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No vacation to Alberta, Canada is complete without staying at or visiting each of the Fairmont Hotels in Banff Springs, Lake Louise and Jasper. While each hotel in the Fairmont chain offers first-class accommodations, dining and amenities, their differences will appeal to guests with tastes for distinction.Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Drive around the last curve on Spray Road and the beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs Resort looms into the sky like the Scottish Baronial Castle it is. Located in the heart of Banff National Park, ‘The Castle in the Sky’ sits snugly in the Canadian Rocky Mountains just above the Bow Falls and across the valley with a view towards majestic Mount Rundle. The feeling inside this Banff hotel is definitely ‘castle-like’ meaning a cavernous lobby, impressive staircases and hallways that wind round and round, up and down throughout the hotel. It is beautiful and different, but not cozy. Guestroom rates start at approximately $279 CAD per night.
The Banff Springs Hotel boasts easy access to a world-famous golf course, The Willow Stream Spa, a fitness center, heated pool, horseback riding, mineral hot springs and an easy walk to the town of Banff. Guests will truly feel like they are staying unique place and have gone back a little in time.Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Picturesque and famous for its view of sparkling turquoise Lake Louise, this elegant Fairmont Hotel graces the covers of magazines, calendars and postcards. Surrounded by flowers and walking paths around the lake, the Chateau sits across from the foot of Victoria Glacier. Capped by snow and ice year round, the glacier poses as a backdrop for Chateau Lake Louise, which is also situated in Banff National Park. This Fairmont Hotel, built in the early 1900’s, takes advantage of the view by situating the hotel so that all the rooms face Lake Louise. Guests looking for a touch of luxury and elegance may choose special accommodation called Belvedere suites. Guestroom rates start at approximately $279 CAD per night.
On site, guests and visitors can rent canoes to view the lake, waterfalls and glaciers from a different perspective. Skiing, skating, sleigh rides, horseback riding and more are available nearby. Shopping for souvenirs is a short drive away. Another must-see attraction close by is Moraine Lake, a glacially-fed lake situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks.Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (JPL)
Making its home in Jasper National Park, this Fairmont Lodge resides in one of the most rugged outposts in Canada. Different in style than its two sister hotels, The JPL is a log-cabin style resort and presents an experience of Rocky Mountain hospitality. Sitting at the end of the scenic Icefields Parkway that connects Jasper to Lake Louise, the JPL offers log cabins as guest rooms with views of the lake or woods. Adirondack chairs rim the edge of the lake and provide a soothing respite after a long day of hiking. Guestroom rates start at approximately $299 CAD per night for a smaller version of the standard cabin. There are 441 rooms and the historic cabins are especially worth the splurge.
On the grounds guests will find a world-class golf course, canoeing and paddleboats and plenty of good hiking trails. Scenic tours of Maligne Lake and the Miette Hot Springs are available close by as is the town of Jasper.Standard Information About Each Fairmont Hotel
Dining. At each resort dining is available in a variety of well-appointed restaurants, and while pricey dinner entrées ranged from $29-$40+, the food was cooked to perfection and presented with great panache.
Fairmont Gold. For guests who favor personalized service and unique attention, each hotel offers access to its finest guest rooms and suites in the Rocky Mountains for guests who join the Fairmont Gold Program.
Fees. In addition to the room charge be prepared to add Canada’s Guest Services Tax of 5%, a 2% Tourism Improvement Fee, a 4% Alberta Tourism Levy Fee and a Resort fee of $10 per day to the room rate.
Guest Services. Available at each of the three resorts, guest services range from babysitting to wheelchair accessibility. All pets are welcomed at each of the hotels, and they are greeted with beds, food and water, organic dog biscuits and information on pet activities.
Spa and Health Clubs. It is the world-renowned Willow Stream Spa in Banff that gets the most notoriety because of its sweeping vistas, pulsating waterfalls and mineral pool. It is worthy of a visit and a treatment.
Staff. The knowledgeable employees at all three Fairmont Resorts were well trained at extending all types of courtesies and services to make guests feel comfortable. Delightfully, no tipping was allowed for bellmen and valets, which was a pleasure since parking was $25 per day, or $33 per day if valet parked.
Visit All of the Fairmont Hotels in Alberta, Canada
Each of the Fairmont Hotel properties offers a unique experience to enjoy the Canadian Rocky Mountains. If it is not possible to stay for a visit, make reservations for lunch in one of their fine restaurants and delight in the views, ambiance and hospitality they offer. Talk to a travel agent for the best deals and discounts.
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