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The Fairmont Banff Springs – Castle in the Canadian Rockies

The Fairmont Banff Springs – Castle in the Canadian Rockies

The Fairmont Banff Springs Castle Hotel Gay-Friendly in Alberta, Canada – Exploring the Canadian Rocky Mountains around Banff and Lake Louise, there is one thing you seriously have to put on your gay travel bucket list: a visit and stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, also known as “Castle in the Rockies” at Banff National Park. More than 125 years ago, William Cornelius Van Horne, the general manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway, wanted to bring the people to the Rockies: “Since we can’t export the scenery, we’ll have to import the tourists”. The first, wooden construction of Banff Springs Hotel was completed in 1888. Today, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel built in the style of a Scottish Knight’s Castle is one of the most remarkable landmarks of Canada and the Rocky Mountains in Alberta.

Gay Travel Blogger Couple of Men in front the Fairmont Banff Springs Castle Hotel Gay-Friendly ©

We stayed for five days on the fourth floor in a room with a Mountain View overlooking the Bow Valley at the convergence of the Bow and Spray River. This area today is also known as Canada’s first National Park. The view, the luxury of the Hotel, the history of exploration and adventure, and the similarity to Hogwarts, Harry Potter’s school of magic, made our stay during our Road Trip through the Rocky Mountains all the way north from Calgary to Jasper for Jasper Pride Festival an unforgettable experience. Enjoy our review of our gay travels as a gay couple with photos, stories, and info for a stay at the famous “Castle in the Rockies” and see the magical Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains through a couple of men’s eyes.

Unique architecture and design like a knight's castle in the Rocky Mountains | Fairmont Banff Springs Castle Hotel Gay-Friendly ©
Unique architecture and design like a knight’s castle in the Rocky Mountain ©
Check-in area | Fairmont Banff Springs Castle Hotel Gay-Friendly ©
Check-in area of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel ©
Fresh Food and several Restaurants | Fairmont Banff Springs Castle Hotel Gay-Friendly ©
Fresh Food and several Restaurants ©

Our Fairmont Mountain View Room

Wow, that was the first word for what we saw out of the window when entering our room on the fourth floor with a stunning Rocky Mountain View. We loved the detailed luxury in the room equipped with a small walk-in wardrobe, elegant furniture of the workspace, and sitting corner next to the window. The king-size bed was made for dreaming while the marble-lined bathroom was equipped with a bath – shower and complimentary shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and moisturizer from Le Labo (we simply love the sense). Every evening, the room service prepared the bed for our arrival with a bottle of water and a small “good-night chocolate”.

Hotel Room with Mountain View | Fairmont Banff Springs Castle Hotel Gay-Friendly ©
Hotel Room with Mountain View ©
Karl & Daan in Bed | Fairmont Banff Springs Castle Hotel gay-friendly ©
Karl & Daan in Bed at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel ©
Hotel Room with Mountain View | Fairmont Banff Springs Castle Hotel Gay-Friendly ©
King-size bedroom with Mountain View ©

Breakfast & Brunch Buffet with a View

The breakfast buffet was incredibly diverse and full of vegetarian options. From freshly baked pastry, selections of cheese and assorted cold cuts, warm and cold dishes to fresh vegetables and fruits: the Fairmont Banff Springs menu has it all. And try the freshly prepared omelets and freshly pressed orange juice! Additional to that, we enjoyed a stunning view over the bow valley through the huge windows of the dining room, which by the way, was decorated with wooden figures of animals living in Banff National Park. The staff of the restaurants of the “Castle in the Rockies” was all-around friendly, starting with a warm welcome every morning while being seated and a “Bon appétit!” from the kitchen. Enjoy your “Rocky Mountains” breakfast and give brunch a try during the weekends from 11 am on. It is worth every single cent, seriously delicious!

Facilities of the 5-Star Banff Springs

The Banff Springs itself offers several restaurants, a shopping street on the first floor, a huge indoor pool, and a very popular outside pool overlooking the Bow Valley. Especially in the morning, when the pool is still an oasis of calm and the steam of the hot water rises into the blue sky in front of the fantastic scenery, the outdoor pool was one of our favorite spots at Banff Springs. If you are looking for some more privacy, treat yourself to a wellness day or spend some time after your outdoor adventures at the award-winning The Willow Stream Spa.

Outdoor Pool with Mountain View | Fairmont Banff Springs Castle Hotel Gay-Friendly ©
Outdoor Pool with Rocky Mountain View ©
Indoor Pool with Mountain View | Fairmont Banff Springs Castle Hotel Gay-Friendly ©
Indoor Pool of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel ©
Indoor Pool with Mountain View | Fairmont Banff Springs Castle Hotel Gay-Friendly ©
Karl getting ready for a good morning swim ©

Activities around Banff Springs

Our highlight of the Fairmont Banff Springs was the view from our room, but actually from all over the hotel, facing the Rocky Mountains Valley. But there is much more to do in and around the “Castle in the Rockies” in winter and summer. Especially hiker, golfer, and any kind of nature lovers will find pleasure and recovery during their holiday at Banff Springs. Right in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, river rafting, horseback riding and especially during winter, dog sledding, snowshoeing, skating as well as downhill and cross-country skiing around the SkiBig3 Ski resorts Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, and Norquay. Not far from the Banff Springs Hotel, the Banff Gondola brings you all the way up to the mountain top with an incredible view over Banff town and Bow Valley.

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Résumé of our gay-friendly stay:

Overwhelmed, speechless, magical, unique, gay-friendly – The Fairmont Banff Springs was an experience during our Canada Road Trip we would not want to have missed. The view over Bow Valley, the luxuriously detailed work all around the hotel building, the friendly staff from the check-in, restaurants, bars, and spa area, and the amnesties in the room are a treat for body and soul. And don’t worry, if you have already planned to stay somewhere else in Banff. Just pay the “Castle Hotel of the Rocky Mountains” a visit, enjoy the view or treat yourself to a spa day (access also for non-hotel guests possible for a fee). We will come back again since the Banff Springs is just a must-do on every trip to Banff – Lake Louise.

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More of the historical castle-like Hotel

Throughout the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, we discovered several extraordinarily special and unique, even hidden places full of history. The best places for some photo shoots inside this knight’s castle-like hotel. We suggest taking planning the time during your visit to do that on your own or join a free guided tour through the masonry in the Rockies. Again and again, we were overwhelmed by the beauty of the Rocky Mountain View through the gigantic windows of the Hotel. And don’t miss the details of the window artwork, the stories told about ghosts and the doomed bride, and the unique ways of the sun lightening the rooms and halls in all the different wings and floors of the Fairmont Banff Springs. We promise you, you won’t regret it to plan some time on your gay travel itinerary for the Hotel exploration.

Fairmont Banff Springs Castle Hotel gay-friendly

Fairmont Banff Springs
Banff-Nationalpark, 405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J4

Official Website:

Contact: Tel.: +1 866 540 4406 (toll-free room reservation for NL: 00 800 0441 1414)

Good to know:
You can reach Banff Town after 5 minutes by car or approximately 15 minutes walking. All over Banff are parking areas where you can park your car for free for a specifically stated amount of time. Join one of the free guided hotel tours to get to know more about the over 125 years of history of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.


Monday 15th of January 2018

Hey Guys, I am Dan and hale from Calgary, Alberta. Thanks for your spin on Calgary, Alberta. sounds like you had an enjoyable time. Hope we lived up to our rep as a very friendly city? So, curious, how do you afford all the travelling and visiting such places? Not cheap I would think? You definitely stayed a t 4/5star places! Where else in Canada are you travelling too? I am going to continue to review your blog. Thanks boys!

Michael Shayne Tucker

Monday 2nd of October 2017

How about, possibly... why not a newsletter?

Karl Krause

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017

Good idea! We will look into a gay travel newsletter for! You will be our first subscriber then! ❤️