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About Alberta

Alberta is arguably one of Canada’s most spectacular provinces. It has got both Banff and Jasper National Parks, and the surrounding ridges of the Canadian Rockies, serene Lake Louise and the glittering Columbia Icefield, great swathes of open grasslands to the north, home to bison, and in the south there are the wonderfully ancient rocky deserts of Red Deer Valley and the Badlands, a prime spot for dinosaur hunters. Some of the best places to stay in Alberta are, unsurprisingly, within the national parks. From charming mountain lodges to chic contemporary stays. However, across the province, the hotels are of very high quality with choices for all tastes and budgets.

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  • Banff and Jasper National Parks are two of the world’s oldest. And Banff Town exists solely as a gateway and comfort stop for exploring the park. It has got some great restaurants, boutique shops and even a nightclub, but for most people, it’s all about the spectacular mountain scenery and the opportunity to get seriously active in amongst it. The mountains and hills range high and low, creating dramatic courses for both skiers and mountain bikers, while the serene, unsullied mountain lakes are ripe for canoeing and kayaking.
  • Jasper National Park also boasts a stunning setting and is home to wolves, mountain lions, bears, caribou and beavers. There are hot springs, incredible canyons and more of those rocky peaks.
  • Lake Louise is another great base for enjoying the mountains, known for its teahouses, hiking and skiing. And of course, for its perfect setting, surrounded by the snow-and-glacier topped peaks of the Canadian Rockies.
  • Just below the Rockies is Waterton Lakes National Park, a peaceful place of surprisingly flat prairies, a sparkling lake and even a surprise castle! This is a much quieter national park than Banff or Jasper, and a great place to see elk, deer, cougar and grizzly bears, as well as an amazing array of wildflowers.
  • For a landscape as polar opposite to this lush, alpine wilderness as you can probably imagine, head for the Badlands and Drumheller. This strange, dry region is home to some serious dinosaurs, many of them in the wonderful Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, but many of them as yet undiscovered…
  • When it comes to the cities, Edmonton is Alberta’s capital, known for having the largest urban parkland area in North America, and for its excellent array of festivals, which culminate in the summer but run pretty much year round.
  • Calgary is the largest city, with a reputation among other Canadian cities for being a bit American and a bit big business. But it’s also known for holding one of Canada’s largest parties: the Calgary Stampede - an amazing produce show and rodeo exhibition, and festival and parade. And for being the gateway to Banff and the Rockies. It has also got some great museums and bars.
  • Alberta’s rural interior is a different landscape again, this time one of wheat fields and cattle ranches.

Whatever your reason for visiting, use our guide to the best places to stay in Alberta to start planning your trip.

The best places to stay in Alberta

For Calgary

  • The Hotel Le Germain Calgary is right across the street from Calgary Tower; it’s a luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of town. There are 143 rooms and suites, with quite opulent decor and original artworks. It's hip and happening but with a classic, grown-up feel.
  • The Kensington Riverside Inn is perfect for those who like a boho vibe, as it's in Calgary’s trendy Kensington area. Rooms are comfortable and modern and you can borrow one of the complimentary bikes for some local exploring.

For Banff

  • The Juniper Hotel, located moments away from Banff at the foothills of the Rockies, offers sleek and contemporary accommodation with stunning views. Enjoy modern Canadian cuisine in the restaurant.
  • Banff’s Buffalo Mountain Lodge is the perfect place for an active break in summer or winter. There’s a range of accommodation, but most options come with fireplaces and private balconies with spectacular views. There’s an Italian restaurant, but they also have an option serving more local style cuisine.
  • Fairmont Banff Springs is a jaw-dropping retreat. Built in the style of a Scottish castle, it enjoys an enviable mountain location and smart contemporary accommodation. Glorious.
  • High Country Inn offers smart modern rooms, an indoor pool, spa and an in-house restaurant. All that you need for a lovely country retreat.
  • Buffaloberry Bed and Breakfast is a charming family-run stay with hearty breakfasts and cosy rooms.

For Banff National Park

  • If you don’t mind being further from the resort - or if you’re here to escape - then the Moraine Lake Lodge might be for you. It’s an upscale resort with 33 rustic rooms featuring handmade wooden furniture. You’ll get amazing views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park from your private balcony. Peaceful and serene.
  • 2-room Ambleside Lodge, located in Canmore, is an utterly glorious stay. This rustic lodge features plenty of wooden influences and high ceilings, with huge windows boasting stunning views. Plus, the host is even a local hiking guide!
  • The Post Hotel & Spa is a charming hotel right by the water, and just five minutes from the Lake Louise ski resort. There are 97 simple yet elegant rooms, many with fireplaces and balconies, plus a choice of restaurants - including a Swiss fondue restaurant and an English style pub. There’s also an indoor pool.
  • Rimrock Resort Hotel enjoys a spectacular location, carved into the side of Mt Sulphur. Contemporary rooms and suites offer breathtaking views, there are three dining options, plus indoor pool, fitness centre and wide range of spa treatments.

For Jasper

  • Jasper Park Lodge is a truly stunning option. Located right on the shore of Beauvert Lake, it features smart contemporary interiors, a top-notch golf course, no less than 8 restaurants and extensive spa facilities.
  • Park Place Inn is situated in the heart of Jasper town. Here you'll find traditional style accommodation with elegant interiors, clawfoot bathtubs and cosy fireplaces. A comfortable, romantic base.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • If you're visiting Alberta to hike then consider coming in July or August, when the average temperature reaches 17°C. However if you want to go skiing then you should visit between November and March.
  • Visitors can fly into either Calgary International Airport or Edmonton International Airport.
  • Those wanting to explore Alberta to its fullest really need to have a car. Visit Rentalcars to find out more.

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Best Hotels in Alberta

  • The Juniper Hotel Banff 52 rooms from £73

    Families  -  With large suites and plenty of local activities this is the ideal spot to keep the family entertained
    Hotel Entertainment  -  Relax after a long day on the slopes with a glass of wine and a soak in the all weather hot tub
    Other Activities  -  Immerse yourself in the local culture with a blessing or smudging ceremony from a local Elder
    Hills & mountains  -  This magical spot gives guests a chance to explore the Rocky Mountains in all their glory
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    A striking hotel resting at the foothills of the Rockies, just minutes from Banff. Sleek modern interiors beautifully offset the spectacular vistas visible through the floor to ceiling windows. The on site restaurant serves modern Canadian cuisine with a local seasonal emphasis. Charming. See More

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  • High Country Inn Banff (Box 700,) 70 rooms from £72

    Hotel Entertainment  -  Unwind after a long days activites with a refeshing soak in the hot tub followed by a steam in the cedar wood sauna
    Active Holiday  -  Ideally located for the active guest, with skiing, mountain biking, guided walking trails and horse trekking
    Riding  -  Ask at the reception about pony trekking through the mountains, a unqiue way to soak up the scenery
    Birdwatching  -  The nearby mountains are teaming with birds, head out on the trails and see what you can spot
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    A family run hotel in the Canadian Rockies. The rooms are comfortable and offer exceptional views of the mountains beyond Banff. Enjoy meals in the in house restaurant, or make the most of the amenities with hot tubs, pools and saunas. The friendly staff make this a warm and welcoming hotel. See More

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  • Park Place Inn Jasper 14 rooms from £82

    Active Holiday  -  Set in the heart of the Jasper National Park, with ski storage available onsite, book this hotel for an active winter break
    Local exploring  -  Set on the doorstep of the national park, there are endless activities on offer to help you to explore local to this hotel
    Romantic Break  -  With genteel interiors and romantic soaking tubs, book this hotel for a hideaway romantic break in nature
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    This luxury hotel is nestled in the heart of Canada's Jasper National Park. The hotel offers heritage-style rooms featuring elegant soft furnishings, clawfoot soaking tubs and cosy fireplaces. Enjoy outdoor activities in the park, from kayaking to rafting and biking. A chic rural escape. See More

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  • Buffalo Mountain Lodge Banff (Alberta) 108 rooms from £106

    Foodies  -  40 people can be sat in the Wapiti Longhouse wine cellar on site, a great place to indulge in the local cuisine and fine wines.
    Romantic Break  -  Make the most of the enchanting and romantic views with the outdoor hot tub and private balconies.
    Kayaking  -  Leisure canoeing on Emerald Lake or Lake Louise is the perfect outing, especially with a picnic from the lodge.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    Snow or sun, this brilliant located lodge is the perfect for active families to set-up camp. Fireplaces, private balconies and comfortable beds make the rooms hard to leave but we promise the great outdoors and views are worth it. Cilantro is Italian cuisine, or try Sleeping Buffalo's local cuisine. See More

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  • Ambleside Lodge Canmore 2 rooms from £95

    Back to Nature  -  Surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, with the great outdoors on your doorstep, a natural world full of wonders awaits
    Great walks  -  There are lots of beautiful mountian walks in the area and the natural parks of Banff and Yoho are a short car journey away
    Views  -  A wooden lodge nestled in a spectacular mountain landscape. Breathtaking mountain scenery surrounds you on all sides
    Kayaking  -  Kayaking can be arranged in the local town of Cranmore

    A charming rustic lodge in the small Rocky Mountain town of Canmore with stunning mountain scenery. Outdoor activities can be arranged in the town, such as golf, climbing and mountain biking. Host Dave Booth is a hiking guide with extensive local area knowledge to assist you in planning excursions. See More

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  • Kensington Riverside Inn Calgary (Alberta) 19 rooms from £117

    Local exploring  -  Hop on a free bicycle and explore this hip area, packed with designer stores, small unique shops, cafes, and restaurants.
    Sights nearby  -  Devonian Gardens is an indoor botanical garden home to a range of palm trees and other tropical plants.
    Fishing  -  Head to Fish Creek Provincial Park for a spot of fishing.
    Views  -  River.
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    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Fodors

    Bohemian Kensington district is ideal for those seeking boutique shops, independent cafes and buzzy life of Calgary. Modern rooms are the epitome of comfort, with access to tasting menus and Chef's table at the restaurant. Local exploring is on the cards, as are back to nature family activities. See More

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  • Rimrock Resort Hotel Banff (P.O. Box 1110,) 346 rooms from £130

    Active Holiday  -  You are ideally placed to make the most of the Canadian Rockies- from winter to summer there is never a shortage of activites
    Other Activities  -  The hotel spa offers an incredible range of treatments to poke and prod you into health after a long day on the slopes
    Total relaxation  -  This incredible self contained hotel offers pampering spa treatments, excellent food and spectacular views
    Sights nearby  -  Literally every window you glance at exhibits a jaw dropping scene of light on the mountain side
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    A fantastic hotel in the most spectacular position, carved into the side of Mt. Sulphur, in the Canadian Rockies. Comfortable and contemporary rooms offer spine chilling views of the picturesque town of Banff and the mountains beyond. The restaurant, Eden, offers fine French cuisine. Totally unique. See More

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  • Union Bank Inn T5J 1S5 Edmonton 40 rooms from £108

    City Style  -  Located in downtown Edmonton, the hotel is perfect for exploring the city's hotspots and art events
    Business meetings  -  The hotel is situated just near to the Financial District, perfect for corporate trips
    Restaurant  -  Madisons grill offers bistro dining options

    A luxury boutique hotel in a prime location in Edmonton between the arts, financial and ICE districts. Rooms are comfortable with four-poster beds and marble bathrooms. The fine dining at Madisons grill is standout with exemplary dishes and cocktails. A perfect choice for a city break. See More

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  • Jasper Park Lodge Jasper 442 rooms from £151

    Skiing  -  A ski pass vendor, ski equipment hire and ski storage are all available on site. The Marmot Basin ski area is 20 mins away
    Golf  -  Play a round at the stunning Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club
    Spa  -  The superb spa offers a wide range of relaxing treatments to come back to after a busy day outside.
    Tennis  -  Playing tennis is a popular activity in the summer and tennis equipment is available
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    In Jasper National Park, nestled on the shores of Beauvert Lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Boasting a high-end golf course, 8 on-site restaurants, and a large spa. Ideal for active holidays or relaxed retreats in summer or winter. Attracts families and couples alike. See More

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  • Buffaloberry Bed and Breakfast Banff 5 rooms from £260

    Golf  -  Choose between the Stanley Thompson course at the Fairmont Banff Springs, or the Silvertip and Stewart Creek courses in Canmore
    Back to Nature  -  Retreat to nature in this Banff National Park B&B- hiking, biking, skiing as well as nature trails and birdwatching
    Great walks  -  Take a drive to Lake Louise and spend the day hiking through the forests along the shore
    Other Activities  -  Recharge your batteries with a dip in the mineral spring’s pool on Sulphur Mountain

    A charming family run B&B in Banff National Park. The cosy rooms have been lovingly decorated and offer fabulous views over the mountains. The breakfast is a hearty affair that will fuel you through the morning and well into the afternoon. A great spot from which to enjoy the mountains. See More

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  • Hotel Le Germain Calgary Calgary 143 rooms from £260

    Sights nearby  -  Across the street from the iconic Calgary Tower.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A luxury boutique hotel under the shadow of the iconic Calgary Tower. The opulent suites feature feather and down comforters, plush linens, original modern art and stylish bathrooms. The downtown location keeps your finger on Calgary's pulse. Cutting edge contemporary, with a classic feel. See More

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  • Fairmont Banff Springs Banff 764 rooms from £241

    Skiing  -  Many ski locations just minutes away; offers an on-site snow school; also offers ski passes, storage, and rental
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor pools
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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    Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, this elegant retreat is situated in stunning mountain scenery, surrounded by pine trees, mountains, and lakes. Enjoy many outdoor activities from skiing to horse riding; relax after an active day in the spa, and feast on the wide selection of cuisines. See More

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  • Post Hotel & Spa Lake Louise 97 rooms from £374

    Back to Nature  -  From winter to summer there are a whole host of activities that allow you to soak up the great outdoors!
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor year round swimming pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Relais & Chateaux

    A charming riverside hotel, just five minutes from Lake Louise Ski Resort. The rooms are simple and elegantly furnished, with cosy fireplaces and balconies. A range of on-site restaurants include a Swiss fondue restaurant and an English-style pub, while the cellar boasts some 25,250 fine wines. See More

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  • Moraine Lake Lodge Lake Louise (Improvement District No. 9) 33 rooms from £351

    Restrictions on children  -  Children older than 8 years are welcome.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
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    An upscale resort nestled under the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park. The rustic rooms feature handmade wooden furniture and stone chimney pieces. Private balconies command wonderful views of the lake and surrounding countryside. Peaceful and serene. See More

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