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“Outstanding Hotel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fairmont Banff Springs

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Fairmont Banff Springs
Ranked #1 of 32 Hotels in Banff
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Prince George, British Columbia
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“Outstanding Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is hotel is the best!!! My wife and I spent our honeymoon here 10 years ago and we returned for our 10th Anniversary. The hotel and staff made our stay the most memorable, even better than our Honeymoon!! This castle is immense and we have still to explore the full hotel but look forward to returning to continue our exploration of this grand hotel

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

First of all, the elevators broke again. The staff did not care that my guests including a 92 year old woman had to walk up several flights of stairs. They saw she had to walk up and made no effort whatsoever to accommodate her.

Next, the staff in general are not very helpful. It's just not what you expect when you stay at a hotel such as this. I had to go to three people to get guest services to hold my bags.

That's pretty much what's worth noting, but really, the place is not competitive. I would not go back.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The service at the Banff Springs was excellent. The Hotel is beautiful and worth paying a little extra to stay there. It has one of the best Spa's as well. The hotel has great food and the Sunday morning Brunch is worth the price.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Great hotel. We stayed here for a work event and it was amazing. The service and food is out of this world. We were luck enough to get a suite which was huge and nice. Some of our friends got a regular room which was a bit small. But seeing that this hotel was built at the time of the century everything is amazing. Definetly a place to try if you are visiting banff for the first time.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Fairmont_Banff_Mgmt, Manager at Fairmont Banff Springs, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at The Fairmont Banff Springs. We are so pleased that you found the food and service to be excellent and we hope you will return for work or pleasure!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

LOVED this hotel. The entire hotel was very clean and well-maintained. Our room was very comfortable and we had a fabulous view. We were there in August of 2012. The mornings were cool, but the afternoons were perfect. They have car rental on site, and also many other touring options. The only downside is that the food was a bit expensive. But it is an easy walk or cheap cab fair into Banff for cheaper options.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Fairmont_Banff_Mgmt, Manager at Fairmont Banff Springs, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Thank you for your Trip Advisor review. It will be especially motivating for our housekeeping and engineering teams to read as they work very hard in the areas of cleanliness and maintenance so thank you very much for your compliments.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I have stayed at the Banff Springs many times (this is my first review). There is not doubt that the building is beautiful and the Canadian Rockies spectacular. Worth a visit and I know I will return. The Spa, as always, is first class.

However the inside of the building is looking very tired. I stayed on the Gold Floor, which was better than the rest of the building, but everything needs to painted, changed etc.

The quality of the staff was also average. Everyone was nice, but not at a very professional level, even the professional appearance of staff was lacking. The breakfast on the Gold floor was ok, but I could have used more choice.

If I were staying in Banff, I am not sure there is somewhere better or more interesting to stay, but currently the Springs has lots of work to do if it wants to be five star.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Fairmont_Banff_Mgmt, Manager at Fairmont Banff Springs, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Thank you for your candid feedback. As a guest who has been to our property several times, your observations are particularly important. We certainly want to be perceived as the best option for hospitality and luxury in Banff, and we thank you very much for your review. It will be shared and actioned accordingly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

My husband and I just returned from attending a conference at the Fairmont in Banff and spent two nights in a Gold room on the 5th floor.
The Room: king size bed was comfortable and the choice of pillows on the pillow-menu had lots of variety. Room did get a bit too warm at night but we cracked a window and it was fine, plus we enjoyed the crisp mountain air. The bathroom in our room(518) was incredibly small, with only a shower and no bathtub. Although it looked like the bathroom had been updated, I feel they should have added a few more inches of counter space for a place for ladies to set their cosmetic bags, curling irons and other beauty paraphernalia.

The Gold floor lounge: is a peaceful retreat with a cozy fireplace and stunning mountain views. During the day and early evening refreshments, coffee, tea and cappuccino are available on a self serve basis. Continental breakfast and happy hour hors d'oevres were also provided on Saturday and Sunday.

The hotel: the Banff Springs makes you feel like you have stepped back a century in time. The staff are attentive, friendly and extremely professional and every corner of the hotel is decorated with the ambience of and old Scottish castle.

We were with a large group - I believe our group occupied every room and banquet hall in the hotel - yet the staff seemed to handle the large number of guests ( approx 1800) with ease.

I only have one real complaint and that is the extremely poor cell phone reception and Internet wifi in the rooms and in the Van Horne conference centre. The wifi in the room was hit and miss all weekend, and in the conference centre and in various areas of the hotel myself and several other guests found we had to stand outside to get cell phone coverage.

I imagine most people come to Banff to enjoy the beauty and peace of the mountains though, so perhaps not having good cell phone reception or wifi is not a huge concern.

Overall the Fairmont Banff Springs is a unique hotel..the gem of the Rockies!

Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Fairmont Banff Springs
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 Top resorts Hotel in Banff
#1 Luxury Hotel in Banff
#1 Family Hotel in Banff
#1 Green Hotel in Banff
#2 Romantic Hotel in Banff
#2 Business Hotel in Banff
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Fairmont Banff Springs 4*
Number of rooms: 770
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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