On my recent travels to Western Canada, I had the privilege to stay (and work with) the High Country Inn, a central, budget-friendly hotel located right on the main downtown strip of Banff. I was so excited to have my first visit to Banff. It’s so crazy that I’ve traveled to all sides of the planet but not had the opportunity to travel out west in my own country (to be fair, plane tickets aren’t usually a bargain for domestic travel in Canada).
Finding a great place to stay that is centrally located and a good “bang for your buck” can be really challenging when traveling within Canada. In tourist areas like Banff (and beyond), there are a lot of overpriced accommodations that don’t deliver on your expectations. With High Country Inn, all my boxes were checked, and my stay was fantastic and comfortable.
Let me tell you more about it…
We had the “One King Bed” room for our stay which was very spacious (310 square feet), with a comfy bed, and a great view of the mountains from the balcony. The balcony also came with two lawn chairs if you wanted to go out there to enjoy the view and a drink or two, and the room had a mini-fridge and microwave which was great for when we were getting up at 5:30am to head out on hikes and nothing was open.
There are also a ton of different types of rooms at the High Country Inn. Of course your usual options with different sizes of beds, but also suites if you’re traveling with more people.
Common Areas & Location
I already said it, but the location of this hotel really can’t be beat. It is located right on Banff Avenue which is the main strip of the town. It was walking distance to most of the major restaurants and shops and your room came with free parking which was super convenient. When traveling in this area you almost always have a car and free parking at ANY hotel is unheard of. When I was in Vancouver, for example, I paid $30 a day at our hotel. Free parking was definitely a nice bonus and it was even underground in case you are traveling during the snowy season.
The hotel also had a great lobby with a warming electric fireplace and had a pool with hot tubs (indoors) to enjoy too. The hotel is also connected to a family-owned restaurant called Ticino which serves Swiss-Italian cuisine and has been doing so since the ’70s. I didn’t have a chance to eat here but any business or restaurant that can survive on the Banff strip (or anywhere) for that many years, must be good!
Overall my experience and stay at High Country Inn was fantastic. I slept well every night, I was happy to be so close to all the action, and the price of the accommodations here is very competitive for a tourist hot spot. You won’t find many (or any) hotels in the area that offer such premium accommodations for this price.
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Disclaimer: This post was written in partnership with High Country Inn. However, as always, everything written within this post is authentic to my experience and opinion.