I am happy when I get to go out and experience the mountain scenery, whether it's for a day or for a week. I had the opportunity to stay at Solara before the New Year, and when we wanted to return to Canmore, it was Solara on our minds. It is a wonderful resort Bellstar has to offer!
Although the swimming pool, hot tub, and other things Solara will have to offer in the near future, it did not make/break the experience. Both times when we walked through the doors, we always says "WOW!!!". Just the experience of getting off the elevator to the floor of the room, it is tastefully decorated. My husbands favorite part about Solara, it has a car wash station -- which he always comes back to the suite soaked!
The parking lot is a little confusing, as I recalled last time we stayed, we just needed to drive close to the underground parkade door, and it would automatically open. This time, we had to swipe the key. It made more sense from the safety stand point, but it was a little more hassle needing to pull out the room key every time. I was hopeful that it was only key access only in the evening/night time. But, Solara does put our safety first, which is respected.
The first time we stayed, we got upgraded to a 2 bedroom suite, which was a "premium" suite. It was wonderful! It was hard to go back knowing I would never be able to stay in that suite again, but it's was a pleasure to return regardless. This time, we got just a regular 2 bedroom suite, and it really was nice anyway! The MAJOR difference was the size. The bedrooms are smaller in the regular suite, but the bathroom was still really big!! I LOVE the shower in the master bedroom. Who wouldn't like a shower with a nice rain shower head and body jets, and a hand held hose!?!! I wish I could take the shower home. The AVEDA amenities are great also, the mint in the morning is rather refreshing!
The actual general area of the 2 suites sizes did differ as well. The only weird thing that I realize, the suites can fit 6, but all the eating utensils in the kitchen can only accommodate 4. I think they need an extra set (but I wasn't traveling with a lot of people in both scenarios)
The views are wonderful from Canmore, it doesn't matter where you stay. Both times, I was NOT facing Three Sisters, and still really enjoyed the views, and large Balconies (the premium suite had balconies off the master bedrooms!). Sure, when I looked outside, it was other Solara buildings, or the Lodges at Canmore, but when you look up, I was in shock with the mountains. I don't see lots, but what i see, i loved!
I can't wait to go back to Solara, but I think I will try other Bellstar resorts until all the amenities are opened - to get the ultimate overall experience!! This is a new brand of hotels I've recently discovered and just fell in love with.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience one of Canada's top wellness resort situated in the heart of the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains. Not your typical hotel this condo-hotel offers spacious, fully equipped 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartment style condo units with up to 1700 square feet of luxurious space. Take in the fresh mountain air on your own private balcony or terrace or snuggle beside your slate fireplace. All units feature wine fridges, fully stocked gourmet kitchens, fireplaces, electric bbqs, upgraded Kohler massage showers, complimentary WIFI, heated undergroung parking and more. The best rooms in the Canadian Rockies also provide access to Canmore's only movie theatre where Solara guests enjoy complimentary movies. In 2017 the pool area was renovated and now offers Canmore's largest hot tub. The attached One Wellness Spa offers massage and complimetary gym access to guests. Book on the property's own official website to avoid any disappointments and to get the best rates. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Solara Resort And Spa
- Solara Hotel Canmore
- Solara Resort & Spa - Bellstar Hotels & Resorts Canmore, Alberta