The Fairmont Banff Springs is an icon of Canadian history. Built in 1888 with the laying of the Canadian Pacific Railway, it was one of a string of opulent hotels designed to tempt skiers out to the Rocky Mountains - and it worked. The hotel became the destination for wealthy Europeans looking to see Canada’s staggering mountain scenery and to climb its rocky peaks. It attracted the cream of society, with the likes of King George VI, Winston Churchill and Marilyn Monroe among its star-studded showreel of past guests.
You can’t help but be bowled over by the Fairmont Banff Springs, or the Castle in the Rockies, as it’s known. It was modelled on a Scottish baronial castle and its austere walls contain a mind-boggling mix of restaurants, bars, lounges and grand ballrooms. Each is dotted with little nods to its historical theme, from whole suits of armour to grand thrones carved from wood. There’s a world-class spa, naturally, indoor and outdoor hot tubs and swimming pools - open from 6am until 11pm, so great for jetlagged travellers - marble-floored lounges and even a bowling alley. This is North American luxury at its finest, so each of the 764 luxurious rooms is beautifully decorated, with all the mod cons you'd expect - not to mention their heavenly beds.
The famous Fairmont breakfasts will keep you on the mountain until dinner, but you’re also just a short walk from Banff, which is full of lively restaurants, bars and shops. And when you’re ready to hit the slopes, the hotel shuttle bus is right outside to whisk you up to Banff's famous Big 3 mountains: Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise.
Features of Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff
• Wifi • 5 stars • Reception • Pub • Bar • Choice of restaurants • Indoor and outdoor pool • Whirlpool • Fitness centre (pay locally) • Magnificent spa featuring 4 pools, lounges, whirlpool, outdoor hot tub, saunas, steam rooms, treatments • Beauty salon • Bowling centre • Shops • Ice rink • Sauna • Jacuzzi • Coffee shop
Accommodation in Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff
All rooms have cable TV, pay-per-view video, free WiFi, hairdryer, telephone, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, safe and bathroom with shower and WC
Fairmont room - sleeps 1-2: Either one king bed OR one queen bed OR two double beds OR two twin beds
Deluxe room - sleeps 1-4: Either one king bed OR one queen bed OR two queen beds.
Junior suite - sleeps 1-2: One king bed.
Fairmont Gold room - sleeps 1-2: One king bed OR two queen beds. On an exclusive private floor with its own lounge, serving complimentary continental breakfast, après-ski canapés and an honour bar.
Meals in Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff
Meals: Room only.
There are a variety of restaurants available at the hotel to book and enjoy locally.