting throng of tourists walking around the lake path. Nonetheless, when everyone else goes elsewhere for the evening, you'll still have that view—and it's also ideal for forays into the surrounding mountains. Though the lobby is elegant, decorated with an antique chandelier, historic photographs, and portraits of British royalty, the staff won't purse their lips if your muddy boots drip onto the carpet. Open since 1892, the hotel's 552 guest rooms have been built or renovated over the last five years. Need lots of space? Avoid the standard rooms in the original 19th-century building, which are sized according to European standards of the time. Instead, reserve a suite in the new Mountain Temple wing or the exclusive Gold floor (the 7th), which offers appetizers, private check-in, and a devoted concierge. Its Gold Lounge is decorated with museum paintings and heritage artwork, and serves a deluxe breakfast, too.

$199 or less
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Hume Hotel
442 Vernon Street
Nelson , British Columbia
Canada V1L 4E5
Tel: 877 568 0888 (toll-free)
Tel: 250 352 5331
info@humehotel.com
www.humehotel.com

Formerly known as the Heritage Inn, the Hume Hotel is a restored turn-of-the-century set piece, complete with hardwood floors, cavernous leather armchairs, and beds so deep and comfortable you could disappear into them. This landmark first opened its doors in 1898, and thanks to a consistently hospitable staff, it remains a favorite hangout for visitors and locals alike. There are 43 rooms and one suite, which has a full kitchen, living room, and dining room. Nelson's college-age contingent flocks to the in-house Mike's Place Pub—a three-tiered British-style pub with flat-screen TVs, pool tables, and a collection of local memorabilia to rival any Bennigan's. Guests wind down at the refined Library Lounge, where a roaring fire and ornately carved oak bar channel the hotel's Victorian roots.

$199 or less
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Island Lake Lodge
602A 2nd Ave.
Fernie , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 250 423 3700
Tel: 888 422 8754
Fax: 250 423 4055
www.islandlakelodge.com

Set in a stunning location—frozen (in winter) lake in front, cedar forest behind, and a network of ski trails all around—Island Lake Lodge is an ultra-exclusive enclave, accommodating only 32 guests. The lodge has three buildings, all built from larch and tamarack trunks, that vary in price and amenities: the Bear, with shared bathrooms, is the cheapest option; the Eagle has en suite facilities; and the Cedar, the most expensive choice, features its own outdoor hot tub. A private snowcat whisks skiers up the mountain. The fine restaurant serves a new menu every season and has an extensive wine list.

$200-$299
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Jasper Inn Alpine Resort
98 Geikie Street
Jasper , Alberta
Canada T0E 1E0
Tel: 780 852 4461
reservations@jasperinn.com
www.jasperinn.com

This homey 144-room hotel in Jasper has both standard hotel rooms and kitchen-equipped suites. Families with kids dig the two-bedroom floor plan that includes three twin beds in a loft. For adventurous guests of all ages, there are local activities such as back-country hiking, white-water rafting, trout fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, and sleigh rides. An indoor heated pool and a sauna are on-site. Coffee and pastry shops, wine tastings, and an art gallery lure visitors to the nearby Jasper Marketplace (616 Patricia St.; 780-852-3152; www.jaspermarketplace.com).

$200-$299
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The Juniper
1 Juniper Way
Banff , Alberta
Canada T1L 1E1
Tel: 866 551 2281 (toll-free)
Tel: 403 762 2281
Fax: 403 762 8331
www.thejuniper.com

Opened in 2004 on the site of a venerable motor lodge at the base of Mount Norquay, half a mile outside of town, the Juniper aims for a contemporary boutique feel. It largely succeeds, nicely mixing reclaimed wood, slate tile, and nature photos in its public spaces. The 52 rooms come with sleek duvets, balconies, and CD players. This is a good choice if you're looking for a place with energy rather than solitude. After all, it's a tad close to the highway and also attracts a youngish crowd who like to whoop it up in the outdoor hot tub, which has commanding views of Mount Rundle.

$200-$299
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Lizard Creek Lodge
5346 Highline Dr.
Fernie , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 250 423 2057
Fax: 250 423 2058
www.lizardcreek.com

Just yards from the Elk Quad Chair lift at the foot of the ski hill, luxurious Lizard Creek Lodge offers suites that sleep two to eight, with mountain balconies and fireplaces. All units are condominium-style, with a living-room area and full kitchen (pre-arrival grocery shopping is available). You can also rent condos with washer/dryers that sleep larger parties. The stunning great room has a huge fireplace and large armchairs. Don't want to cook on vacation? The Lizard Creek restaurant serves excellent upscale nosh and an epic Sunday brunch.

$400 or more
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Post Hotel & Spa
200 Pipestone Road
Lake Louise , Alberta
Canada T0L 1E0
Tel: 800 661 1586 (toll-free)
Tel: 403 522 3989
info@posthotel.com
www.posthotel.com

Opened in 1942 as a lodge for mountaineers, the Post sits on a bucolic parcel of the valley floor, next to a stream. It's evolved into a warm, luxury alpine chalet under the 28-year ownership of Swiss brothers George and André Schwarz, who for many years served as Lake Louise's ski school director. The 103 rooms have lots of dark wood and glass doors that open to the outdoors, allowing in loads of light. A distinction is made between "standard side" rooms—with views to the parking lot—and "preferred side" that open onto a slice of woods. The suites and private cabins have stone-ringed fireplaces, refrigerators, and Jacuzzi tubs. Despite the sophistication of the Relais & Châteaux restaurant and the Temple Mountain Spa, the Post has never lost its down-home appeal. Guests sometimes coax André to ski with them—or at the least, to share a drink in the cozy Post bar, where light comes from painted branches strung with Christmas lights.

$199 or less
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Snow Creek Lodge
5258 Highline Dr.
Fernie , British Columbia
Canada
Tel: 250 423 6878
Tel: 800 667 9911
www.snowcreeklodge.com

Set in a convenient ski-in/ski-down location at the base of the mountain, Snow Creek Lodge offers studios and one- and two-bedroom suites, built in early Canadian style. All have a deck or balcony, full kitchen facilities, a gas fireplace, cable TV, and Internet access. The two-bedroom cabins are tucked into the trees above the main lodge and have wraparound decks or balconies: at the end of each day, you can watch the last skiers finishing up their runs. Friendly and low-key, Snow Creek is a great choice for families.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.