Banff Aspen Lodge

The Banff Aspen Lodge offers warm, friendly hotel accommodations along world renowned Banff Avenue in the Banff Townsite in Banff National Park.
  • Hospitality
  • Mountain

Project Details

Initially conceived as a drive-in motel, this site has seen numerous renovations over the years allowing the former motel to evolve into a motel with a unique suite of amenities for its guests including outdoor hot tubs, steam room & sauna, the Whitebark Café and the breakfast room.

Singles, couples, and families can choose the hotel room type that suits their needs and most rooms feature private balconies and views of the Canadian Rockies.

METAFOR was engaged to complete an extensive renovation of the existing property that would increase the visibility along Banff Avenue and reposition the property amongst its competitors. Inspired by the simplicity and natural elements of Scandinavian design, the renovation makes use of dimensionally stable pine cladding in both light and dark tones. The lobby and adjacent café have been opened up to Banff Avenue and framed by a wood-clad canopy to invite visitors in off the street and to intuitively signify common and private areas.

Year Completed
Banff, AB
FR Webster + Company Limited
Prime Consultant
± 4,600 ft²
± $12 Million
Awards + LEED Certifications
LEED® Gold & A4LE Alberta Chapter Award Honourable Mention

The interior has been upgraded with colours and textures reminiscent of a cozy, yet modern mountain lodge.

A key focus of the main lobby upgrade is the introduction of a feature staircase that better connects the basement lobby to the upper lobby, delivering a feeling of greater height into the restrictive floor-to-floor of the main level. The stairwell provides straightforward access to the breakfast room and newly constructed public washrooms. New finishes, millwork, a suspended fireplace, and an expansion of the Whitebark Café are all design features added to the main floor lobby.

Guestroom floor upgrades included full cosmetic and lighting upgrades at elevator lobbies and corridors, while the guestrooms underwent finish upgrades, full bathroom renovations, new plumbing fixtures and vanities, and custom closet millwork to house all the necessities with additional storage for guests.

Banff Aspen Lodge
Banff Aspen Lodge
    Banff Aspen Lodge
    Banff Aspen Lodge
    The finished product is a contemporary version of the original building using colours, materials, and textures giving the property a modern, mountain lodge feel and a bright, open, and contemporary interior for the ultimate guest experience.
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