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Num-Ti-Jah Lodge
Red Deer
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30 reviews
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“Charming Lodge, tasty eats and beautiful locale..”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

My husband and I did an overnight at Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, our first visit and really enjoyed our stay. We chose a Bed & Breakfast rate for our stay. This lodge has a rich history which is displayed throughout rooms for inquiring mind, which I enjoyed. While it is furnished simply as it would have been during it 'hay' days of early mountaineering in the 1940's it offers wonderful linens, comfortable beds and wonderful fluffy towels. Only noise here...is the gentle breeze, so easy to relax as you are surrounded by peace and beauty.

Staff was friendly, knowledge and engaging. We enjoyed a tasty evening meal of Steak wrapped in Bacon with Peppercorns and Elk Burger entrees with wine and chocolate cake to finish.

The area around the lodge is scenic and offers a walking path that skirts the lake with some great photo opts! Spring was just popping out amid the small mounts of lingering snow...awesome time and cannot wait to visit again!

Thank you ..Marilou, Liza, Tom, Arianna, Tim ( the owner), the Chef ...for making our stay so enjoyable..see ya in October sometime!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

I was very disappointed with the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. I stayed there as a kid and had some great memories of the place, but I really regret going back last summer. I can't believe I had to pay $300 for a room with walls and a ceiling full of BATS!!

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- BATS! You could hear them in the walls and ceiling. It was awful. I went down to reception to let them know, and they were fully aware of the problem and thought it to be quite commonplace. After a discussion we were moved to another room and they specified they would not charge us for the "upgrade" for a lake view. Well, thanks?? No deductions were made in the overnight charge for BATS.

- You can hear EVERYTHING. Be prepared to hear other guests full conversations walking down the hall and in your room. I hope you are not a light sleeper, or enjoy any privacy.

- The place was RUN DOWN and poorly kept, the rooms were old and run down and I hope I never have to use one of those showers ever again.

- Completely and utterly overpriced. Yes, Banff is expensive but this was DAYLIGHT ROBBERY. You can find far nicer and cheaper accommodations many places in the park.

- The food was good, but again extortionate.

The good?

Bow Lake is BEAUTIFUL and we got to see it both during the day and at night.

I guess it's a historical place some would consider interesting to see, but walk in, have a look, even buy a souvenir, but then leave. DO NOT STAY!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

This is one of the great old lodges in the Banff-Jasper area. You can spend far more at the Chateau Lake Louise, but you will enjoy this nearly as much . . . Especially when you check out. The rooms are large, with no TVs. The setting is magnificent.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Bailey, CO
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Reviewed 19 October 2013

My wife and I visited Num-Ti-Jah Lodge in 1979 and absolutely loved the place. So, in Oct 2013 we decided to visit it again, kind of a second honeymoon.

It is not the same place. Accommodations are...okay, if you can tolerate the sheet metal shower that has been installed in your room (no bath tub), the cheap carpet, the cheap interior wall siding. The great sitting room it had in 1979, for congregating after a day outdoors around a warm fire and an after-dinner drink, is now a "café" and gift shop. The parking lot has toilets erected for the many tour busses that stop each day (had no tour busses nor facilities for such in 1979). How about free use of a pool table? (Note: the pool cues have no tips on them--Hello, is anybody paying attention?). In the three days and two nights we stayed we met only two employees that were friendly, the rest seemed bothered or were downright rude.

Expensive. $128 for dinner for two, $48 breakfast for two, and $88 for a Thanksgiving buffet for two (the turkey was turkey roll, not carved from a fresh turkey). We paid $7 for a glass of wine that was three sips--it only filled the glass less than 1/4 the way. There is free coffee in the morning but is not available until after 7:30 am.

Perhaps, if we had not experienced the lodge in better times, when it still promoted the glamor and adventure of an outfitting hunting/fishing lodge we wouldn't be so disappointed--but we did and will never go back nor recommend this place.

The view and location is still excellent.

Room Tip: We choose a room with a view of the lake and the view was awesome.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2013

As one of he other reviewers said, if you want TV, wireless and the amenities of a standard Best Western this is not your place. For those complaining about the price of either the hotel or the restaurant I wonder whether they have ever eaten or stayed in Banff, Lake Louise or Jasper. Standard blah hotels in Banff on Banff Ave run $150-200 a night not even high season and they are boring and generic with no atmosphere. This place is a bit of history. It is cozy, the rooms are simple and the common areas are divine. I love the fact that the common areas are only for guests. We enjoyed our time here and found the staff and the owners very friendly. We had a very good dinner for 2 with shared appie, dessert and a bottle of wine for $ 100. It wasn't cheaper but you could easily pay that at many places in Banff. The mushrooms were delicious as were both the Steak and the Elk Burger. All and all the atmosphere was wonderful and we will be back. As mentioned by others the walls are thin. I don't imagine that will change due to the age of the hotel so bring ear plugs. My only suggestions would be to invest in redoing the bathrooms (more specifically the showerheads) as they seem to have quite a bit of calcification. In all, if you want character, an amazing view and history and find the quirks of an older place charming - stay here.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Clyde, Alberta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Located at one of the most beautiful and tranquil spots in Banff, the Num - Ti Jah Lodge is like walking back in time. Hunter and trapper, Jimmy Simpson came to know the area better than anyone else in the early 1900's. In 1920 he obtained a lease to build his first cabin on pristine Bow Lake. In 1930 the work on the Icefield Parkway began and Simpson realized the potential of the area. He completed building the present day Lodge in 1937.
I believe the Simpson family still owns the Lodge and other businesses in Lake Louise. This gem really has great potential. So much could be done to improve the rooms in the Lodge. Simple things like new light fixtures could be a inexpensive $20 fix. I couldn't believe how stupid the light fixture looked speckled with dead flies in the bottom of it. And the metal showers, now come on! People are paying very good money for this beautiful location. At least have the decency of upgrading all of the bathrooms!
The staff are pleasant. They were very helpful in getting us another room with power in it. During our first night there, we blew a fuse and I couldn't plug in my sleep apnea breather machine. On our second night, our sleep was interrupted when the fire alarm went off at 2 in the morning. It turned out to be a false alarm. The food was overpriced and average at best. (we only had one meal there and ended up eating all our other meals at Lake Louise, a half hour drive away) Surprisingly the gift shop is reasonably priced. We were supposed to stay a third night but we asked for a refund. We decided that although the location was fabulous, that it was time to move on. At $200 a night we felt that we had lined the Simpson's pockets with enough hard cash.
On the plus side, I managed to get some fabulous photos of the area. I met photographers from around the world that were in awe of the magnificent views.
I certainly hope that the "squeaky wheels get the oil" and that the Simpsons decide to put some money into this gem.

Room Tip: No pool or fitness centre, tv or internet. Expect to have "tech withdrawl" if you have you...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in mid September. We have passed by and peeked in the lodge on several previous trips and decided to actually stay there on this visit. Our room (#20) was on the top floor, very clean, large with a small window looking over the lake and mountain and waterfall. It is very true the walls are paper thin, but we lucked out with quiet fellow travelers while there. It is very true the bathrooms need an update if possible especially the rusty, metal shower stalls, which we chose not to use. The staff told us 6 of the rooms had updated bathrooms (ie. Room 16). The food for breakfast and dinner is OK or mediocre and expensive. The common areas are filled with historic pieces and are well worn. Even if you paid to use the pool table, you couldn't because all the ques were missing rubber tips...perhaps in the "20's and '30s guests played with wooden ends. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. Terence carried our duffle bags up to our room when he saw that my husband had difficulty walking. Let the traveler be aware that rustic does mean rustic and in this most beautiful and peaceful (early am and after the bus tours leave) of settings, just enjoy the magnificent scenery and the sun setting over Mt. Simpson.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Num-Ti-Jah Lodge
Address: Mile 22 Icefields Parkway | P.O. Box 39, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 1E0, Canada
Region: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Lake Louise
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Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #7 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Lake Louise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Num-Ti-Jah Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Num-Ti-Jah Lodge overlooks one of the most dramatic scenes in the Canadian Rockies. Out of Bow Lake the mountains rise steep and rugged. The blue ice of Crowfoot Glacier hangs suspended over the turquoise water. To the west, the craggy peaks of the Great Divide tower over Bow Glacier.Num-Ti-Jah Lodge is located 40 kilometres north of Lake Louise on Highway 93 in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. We are a three hour drive from the Calgary International Airport. ... more   less 
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