Sharilee is a proud Canadian who has lived in three provinces and one territory. She enjoys travelling around her beautiful country.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel: Castle Of The Rockies
Castle of the Rockies
To the west of the Canadian Prairies and to the east of the Pacific Coast, lie the Canadian Rockies, home to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. This castle of the Rockies is unique to this area and a surprising change from the chalets and log cabins commonly seen in the area.
Much like the castles of old, it stands apart from the town of Banff, its scale and grandeur far different from the village atmosphere of the rest of the town.
How did this grand structure come to be, in the middle of the mountains of Canada? Who had the means and desire to build such an edifice in a place where winter comes so early, and stays so late. And how does one stay in this castle, and how much does it cost? This article will answer all the questions and more, about the fascinating Banff Springs Hotel.
I will also tell you that I have a personal fascination with hotel. As a former Calgarian, I used to love to drive to Banff and the beautiful hotel has always held a certain mystique to me. I have never had stayed there overnight, but I have spent time in the public areas and have had several friends and family members who have stayed there. I am doing research for my own interest, and look forward to sharing my finds with you.
Different Views of the Hotel
Fascinating Facts About the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
- The original hotel, which burnt down in 1928, was built not facing the mountains, due to "builder mistake."
- Marilyn Monroe stayed there while filming her film, "River of No Return," with Robert Mitchum.
- The most expensive room goes for $889 a night
- Queen Elizabeth II has stayed there three times.
- The resort features a built-in bowling alley, 19 restaurants and bars and two golf courses.
- The original architect, Bruce Price, was the father of the lady of etiquette, Emily Post.
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Where Is Banff Alberta?
Banff is located in Alberta, Canada. Alberta is known for its prosperity from rich oil fields and a generous natural gas supply. Banff is an hour and half drive from Calgary, Alberta, the biggest city in the province of Alberta, and a fast-growing metropolis. Banff can be seen in the horizon by Calgarians and is a favoured destination by Calgarians searching for a getaway.
The town of Banff can be reached by driving along the Trans Canada Highway, as it is called by Canadians. The small town is a world-wide tourist attraction located in the midst of the Banff National Park. Approximately 3.5 million visitors come to Banff National Park on an annual basis. The park is a protected 2564 square miles of wild mountains, glaciers and lakes.
For American visitors, the town of Banff is about an eight hour drive miles from Spokane, Washington and about a five hour drive from the US / Canada border. Tourists can also get there by plane, first to the Calgary International Airport, and then with a shuttle from the airport.
Interior Views of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
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Features of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
You will never run out of things to do at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Besides the wealth of natural beauty found in the town and surrounding park, there are numerous features to be found at the hotel itself. This is definitely a resort in every sense of the word!
First of all, the hotel features twelve restaurants and lounge, including a sushi bar, a restaurant bar with German/Swiss cuisine and many others.
The women I know who stay at the Banff Springs Hotel have liked two things best: the shopping and the spa! These features are done to perfection.
There are seventeen different shops located right in the hotel, including some for enjoying the outdoors, as well as a wealth of gift shops, with art, gifts and clothing.
The Willow Stream Spa of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is designed to have a similar feel to the hot springs so famous in the Rockies and is the ultimately pampering experience.
For kids, there is a bowling alley, including a neon blacklight feature. Kids can also take part in a program called Kid's Club, which has trained childcare staff taking children on hikes, walks and other adventures.
For the adults, there are two full size golf courses. Imagine golfing your nine yards while breathing fresh mountain air and gazing at some of the world's biggest natural