“Castle in the Canadian Rockies” – The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
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 style of a Scottish Knight’s Castle is one of the most remarkable landmarks of Canada and the Rocky Mountains in Alberta.
We stayed for five days on the fourth floor in a room with 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.
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 work space and sitting corner next to the window. The kingsize 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”.
Breakfast & Brunch Buffet with a View
The breakfast buffet was incredibly diverse and full of vegetarian options. From fresh 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 the 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 ground 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 clam 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 outdoors adventures at the award-winning The Willow Stream Spa.
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 time. 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.
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 shots in 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 in 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: fairmont.com/banff-springs/
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 history of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.