I didn't stay here, but would certainly love to.
This is one of the original Canadian Pacific Railroad chateaus built like a Scottish castle. Like the others, it is in a magnificent location next to the Bow River at the entrance to the town. The view is magnificent!!!!
This looks like it would be an awesome place for a honeymoon:)
The hotel website probably won't advertise this, but there are some stories of paranormal occurrences at this hotel. True or not? One never knows.
We stopped at the Fairmont Banff Springs to walk around and enjoy the architecture and the beautiful flowers around their property. It does not disappoint. The exterior of the building is made of Rundle stone, the material found in the mountains in this area. It's named after Mount Rundle which is easily seen from the Fairmont.
Unique Quality: The view is gorgeous from the back of their property - this view is seen from their dining room.
We (2 adults and 2 children ages 10 and 7) stayed here in April of 2003 it was great. Looked like a castle. The room keys had holes in them and were really cool. My little brother liked the automatic revolving door. There was great Canadian bowling. I was very good at even without using bumpers like in the U.S. it was perfect.
Unique Quality: -The views were breath taking.
-It was centrally located.
-The people were wonderful.
- The property was gorgeous.
- The amenities were very entertaining.
The spa here is amazing. I had a free day at the end of my trip and thought I would take some time to detox. I was originally only going to stay at the spa for an hour or two, but after my first treatment opted for a day package with lunch. It might be my favorite spa experience to date.
If you are a tea person, you might want to check out this local berry tea they make, it was amazing! I have never tasted anything like it.
Unique Quality: When I was there a friend tried to convince me that it was the hotel from the movie The Shining, make no mistake, this is not the hotel! From what I can tell, that hotel is actually in Oregon, USA
We attended a conference in Banff during September of 2004 and stayed at the Fairmont Banff Springs. Our surroundings were beautiful, the view out our window was breathtaking. The service at the restaurants was excellent if a bit pricey. The flowers at time of the year were awesome. Many of our meals were event-oriented and the food was very good.
The Spa was a special treat, the massage was wonderful.
Unique Quality: The sense of history at this facility is overwhelming. We were provided with a tour of the castle and the character and charm was everywhere. So many comfortable conversations areas, you turn a corner and fine another fireplace ablaze with folks lounging with a book or paper.
I have stayed here a few times and enjoyed myself immensely!
And I adore heading to the Solace spa for the day, or perhaps a wrap! Anyone can do this for 50.00, note a salt rub for 65/70$ also gives you access to the Spa for the day of the treatment!
Unique Quality: If you can get a room looking down the Bow Valley, it is worth it.
I like wandering the old hallways and staircases by the pink Ballroom. Haven’t decided on the re-vamped entrance yet.
The Sunday Brunch ($35.00) has been a tradition in my family since childhood!
Banff Springs Hotel - The 'Castle in the Sky'
This is a massive place, rooms by the hundred, great passageways, huge dining rooms, dozens of shops, enormous function rooms, indoor swimming pools, they have it all. I have been in towns that are smaller than this place.
My room was rather small, but hey, the view (see other photo) was priceless, and anyway, I am only in the room to sleep.
There was a delightful Gift Basket (see photo) in the room on Christmas Eve - chocolates, fruit, jams etc - and an invitation to join in a 'Christmas Carols with drinks and snacks' put on by the Hotel.
Most pleasant and helpful staff.
Unique Quality: Just look at the photo showing the view from my room, - could you get anything better than this?
I would imagine it is stunning at any time of the year.
Banff Springs Hotel
Very Grand Place and very expensive to stay
Government officials, Premiers from all countries have their conferences there and the rich and famous stay in the grand rooms.
Unique Quality: Unfortunately we could only view this hotel. Looks lovely in the snow
I didn't stay at this hotel, but here's a great picture of it to give you an idea...it's a beautiful building.
this resort overlooks banff on the side of a mountain the service is excellant
Unique Quality: built of stone and looks like a castle 10 minutes walk from shopping.William Wallace cigar shop,nice view from rooms.
Directions: end of town turn right
At the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Castle in the Rockies: The Fairmont Banff Springs
Banff Springs Hotel
Hi we are a family of 4 (2 grown-up kids) planning to ski Canada in December. Ideally we'll be in Banff over Christmas. How cold will it be on the skifields?
We are looking at accommodation options and wondering if renting a condo for a week is a better way to go than hotel suites. Any ideas or recommendations accepted gratefully - we have to keep in mind the $ exchange rate is not good between NZ and Canada!
We plan to hire a vehicle to drive from Calgary, so we can sightsee a bit too.
What is the best way to purchase ski passes? Which are best mountains for intermediate -advanced skiers? Any package deals anyone know of. I'd love any tips about what else to see and do.
Have you thought about going just before Christmas? Over Christmas, you will be paying a premium for any rental or hotel room. If you want to go for Christmas, be prepared to pay $$$. For sure a condo rental would be more economical either way. If you want to rent a condo, you will have to stay in the town of Banff or Canmore, which is 15 minutes away, these two towns offer more nightlife, restaurants, and other conveniences.
If you want to splurge and stay in the village of Lake Louise, be prepared that there is very little in terms of nightlife.
You can try looking for accomodation in the town of Field, BC, which would be approx. half-hour drive to the Lake Louise Resort. However, there is virtually no nightlife and very litte in choice of restaurants in town.
As for weather, the past two Christmases had good temps, minus 10 to minus 13C. However, weather can wildy swing around here so be prepared! There is a possibility of temps going down to around -30C.
The two ski resorts that are the best are Sunshine and Lake Louise. You can search their websites for info about lift tickets. You can also get packages as well, it might be a better deal for you:
During the winter, there are very few sites you can see as either they are snowed in and you have to ski or snowshoe in (as in cross country skiing) or they are shut down. Lake Louise is still open, but it's frozen over. The hotel is worthwhile to look around in; you can take ice tours of Johnston Canyon, apparently the ice formations are incredible. You can also do dog sledding and there are snowshoeing tours available. There is also skating on Lake Louise. If you are into cross country skiing, you can ski into Moraine Lake. There is also enough shopping in Banff to keep you occupied for about a day, plus the Banff Springs hotel has one of the best spas in the world. The Banff Springs hotel is also a historic hotel and worth a look at as well.
For a special treat, I highly recommend Sunday brunch at the Banff Springs Hotel or the Chateau Lake Louise. The one at Banff Springs is a buffet, and the Lake Louise one is a set menu that you can pick from. Either one is excellent.
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Address: 405 Spray Avenue, P.O. Box 960, Banff, Alberta, T1L 1J4, Canada