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Ski Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

The Fairmont Banff Springs is an icon of Canadian history. Built in 1888 with the laying of the Canadian Pacific Railway, it was one of a string of opulent hotels designed to tempt holidaymakers out to the Rocky Mountains. And it worked. The hotels became the destinations for wealthy Europeans looking to see Canada’s staggering mountain scenery and to climb its rocky peaks. They attracted the cream of society, with the likes of King George VI, Winston Churchill and Marilyn Monroe among the hotel's star-studded showreel of past guests.

You can’t help but be bowled over by the Fairmont Banff Springs or the Castle in the Rockies, as it’s known. It was modelled on a Scottish baronial castle and its austere walls contain a mind-boggling mix of restaurants, bars, lounges and grand ballrooms. Each is dotted with little nods to its historical theme, from whole suits of armour to grand thrones carved from wood. There’s a world-class spa (naturally), indoor and outdoor hot tubs and pools, marble-floored lounges and even a bowling alley. This is North American luxury at its finest, so the bedrooms are big and beautifully styled, with all the mod cons you'd expect - not to mention their heavenly beds.

The famous Fairmont breakfasts will keep you on the mountain until dinner, but you’re also just a short walk from Banff, which is full of lively restaurants, bars and shops. And when you’re ready to hit the slopes, the hotel shuttle is right outside, to whisk you up to Banff's famous Big 3 mountains: Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise.

Location
· spectacularly beautiful location · 15 minutes' walk to Banff centre · regular shuttle to Mount Norquay, Sunshine and Lake Louise ski areas with up to 5 departures every morning, depending on the resort (free with Tri-Area Lift Pass) · regular shuttle to Banff Town (small extra charge) · just 15 minutes from Mount Norquay, 25 minutes from Sunshine and 45 minutes from Lake Louise

Rooms
on a room-only basis. All rooms have hairdryer, cable TV, pay-per-view video, internet link, telephone, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, safe and bathroom with shower and WC

Fairmont rooms - sleep 2-4: Bedrooms with either one king bed, one queen bed, two single beds or two double beds.
Deluxe rooms - sleep 2-4: Larger rooms with either one king, one or two queen beds or two twin beds. 
Junior suites - sleep 2-4: Larger valley view bedrooms with one king bed and a small living area with a double sofa bed. 
Fairmont Gold rooms - sleep 2: Rooms with one king bed on an exclusive private floor with its own lounge serving complimentary continental breakfast, après-ski canapés and an honour bar.

Facilities
· one of the world's leading luxury hotels set in its own extensive grounds · indoor and outdoor swimming pool and hot tub · extra charge for the award-winning Willow Stream Spa with mineral pool, massage and beauty treatments - free entry with any treatment · selection of 20 in-house shops · several onsite restaurants and bars · tobogganing · ice-skating rink · free basic WiFi in public areas extra charge for guest room WiFi - free with Fairmont President's Club membership · 768 bedrooms

Meals
· optional pre-bookable American breakfast available at a supplement

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