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Buffalo Mountain Lodge

700 Tunnel Mountain Road, Banff, Canada
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Scout loves

  • The lodge has been awarded 3 Green Keys for its sustainability efforts.
  • Located not far from Banff on Tunnel Mountain, the setting is natural and peaceful.
  • The rooms have a wonderfully rustic country club feel to them.
  • Every room has a wood-burning fireplace.
  • The Premier rooms have vaulted ceilings and claw-foot bathtubs.

Scout tips

  • It is a bit far to walk to the hotel from downtown Banff. But it’s only a $5 cab ride (or the $2 shuttle comes every 20 minutes).
  • Getting to the outdoor hot tub could be a little chilly in a bathrobe.
  • Expect to see wildlife around the property.
  • Parking can sometimes be a problem.


Buffalo Mountain Lodge is the place to stay in Banff if you are looking for a peaceful and romantic mountain getaway. We love this property, not just because of its wonderfully rustic and cozy rooms, but also because the price is just so on par with or better than many of other fairly mediocre properties in Banff.

Sure it doesn’t have a downtown location, but in a way that is what makes this place all the more special. It’s located amongst the woods on Tunnel Mountain, just a five minute drive or bus ride away from downtown Banff.

Buffalo Mountain Lodge has a central building that houses the reception area, bar and two restaurants. Think country club style with deer antler chandeliers and log furniture. But unlike so many other properties in North America that attempt the mountain rustic look, here it works.

We also really like the cozy bar area which has lounges, a crackling wood fire and plenty of space for people to spread out. While nearby, the Sleeping Buffalo restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with reputedly good food and decent prices. It’s the type of fare you would expect from a mountain lodge: steaks, salmon, caribou and lamb. Yum.

Cilantro at Buffalo Mountain lodge is the second and more casual restaurant, with a menu that includes pizzas, pastas and Mexican inspired dishes – though sadly it seems to only open during summer.

All of the rooms at Buffalo Mountain Lodge are scattered throughout the 9 acres in cabin-like buildings, a short walk from the main lodge. They all have a wonderfully cozy feel to them, with warm color schemes, dark wooden furniture and wood-burning fireplaces (that are restocked and remade every day by housekeeping).

The Standard and Double rooms (or Lodge Rooms) are nice, but the Premier rooms are wonderful, particularly the ones on the top floors as they have vaulted ceilings and bathrooms featuring claw-foot bathtubs.

There are some additional services here too, such as an outdoor hot tub, room service, full concierge facilities, a small gym and free Wi-Fi. You can also park close to your room.

Who should stay here

Buffalo Mountain Lodge is great for couples seeking a relaxing and romantic mountain getaway, and who don’t mind being just a little out of downtown Banff.

Available: This selection is currently available for this price. Once you submit an inquiry our agents will confirm your booking via email and send you an invoice for a deposit. You will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking.

On Request: Our agents need to confirm availability of this room. Once you submit a request we will endeavour to get back to you by the next business day to confirm availability (some properties may take longer). If prices are listed they are the exact prices for your dates, room selection and room occupancy. Where prices are not listed we will confirm the price when we confirm availability. In either instance, you are not committed to your selection until after we confirm availability and price. Once you agree to that confirmation, you will be sent an invoice and will need to pay a 25% deposit within 7 days (unless otherwise specified) to secure the booking. If your requested room is not available, we will present alternative options.

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