Fairmont Banff Springs
What We Love
- Stables and a championship golf course on the resort grounds
- An award-winning spa, decked with waterfalls and a mineral pool
- Jaw-dropping Bow River views
- There are 11 restaurants, cafés, and bars onsite
What To Know
- This resort was once dubbed “ The Castle in the Rockies” and owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway
- Families should book a room in the more spacious Stanley Thompson wing
- Don’t miss neon blacklight bowling at the property’s entertainment center
- Ski season stretches from mid-November to mid-May here
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
Guests choose this 125-year-old resort for access to world-famous ski slopes, hikes, and “champagne powder,” as the inimitable snow on Rocky Mountain is called—though the wow-factor isn’t just limited to its natural surroundings. With its turrets and stonewalls, the dramatic exteriors of this alpine castle are a worthy match for its picture-perfect backdrop, while in-room flourishes like chandeliers and crown molding hint at its 19th-century origins (the property’s initial wood incarnation burnt down in 1926, but was swiftly replaced two years later). Despite nearly 800 rooms and suites, the resort’s grand and almost overwhelming scale is juxtaposed with personalized service: the friendly mixologist at the Rundle Lounge is always ready to stir up a custom-made cocktail, while the attentive concierge staff has been known to assist with wedding proposals. The extensive dining selection here is practically a culinary kingdom of its own; highlights include a seasonal sushi bar, a high tea service, and a fondue restaurant housed in a picturesque Bavarian cottage.
In the Area
The resort is an hour and half’s drive from Calgary, though you’re most likely here to escape the city. With a trio of the area’s best mountains just short drives away, you can ski a different summit every day (guests have access to ski at the Fairmont’s other properties, in Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, and Banff Mount Norquay). During the summer months, opt for a self-guided road trip—the concierge can help you plan—that hits area attractions like a 1930s-era bathhouse, the Banff Gondola, and Mount Norquay Road, where you’ll spy plenty of wildlife such as bighorn sheep, elk, and even bears.
How to Get There
Still one of my favorite hotels in the world and it's right in my backyard. Service,location, and atmosphere are all first class. Spa is world class and golf course is one of the best in the mountains. You couldn't stay in a more luxurious accommodation in the mountains.
For the price of a hotel night, I expected more. I'm assuming 3rd party bookers (expedia, etc.) are not given the best rooms. Our room had one window in the corner of the room, so it kind of felt like a closet and not the "luxury" accommodations I was hoping for and associate with the Fairmont. Front desk service was excellent.
Ffrom the moment we arrived the staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and were glad to have us at the hotel. It was a great place to unwind and relax. I will be booking another getaway in the near future.
fantastic scenary have to plan ahead to get on the mountain
friendly staff rooms kind of small but its a castle so deal with it!
F&B menus quite good restos book to 9pm no later so that was a bit early i thought
Amazing setting, beautiful facilities, courteous, professional, impeccable staff, great spa and gym with daily classes, shuttle to town and a concierge team able to match your interest with perfect activities in this wonderland.