Banff  has a few accommodations right downtown, but most are strung out along Banff Avenue, an easy walk from the shopping and dining precinct. Nearby Tunnel Mountain is also home to a cluster of accommodations.
Finding a room in Banff in summer is nearly as hard as trying to justify its price. By late afternoon just about every room and campsite  in the park will be occupied, and basic hotel rooms begin at around $150. Fortunately, many alternatives are available, including backpacker lodges, bed-and-breakfast rooms in private homes, and cabins, which are cost-effective for families or small groups.
Wherever you decide to stay, it is vital to book well ahead during summer and the Christmas holidays. The park’s off-season is October–May, and hotels offer huge rate reductions during this period.
All rates quoted in this travel guide are for a standard room in the high season (June–early Sept.).