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
Lovely place to stay. Did the 1 hour tour. Highly recommended. Walked into town of Banff to shop and snack around beautiful location. It’s been there since late 1800’s. Rooms were comfortable and clean. View from 2nd floor room was not good. So much to see in this beautiful hotel. Recommend browsing around to see its history
Celebrating 130 years in its prime location, the iconic property is the place to stay in Banff. But you will need deep pockets as room rates are as steep as the stunning mountain ranges that surround it. Restaurant food was pretty average and did not live up to the menu hype. To access the outside pool, guests need a detailed map as the hotel as seen so many additions over the years that it has become minefield of tunnels, dark archways and staircases. Don't miss the museum gallery which its fascinating history of the property.
This spring is close to town and just by Fairmont Chateau Hotel at Banff. Horseback riding is close by and the views are awesome. This is best place to go hiking and the trails have breathtaking stop overs.
Beautiful hotel and gorgeous rooms in a magnificent setting.The hotel feels like a stately castle with charm and warmth in its decor.Rooms small but extremely comfortable- some of the best beds and pillows we’ve had in Canada. Service fantastic
The magic of Banff and the fairmont at Christmas is a must see. You feel like your in a movie with how beautiful it is. The horse carriage ride is a must. Staff are friendly and if you get a chance to do the brunch at Easter - it’s the best one I have ever been to. Everything you taste is the best you have ever tasted.
Wear stretchy pants .