Suite of the Week: Royal Suite at the Fairmont Banff Springs
Where: Banff, Alberta, Canada
What it costs: $3,500 CAD ($2,675 US)/night
What’s inside: Guests that have included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bob Hope, Clint Eastwood and Russell Crowe have enjoyed comforts such as a reception foyer, spacious living room, grand piano, powder room and an upper perimeter library that’s reachable via a spiral staircase. The attached master bedroom is private and features a showpiece chandelier, window seat and additional bathroom. Measuring a roomy 1,500 square feet (139 square meters), the Royal Suite is located in the pinnacle of a castle peak on the 9th (top) floor of the main building of the hotel and is accessed by its own private elevator. The suite and master bedroom sport large picture windows, which offer magnificent panoramic 360-degree views of the Bow River and of the mountains beyond.
What else you get: Situated in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in western Canada, the Fairmont Banff Springs offers dozens of amenities and restaurants, overpowering mountain scenery and frequent encounters with bears, elk and wolves. Banff also boasts 27 holes, the nine-hole Tunnel Mountain and the classic Stanley Thompson-designed Championship 18, chock full of some of earth’s greatest mountain golf holes. Unforgettable is the pond-guarded, drop-shot par-3 4th, called “Devil’s Cauldron,” and the elevated tee of the 475-yard, par-4 15th. Families can partake in Gondola and Horse Trail rides, a dedicated Kids Club and entertainment center and junior programs at the resort’s golf academy. Mountain biking, river rafting on the Bow River and treatments at the award-winning Willow Stream Spa are among the other attractions.
For other budgets: Guest rooms in the main hotel start at $479 CAD ($366 US) per night in summer and early fall.
Book it: 866-540-4406, Fairmont.com/banffsprings