Review: My stay at Marmot Lodge in Jasper National Park

This past trip to Jasper National Park, we stayed at Marmot Lodge in the Jasper townsite as part of an epic trip around the Canadian Rockies and Montana.

We stayed in 5 different hotels during our trip. Marmot Lodge did not disappoint.

Marmot Lodge review:

If the experiences of others are like my own, I’m comfortable recommending Marmot Lodge hotel in this review.

Marmot Lodge has 107 rooms and several room configurations options. Some are basic. Some have kitchenettes. Some first floor. Some second floor (without elevators).

We booked a room with 2 double beds and a kitchenette. This is a step up from a standard room.  I was happy with the room quality. Everything seemed new. Maybe I lucked out and got a room that had just been renovated.

The kitchenette had a small refrigerator, microwave, over, stove, sink, pots, pans, dishes and utensils. There’s a grocery store a few blocks away on Connaught Drive, too.

The free WiFi also worked fine for me and the room had convenient electrical outlets, which I appreciate.

As the pictures show, our room was modern looking and spacious.

We tried the swimming pool and indoor and outdoor jacuzzi’s.  The pool had a deep end and all of the facilities were functional.  No complaints, even though we went at a time when kids were running around like crazy.

I had a second floor and liked it.  But, if climbing stairs to the second floor is a challenge, be sure to ask for a ground floor room ahead of time and hopefully Marmot Lodge will be able to help you.

Location

There are trees throughout and some grassy areas on the grounds to help it blend in with the national park surroundings.

Marmot Lodge’s location is very convenient at the east end of Jasper townsite.  For driving, Marmot Lodge offers easy, central access to all of Jasper National Park.

There is an easy hiking trail called the Discovery Trail that can be accessed across the street from Marmot Lodge and that connects with other trails in the area.

To get to downtown Jasper, it’s a 15-minute sidewalk stroll along Connaught Drive to get to restaurants and shopping.  If that’s too far, driving and parking is an option, so is choosing one of the Jasper National Park hotels in the middle of the townsite area.

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Pricing

I thought what I paid was “reasonable” for a Jasper hotel in the peak season of July.  See how much Marmot Lodge costs.

Now, “reasonable” is relative.  I’ve seen the reviews where people say that Jasper hotel prices “for what you get” tend to be higher than other locations and I find it hard to argue against that.  But having stayed at several Jasper hotels, my opinion is that Marmot Lodge is priced competitively for Jasper hotels for what you get.  Jasper’s accommodation capacity is limited compared to an Orlando, Florida type of destination.

Tip: If you want a cheap hotel, be sure to consider a Hinton hotel just outside the east entrance to Jasper National Park.  It is less scenic and may be less convenient, but the prices are economical. It is not that far from most of the Jasper National Park attractions and hikes.

Conclusion

Understand that my experience and expectations will be different than yours.  I read a lot of reviews before choosing to book Marmot Lodge as the Jasper National Park hotel for my vacation. Most reviews I’ve seen have been positive but there are a few complainers and a few that had validly less-than-desirable experiences (i.e., a broke something not fixed instantly). To me, it was worth the risk and it worked out in my favor. We enjoyed our stay.

My regrets are being unable to stay at Marmot Lodge longer and also not having time to try the hotel’s restaurant, Embers Steakhouse.

Other than that, check out Marmot Lodge and try to book as far ahead of time as possible to get the best selection.

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