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Fairmont Banff

Fairmont Banff Springs: A Historical Hotel with Scottish Flair
To end a Rocky Mountaineer "Journey Through the Clouds" at the classic Fairmont Banff Springs was something dream-like for me.

The historic castle with Scottish flair was designed by Mr. William Cornelius Van Horne, once the manager of the Canadian Pacific Railway, who recognized the true potential of the west. Indeed, this hotel remains one of Canada's most beloved places to visit.

The over 760 rooms have lofty ceilings and I felt as though I was in the Canadian version of Neuschwanstein castle.

One cheerful concierge amuses me with a statistic: "Yes, the castle is sort of haunted. There's a haunted bride staircase where the bride supposedly fell down the stairs," she says. And as you walk on the polished stairs, take in the Scottish bagpipes that play there once a week in the summertime, and gaze at the views of the glorious pine-studded Banff National Park, you rub your eyes. It's dreamy in every sense.

Staying at this Fairmont hotel made my train journey feel truly special: the staff is attentive, and there is a wonderful music program each night on the second floor, not to mention a gorgeous café that serves warm scones and clotted cream.

The "Journey through the Clouds" option gives you the chance to go through the Rockies at your own pace, from four nights to 14 and beyond. Even though my trip was fairly short (three nights), I felt I had seen a beautiful slice of the Canadian Rockies, in the most elegant way possible.
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405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J4, Canada
+1 403-762-2211