Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Built to finance the train that would unite Canada, the Fairmont Banff Springs fuses Scottish, French (Canadian) and the mountain environment. Much of the hotel’s business comes from conferences, weddings and high-end group tours, but the restaurants and lounges are open to the public. There is nothing budget about it – the numerous restaurants and lounges are all pricy, as are hotel rooms – but you get what you pay for. The service is excellent and the staff combine an enthusiasm for the environment with good product knowledge. For a night out, choose a restaurant here, then retire to one of the lounges where on some nights you can enjoy live music.