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Buffalo Mountain Lodge is a comfortable, high-ceilinged lodge ideally located away from downtown Banff in the beautiful pine forests of Tunnel Mountain in Banff National Park, but only a couple of minutes’ drive from the restaurants, bars and shops of the town itself.
There are 108 rooms and suites in total, all of which have en suite bathrooms and working fireplaces, and many of which have either a balcony or small terrace.
Away from the rooms, the hotel prides itself on the quality of the onsite restaurants. For relaxed dining Cilantro is a no reservations Italian bistro specialising in pizzas, pastas and other Italian classics, served - in summer - on a terrace with outstanding views of the surrounding mountains.
The Sleeping Buffalo Lounge also has a casual menu where guests can enjoy lighter dishes and drinks beside the fire. The main event, however, is the Sleeping Buffalo Dining Room, where the emphasis is on locally sourced game and foraged or locally grown produce complemented by an award-winning fine wine list.
Other facilities at Buffalo Mountain Lodge include an outdoor hot tub, steam room (ideal for relaxing tired limbs after a day's walking on the many local trails) and a health centre.
In winter a large range of winter sports activities are on offer from the hotel, while in summer, there a bike and hike trails through the beautiful pine forests.
Why we love it
Being close to - but not in - Banff means you have the best of both worlds.