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Rimrock Resort Hotel

Rimrock Resort Hotel

Nestled into the side of Sulphur Mountain and overlooking the alpine town of Banff, the Rimrock Resort Hotel offers sweeping views of Bow Valley and the Rockies. With spacious rooms, ample facilities and a convenient location, it makes a good base for exploring Banff National Park. 

Though it is located slightly outside of town, close to the Banff Upper Hot Springs, the hotel’s high elevation gives it panoramic mountain views and guests get a complimentary pass for the local bus service. Although this hotel offers plenty of dining options, the shuttle stops frequently right outside to take you into downtown  Banff, where you can enjoy the variety of shops and popular restaurants.  

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

All 364 rooms are spacious and comfortable, decorated in a modern style. Each one boasts a TV, telephone, safety deposit box and coffee maker and its own in-room temperature control, as well as either two queen beds or a single king bed. The rooms are classified by floor level — the higher the floor, the wider the views. Grandview rooms have an unobstructed, panoramic view of Cascade Mountain. 

Location

Located slightly outside of town, this hotel is easily accessible by car or Banff’s Public Transit service, the Roam bus. (Guests receive a complimentary pass.) It’s just a five-minute ride into downtown if you’d rather explore local options. The Upper Hot Springs and the Sulphur Mountain Gondola are just a short walk away. 

Food and drink

The Rimrock Resort Hotel is the home of Eden, one of only six five-diamond restaurants in the whole of Canada. Guests can enjoy dinner here with a sweeping view of the Rockies — the menu features local ingredients prepared in an elegant French style.  

For more casual dining, Primrose restaurant serves dinner as well as a buffet and à la carte breakfast amid mountain views through floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel’s lounge and cocktail bar are both excellent places to relax for a casual drink or light snack, and the cafe offers fresh pastries and gourmet sandwiches for those on the move. 

Families

The indoor pool and whirlpool are a good place for families to unwind after a day of exploring Banff National Park. There’s also an outdoor seating area with mountain views and in the winter you can ice skate on their onsite rink. 

Facilities and activities

The property has 24-hour room service, an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool, gym, squash court and a spa. Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the hotel, and parking and valet services are both available for a fee. They also have onsite concierge services for arranging transfers and a money exchange at the front desk. 

Accessibility

This hotel offers nine accessible rooms, three of which have a roll-in shower. Everything within the hotel can be reached by lift. 

Environmental and social responsibility

To help the local community, this hotel sponsors a lunch at Banff Elementary School once a fortnight. 

Our opinion

Though it’s a little outside town, this hotel offers magnificent mountain views, and it’s a lovely spot for sunset dining or a cup of coffee whilst watching the sun rise over Banff National Park. 

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