Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

A grand Rocky Mountain castle
Located about an hour and a half from Calgary, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel stands in stark and beautiful contrast to other modern and urban getaways. Built in the style of a Scottish castle, the hotel’s stone façade and pointed turrets provide a stately outline against the breathtaking natural beauty of the area — the Canadian Rockies and Spray and Bow Valleys.

Given the location’s nature-filled surroundings, it’s no wonder that the hotel boasts outdoor activities for every season. From cross-country skiing, dogsledding, ice fishing and more in the winter to canoeing, tennis, golf and more during the warmer spring and summer months, the stunning landscape is taken full advantage of.

There’s also the full-service Fairmont Spa at Fairmont Banff Springs where you can sink into serenity after a strenuous hike by indulging in a Sports Massage, rejuvenating your skin with the floral-focused Rose Renewal treatment or simply unwinding with a soak in the beautiful mineral pool.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  •  Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel resides in Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The natural beauty of the mountains and forest accentuates the stately, castle-like design of the historic hotel, which opened in 1888.
  • Hike, raft, cross-county ski, dog sled, snowshoe, skate, horseback ride, fish — no matter what time of year you visit, there are always plenty of activities at your disposal.
  • Fairmont Spa has 23 treatment rooms, coed and separate men’s and women’s lounges and relaxation areas, wet areas and a mineral pool and waterfall pools. This posh escape will put even the stormiest mind at ease.
  • The 32-meter indoor pool and 20-meter outdoor pool are open all year long, and the gym's fitness classes, weights, workout machines and beautiful views of the surrounding peaks will have you racing to get a workout in.
  • A treat for players, the hotel’s 27 holes of championship golf dazzle with panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies, valleys and even wildlife. The Devil's Cauldron is a particularly spectacular hole.
Things to Know
  • If you’re looking to carve the slopes, snow ski shuttles can take you to the three nearby resorts: Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort and The Lake Louise Ski Resort.
  • Scheduled heritage tours of the hotel allow you to learn all about the property’s rich history, including celebrities who have stayed there.
The Rooms
  • Each room is draped with dark blues, grays, and white, setting a subdued and soothing scene.
  • From the snowcapped peaks of the surrounding Canadian Rockies to the sprawling stretches of emerald forest, the jaw-dropping scenery will surely steal more of your attention than the HD flat-screen TV hanging on the wall.
  • You may be in the mountains, but you won't be disconnected. Wireless chargers sit on bedside tables and some seating areas have tables inset with outlets.
  • The white marble and gray bathrooms come stocked with fragrant Le Labo Rose 31 toiletries.
The Restaurants
  • The hotel boasts a plethora of dining options from Italian cuisine at Castello Italiana to the rustic German experience at Waldhaus Restaurant overlooking the Spray River.
  • Savor the best of Alberta's bounty at 1888 Chop House, where everything from the butter to the cocktail garnishes is made in house. Each meal begins with the champagne cart rolling over to the table to entice you with a flute. 
  • Sophisticated all-day dining can be enjoyed in The Vermillion Room. Classic French fare with Canadian charm is the order of the day (think coq au vin, caramelized onion soup with sherry-oxtail broth, and mussels marinière) but the real treat here is watching the amazing sunrise over the Fairholme Mountain Range while dining.
  • At Grapes Wine Bar, a rustic, intimate spot, sample wines such as Inniskillin Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Gray Monk Pinot Gris, Ironstone Merlot and more while nibbling on charcuterie.
  • Go to the second floor of Rundle Bar to partake in a 130-year-old tradition: afternoon tea. Sip a cup of creamy Earl Grey and nosh on pastries, scones and finger sandwiches while reveling in the majestic mountain panoramas from the big-picture windows. If you prefer something stronger, head downstairs to the bar for a cocktail — there's additional seating behind the secret bookcase door.
24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Fitness classes
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Getting There
405 Spray Avenue, Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L1J4
YYC (1 hr 40 min)  
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