Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

A grand Rocky Mountain resort
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 truly stunning natural beauty of the surrounding area — the Canadian Rockies and Spray and Bow Valleys.

Given the location’s emphasis on nature, 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 surrounding landscape is taken full advantage of.

There’s also the full-service Willow Stream Spa where guests can sink into serenity after a strenuous hike by indulging in a Sports Massage, rejuvenate their skin with the floral-focused Rose Renewal treatment or simply unwind with a soak in the beautiful mineral pool.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Located about an hour and a half from Calgary (shuttles can be arranged), Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel doesn’t lose any charm to a cluttered city backdrop. Instead, the natural beauty of the mountains and forest accentuate the stately, castle-like design.
  • Hike, raft, cross-county ski, dog sled, snow shoe, skate, horseback ride, fish — no matter what time of year you visit, there are always plenty of activities at your disposal.
  • The Willow Stream Spa and Health Club has 23 treatments rooms, co-ed and separate men’s and women’s lounges and relaxation areas, wet areas complete with a mineral pool and waterfall pools. This ultra-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 fitness center’s offered fitness classes, weights, workout machines and, keeping with the theme of natural beauty, stunning views of the surrounding nature will have you racing to get a workout in.
Things to Know
  • If you’re looking to carve the slopes, snow ski shuttles can take you to the three nearby Banff resorts: Mt. Norquay, Sunshine Village Ski & Snowboard Resort and The Lake Louise Ski Resort.
  • A true treat for players, the hotel’s 27 holes of championship golf dazzle with panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies and valleys.
  • With packages available that provide milk and cookies on arrival, pizza and in-room movie nights and bowling, this is a hotel that welcomes the entire family.
  • Scheduled heritage tours of the hotel allow guests to learn all about the property’s rich history, including celebrities who have stayed there.
The Rooms
  • Echoing the surrounding Canadian Rockies, the guest rooms at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel feature a mountain chic atmosphere.
  • Each spacious room is draped with browns, golds, creams and splashed with light greens and deep burgundies, setting a subdued and subtle scene.
  • While some rooms (such as the Signature Mountain View Room) feature cozy amenities such as a fireplace, the true draw of nearly every room at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel are the stunning views.
  • From the snowcapped peaks of the surrounding Canadian Rockies to the sprawling stretches of emerald forest, the jaw-dropping scenery is sure steal more of your attention than the HD flat-screen TV hanging on the wall.
The Restaurants
  • The hotel boasts more than 10 dining options from Italian cuisine at Castello Ristorante to the rustic and German experience at Waldhaus Restaurant overlooking the Spray River.
  • Savor the best of Alberta's bounty at 1888 Chop House. The devil is in the details at this sleek steakhouse where everything from the butter to the cocktail garnishes is made in-house. 
  • Sophisticated all-day dining can be enjoyed in the recently refreshed 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 charmingly rustic, one-room spot in the hotel, guests can sample wines such as Inniskillin “Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon, Gray Monk Pinot Gris, Ironstone Merlot and more while nibbling on an appetizer of smoked salmon tartar, an entrée of fire weed and honey-lavender crusted lamb chump loin and more.
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 h 40 min)  
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