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Mount Royal Hotel

138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7, Canada
| +1 877-862-2623
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Mount Royal Hotel

Why we love it: An iconic hotel gets a design-forward revamp that recalls its memorable past

The Highlights:
- A reasonably priced hotel in the center of town
- A rooftop with two hot tubs and an amazing view
- Thoughtful design that showcases past and present

The Review: For more than 100 years, the Mount Royal hotel has stood in the center of downtown Banff, a charming National Park town in Western Canada surrounded by the stunning Canadian Rockies and ringed by dozens of bright blue lakes. But while it was previously known for its good location and not much else, a recent renovation has put the hotel at the forefront of Banff properties. At the end of 2016, the hotel suffered a devastating fire and spent two years and $45 million restoring and renovating the property. Unveiled in July 2018, the newly designed hotel—done by local firm DIALOG—sports thoughtful details like corridors hung with historic photographs and art that represent different eras of the hotel, including a one-of-a-kind metalwork sculpture by an Alberta blacksmith hung above the lobby fireplace that evokes a mounted buffalo head. The 133 rooms feature artwork curated by Vancouver-based art consultancy firm Farmboy Fine Arts while the focal point is a custom, handmade quilt made by Toronto’s Moss & Lam that has been fashioned into a headboard. The hotel has a cozy library filled with guidebooks and history books of the region and a small museum featuring local artifacts, objects, and videos about the exploration of the Rockies. But the hotel’s highlight is definitely the new rooftop lounge with its steaming outdoor hot tubs and mountain views—the perfect spot to unwind at the end of the day. And because the hotel is owned by Pursuit, which also owns various attractions and activities in Banff (like the Banff Gondola and Jasper Skywalk) their friendly staff will happily arrange outings for guests—because after all, visitors usually come to Banff to experience the great outdoors not stay in a hotel room.