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Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Spectacular historic hotel surrounded by breathtaking scenery

This majestic period hotel soars high above the forest; its turreted edifice offering a marvelous spectacle surrounded by majestic mountain peaks. This AAA Four-Diamond hotel offers one of the most luxurious stays anywhere in the Banff National park and is renowned as a hotel of character and refinement. Dating back to 1911, the hotel has played host to numerous notables including George VI and Queen Elizabeth I and today provides a luxurious stay with excellent facilities for you to enjoy. Nine eating and drinking outlets, an 18-hole golf course and a fitness complex complete with a spectacular 32-metre indoor pool are all available for guest use and, combined with the spectacular location within the Banff National Park, provides the ideal choice for a top-level luxury break.

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Guide Price

 £1,299  per person
Hotel Category
Location Type
National park
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Tripadvisor rating 8751 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • Magnificent turreted building dating back to 1911
  • Beautiful natural surroundings close to Banff centre
  • Choice of nine dining venues
  • Two swimming pools, golf course and spa

Hotel Features

General Information

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  • 764 rooms
  • Floors have lift access: Yes

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Golf
  • Indoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • Room Only

For Families

  • Babysitting

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

  • National park
  • Approx: 2 hours from Calgary International Airport
8751 Reviews 82% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 5691
  • Very Good 1782
  • Average 685
  • Poor 374
  • Terrible 219

What to Expect

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Mar 21, 2020

Winter Wonderland at Banff Fairmont

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Banff is absolutely beautiful during winter time and if you have to choose between Fairmont Banff and Fairmont Lake Louis, I would definitely go with Fairmont Banff. The reason being Lake Louis is basically a big frozen ice cube with not much scenery to speak of. So unless you like to figure skate, imo, Fairmont Banff Springs is the way to go as the old castle in the snow look is prettier in my opinion. There is no doubt that Fairmont Banff rooms need some definite RnR. Quite a few of the rooms are not updated and they are tired for sure. However, there is some charm to the old timey furniture in the room that are reminiscent of visit to grandma's home. With that said, thankfully bathrooms are updated. I had the pleasure to stay at room 611 which is the Rungius Suite. This suite has gorgeous view of the Canadian Rockies. The service is somewhat uneven. Staying at a suite gives me access to their private concierge desk which is quite nice as they can basically make things happen even down to calling to get my rental car ready. They really do try hard. However, there were a few times balls were dropped. With that said, I would highly recommend staying at their Gold Level rooms as that gives you access to the private concierge desk. Their spa was under renovation during my stay. I had a manicure in basically one of the hotel rooms that were transformed into a spa room. It was a bit disappointing as this hotel was known for the spa and I didn't really get to enjoy the facility. I guess it's one of those I will have to return to see the newly renovated spa for myself! On top of that, somehow my scheduled appointment, which I changed a few times through private concierge desk, got mixed up and I ended up arriving an hour early for my reservation. Not end of the world but again, would have been nice if the mistake didn't happen. I didn't have dinner at the hotel as the restaurants that I was interested in were not open during the time I was there. I went to Eden and Three Ravens Restaurant which I would recommend. Both times the private hotel concierge sent hotel car to drop me off and pick me up. It was much appreciated since I prefer not to drive at night in snowy condition in a foreign country. Since I was there before Christmas, they had an event center building (across from the main hotel) where they had a play called A Christmas Carol. Apparently it's done every year around Christmas time. I highly recommend it as it puts everyone in a cheery Christmas mood. The hotel also has a history section above the general public check in area. It's nice to have a mini museum inside the hotel as it allows guests to appreciate the architecture more. The ground floor also has tons of shops to buy souvenirs from. Overall it was a lovely stay and if I return to Banff in the winter, I would definitely stay at this Fairmont again. Hopefully all the rooms/suites and spa would be renovated by then.
Mar 19, 2020

Good and Bad

Gorgeous, stately and historic building in a story-book setting in the mountains. The public spaces - the entry, the hallways, pool/spa, are all well appointed. But the room itself - unreasonably small. Only 1 upholstered chair because that is all that would fit - and hopefully sitting less than 6 feet from the television is where you want to be because that's the ONLY place you can be. Bathroom was even worse - less than 6 inches between the sink vanity and toilet, and then only about 4 inches from the toilet to the shower. Drains were slow/clogged in bath, sink, and toilet. Bed was much too hard for comfort - much worse than any Hilton/Marriott competitor. POOR value for the money for such an uncomfortable room. Add $29 per day self-parking, plus $30 per day "resort fee", plus over $50 per day in taxes, and out the door it is nearly $500 per night. And since it is in a national park, add another $100 entrance into the park for 2 people/5 days just to get there. Glad that I saw it once....but at the price point, I won't go back.
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Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel


Willow Stream Spa

The hotel was originally built close to the Banff hot springs and this luxury spa pays homage to that pilgrimage-worthy site. Of course, things are rather more advanced nowadays and guests can instead enjoy a soak in the central spa pool with pulsating waterfalls and a serene atmosphere, make the most of the sauna and steam room or pamper yourself with a relaxing spa treatment.

Swimming Pools

The hotel has several pool options in the spa area including three waterfall whirlpools, an indoor and an outdoor whirlpool and an indoor mineral pool.

Fitness Centre

This 24-hour facility offers the best in fitness with free weights, strength training equipment, cardio machines, stability balls, kettle bells, an exercise studio, exercise classes, personal trainers and more.

The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course

Stanley Thompson, legendary golf-course designer, created this beautiful course back in 1928 and even today you can admire the graceful lines and panoramic views. There are 27 holes to play, proving a challenging and exhilarating experience for golf experts and amateurs alike.

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Food & Drink

The Vermillion Room

This grand brasserie has an excellent menu of French and Canadian classics along with an extensive drinks list.

STOCK Food and Drink

Enjoy locally inspired gourmet food and drink at this market style dining venue featuring artisan meals and a bakery making the finest pastries.

Samurai Sushi Bar and Restaurant

Enjoy an authentic Japanese experience in the middle of the Banff National Park! With a live open kitchen, sizzling sashimi and interactive hot pot dinners, this restaurant is a truly exciting venue. Open from Thursday to Monday only.

1888 Chop House

For a modern twist on the authentic chop house look no further. The menu is primarily focused on Alberta beef, sustainably sourced game and seafood. Open from Tuesday to Saturday only.

Waldhaus Restaurant

Meaning "house in the woods", the Waldhaus Restaurant lives up to its name with its location hidden away in the woodland above the Bow and Spray Rivers. Serving authentic Bavarian alpine cuisine such as schnitzel and fondue, the atmosphere of the restaurant is reminiscent of a traditional hunting cottage. Open from Friday to Tuesday only. Please note due to the location of this restaurant it is not accessible by wheelchair. A shuttle service from the main hotel to the restaurant is provided.

Waldhaus Pub and Patio

Hidden below the Waldhaus Restaurant is the resort's best kept secret. Enjoy Bavarian pub delights and authentic beers. In warmer weather head out to the peaceful patio area and in winter start a game of pool and enjoy friendly competition. Please note due to the location of this bar it is not accessible by wheelchair. A shuttle service from the main hotel is provided.

The Rundle Lounge

The Rundle Lounge reflects arts and crafts styling combined with aesthetic Alpine grace to create a stylish lounge day or night. Sip a cocktail, try shareable all-day dining and let the minutes turn to hours as you relax in style at this hotel lounge.

Board Basis Options

Room Only

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