Renting a car will not only get you into the park, but it will allow you to explore everything the park has to offer on your own schedule.
Fairmont Banff Springs
Having originally opened in 1888 after Canadian Pacific Railway built a rail through the area, the Fairmont Banff Springs is a grand, historic property important to Canadian history. After a few decades in operation, the original hotel burned down and was replaced in 1928 with what we see today - an amazing, castle-like building with luxurious amenities.
Due to my Le Club AccorHotels Membership (the points membership associated with the Fairmont), I stayed on the Gold Luxury Floor where the service was impeccable and the amenities were abundant. Each day I was treated to complimentary breakfast and snacks, the use of a pair of sneakers courtesy of the hotel’s partnership with Reebok, as well as yoga and fitness classes.
In addition to those amenities, I treated myself to a relaxing afternoon at the hotel’s Willow Stream Spa, I had a fabulous, and filling Afternoon Tea in the Rundle Lounge (the views from that room are unreal), and I took advantage of their fully-equipped gym.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Just a 40 minute drive from Banff, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a luxurious spot surrounded by mountains, a very turquoise Lake Louise, and the Victoria Glacier. The hotel itself is an oasis home to some great restaurants, an awesome wellness program, mountain adventure excursions, and comfortable, spacious suites.
During my stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, I took advantage of their Suite Life program, in which a dedicated Concierge helped me with everything from making dining reservations, to booking activities and transportation.
Additionally, the hotel’s Suite Life gave me access to a complimentary breakfast, valet parking, nightly turndown service, and even fresh cut flowers. Another element to staying in a Fairmont property is recognition of their dedication to waste management and sustainability. I was super impressed to hear that not only did they have scales in each of their restaurants to gauge food waste, they also were dedicated in scaling back water usage whenever possible.