Staying at the Banff Springs Hotel is like immersing yourself into a period piece where you are Lord and Lady of the Manor. This is truly the castle of the Rockies. Every room is different and although some have quirky layouts, great care has been taken to ensure that the linens, finishes and amenities are top notch. The history of this place alone makes it worth spending a day wandering through. Grab your glass of wine or a hot chocolate and grab a cozy niche to read a book. Go bowling, to the beautiful indoor/outdoor pool or hike along the golf course. Service is impeccable and there is a promenade of shops in the hotel you can find some treasures at. The restaurants and lounges are all solid and boast amazing views. The Willow Stream Spa is worth paying to go in to even without a treatment to enjoy the varied temperature dip pools and atrium, and is the subject of its own post.
This is a splurge for sure but is very worth doing even if it is just for one night.