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Staying banff springs 2 nights

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Staying banff springs 2 nights

Hi - staying banff springs New Year's Day - where can we go for breakfast close by that is casual and good range of food by foot? Also best things to see and do in banff - no car, not skiing etc in banff, been dog sledding. We will need to get everywhere by foot in winter. Good places for meals at night - not interested in fine dining - all casual good comfort food.

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1. Re: Staying banff springs 2 nights

The Banff Springs Hotel is located a little ways away from downtown Banff, about 1.5 or 2 km, which, depending on weather, may not be a particularly pleasant walk, especially first thing in the morning. You can take the Roam bus into town http://roamtransit.com/ , and the hotel has a number of restaurants on site as well.

As to things to see without a car, you can use the Roam bus to get to the gondola, the hot springs, around town or even to Canmore. The TA article "Car Free in Banff" will have some useful information for you: tripadvisor.ca/Travel-g154911-c155456/Banff:…

Edited: 04 November 2013, 14:43
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2. Re: Staying banff springs 2 nights

Almost all of the Banff Springs' restaurants fall into the "fine dining" category, but on a sort of sliding scale, with the Banffshire Club being the most formal, followed by Castello's (Italian), with the lounges, Samurai, and the Waldhaus Restaurant being more casual. The Waldhaus Pub (on the lower floor of the Waldhaus Restaurant) is casual, and so is the Castle Pantry, which is more of a snack bar.

The Waldhaus is not in the same building as the main hotel complex; it's halfway down the hill between the main hotel and Bow Falls. Ask at the front desk to make sure that they're open before you head over there. If you're lucky, you may be offered a ride, if the path is icy.

If it's too cold to walk, and you don't want to wait for a bus or you're going somewhere off the bus routes, it probably isn't too hard to catch a cab from the Banff Springs, and because the town is small, your cab fare should be modest.

If it's being offered, make sure to take the historical tour of the Banff Springs Hotel; your tour guide has access to a lot of places that aren't ordinarily open to guests, and the hotel's history is very interesting.

Also within the hotel complex is an indoor pool and outdoor pool. The outdoor pool is open in winter and people really enjoy experiencing it then. It's right next to the indoor pool. I'm told the spa is excellent; as a guest, you don't need to book any treatments, you can just pay a spa fee and hang out there for the day.

Edited: 04 November 2013, 15:14
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3. Re: Staying banff springs 2 nights

There is a restaurant named Phils thats about 2 blocks down hill from the Banff Springs Hotel

That is the closest walkable restaurants for breakfast

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4. Re: Staying banff springs 2 nights

I heard that Phil's was going to close soon?

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5. Re: Staying banff springs 2 nights

Thanks so much!! Does the pantry do breakfast? How much roughly would taxi cost to centre of town? :)

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6. Re: Staying banff springs 2 nights

2nd vote for Phil's, really 80's old school but great breakfasts

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7. Re: Staying banff springs 2 nights

A taxi downtown would be about $7. Roam transit to downtown would be $2 per person. Check with the concierge -- the hotel may have transit vouchers for guests.

Can I just mention that if budget is a major factor for you, there are many (many!) hotels in Banff that are much less expensive than the Springs and still very nice. The Springs is absolutely unique, and is particularly lovely during the Christmas/New Year season. But it is pricey.

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