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
Banff had been on my "life list" and it did not disappoint. We were sp glad we stayed at the Fairmont Banff Springs. If you can, splurge on a room with a mountain view. One of the highlights of the trip was drawing back the curtains in the morning and seeing a winter wonderland. Take the complimentary guided nature walk, it is worth it and our guide was very knowledgeable. You will go into the forest and along the river. The staff was all wonderful. November rates were much more reasonable, it was not crowded and it was not bitter cold yet, though it was just above or below freezing each day. Only negative is that the walls are a bit thin and the first of our three nights we could hear our neighbor talking loudly on his cell speaker, I had to bang on the wall so he would quiet down! Be sure to spend at least a day in Lake Louise too!
The Fairmont Banff Springs is a place of wonder during early December. Crowds have thinned and you can wander and explore parts of the hotel with no one else around but yourselves. The hotel was all decorated for the holidays with beautiful Christmas trees in each grand room as well as trees in the corridors. The staff were attentive and personally acquainted us to the hotel and the Gold floor. Our room was a king with mountain view. Room 587 is divine! The shower is lovely, yes the bathroom is small but the shower makes up for it and there is plenty of shelving to meet all your needs. You can watch the billowing steam from the side rooftop and in the morning can watch the sunrise from bed through both windows. The beds are comfortable, I felt restored after a night here. We definitely will come back. The gold floor has a much larger lounge here at Banff Springs versus the Chateau Lake Louise Fairmont. It is easy to find a place to sit even with a large crowd around. The selection at breakfast is well worth a visit in the morning, even the snacks are more than accommodating, the attention to detail is delightful. Yes, the coffee is actually good as well, I didn't try the espresso machine but the drip coffee was excellent. If you were to eat every snack and meal offered I think you would be a overstuffed! I could go on and on but basically...
We had a wonderful stay!
Great way to kick of the Christmas season with a weekend stay in the Castle. One definitely felt the holiday spirit. First off, service is exceptional across all aspects. Not one complaint. We stayed in one of the towers of the castle, Rooms are well appointed but you are staying in a hotel build in early 1900s so rooms are smaller and not modern. It was fun to read about the history of the place and explore all the ball rooms.
Pool faculty was great but in need of an update, small hot tub as well, large heated outdoor pool was great.
This is our 4th stay at this absolutely stunning castle and still takes our breath away.
Spent the weekend for a pre-Christmas getaway and now we can say we have visited for all of the 4 seasons. The hotel is magically decorated with festive decor in all nooks and crannies and really just beautifully done.
We always stay on the gold floor as the amenities just are worth the extra cost. The food (buffet breakfast, snacks, appetizers and desserts), cold and hot beverages plus honour bar are always providing great offerings.
The staff are beyond accommodating right from the front staff to the housekeeping and always make you feel at home at the castle.
We did an evening of a new program, stargazing in the gold course with one of the staff and it was a wonderful time. A visit to the spa was another fantastic day spent and well worth the indulgence.
Hubby bought me a Fairmont bear From the gift shop and popped on my pillow as a cuddly memento of another magic time together in the castle.
From the friendly staff, to the customer service, to the amenities, to the food, the shuttle service and the ownership of all the employees. I would highly recommend a stay or two. 10/10 in my books, will definitely be back.