Hidden Ridge Resort – Best Hotel in Banff National Park?

Looking for a Banff hotel that’s family-friendly, animal-friendly, and in a great location?  Hidden Ridge Resort in Banff National Park seems to have all of the right stuff to make your Canadian Rockies vacation great.

Now, I’m the type of traveler that likes to spend more time doing and less time in a hotel.  But there’s something to be said about well-appointed rooms and great outdoor hot pools ready for enjoyment at the end of a day of hiking and sightseeing.  Hidden Ridge Resort could make me change my ways.

Hidden Ridge Resort recognition

I did some digging to find out what everyone is saying about Hidden Ridge Resort.

The hotel gets lots of recognition.

On TripAdvisor, Hidden Ridge Resort is ranked #1 of the 32 hotels in Banff townsite section of Banff (the municipality of Banff within Banff National Park – a small-town within the park).  The hotel is also ranked #2 out of the 39 hotels in Banff National Park.

Hidden Ridge Resort is also ranked #7 of the Top 25 hotels for families in all of Canada on TripAdvisor!

Then, I looked on HotelsCombined, which is what powers the hotel search tool here on JasperJournal.com and offers an easy way to get price comparisons from multiple Banff hotels. The reviews on HotelsCombined are excellent too. At the time of this writing, Hidden Ridge Resort was rated as “Great, 8.7″ out of 1228 guest reviews on HotelsCombined. There were 31 guests who noted that the view of the mountains from the hotel was breathtaking.

I like the odds.  But what makes the resort rank so high? And why do I really want to stay here next time I visit Banff?  Here are my findings:

Awesome outdoor hot pools with a view

I have made many visits to the 3 hot springs in the Canadian Rockies (Miette Hot Springs, Banff Upper Hot Springs and Radium Hot Springs). Looking at these pictures, my sense is that the pools at Hidden Ridge Resort offer a similar type of experience. While the hotel pools lack the mineral water of the hot springs, the view is comparable.   To have a view like that while swimming in a heated outdoor pool seems to me to rank right up there with the type of experience had at the Canadian Rockies hot springs and the type of memorable experience I want to have on vacation.

Photos of Hidden Ridge Resort, Banff
This photo of Hidden Ridge Resort is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Photos of Hidden Ridge Resort, Banff
This photo of Hidden Ridge Resort is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Photos of Hidden Ridge Resort, Banff
This photo of Hidden Ridge Resort is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Rooms with kitchens = save’s families lots of money on food

I love the local restaurants in Banff and have fond memories of places like the Grizzly House. You should stop by a local Banff restaurant.

By I know it is not practical to dine out every night – both because of the financial cost (especially with a family) and because dining out cuts into sightseeing time. Enter the kitchen. At Hidden Ridge Resort, you’ll get a room with a kitchen and all the stuff needed: refrigerator, microwave, stove, dishwasher, cookware, dishes and utensils.
Photos of Hidden Ridge Resort, Banff
This photo of Hidden Ridge Resort is courtesy of TripAdvisor

With a kitchen like this, you have the option to make your own breakfasts or have simple cereal breakfasts so you can get out sightseeing quicker. You can make you own lunches so you can spend more time sightseeing and less time worrying about where to have lunch.  There are several grocery stores minutes away in downtown Banff.
Photos of Hidden Ridge Resort, Banff
This photo of Hidden Ridge Resort is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The rooms are huge and condo style!

These rooms aren’t really hotel rooms in the traditional sense.  The rooms are better described as condo apartments.  All have at least one bedroom and one pull-out sofa.  And for bigger families there are even larger condos with up to 4 queen beds and 2 full bathrooms. See the layouts of the rooms here.

In this video, Michael Kwan from MichaelKwan.com did a nice tour of his Hidden Ridge Resort room, which appears to be a “Deluxe One Bedroom + Loft Condo” configuration. In the high season, this type of room is in the $300-400 range but in the winter months, it can be had for under $200. It seems like the perfect configuration for a family or a couple of couples.

Real fireplaces!

Rooms include a real fireplace and cut wood! How awesome is that!?!
Photos of Hidden Ridge Resort, Banff
This photo of Hidden Ridge Resort is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Photos of Hidden Ridge Resort, Banff
This photo of Hidden Ridge Resort is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The layout of the grounds

I like the layout of the grounds shown in this video. The grounds of Hidden Ridge Resort are similar to the grounds of a condo complex.

Pet-friendly Banff Hotel

Hidden Ridge Resort is one of the limited number of Banff Hotels that allows pets. It is fine to bring dogs or cats, though there is an extra $25 a night fee. The hotel seems to go out of its way to make sure the animals have a good time too.

Here, doesn’t Fido look happy?
Photos of Hidden Ridge Resort, Banff
This photo of Hidden Ridge Resort is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Location away from the town of Banff

The hotel is just outside of the downtown area. Being further away from the downtown has its advantages. It is closer to the wildlife and the nature experiences. Yet, Banff is a short walk away.
Photos of Hidden Ridge Resort, Banff
This photo of Hidden Ridge Resort is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Photos of Hidden Ridge Resort, Banff
This photo of Hidden Ridge Resort is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Happy family

A happy family is the goal of vacation, isn’t it? I’ve seen lots of photos of happy people at this hotel.  That’s good sign.
Photos of Hidden Ridge Resort, Banff
This photo of Hidden Ridge Resort is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Photos of Hidden Ridge Resort, Banff
This photo of Hidden Ridge Resort is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Photos of Hidden Ridge Resort, Banff
This photo of Hidden Ridge Resort is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Conclusion

My final feeling about Hidden Ridge Resort: If you want trusted quality, superb amenities, big rooms and a hotel that’s great fun for families – and don’t want to pay an outrageous price – this is the Canadian Rockies hotel is worth consideration. Just be sure to book early!  Last minute booking attempts during peak season will often lead to disappointment when trying to go to popular locations.

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