Fairmont Banff Springs: Castle in the Rockies
Vacations are a time to experience the other side of the world. To get in touch with nature and free your mind from your everyday troubles. That’s why a visit to Canada’s Fairmont Banff Springs is a must-do, if you’re looking for the perfect relaxing vacation. (Image Credits: Fairmont)
Dubbed as the ‘castle in the Rockies,’ this magnificent property is one of the most popular hotels in Banff, Canada.
The Fairmont Banff Springs resort is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Canada’s first National park, Banff National Park. It sits at the edge of the town of Banff, in a secluded area next to the Bow River.
Being at the heart of the national park, the hotel offers incredible access to nature at its best. From magnificent views of the beautiful jag-peaked Alberta Mountains to tours at the turquoise lakes surrounding the property, this hotel promises an adventure of a lifetime.
Although it’s a bit secluded from the town, the hotel is a mere 6-minute drive away from the town center. The Calgary International Airport is also not too far off, being approximately a 90-minutes drive away. There are also public buses that stop at the hotel shuttling guest to and from the town.
Fantastic scenes and Designs
Among the numerous key things that make this town-treasure outstanding is its history with Banff town. Built in 1888, it stands as the first hotel ever built in the town, and one that’s played an enormous role in its growth.
It towers high with castle-like designs, with an exotic Scottish Baronial style dominating its décor. Right from its entrance, the hotel’s picturesque architecture pops with the large red pine window frames, stone-arched entryways, and the iron chandelier lights.
It’s unique blend of medieval indoor designs with a touch of contemporary finishing touches – alongside the craggy outdoor environment, has for more than 125 years, attracted thousands of guests to this resort.
Fairmont Banff Springs boasts of an impressive 757 guest rooms and suites –setting the standards for 5-star hotels all-round Canada. There are different types of rooms offered at the hotel, and each type of room gives you access to splendid views of the surrounding environment.
There are three types of rooms; Fairmont Gold, Fairmont Guest rooms, and Fairmont suites. Of these, the most popular rooms are the Fairmont Mountain view rooms and suites. These rooms provide breathtaking views of the Alberta and Rocky Mountains, and some rooms Bow Valley, Spray Valley, or the Tunnel mountain.
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All rooms are well furnished and designed to meet every need you could possibly have during your stay: From coffee makers, refrigerators, hairdryers, irons, ironing boards, flatscreen TVs with cable, in-room pay movies, and video games plus high-speed internet connections.
The bathrooms are also quite spacious, coming with large spacious granite/marble bathrooms, bathtubs, and high-class toiletries.
Fairmont Gold guests also get access to a private Lounge exclusive. Here they enjoy continental breakfasts, access to the honor bar, and afternoon canapes.
Fun, Adventure for Everyone
Besides providing a gateway to exploring nature and providing the best views of the surrounding sceneries, the Fairmont Banff Springs doesn’t fall short of fun activities and guests’ services.
All the fun starts at the hotel itself with an exhibit tour in its Heritage Hall, where guests explore the hotel’s history. This can then be followed by a quick lap at any of the resort’s three swimming pools or a kiddy pool for the kids. When tired, you can relax at the modern wicker loungers enjoying a fantastic skylight view of the mountains.
The hotel also offers numerous indoor sports facilities, including a 5-pin bowling alley, Ping pong tables, a pool table, and a fully licensed bar. This is one of the best activities you can enjoy with family. There are also several tennis courts, Bingo games, Croquet, a driving range, putting green, music trivia, and creativity evenings.
Golfing is also one experience you can’t miss at this hotel. With a full golf course on-site, golfing at this resort leaves you with an experience you’ll never forget – even if you’re an amateur!
Additionally, the resorts’ concierge tea can also put together a short tour and experience outside the hotel for adventurous visitors. Guests get to visit some of the world’s most beautiful places, with tours on mountains and lakes in Banff. They can also enjoy amazing activities such as wild photography and stand up paddling on the mountain lakes!
For lovebirds, these spots are also the perfect locations to pop the big question. You can even organize for a romantic picnic thereafter on one of these spectacular spots.
Kids are also well catered for by the hotel. There’s a kids club, a small bowling alley, geocaching, castle treasure hunts, and numerous other fun activities. You can also get child care services, but this may cost you.
When it comes to meals and dining, Fairmont Banff Springs hardly disappoints. With about 13 dining venues and over 100 chefs, the hotel offers a variety gourmet meal for each guest. Guests get to dine in or enjoy local and international cuisines from the restaurant terraces.
Whether you’re looking for dinner dates, afternoon tea, brunch, or private dining, the hotel can easily make it happen. There are also two bars on-site where you can relax, get a drink, and enjoy some cool music while taking a light meal.
Health and Fitness
Besides the resort’s fun-filled activities, Fairmont Banff Springs also has one of the best Spas and fitness programs in Canada. For years, the hotel’s famous Willow Stream Spa has been the epicenter for wellness and healing for the guests.
The spa makes use of its mountainous surrounding and modern treatment to create a calm, serene, and rejuvenating atmosphere. It boasts of 3 waterfall treatment whirlpools, an indoor mineral pool, outdoor whirlpool, and numerous spa amenities. Their world-renown energy building signature treatments and techniques not only restore your energy, but your peace and balance as well.
The Spa offers massage, facial, and body experiences, but you can always talk with the spa treatment specialists to find something that works for you. Guests also have 24/7 access to the resort’s fully-equipped state-of-the-art fitness center.
So, if you’re looking for the perfect vacation destination – with privacy, luxury, and adventure, then Fairmont Banff is the place for you. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!