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Elk + Avenue Hotel Banff National Park

National Park is known for its luminescent glacial lakes, dramatic mountain scenery, scores of wildlife, and scenic drives. Therefore, searching for a great base to explore all that Banff has to offer can be a challenge, but the Elk + Avenue Hotel is an ideal option.

The property was originally built in 1988 and was formerly known as the Banff International Hotel. Today, the minimalist exterior still stands, but the interiors are thoroughly modern with design elements drawing inspiration from the Rocky Mountains making the Elk and Avenue hotel a great mountain escape. 

Whether you’re looking for a launchpad to adventure, a mountain escape, or some lively apres-ski – Elk and Avenue Hotel is a great accommodation choice for Banff.

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Elk + Avenue Hotel Overview

Elk + Avenue Hotel is a contemporary, boutique-style accommodation in a convenient location for enjoying Banff National Park and its surrounds, plus bars and restaurants downtown are within walking distance. The hotel was renovated in 2016 and features sleek design inspired by the alpine environment and rustic authenticity.

Activities available in the local area include skiing and other snow sports (seasonal) and hiking. A local tour bus stops right outside the hotel. 

Benefits of booking a stay at Elk + Avenue Hotel include price-matching, free cancellation up to two days before your trip (full refund), free heated parking and a 24-hour front desk. The property is wheelchair-accessible and child-friendly. Elk + Avenue is a smoke-free hotel.

Planning a trip to Alberta then you might want to look at the Top Things to do in JasperJasper Four Day ItineraryTop Things to do in BanffGuide to Visiting Moraine Lake, and Things to do in Lake Louise.

Photo credit Chris Amat / Pursuit Banff Jasper Collectiotion

Elk + Avenue Hotel Location

Hotel address: 333 Banff Ave, Banff, Alberta, T1L 1B1, Canada

The Elk + Avenue Hotel is conveniently located in close proximity to many of Banff’s key attractions:

  • 2 kilometers from the Trans-Canada Highway
  • 4 kilometers from the Banff Gondola
  • 8 kilometers from Mount Norquay ski resort
  • Lake Minnewanka is a 20-minute drive away
  • Lake Louise is 59 kilometers away
Photo credit Chris Amat / Pursuit Banff Jasper Collection

Elk + Avenue Hotel Rooms

The Elk + Avenue has a range of rooms of different sizes and configurations, perfect for families or groups of friends traveling together. All rooms come with flat-screen televisions and minifridges, while some include iPod docking stations, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Check-in time is 4 pm and check-out should be completed by 11 am.

Two Queens (prices start from CAD169 per night)

The Two Queens room is Elk + Avenue’s entry-level room, configured with two queen beds and accommodating up to four guests. Décor is modern, with pops of red and aesthetic nods to the natural surroundings, such as decorative pine cones and faux fur pillows. There is a desk and work area and an ensuite bathroom with spacious deluxe showers. Room amenities include high-quality toiletries, hairdryers, and complimentary WiFi.

Regular King (prices start from CAD169 per night)

Ideal for couples or single travelers, the Regular King room is configured with a king-size bed and accommodates up to two guests. Décor and amenities are similar to the Two Queens room.

Loft Room (prices start from CAD199 per night)

The Loft Room provides extra space for friends or family traveling together, whom may benefit from separate living and sleeping areas. This room type is comprised of a large lounge with a desk, a separate table with four chairs, a sofa and coffee table, plus additional seating, as well as an upper loft configured with two queen beds. Many of these room types also feature mountain views.

Deluxe Two Queens (prices start from CAD219 per night)

The Deluxe Two Queens room includes more space, so guests can spread out comfortably. Configured with two queen beds, this room type also includes a deluxe ensuite bathroom, a desk and work areas, as well as mountain views. 

Deluxe King (prices start from CAD219 per night)

Similar to the Deluxe Two Queens, the Deluxe King offers a deluxe ensuite bathroom, a desk and work area, plus mountain views – configured with a king-size bed.

Junior Suite (prices start from CAD259 per night)

The Junior Suite is the Elk + Avenue’s most luxurious accommodation option, configured with two queen-size beds and accommodating up to four guests. This room type features a large sitting room with a sofa and two chairs, a desk and work area, a deluxe ensuite bathroom and superlative mountain views. The sleeping and lounge areas are partially divided by a wall. 

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Elk + Avenue Hotel Banff Canada
Photo Credit Chris Amat / Pursuit Banff Jasper Collection

Elk + Avenue Hotel Facilities

Jacuzzi and Dry Sauna

*Please note that the Jacuzzi and dry sauna are closed until further notice, due to Covid-19 prevention measures.

Gift Shop

Pick up a souvenir from your trip at the Elk + Avenue gift boutique.

Lockers

Full-size lockers are available for guests to store skiing or other snow sport equipment.

Laundry

A coin-operated laundry facility is available for guest use.

Sightseeing Desk

If you’re looking for ideas for activities, things to do around the local area, or excursions you can book, then visit the sightseeing desk to speak to a knowledgeable member of staff.

Elk + Avenue Hotel Dining

Elk + Avenue Hotel boasts its own restaurant and bar, Farm & Fire. As you may expect from the name, the food is centered around traditional slow-roasting and wood-firing techniques, created using local ingredients sourced from Canadian farmers. 

The restaurant is the brainchild of Chef David Rye, who trained at the prestigious Humber College and previously apprenticed at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. “For me, cooking over fire is the best way to cook,” he says. “It just makes the flavor better.”

Menu favorites include wood-fired flatbreads paired with wine, porchetta, flank steak, and rotisserie chicken. There is also a children’s menu, vegetarian/vegan options and an allergen guide for nut and gluten allergies.

Elk + Avenue Hotel Covid Measures

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Elk + Avenue Hotel has introduced new health and hygiene protocols to ensure the safety of guests and staff. These include:

  • Guests must wear a mask or face covering that covers the mouth, nose and chin in public areas
  • Staff do not enter guests’ rooms without their permission
  • Plexiglass barriers are used in some areas
  • Express check-out is available where possible
  • Guests are offered complimentary disinfecting wipes (or similar cleaning supplies)
  • There are extra-stringent cleaning practices between guests’ stays
  • The Jacuzzi and dry sauna are closed until further notice
  • At the bar and restaurant, tables are left vacant between diners, masks are mandatory unless you are seated, seating capacity has been reduced, enhanced cleaning protocols are adhered to and single-use menus are provided.

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