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Which banff hotel?

philadelphia
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Which banff hotel?

Fairmont Banff Springs or fox hotel? Family visiting to ski. First time to area. Looking to rent equipment close by, shuttle to skiing and close to town. While fox offers a larger space, Fairmont looks so unique! Any advice? Thanks!

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1. Re: Which banff hotel?

Both are a bit of a walk from the town centre. The Fairmont much more so, but it's absolutely breathtaking. The Fox is closer to town, but still about a 5-10 minute walk from the town centre.

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2. Re: Which banff hotel?

If you do decide to go with the Fairmont Banff Springs, sign up for Fairmont's President's Club (no charge) to get perks like free internet.

https://www.fairmont.com/fpc/benefits/

philadelphia
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3. Re: Which banff hotel?

Thanks so much for your input. Sounds like having a smaller space at the Fairmont is worth the experience of staying there?

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4. Re: Which banff hotel?

The Fox is lovely, and generally rates higher on TripAdvisor reviews. But the Banff Springs Hotel is a national historic site -- it's unique.

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5. Re: Which banff hotel?

It was good enough for Marilyn Monroe, but that was a very long time ago and she was in a wheelchair (the bell hops used to play cards each morning to decide who got to push her around that day!).

FBS- and try for a room with a Bow Valley view...

The place is like a small town in itself and if the weather is very poor, there's loads of room to while away the day.

philadelphia
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6. Re: Which banff hotel?

Thanks everyone for your comments!

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7. Re: Which banff hotel?

I do think the Banff Springs is a nice hotel but realize that breakfast can easily be $25 and you are over one mile from downtown, so with a family your meal expense will be substantial. Staying on Banff Ave you have tons more options. Going to Banff spring for lunch would be a wonderful splurge and well worth it, but many rooms don't have views and are of varying size.

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8. Re: Which banff hotel?

The Banff Springs is far away from town (fine if you have a car, or don't mind spending money on a taxi) and very pricey... The Fox is a lovely, lovely hotel (still upscale, much much cheaper than the Banff Springs), and you will be able to walk the streets of "downtown" Banff, wandering through the shops, coffee shops, bars, etc. You will also be right along the street where all the bus stops are to shuttle people to the ski hills (your hotel reception can help you arrange this).

There is no doubt that the Banff Springs is original, but I'm quite sure you would enjoy your time more if you stayed at the Fox :)

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9. Re: Which banff hotel?

Enlighten me as to why Marilyn Monroe was in a wheel chair:^D

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10. Re: Which banff hotel?

She broke her leg early on in the location shooting for River of No Return.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainment/Gallery+Rare+photos+unearthed+Marilyn+Monroe+trip+Alberta/3585879/story.html

Oops, this should link: http://tinyurl.com/avhyjzj

Edited: 15 January 2013, 03:36