Canmore is a top tourism destination here in Alberta, boasting amazing hotels, restaurants, shopping and activities for everyone. Whether you’re coming to cross-country ski, hike, or set up a basecamp to explore the Canadian National Parks, unless you have a home here – you’re going to need a place to stay!
Lots of guests choose to stay at local Airbnb properties here in Canmore (one of my specialties). But how about those guests looking for a bit more service and savvy with their mountain stay?
Today, lets talk about three of my favourite Canmore hotels!
Best for: A high-end Rocky Mountain Experience!
The Malcolm Hotel is Canmore’s Crown Jewel! This stunning property is located just off of downtown in the beautiful area of Spring Creek. The Malcolm is a four-star property, and is the first traditional hotel built in Canmore in the last 20 years. No wonder it’s made such an impression! The hotel has 124 well-appointed rooms and suites offering vast mountain views. It also has some of the best meeting & function space in Canmore – perfect for weddings or your next large group gathering.
The Malcolm is more than just a hotel though; it has some of the best resort style amenities in town. The property features an elegant outdoor pool with huge views, a fitness centre and an open air mezzanine. At The Malcolm, you’ll also find fine dining at the Stirling Lounge and Grill (also a great spot for breakfast). Coffee is always on at The Pulse Cafe & General Store, perfect for a stroll along Policeman’s Creek. This has to be my favourite hotel in Canmore!
Best for: Family Fun and Value!
OK – so maybe you have a handful of tots in tow, and you’re looking for a place to rest your head. Search no further than the Pocaterra Inn & Waterslide! Just one look at the sign and you’ll know you can relax as a parent – your kids will love the best waterslide in Canmore! This pet friendly hotel has a great complimentary breakfast, a fitness centre, hot tub and sauna, plus air conditioning when the temperatures rise.
Visiting the Canadian Rockies can be expensive! So many hotels will hit you with hidden fees and excess charges. One of the nicest features of the Pocaterra is that you have everything right there on site. Parking is included, as well as wifi. The location is great to hop on the highway to the ski hill or your next destination on your family road trip. It’s also quite close to downtown trails, restaurants and shopping. A classic Canmore Hotel!
Best for: A unique, hip place to stay downtown!
The newly renovated Lamphouse by Basecamp is a Modern Motel experience in the heart of Canmore! Sitting at the base of Main Street, this boutique hotel is perfect for an instagram-worthy stay. One look at this property tells you you’re in for a design-oriented experience, with thoughtfully decorated rooms and tasteful style. Shared common patios, plus a relaxing outdoor hot tub treat guests with creekside and mountain views.
Lamphouse guests enjoy free parking – something that seems to be getting harder to come by in downtown Canmore! Room types include Queen suites, King rooms and double Queen rooms that sleep 4 guests. A top feature of the property is the upscale Lamphouse Apartment – this is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom suite that features a full kitchen, dining & living areas, and can sleep up to 10 guests! When it comes to walkability to downtown Canmore shops and restaurants, you’d be hard pressed to find a property closer to the mix than the Lamphouse.
One of the best things about Canmore is that there are so many options for all types of travellers. These hotels are only just a few of my favourite local accommodations! We have excellent hostels, Airbnbs, traditional bed and breakfasts, and so many more hotel & motel options than I’ve listed here. The best place to stay will be the property that speaks to you, and meets your needs in terms of what you want to get out of your trip here. Maybe the best place to stay for you is in a tent by a campfire! Either way, always be sure to pack your patience, plus a great attitude and you’ll always make the most out of your time in the Rockies – regardless of where you stay! Cheers 🙂