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
This Property is amazing! The views from every room is spectacular and the level of service is excellent. I highly recommend this property to families, couples or even the single traveler. They are centrally located to many activities, such as tubing, hiking, skiing and snowboarding. I can't wait to go back.
Everything from the moment we arrived was fantastic! The food and service in the Vermillion Room was amazing! The banquet space in the cascade room was so beautiful and the banquet staff and Lynn Fletcher's team were incredible! Jessica and Ian at the VIP Concierge were outstanding and greeted us with a smile and very helpful with any requests. The congress was amazing just wishing it was longer than 4 days!
It was our first time staying here and we were blown away. Loved how they check you in immediately upon arrival while you’re still in you’re vehicle, it made for a fast and easy check in. We also loved how the staff took our bags up to our room while we were waiting. Our luggage beat us up to our room and the staff took to time to put away our shoes, coats, etc. This made us feel like royalty which was appreciated. There was an option for valet parking however we opted out. We stayed in a king suite and it was also phenomenal, extremely comfortable bed and amazing view. Overall atmosphere and look of the hotel surpassed expectations as it is literally like staying in a castle. The staff is beyond amazing, so friendly, helpful and enthusiastic! Will definitely stay here again in the future.
The view from my room was simply grandiose. The service was friendly, attentive and professional with all employees encountered. Kahlia, maid, was very helpful and very attentive to details. The hotel is fantastic and the concierge services were amazing, thank you to Maxime and Don! I loved my stay from beginning to end.
We stayed at the hotel to celebrate my 50th birthday. Can't recommend it enough. Was mid winter with temperatures around - 20c during the day, but this didn't stop us from venturing out. We had a magnificent view from our room of the Bow River valley. The staff where fantastic and always willing to help. We stayed for 5 nights with the last day spent lounging and enjoying the Spa.
Mainly to recover from the previous 2 days of outdoor activities.
The bars and restaurants on-site are all excellent.