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“Historic and grand” 5 of 5 stars
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The Fairmont Banff Springs
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   405 Spray Avenue | P.O. Box 960, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1J4, Canada   |  
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“Historic and grand”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

I attended a three day business function at the hotel and had a very nice time. Not long enough, so will have to return for more exploring. I stayed in room 387, which had a king sized bed and a mountain view. Honestly, I wouldn't pay extra money for a room with a mountain view, as there are mountains on every side of you, and honestly, how much time does one spend in a hotel room looking out the window? Yes, the rooms are small by modern standards, but mine was quite large enough to do yoga without moving furniture, and the bathroom, although small, was completely functional. Same for the closet. The fresh cream in the fridge for my coffee/tea was a very nice touch, as was an actual tea kettle for a proper cup of tea!
The bed was very comfortable- the right level of firmness, not too soft. And I loved the pillows. In fact I almost bought one from the shop on my way home.

Most of our meals were catered during work functions, so I didn't eat at any of the restaurants or cafes. There are shops on the main level as well.

Upon my arrival, I did manage to indulge in afternoon tea, a guilty pleasure of mine. Although outrageously priced for what one gets, the view is spectacular, and it is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon when it is -26C outside. The server comes to the table with a cart and explains each choice of tea available, where it is sourced, and its particular uniqueness. Once your tea is chosen, the tiered plate is brought out, and one's enjoyment of the afternoon with cucumber finger sandwiches, smoked salmon on crostini, and various tiny dessert cakes may begin. I have to say the size of my single scone was quite disappointing, but it was freshly baked, and the Devon cream and fresh jam quelled some of my pastry envy.

I also spent an evening networking in the lounge. We had a couple of appetizers, which were very tasty and well presented. The service was also exceptional. Our hostess and server tag teamed us so we were never without someone within speaking distance. The bar specialty cocktails were a big hit, especially the Moscow Mule - grey goose vodka, homemade ginger ale, and something citrus- very refreshing. For the tee-totallers, the home made ginger ale is very tasty; tart with a gingery kick. Yum.

I spent one evening at the spa enjoying the pools, various saunas, and three hydrotherapy waterfalls of varying temperatures. I highly recommend this after a long day of travel or sightseeing/mountain activities. And if you go after 7pm it is very reasonably priced. My favourite part was the outdoor saltwater hot pool. It was dark and very cold out, and the steam rising off the water combined with the myriad of stars above was incredible. There are indoor and outdoor pools of pretty much every temperature you might want. There is a dry and a wet sauna, jacuzzis, quiet rooms, waterfalls, mineral pool, and loads of lounge chairs. The spa also offers many services, such as massage, facials, etc.. I was quite happy to enjoy the hydrotherapy pools and take a nap. Naps, actually. The staff was so gracious and helpful, and as expected, there were loads of provided amenities. Also of note, when you book the spa, you get access to the hotel gym as well. Ask for the rates, because there are some great multi day, multi use rates, some vary based on what time of day you want to use the facilities or on the duration of your stay. They are also quite happy to show you around as you decide what is best for you.

Take time to take the guided tour (3pm every afternoon?) of the castle. If that doesn't work, just wander the hotel. It's a maze of corridors and rooms, and you will get lost and discover something interesting. Like the coffin shaped doorways in the 1700 wing, or the buffalo heads, or the large carved wooden eagles with creepy shell eyes that follow you as you walk by. You may even see a ghost. And you will definitely see kilts and hear bagpipes.
Honestly, I didn't step outside the hotel for three days. And i got lost several times a day. maybe bring a compass!
Make time to explore it, even if you are not lodging there. It's pretty cool, and a part of Canadian history.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Fairmont_Banff_Mgmt, Manager at The Fairmont Banff Springs, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
Thank you for your valued feedback, especially all of your dining experiences! We really do like to see the hotel through the eyes of our guests and will use your comments constructively. We are glad you did not wander far over the course of your stay and enjoyed the resort in its entirely. Please do visit us again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Was here for a conference- great place to stay and excellent location. Be aware you can easily get lost in the hotel maze!!

The outdoor pool is awesome. Water is warm and the gym has good equipment as well.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fairmont_Banff_Mgmt, Manager at The Fairmont Banff Springs, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
Thank you for your feedback about your stay. We are pleased to know you had a memorable visit and we hope you will return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Incredible views and Old World charm describes this hotel. Called the castle by the staff, The Fairmont Banff Springs just fits its local. Built around the turn of the century when the railroads were king, this place can send you back in time if you let it.
From the incredible stone work to the Celtic design of the carpets, there is something magical about staying here. The staff experience was the best we had in the Canadian Rockies, restaurants were good and breakfast was outstanding.
Big tip: The concierges are super helpful. They can suggest and help set up all sorts of excursions for you. Stay here when in Banff town and let the days of the iron horse and adventurous spirit roll over you.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fairmont_Banff_Mgmt, Manager at The Fairmont Banff Springs, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Thank you for your review, and your compliments to our concierge team. They take great pride in delivering excellent service to our guests, and will be so pleased to know you appreciated the help they provided.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

we were here for a conference. This hotel has a wonderful ornate feel to it and is charming in character with beautiful setting. A bit on the expensive side but worth the visit in Banff. Nice food and excellent spa/aquatic center. Good service.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

This will be quick and short.

If room size is your top priority, avoid this hotel. Avoid it if you dont like smug people, plus high costs on everything. Avoid it if you get lost in hotels easily lol.

Now, go here if you love the grand feel of a place.
Service here is top notch. Rooms are very small, but are clean and unique. The pool is great. If you upgrade, the view CANT be beat. This place is excellent for conferences. My wife and I come here maybe once a year for a special treat, a splurge for how expensive it can get. We never pay for parking, we always seem to time it right and find an open spot on the road...which is more then safe enough for those pricy cars!

Recommend the breakfast buffet!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fairmont_Banff_Mgmt, Manager at The Fairmont Banff Springs, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoy staying with us for conferences and receive excellent service when you do.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

My wife and I travels through the rockies ended up with us enjoying a few nights in the Banff area. We spent our anniversary at the banff springs hotel and couldn't imagined anyplace better. This hotel is truly a classic and is set in some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. Though this is my very first review on tripadvisor, we have traveled to many places together and this hotel takes the cake. The service was impeccable and the staff were so attentive to our needs. Please do consider this hotel for your special someone. We can't wait to go back! Thank you to all the staff who made our time here so special!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

One of the most beautiful places in Canada. So much history and such a neat story. Lots of shops to see, incredible views, great food, both indoor & outdoor pools are amazing and the hot tub is very cool. It's the place to visit in Banff and to take some pictures. Incredible, amazing, immaculate.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 405 Spray Avenue | P.O. Box 960, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1J4, Canada
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Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Banff
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Banff
#1 Romantic Hotel in Banff
#1 Green Hotel in Banff
#1 Family Hotel in Banff
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Banff
#2 Business Hotel in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Fairmont Banff Springs 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs resort stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff. This year round luxury resort is styled after a Scottish baronial castle and offers guests spectacular mountain and valley views, a championship golf course during the summer, unparalleled skiing in the winter, and an award-winning European-style spa, the Willow Steam Spa. ... more   less 
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