First, can I start by saying that the Fairmont Banff Springs is as magical as they say it is? Immediately upon arrival, you feel like royalty!
To tell you the truth, we’ve always wanted to visit the castle in the rockies long before our move to Calgary! We’d always daydream what it would be like to be guests at the hotel. What we would do, where we would eat, and how long we would stay at the pool & hot tub. You know, kid-free stuff.
What we didn’t plan for was finally being able to stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs, but as parents of two. AND still enjoying our time!
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Visiting the Castle in the Mountains
To start, I wanted to share a little background. Before Miguel was a barber he was an audio guy. His career path led him to work at the Fairmont Banff for a few months back in 2007. While I was pregnant with Abel, he worked there for a few months to gain experience and save. He was there for about 8 months. I’m sure he would have lasted longer hadn’t it been for me growing our cute little human.
But, he never really got to enjoy the property in all its glory until two weeks ago when we all went as a family. And, when I say we enjoyed our experience, I mean it
As soon as we checked in, the kid’s excitement (and ours) was overflowing. The boys were handed crowns, which didn’t come off until we got home three days later. Crayons, colouring books, and a whole bunch of treats. They were so excited (as were we!).
Fairmont Banff Springs Fun for all!
When I say we didn’t leave the property for three whole days, I mean we didn’t leave the property at all. We checked in and stayed on site for 72 hrs. I wasn’t expecting to have so many cool and fun things to do as a family but we did!
Obviously, the pool was a hit with the kids but our personal fav was all the delicious food they had to offer. I don’t think we stopped eating the entire time we were there. I’m drooling even thinking about it, to be honest.
Here’s a quick list:
- The Vermillion Room
- Waldhaus Restaurant & Pub
- Rundle Bar (Afternoon Tea)
- Private Dining
- Castello Italiana
- STOCK food & drink
On top of all the food, I didn’t realize all the amenities that were available to our family. They offer resort activities like skiing, ice skating, and snowshoeing in the winter. Fitness classes, bowling, supervised kids programming and so much more! Three days was definitely not enough time to do it all. BUT, It was enough time to appreciate it all.
Did I mention that they turn the Fairmont Banff into a literal snowglobe during the Christmas holiday?! And they have their personal ice rink in the back so you can skate with the mountain views?!
I could probably go on and on about how fantastic our stay was at the Fairmont Banff Springs, but I think you’d probably get a little annoyed that I have nothing bad to say.
It was truly and honestly one of the best experiences we have had as a family. The kids are already asking when we are going back!
One thing I also wanted to share is if you show up a bit earlier and your room isn’t quite ready, the hotel staff will offer you a complimentary room to use in the meantime should they have the availability. Just so you can wait for your official room to be ready. Which I thought was pretty neat, considering many guests are traveling from out of town.
However, if you are an Alberta resident you can save up to 30% off by showing proof of Alberta residency. Check this link out for more info.
With all that being said, if you just want to go and relax at the Willow Stream Spa for a week you can do that too. Whatever your heart desires ;).