A tale of two stays
The lodge is situated just inside the eastern boundary of the Yoho National Park, about a 12-minute drive to Lake Louise. It is among the only hotels or lodges in the area, the next closest being in the village of Fields, over the mountain. First impressions are a little off-putting. It looks old and needing attention, the sort of place that one might ordinarily drive past, were it not for the fact that there are few alternatives in the area. We had occasion to stay here for two consecutive nights in two different rooms (since the same room was not available both nights). The experience was quite different each time. Night #1 we were in the main building, with a King sized bed and not much more in the room. Night #2 we were housed in a separate, newer building, featuring twin beds. Accommodations in the first building are cramped and dated; those in the second are much more spacious and pleasing, although there is a certain amount of shoddy workmanship in improvements to be noted in both settings. Breakfast, on the simple side, was included for both accommodations. The rate was the same for each of the two nights, a bit unfair since the experience in the two facilities is vastly different. Half the rate in the old lodge would have been plenty. Would we stay here again? If it was in the original lodge, we'd consider spending the night in the car instead. If it was in the newer part, probably.