Rimrock Resort Hotel Review: Lavish Living in the Rockies

If you want to add a little luxury to your Banff vacation, a stay at the Rimrock Resort Hotel is a must! With impeccable fine dining, a luxury spa, and a new view from every window, the Rimrock Hotel in Banff is guaranteed to enhance your Canadian Rockies experience.

The Rimrock Resort Hotel sits high on Sulphur Mountain, providing unparalleled views of the beautiful Bow Valley and the famous mountains of Banff. Other than hiking to the top of Sulphur Mountain, the views offered by this resort are some of the best in Banff – no need to exert yourself hiking when you could wake up to incomparable mountain views out of your bedroom window!

The views offered by this iconic Banff Hotel, paired with its exceptional architecture, style, and hospitality, are one of a kind. If you want to do your Banff vacation in style, read on to find out why the remarkable Rimrock Resort Hotel needs to be added to your itinerary!

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Inside Banff’s Rimrock Resort Hotel

Standing Tall on Sulphur Mountain

The Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff

One of the most defining features of the Rimrock Resort Hotel is its unbeatable location. This hotel stands tall on Sulphur Mountain, one of the most well-known mountains located in the heart of Banff. Not only does this hotel appear to be an architectural and structural phenomenon built impressively into the mountainside, it also creates one of the most sought-after accommodation destinations in Banff. 

As you leave the hustle and bustle of Banff Avenue, the hub of dining and retail in Banff, you follow a winding mountain road to the grand stone entranceway of your accommodation destination. Though it is less than a 5-minute drive in your rental car from Downtown Banff, the surrounding forest and mountain views allow you to feel an immediate serenity as you check into the Rimrock Resort Hotel.

The Rimrock Resort Hotel easily offers some of the best views of any accommodation in the Town of Banff. The majority of the rooms look out to the one and only Rundle Mountain or look down the valley to the town of Banff and the picture-perfect Cascade Mountain – if you’re lucky, you may score a view of both!

Not only does this location promise perfect views, but you are just a few-minute drive, or walk, to never-ending opportunity offered by this beautiful mountain town. Whether you are looking to shop the Banff Avenue strip, hike to mountain tops, or explore the countless hidden gems of Banff National Park, you really can’t find a better home base than the Rimrock Resort Hotel. 

Resort Details for Your Stay at the Rimrock Hotel

Enjoying the view of Mount Rundle from our bedroom's balcony at the rimrock
Enjoying the view of Mount Rundle from our bedroom’s balcony

The Rimrock Resort Hotel goes above and beyond in terms of the services and amenities they offer. When you are a guest at the Rimrock, you are treated to luxury accommodation and impeccable service.

Rimrock Resort Hotel Parking

The Rimrock Resort Hotel offers parking right on site. As you arrive at the beautiful entranceway, an eager valet awaits you. The valet describes the parking options, either valet parking or self-park, and kindly directs you according to your choice.

For the self-park option, the valet will guide you to the heated indoor parking stalls beside the hotel (heated parking is a luxury during Banff winters!). The garage has more than enough parking stalls to ensure a stress-free parking experience. To exit and re-enter the parking garage, you simply swipe your room key at the gate.

Parking at the hotel comes at $25 per day for self-parking or $39 per day for valet services. The parking fee is settled upon checkout.

Concierge Services

The concierge services offered by the Rimrock Resort Hotels are exceptional. The staff are professional and friendly, and you can always count on one of the many attendants in the lobby to assist you.

Be sure to take advantage of the concierge services at the hotel – there is no better place to find dining and activity recommendations than from a Banff local. The concierge staff are great at helping you plan your visit, anywhere from airport shuttles between Calgary and Banff to planning the ultimate ski days.

Rimrock Hotel Amenities

wine at the eden hotel at the rimrock

Thanks to the Rimrock Resort Hotel amenities, you barely need to leave the building to have an unforgettable experience (figuratively speaking, of course!). The hotel offers various spa treatments, a high-end fitness facility, and a gorgeous pool and hot tub area.

The spa treatments at the Rimrock Resort and Hotel range from relaxation massages and therapeutic massages to manicures and pedicures. There is also an outdoor portion of the spa, reserved for spa guests only, that allows you to soak up the sunshine while you embrace your state of relaxation.

The spa area is next to the fitness facility, which offers everything you may need to stick to your workout plan while on holiday. Both the spa and fitness facility look out to the gardens and courtyard thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, ensuring you do not miss a moment of the incredible views offered by this resort.

The pool area is equipped with an indoor pool, spacious hot tub, and sauna. What could be a better way to finish off your ski day than with a soak in the hot tub? Or, in those summer months, cooling off in the pool after a day full of sunshine and mountain views!

Room Styles, Interiors, and Amenities

Enjoying the views of Mount Rundle from the comfort of our King bed at the rimrock
Enjoying the views of Mount Rundle from the comfort of our King bed

The Rimrock Resort Hotel offers luxurious guest rooms, ranging from splendid “Standard” hotel rooms to incomparable “Infinity” suites. The wide variety of room types allow you to select your ideal accommodation, eliminating that feeling of uncertainty that can often amount to when checking into a new hotel.

a great couples stay at the rimrock

Whether you are venturing on a family vacation and requiring a comfortable sleeping arrangement for everyone, or you are looking for a romantic Banff honeymoon getaway, the Rimrock Resort Hotel has a room type to suit you. You can even select options that guarantee a view or options with a balcony for the warmer months. Different room types include a Standard Room, Suite Infinity, Signature Grandviews, and Grandview Suites.

No matter the room type, each room in the Rimrock Resort Hotel is well executed. The décor is simple yet elegant, and the floor-to-ceiling windows guarantee views of the surrounding environment. The rooms are equipped with mini-fridges to keep your beverages chilled and snacks fresh and come with a Keurig coffee maker and a wide selection of teas and coffee.

When we had the pleasure of enjoying a Grandview Suite, we were impressed with the well-thought-out details of our room. The room was set perfectly to watch the sunrise over Mount Rundle – we purposely left our blinds open to be woken by its rays, and enjoying the bright pink sky from our king-sized bed was worth the wake-up call.

The balcony was also set to catch the sun for the entirety of the day. Although, I most enjoyed the room when the sun had set, and the courtyard lights lit up the trees in a soft green color – the light cast a shadow of the trees on our ceiling as they danced in the wind, which is the perfect site to lull you to bed.  

What to Add to Your Itinerary at the Hotel

Fireside service in the courtyard

The Rimrock resorts courtyard and firepits
The Rimrock resorts courtyard and firepits

The firepits in the courtyard at the Rimrock Resort Hotel should not be missed. Sitting by the fire in a beautifully landscaped courtyard is the perfect way to finish a long summer day. The best part is that fireside service is available to be enjoyed, whether you are looking to dine or enjoy some cocktails.

Walking Trails

Walking Trails around the hotel

A major perk of the Rimrock Resort Hotel’s location is the ease of access to various walking trails. Right from the hotel’s courtyard, you can access scenic yet casual trails to enjoy. The Bow Falls and Bow River Trail should most definitely be added to your itinerary, as Bow Falls is one of the best waterfalls in Banff.

Balcony Beverages

Balcony Beverages at the rimrock

One of the best parts about this massive hotel is that you do not need to leave the resort to enjoy an upbeat and lively cocktail hour. Whether you are looking to fill some time before your dinner reservation or need a nightcap, the atmospheric Larkspur Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy a fireside or patio cocktail.

Gear Rentals

biking in banff

If you plan to stay at the Rimrock Resort Hotel during the summer months, then you must look into renting a Rimrock Electric Bike. E-bikes are the best way to get around town and enjoy scenic pathways, all without breaking a sweat.

The Rimrock e-bikes can be rented from their concierge team starting at $60 a day. With an e-bike and a whole day, you will be able to experience so much of what Banff has to offer – far more than what you can take in from inside a car.

The Rimrock team recommends purchasing a gourmet boxed lunch and pedaling to a local lake from a mountain view picnic!

The Banff Hot Springs

Banff Hot Springs

Another great perk of the Rimrock Resort Hotel location is that you are just minutes from the Banff Upper Hot Springs. These natural thermal pools are an excellent way to relax, unwind, and warm up after a big day on the slopes in the winter. The famous Banff Hot Springs are just a 6-minute walk from the Rimrock!

Dine at the Rimrock Resort and Hotel

The Halibut Entree from Eden enjoyed with a view of Cascade Mountain
The Halibut Entree from Eden enjoyed with a view of Cascade Mountain

The Rimrock Resort Hotel offers 5 unique dining options. From a grab-and-go café to a 5 Diamond eatery, you will find what you’re looking for in one of these stylish, delicious restaurants.

  • The Café: The Café is located on the main floor, just a walk down the corridor from the main lobby. The Café serves specialty coffees, fresh smoothies, baked goods, and sandwiches. This is a great pit stop to grab snacks to pack for your days adventure!
  • Diva’s Bistro: The Diva’s Bistro is a Hollywood-themed bistro whose décor pays ode to famous Hollywood women throughout the ages. It is a fun and comfortable setting to enjoy small plates crafted for tasting and sharing.
  • Larkspur Lounge: The Larkspur Lounge is a light and lively lounge where you can enjoy a tasty cocktail as you admire the views from the two-story windows. The Lounge offers lunch, light snacks, and an extensive offering of unique cocktails, wines, whiskeys, and other beverages.
  • Primrose Restaurant: The Primrose Restaurant offers views as exquisite as its menu. From breakfast to dinner, this 4 Diamond restaurant hosts a Canadian-themed menu and uses local ingredients, giving you a proper taste of the Rocky Mountains.

The Rimrock’s Five Diamond Restaurant: Eden

dining at Eden

What sets the Rimrock Resort Hotel aside from all other accommodations in Banff is its Five Diamond eatery, Eden. Eden provides a luxurious dining experience, from the elegant ambiance to the impeccable and professional service, to the unparalleled menu.

The exceptionally talented Chef de Cuisine at Eden crafts French Cuisine that is influenced by local ingredients. The plates at Eden reflect the Chef’s extensive experience and the restaurant’s long-standing Five Diamond title.

The Alberta Bison Entree and wine pairing from Eden
The Alberta Bison Entree and wine pairing from Eden

When dining at Eden, you have the option to select the Three Course, Four-Course, Grand Degustation, Chef’s Tasting Menu, or the Chef’s Vegetarian Tasting Menu. We chose to indulge in the Four Course menu, which exceeded our expectations.

Each plate was crafted to perfection and presented as such. Our serving staff knew the details of each plate right down to dates and origins and enlightened us with what felt like a tour of France with each serving.

Our knowledgeable Sommelier at the rimrock
Our knowledgeable Sommelier

With each menu option, you also have the choice to include a Classic or Eden wine pairing. The Sommeliers did an outstanding job in selecting the wine pairings of each course. Each glass of wine complemented and enhanced the food that it was paired with, and the Sommeliers were knowledgeable and provided extensive detail of each glass.

This exceptionally crafted menu and a long list of delicious wines, all paired with one of the most gorgeous settings I have had the pleasure of enjoying in Banff National Park, deserve a number one spot on your Banff Itinerary.

Our dessert choice: Ruby Chocolate Mousse
Our dessert choice: Ruby Chocolate Mousse

I cannot find the words to properly portray the quality service and delectable menu provided by Eden. The multifaceted dining experience offered by this exceptional restaurant is a true Banff gem that can only be understood once you have had the pleasure of indulging!

Stay at the Rimrock Hotel and Resort

The Rimrock Resort is easily one of the nicest hotels in Banff. If you want a unique experience in the heart of the Rockies, don’t hesitate to book a stay here – winter or summer!

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About Regan

Hey, I’m Regan – an outdoor enthusiast living in the beautiful Bow Valley! I have always been eager to make the most of nature’s playground, mainly through hiking, skiing, and camping, and feel lucky to now be doing so in one of the most beautiful places on this planet. I believe that the Canadian Rockies have something to offer everyone, and I want to do my part in helping you explore the area and all its beauty!

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