After being at home and working from home for months on end, it was time for a must needed escape to the mountains! This summer was all about road trips and Canmore, Alberta is a 5-hour drive for me and a town I have not spent any time in. On this visit, I stayed at The Malcolm Hotel, a luxury hotel about a 20-minute drive from downtown Banff with 124 rooms and suites. The Malcolm Hotel offers everything you need for a relaxing and peaceful getaway and is easy to find from the highway.
Right from check-in to check-out the staff was fantastic—friendly, helpful, and thorough with their safety protocols which set me at ease. With stringent social distancing and sanitizing protocols in place, I was very comfortable staying here.
Every room has a mountain view and is a great place to stay solo or with your family. My room was spacious with a king-size, super comfy bed, that I could sleep starfish in — one of the perks of being short. LOL I had the best sleep in a very long time and woke up to a gorgeous mountain view through my patio door.
My room included a coffee station with mini-fridge, as well as a large walk-in shower with rain shower head. I typically prefer rooms with bathtubs as I don’t have one at home, but I don’t think they are very popular in hotels anymore because of water conservation.
Stirling Lounge and Creekside Patio offer many tasty dishes for lunch and dinner with vegetarian and gluten-free options. My dinner was delicious: Grilled Halloumi, French Onion Soup, and House Salad with fresh and tasty prawns… It was a warm enough evening to dine on the patio and soak in the spectacular mountain views surrounding us. If you crave something different such as Mexican, you can find more restaurants downtown Canmore, a short walk from the hotel.
Breakfast with a view…yes please! I’m a breakfast person and the Stirling Grill has a variety of dishes for every taste. From granola to breakfast poutine… I wanted to try all of it. I “settled” on a waffle with strawberries and whipped cream—dessert for breakfast!
The rooftop pool and hot tub with a panoramic mountain view are perfect for an evening under the stars after spending time in the gym or with your family and friends playing board games. There are many games to choose from including the huge Scrabble board! I didn’t get a chance to visit the spa during this stay, but next time I will watch for their specials that include the spa!
Canmore has more to offer than what I experienced in my short visit, so I will be back to take in more of the town and the surrounding area. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of park passes when you visit if you want to explore Banff National Park. Canmore isn’t located inside the Park but you will need a pass if you choose to explore. It’s about $10 CDN per adult per day of your visit and you can purchase them online or connect with me to create an itinerary for you and book your entire stay.