Having spent a week in Vacouver, enjoying all the trappings of a bustling city, my wife and I travelled to Banff to spend a week of our honeymoon.
The contrast between city life and the more relaxed pace of life in Banff was immediately obvious.
The Rimrock sits in a perfect setting in the mountains above the town, but provides a regular free shuttle bus service into the centre of Banff. The surrounding scenery is nothing short of breath taking and this was also true of the view from our room.
The hotel itself is huge, with decent enough restaurant and bar options for those not wishing to venture into the town. However the food was perhaps a little pricey for the quality. Not to say that it was bad, but was probably more of a "hotel standard" than many of the excellent reastaurant options a short bus ride away. Some features of the hotel may seem a little dated to the seasoned traveller, but I suspect that this may be true of may of the hotels in this region. In my opinion this simply adds a bit of character to the place.
The staff were extremely friendly, especially the porters who are always ready to greet guests with a smile and pleasant conversation.
One of the top selling points of this hotel for ourselves, is oddly not even a hotel feature! The Rimrock sits directly across the road from Banff Upper Hot Springs, a natural hot spring facility. For the meager sum of approx $8 you can kick start your day with a soak in the wonderful heated outdoor pool (and perhaps a treatment in the spa). As a bonus we were also fortunate enough to witness deer at extremely close quarters just outside the hotel entrance one morning.
In addition to this pefect start to a day, the hotel also has a fantastic bar/lounge where we chose to unwind most evening with a cocktail or bottle of wine in front of the roaring log fire.
My only small complaint would be that no acknowledgement was given to the fact that were were "honeymooners". Not that we're the sort to expect red carpet treatment or anything, but even just a small "congratulations" can go a long way to boosting the feel good factor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Rimrock Resort Hotel is a AAA/CAA Four Diamond Hotel located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park. The Rimrock Resort Hotel offers exceptional views of the Canadian Rockies, fine dining, a luxury spa, along with special accommodation packages to suit your vacation needs. With unmatched style, decor and superb hospitality, the Rimrock Resort Hotel is a very special place to visit for a truly remarkable experience. Enjoy the Canadian Rockies in Rimrock style. You will see the difference! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rimrock Hotel Banff
- Rimrock Resort Banff
- Banff Rimrock Hotel