Dramatically set at the foot of the Canadian Rockies and nestled against the edges of the Bow River, The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel dates back to its beginning as a Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) hotel in 1890.
Located in Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984, the lavish Banff Springs was designed after a Scottish Baronial-style castle. Cited as ‘Canada’s Castle in the Rockies,’ a stay at The Fairmont Banff Springs brings magnificent entrance ways, opulent grand ballrooms, with fireplaces, gorgeous woods and stone work throughout.
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel offers a variety of accommodation choices including:
- Guestrooms – ranging from a cozy 250 square foot Fairmont Room, to a Viewside, Deluxe, Deluxe View, Deluxe Premier, Deluxe Premier View, or a 450 square foot Signature Room with in-room fireplace
- Fairmont Gold Room – offers extra amenities like a private reception and lounge area for Fairmont Gold members
- Suites – range from a 450 square foot Junior to a two level 1,500 square foot Presidential suite
A number of packages are available when selecting accommodations at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel such as the Bed and Breakfast, Food and Wine, Golf, Family, and the ‘Stay Longer ‘N Save’ internet only offer.
The Fairmont Banff Springs also offers a wide array of choices when it comes to dining with a selection of ten restaurants, bars, and lounges, plus Afternoon Tea service, their famous weekend Brunch, along with an elegant In-Room dining option.
The Willow Stream Spa is a site to behold in itself with its rock faced pillars and mineral waters. Here you can choose to pamper, rejuvenate, or relax, by choosing any number of Willow Stream Spa treatments. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel also has an indoor pool, and outdoor pool, and fully-equipped fitness center offering classes and wilderness walks.
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is also known for its ‘hidden room’ located on the 8th floor along with the ghostly hauntings that are said to still occur today. The hidden room that had no windows and no doors was apparently discovered in 1926 when the Banff Springs experienced a fire. The room was said to house the spirit of a bellhop who worked at the hotel for many years; apparently he, as well as a bride who fell to her death, and a headless Scottish bagpiper, still roam the hotel on occasion today. There have also been long running rumours of hidden passageways and secret tunnels at the Banff Springs hotel as well.
Flickr.com Photo Credit: Banff Springs Hotel by DBlackAdder