Post Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Classic log chalet and cabins
- Spectacular mountain views at every turn
- The 25,500-bottle wine cellar (one of the best in Canada)
What To Know
- A two-hour drive from Calgary International Airport
- The entrance to Banff National Park is nearby
- Pets are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Tucked into a beautiful valley in Banff National Park, this resort set against a postcard-perfect backdrop of craggy mountain peaks comprises a historical chalet and a batch of red-roof log cabins beside the Pipestone River. Décor includes pine furniture and a pile of logs to keep the wood-burning fireplace crackling all night long. The hotel’s Temple Mountain spa is a true sanctuary, while the on-site, award-winning restaurant pairs fresh produce and local game with 25,500 bottles and more than 2,200 labels from one of Canada’s largest wine cellars.
In the Area
This stretch of the Canadian Rockies is known for superior powder, and three top-notch resorts are located within Banff National Park: Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village. Between the three resorts there’s almost 8,000 acres of skiable terrain and mountain peaks that are so epic the United Nations has declared the area a World Heritage site. Best of all, this northern latitude rocks one of the longest ski seasons in North America, from mid-November until late May. Come summer, the resort puts you within striking distance of a handful of great golf courses, including Stewart Creek Golf & Country Club, Silvertip Golf Resort, Canmore Golf and Curling Club and Banff Springs Golf Club.
How to Get There
Small, intimate hotel located in a quiet location right by a river. It is located a drive away from the main sites (Lakes Louise and Moraine), so getting to either required driving. This could be a consideration, especially since the parking lot at Moraine was closing between 6:30 and 7 in the morning while we were there. We had a room on the first floor, down the end of a long hall. A nice touch was the bowl of fruit that was provided at check-in, we definitely took advantage of it. The bathroom was amazing, one of the nicest ones I’ve experienced in a hotel. The beds were also nice and comfortable. There was, however, a bit more noise than ideal. Our room faced the parking lot, and we definitely could hear the traffic passing by. In addition, when people walked in the room above us there was some creaking of the ceiling. They’re certainly aware of this, as earplugs were provided with the room. The noise didn’t especially bother us, but could be an issue if you’re sensitive to such things. Really hard to go wrong with choosing here, but I’d recommend requesting a room away from the parking lot (or even one of the little cabins, which looked nice).
It’s a very nice place with an exceptionally good staff and few needs and a few suggestions.
Upon arrival, stepping out of the Greyhound bus, a pleasant, cheerful young man comes up, “Are you Mr. ….? I’m here to chauffeur you to the hotel.” Said and done. Nice, informal lobby, (but needs coffee pot.) Good-looking check-in gal.
A handsome, well-dressed lady sitting close-by, hearing my name, comes rushing over to extend a special welcome. “We have exchanged e-mails earlier.” Whoa. She remembered what happened half-a-year ago on booking in. The special greeter, Carol, was a manager married into the owner’s family. Hey, what a beginning.
The room: Very nice and rustic with lots of wooden posts, perhaps a bit smaller than expected, but comfortable with a wood-burning fireplace (book extra.) Wood gets replenished every day. One wall all glass left to right, top .to bottom, overlooking green trees and snow-covered white mountains. Very relaxing.
A basket of exceptionally good fruit smiling at you. But—it gets replenished only every 3 days. Can ask for more. Here it comes with cheap paper napkins like from a Chinese corner restaurant. Needs good cloth napkins like in their restaurant. Best hotel ever stayed in had fruit and flowers (none here) replaced twice (!) every day. Lighting comfortable during daylight. Nighttime needs extra, especially over writing desk. Comfy bed. Good sleeping in cold mountain air. Also good AC.
Can also get rooms next to a happily bubbling river. In the evening two gals come to fix your bed and bring you bottled water and some chocolate (Lindt from Switzerland, expensive.)
The bath room: Oh wonder of wonders. Good and bad. Sparkling clean with lovely bright shining light. Expensive toiletries. The biggest toilet bowl with spring-loaded seats. Flopping down does not wake up the whole neighborhood. Needs bidet. Owner will consider getting them.
The bad. The very bad. Worst in the house. Big bathtub with shower but no handles to step in and out. No wall handles to hold onto. Fall down, break neck. Took shower only once over five nights. Needs installing immediately. Immediately. Some wall handles around toilet and at entrance to put shoes on, would be helpful.
The staff: Some of the best around. Efficient, professional, smiling. Good looks are not in short supply. Also different ethnicities. Like one of the biggest hotel chains, they hire for personality and then train them the trade. Quite excellent here.
Overall a very pleasant experience. Be back? Would like to after some needed issues got fixed.
A real quiet gem in a location where lots of tourists can make things crowded. The Post is a very quaint, professional, fully-serviced Hotel and Spa with an Excellent Restaurant and wine list, very helpful and friendly staff, and very nice rooms! The fireplaces in the rooms, as well as the cabins on the grounds beside the river leave you with a relaxed "close to nature" feeling, and this hotel is not overwhelmed with the Lake Louise Fairmont Hotel vibe! You are treated as someone special when you walk in the door. Kudos to restaurant staff Andre (sommelier), Andrew and Christine for their excellence, knowledge and memorable personalities! The owner, Andres Schwartz, is on-site and welcoming guests, helping in the restaurant, and "hosting" the experience to the best extent possible. Trails are easily accessible, the river is outside your door, the "mall" is a short walk (but long-feeling) away, and when there is snow on the ground, the whole place is magical!! Very well done!!
We picked The Posted based on how quiet it would be. It's not huge like the Fairmont and over run with visitors running around the grounds. This was our little piece of paradise (in the snow). We were lucky to visit during an early snow fall and it was stunning. The beauty of the trees all over with snow, the stream running by, watching a train go by on the river bridge. We could not have had a better experience.
Our room had a loft bedroom and a wood burning fireplace that was laid for us each day. How nice. And of course a huge bathroom with nice soaker tub and bath salts were supplied.
We ate two meals in the restaurant, dinner and lunch. Danielle was our dinner server and she really made our dinner even more enjoyable. She is a great asset to The Post dining experience. My husband is a commercial fisherman and won't eat fish out but I had the tuna and the scallops and it was all fixed to perfection. Our friends came over from the Fairmont to share lunch with us. Once again a very nice and relaxing time. (they liked our place better!)
We did not notice the train noise some complained about. Maybe because our windows were closed, it was minimal at best. In the summer time some may find it an issue but ear plugs are supplied which we thought was a cute touch.
The food is absolutely delicious, the service is top notch and the atmosphere is warm and relaxing. The wine list is probably the best I have ever seen and the server knew the list in great details. Will definitely go back to this restaurant and perhaps one day also stay at the hotel