Nestled in Canada’s first national park in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, Banff attracts 4 million visitors annually. Majestic peaks and alpine lakes surround this UNESCO World Heritage Site at an elevation of 4,500 feet (the highest town in Canada), making it a spectacular backdrop for high-end retreats and incentives. Take a look at five swanky spots to stay and meet in Banff, Alberta.
Known as the “Castle in the Rockies,” this splurge-worthy baronial-style mountain property built in 1888 (shown top of page) has sweeping panoramic views and is the largest conference resort in Canada, accommodating up to 1,200 attendees. Willow Stream Spa is the brand’s second-largest, and the elite Fairmont Gold floor features two exquisite lounges and high-end service, including private check-in, huge breakfast buffets and afternoon hors d’oeuvres.
Rooms: 671 Suites: 93
Meeting space: 76,000 square feet
This horseshoe-shaped hotel, built in 1993 down the side of Sulphur Mountain, works for groups of up to 300. Light-filled boardrooms and breakout rooms feature spectacular mountain views, as does restaurant Eden’s intimate Bordeaux Room, ideal for VIP dinners for up to 12. The funky Diva’s Lounge, with decor celebrating Hollywood’s leading ladies, does buyouts for groups of up to 80 for mixology classes or executive hospitality functions.
Rooms: 322 Suites: 21
Meeting space: 18,000 square feet
Located minutes from downtown and steps from the glacier-fed Bow River, this full-service resort and conference center rests in a peaceful location with three on-site restaurants and an intimate, relaxing, eucalyptus-infused steam room.
Rooms: 200 Suites: 11
Meeting space: 18,900 square feet