Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Canada

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Updated: March 11, 2020

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Review of Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Canada.

Fairmont Banff Springs – Majestic hotel with numerous facilities and stunning views.

This historic hotel is the most opulent in Banff, nestled in a secluded forested area with lavish décor, palatial architecture, and timeless elegance. All the 757 guest rooms/suites offer modern conveniences while maintaining their traditional charm. There is a wide selection of eateries ranging from a stylish sandwich bar to an extraordinary Canadian steakhouse on-site. The large indoor pool and year-round heated outdoor pool are equally impressive, as is their award-winning spa. Some of their many activities include outdoor tennis courts, horseback riding, bowling alley, and 18-hole golf course. Ideal for families as they offer a Kids Club program with many types of classes/outings, some complementary. Gold level rooms offer access to a private reception and stylish lounge area with complementary breakfast, evening appetizers, all-day beverages, and an honesty bar.

Fairmont Banff Springs – Location

  • Address: 405 Spray Avenue, Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1J4.
  • Area: At the foot of Sulphur Mountain in Banff, just over a mile from Banff town center.

Fairmont Banff Springs – The Basics

  • Ages: Guests of all ages are welcome and kids get special discounts and menus in all the restaurants.
  • Pet Policy: CA$50 per day, max 2 pets (CA$15 is donated to SPCA). No charge for service dogs. Pets must always be supervised. Dog-sitting services are available for a fee. Breed restrictions may apply.
  • View: Rooms at the front and back have mountain views, but the ones at the back are preferable.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Private jacuzzis in 13 rooms and suites. Some suites have jetted tubs.
  • Laundry: Laundry, dry-cleaning, and ironing services available.
  • Wi-Fi: Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the property.
  • Parking: Valet service for CA$43/night with unlimited access. Self-parking at CA$29/night with unlimited access. Complimentary charging stalls for electric vehicles.
  • Extras: 17 gift shops including an art gallery, sports clothing store offering bike rentals and seasonal outdoor equipment, and a liquor store. Complimentary services include daily fitness and yoga classes, guided tours, child carrier backpacks and strollers, bicycles, and shuttle service to Banff Springs Golf Club (summer only). A 5-pin bowling alley, ping pong tables, and pool tables. In the summer: tennis courts, lawn games, driving range, bicycle tours, hiking tours, and campfire evenings. In the winter: stargazing at Spring Meadows, tobogganing, snowshoe tours, curling, ice rink, and campfire evenings.
  • When To Book: Book 4-6 months in advance for June-October and December.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +1-833-762-6866/403-762-2211
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: fairmont.com

Fairmont Banff Springs – Amenities

  • Pool: Beautiful outdoor heated pool rivaling the Banff Upper Hot Springs pool with similar magnificent mountain views without any of the crowds, open year-round. Bonus: Bar service is available. Also, large indoor heated pool, small indoor hot tub, and small indoor kids pool, open 6am-11pm.
  • Spa: Full service, awarding-winning Willow Stream Spa. Offers a mineral pool, plunge pools, outdoor hot tub, and hair salon.
  • Fitness Center: Open 24 hours. Includes group fitness and yoga classes.
  • For Disabled Guests:
  • For Families: Several rooms have parlors in-between, which can all be connected to form 1 and 2-bedroom suites. Kids’ club, cribs, children’s menu in most on-site restaurants and in-room service, discounts for kids of registered guests, and baby-sitting service. Amazing selection of tours and things to do for all ages.

Fairmont Banff Springs – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: The Vermillion Room – Main restaurant serving French favorites with a Canadian charm. Open for breakfast (daily), brunch, (weekends), lunch (weekdays), and dinner (daily). ● 1888 Chop House – A modern twist on the authentic Canadian steakhouse, delivering the best of Alberta beef, seafood, and farm fresh local ingredients. Dinner only. Reservations strongly recommended. ● Waldhaus Restaurant – Offers German-inspired fare, from cheesy fondue to divine schnitzels. Located behind the hotel. Dinner and weekend brunches only. ● Grapes Wine Bar – Serves house-cured meats and artisan cheeses, perfectly paired with a large wine list, preserves, and house-made bread. Small, intimate atmosphere. Dinner only. ● STOCK Food & Drink – Snack bar located on ground level with café style seating and an outdoor patio. ● Castello Italiana – Upscale Italian fare. Dinner only. ● Stanley’s Smokehouse – At Banff Springs Golf Club. Open only in the summer. Shuttle service available from main lobby.
  • Cafés: Rocky Mountain Afternoon Tea – Served daily 11am-3pm in the Rundle Bar or Castello Italiana. ● The Lookout Patio – Outdoor open kitchen. Mexican menu. Summer only.
  • Bars/Lounges: Rundle Bar – Beautiful lounge with amazing views. (Closed for renovations till May 2020.) ● Ramsay Lounge – Small space with a comfy atmosphere, located in the Gatehouse wing. No views.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary for Fairmont Gold level and Signature Collection guests.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7 from in-room menu, including special kids’ menu.

Fairmont Banff Springs – Rooms

  • Room Types: Fairmont ● Fairmont Mountain View ● Deluxe ● Deluxe Mountain View ● Gatehouse ● Gatehouse Mountain View ● Studio ● Junior Mountain View Suite ● Junior Suite – Turret ● Junior Suite – Jacuzzi ● Gatehouse Suite ● One Bedroom Suite ● Two Bedroom Suite ● Terrace Suite ● The Royal Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Fairmont Banff Springs is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: There are several value-additions in different categories, from the size of the room to amenities, balconies, Gold lounge access, and views, so the best room depends on individual requirements. Note: Most Gold rooms have small bathrooms with showers only, so request a bathtub in advance.

Fairmont Banff Springs – What’s Nearby

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • BeaverTails – Popular spot for its unique pastries, freshly-baked on-site. Also ice creams, sundaes, and smoothies. 22-minute walk (1 mile).
  • Magpie & Stump – Cozy and informal tavern-style restaurant with eclectic décor serving excellent and authentic Mexican fare with over 60 tequilas. Its rooftop patio is popular during the summer. 23-minute walk (1 mile).
  • Bear Street Tavern – Family-friendly diner serving fantastic signature thin crust pizzas and other classics in a family-friendly atmosphere. 24-minute walk (1 mile).
  • Wild Flour Bakery – Fresh breads, fresh coffee, surprising soups, and hearty sandwiches make this a fabulous and popular coffeeshop. 24-minute walk (1 mile).
  • La Terrazza – Upscale Italian restaurant located in the Banff Park Lodge. Quiet and cozy with delicious gourmet homemade pasta. 25-minute walk (1 mile).
  • The Juniper Bistro – Located in the Juniper Hotel, it offers a great menu, gourmet cuisine, and amazing mountain views. Try the Rockies Road dessert if you are a chocolate lover. 8-minute drive (2.5 miles).

Best Nearby Bars

  • Tommy’s Neighbourhood Pub – Classic hole-in-the-wall neighborhood pub in downtown Banff. Serves fantastic pub fare at affordable prices. 20-minute walk (1 mile).
  • Maclab Bistro – Located in the The Banff Centre, this air and bright café and wine bar has huge windows and fabulous mountain views. The outdoor fireside patio overlooks the Banff Centre’s amphitheater. 7-minute drive (2 miles).

Fairmont Banff Springs – The Hotel

The hotel is located within walking distance of downtown Banff.

The historic and majestic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is nestled amongst mountain peaks and pristine alpine forest, away from downtown Banff, but walkable.

The lobby is absolutely massive.

The lobby is massive. The west end of the lobby is Concierge and the east end is guest services and check-in.

The Junior Suite is very spacious.

The Junior Suite has an open concept and is very spacious.

Deluxe 2 Queen rooms are modern and spacious.

The Deluxe 2 Queen rooms feature two Queen beds with a modern decor that still retains a traditional feel.

The Deluxe 2 Queen rooms have modern bathrooms.

The bathrooms are modern, sleek, and feature bathtubs with rain showers.

Fairmont Mountain View Queen Room is located in a corner turret.

Fairmont Mountain View Queen Room has a unique layout due to the corner turret. It is small but doesn’t feel cramped.

The bathroom has a bathtub and shower.

The bathroom is modern with a bathtub and shower.

The room offers superb views.

Fairmont Mountain View Queen Room offers gorgeous views.

Gatehouse Rooms come with electric fireplaces.

The Gatehouse Rooms are located in a separate wing of the hotel called the Gatehouse, which is connected by an indoor walkway with the main hotel. The rooms offer electric fireplaces.

The bathrooms are very spacious.

The bathrooms are very spacious in the rooms.

The Gold level service has a private reception.

The Fairmont Gold level service has its own private reception area on the 5th floor.

The Gold lounge is private and exclusive.

The Gold rooms have access to a large and upscale private lounge.

Breakfast, appetizers, desserts, and drinks are offered through the day.

Self-serve breakfast, late afternoon appetizers, evening desserts, all-day beverages, and honesty bar are other perks of the Gold lounge.

The lounge features an adults-only area.

The Gold lounge also has a designated “Quiet Area” for adults only.

Fairmont Gold King Rooms are comfortable.

The Fairmont Gold King Room is comfortable and cozy.

The Gold 1 Bedroom Suite is very large.

The Gold 1 Bedroom Suite is very spacious and offers fabulous views.

The suite has a large living and dining area.

The suite comes with a separate living and dining area.

The bathroom has a shower cubicle.

The bathroom is large and has a separate shower area.

The outdoor pool is heated.

The large outdoor pool is heated and offers gorgeous views.

The indoor pool is heated and large as well.

The indoor pool is Olympic-sized and heated.

The hot tub is next to the pool.

There is a hot tub next to the indoor pool.

There is a small indoor kids' pool.

A small kids’ pool is located nearby.

The hotel has several shops and boutiques, including the Quest gift shop.

The Quest gift shop offers original First Nations carvings and a variety of jewelry. The hotel has over a dozen shops, including an art gallery, fur and leathers, sports store, and apparel, in addition to a variety of bike rental options.

The clubhouse by the golf course offers panoramic views.

The 18-hole Banff Springs Golf Club offers panoramic beauty. The clubhouse sits right in the middle of the front 9 and back 9.

Castella Ristorante serves high-end Italian fare.

The classy Castello Italiana restaurant has a modern décor and features Italian cuisine, including handmade pasta and ultra-thin crust pizzas.

Afternoon tea is served in the Rundle Lounge.

Rocky Mountain Afternoon Tea is served in the Rundle Lounge. The views are incredible.

Grapes Wine Bar is great for light meals and drinks.

Grapes Wine Bar is a small, intimate space with amazing architecture and an old world vibe. It’s a great spot for a light meal or appetizer and a glass of wine. Reservations required.

It grows organic herbs for use in all the hotel kitchens.

They also grow a variety of herbs for culinary purposes hotel-wide.

STOCK Food & Drink has indoor and outdoor seating.

STOCK Food & Drink snack bar offers snacks and hot dishes with indoor seating (no windows) and an outdoor patio.

The Vermillion Room is the hotel's main restaurant.

The Vermillion Room is the main restaurant in the hotel with a bustling atmosphere and gorgeous mountain views. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Reserve a table near any of the large windows.

Tommy's Neighbourhood Pub is a cozy and popular pub.

Tommy’s Neighbourhood Pub has a cozy atmosphere and a delicious, wholesome menu.

BeaverTails is a great place for sweet treats.

For great desserts, smoothies, and sweet treats, visit BeaverTails.

Magpie & Stump is a great Mexican restaurant.

Magpie & Stump is a fantastic Mexican restaurant with over 60 types of Tequila.

The rooftop patio is open in the summer.

It has a colorful rooftop patio that’s open in the summer and offers a limited menu.

Bear Street Tavern is known for its pizzas.

Bear Street Tavern serves fantastic thin crust pizzas and other signature dishes.

Wild Flour Bakery is a popular coffeeshop.

Wild Flour Bakery is popular for its freshly-baked breads, freshly-brewed coffee, hearty soups, and delicious salads.

La Terrazza is a high-end Italian restaurant.

La Terrazza offers Italian fine dining with a good selection of wines and cocktails.

Maclab Bistro offers great views.

Maclab Bistro is a bright and airy café and wine bar with great views.

The Juniper Bistro offer great food and views.

The Juniper Bistro serves great food and has a very friendly vibe.

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