The road to the Banff Springs Hotel.
While we were in Banff in February, my son-in-law, Matthew, asked if we'd like to see the Banff Springs Hotel and if we'd like to go inside to see what it looks like. Well, sure. We're here. Why not?
The Banff Springs Hotel is located in the small tourist town of Banff, Alberta. It's just a bit of a walk from downtown but we drove as it was really cold and we had our little grandsons with us.
The scenery all around is so beautiful with the mountains and snow laden trees.
The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is one of Canada's grand railway hotels. It was opened on June 1, 1888. You may read more about the hotel here.
This is the Convention Centre part of the hotel located across the 'square' from the hotel. Can you see the statue to the right of centre and the archway? We drove through the archway and found a parking spot.
This is one end of the hotel. I didn't notice when we were walking to it that it's all joined together by arched inside hallways. The present day hotel doesn't look anything like the original one. When the hotel opened it would cost you $3.50 a night to stay there. Today it costs about $400.00 a night!!
Inside the main lobby which resembles a castle.
The grand staircase in the lobby.
Sir William Van Horne
President of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in 1888.
He is most famous for overseeing the building of this railway across Canada and lived in Montreal. He had a beautiful summer home in St. Andrews, NB on Minister's Island.
This is the grand ballroom where final preparations were being made for a wedding reception. The rose effect on the walls was from a special light filter.
This room is off of another huge ballroom. The crystal chandeliers were gorgeous, especially the biggest one. Note the size of it compared to the grand piano.
The view of the mountains from the 'piano' room.
Exiting through the revolving doorway.
It was kind of fun to walk around the hotel's two mezzanine floors. There were people dressed in everything from ski clothes, to wedding clothes, to white hotel bathrobes on their way to the pool or spa. And there was us. Nosy tourists wandering around. :) Would you have done that too?
Well, that was just a glimpse of the beautiful 'castle in the mountains' called The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. I doubt we'll ever get to stay there but I think it would be fun for one night don't you? Maybe next time we go to Calgary we'll have an escape to the mountains....I'll let you know. ;)