The Fairmont Banff Springs

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

405 Spray Avenue, P.O. Box 960, Banff, Alberta, T1L 1J4, Canada

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The Fairmont Banff Springs
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 101% more than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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  • Families80
  • Couples83
  • Solo90
  • Business82
  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo

    If you can afford it


    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.

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo

    Visit the Fairmont Banff Springs


    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.

  • lionmouth77's Profile Photo

    like a castle


    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.

  • Rebecca76's Profile Photo

    Best Hotel


    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

  • Banff's luxury digs


    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.

  • lohki's Profile Photo

    Old Ghosts!


    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!

  • tioga's Profile Photo

    Banff Springs Hotel


    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.

  • doreenellen's Profile Photo

    Banff;s Finest Hotel


    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

  • taryn21's Profile Photo

    Huge Hotel


    I didn't stay at this hotel, but here's a great picture of it to give you an's a beautiful building.

  • shleprock's Profile Photo

    Banffs most beautiful


    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

  • spartan's Profile Photo

    'Canada's Castle in the Rockies'


    Styled after a Scottish baronial castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs offers stunning vistas, championship golf courses, unparalleled skiing, classic cuisine and Solace, a world class European-style spa.

    Unique Quality: Experience timeless beauty and luxurious comfort in a pristine wilderness.

  • spartan's Profile Photo

    Old world beauty in Canada


    Few hotels in the world can rival the majesty, hospitality and scenery of The Fairmont Banff Springs.

    Unique Quality: Its unique blend of opulence and seclusion has been a symbol of Rocky Mountain magnificence for more than a century.

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Forum Posts

Skiing at Banff - Christmas 09

by cehansen

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.

Re: Skiing at Banff - Christmas 09

by madamx

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