“Castle in the Rockies” as it’s often referred too, is perched above the alpine town of Banff set amongst surrounding mountains and the forest of Banff National Park.
To me this hotel represents the Canadian Rockies, a symbol of luxury lodge accommodation amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. My expectations were high on all accounts, and after my stay here, they were certainly met and exceeded.
As part of a tour, we first arrived at a side entrance to the hotel, which was fine. However the front/main entrance is certainly the way to arrive. With high ceilings, the modern rustic charm sets you up for your stay. As you walk through the hallways, you can feel the history this hotel has lived through.
My room was located a few levels up and again provided the alpine coziness and comfort the Fairmont alpine hotels are famous for. My plush looking bed, bathroom and desk all provided the essentials and my view over the nearby river and mountains ensured I felt like a princess in a castle.
Dining in this exquisite hotel are plentiful with 9 options ranging from grills, to sushi bars, to lounges and pubs. I wish I had time to dine in them all!
What felt like the hub of the hotel, Rundle Lounge is a must do even for just a drink. With its charming décor, attentive staff and stylish cocktail menu you’ll be tempted to stay longer than just a drink. The setting was relaxed and oozed a more modern style given the old warm charm throughout the hotel.
With my friends dining scattered at many of the restaurants, one thing was apparent – everyone raved about their dining experience regardless of which one they had!
One thing I recommend is taking some time to walk around the castle grounds. From perfectly manicured lawns, to swimming pools, gyms and patios it is nothing short of impressive. Internally the hotel has hosted royalty, movie stars and famously Marilyn Monroe.
I suggest taking one of the hotel tours to hear about the hotel history, its famous guests, and to explore some of its grand ballrooms. Once you have finished exploring, you can walk or take the bus down to the city center. Easy marked and numbered buses made this trip return trip hassle free.
I’m not sure this review does the hotel justice or perhaps my photo’s either. All I can say is this is possibly my favorite hotel to date that I’ve stayed in. The staff were friendly, polished and helpful; the food delightful regardless of which restaurant; the actual architecture of the building itself is glorious; the scenery surrounding this icon is majestic.
I don’t have a negative thing to say about it and I’ve talked about it to death to family and friends. Do yourself a favour and experience alpine luxury at its best at the Fairmont Banff Springs.
Love Sparkle Palm xxx