A destination so accommodating it encapsulates the needs of the most diverse traveler is closer to home than one might think. Alberta, Canada boasts some of the most breathtaking sites in North America. Pristine Alpine meadows, glowing emerald lakes, wild waterways and untraveled backcountry wilderness are found throughout the province, but Alberta’s true gem lies in the Canadian Rockies.
Literally carved into the side of Sulpher Mountain—perched 750 feet above the enchanting town of Banff—sits the Rimrock Resort Hotel. This exclusive accommodation sets the standard in luxury and natural splendor, blending the two in perfect harmony.
In 1993, the Rimrock reopened its doors after extensive renovations, marking a milestone in its evolution from a two-tub bathhouse/hospital to the Rocky Mountain masterpiece it is today. With a long and intricate history, the Hotel is believed to have origins as the first Government facility built at the Upper Hot Springs, and was called the Hot Springs Hydropathic in 1904, later renamed the Hot Springs Hotel.
As a luxury AAA/CAA Four-Diamond award-winning hotel and recipient of such accolades as Conde Nast Traveler’s “Worlds Best Hotels” and “Gold List,” as well as Travel + Leisure’s “The Best Hotels in the World,” the Rimrock offers 346 guest rooms (including 21 suites) with four categories to choose from, including Superior, Deluxe, Premium and GrandView. These elegantly appointed rooms, with contrasting warm-earth tones and dark wood accents, are approximately 250-square-feet and have been designed to incorporate the natural beauty and colors surrounding the Rimrock; the defining difference between them is services offered and their view, with options for rooms overlooking Forest, Mountains, Valley, or both Mountains & Valley.
The Rimrock exemplifies its status as a luxury hotel and is making strives in preserving the environment it inhabits. As of 2008, The Resort began as a 100 percent smoke-free hotel, so guests and staff may soak in the unadulterated Canadian Rockies air; by using 100 percent recycled products, the Rimrock is saving 250 trees, 31,033 gallons of oil, 143,641 gallons of water, 82,367 kilowatts of energy and 61.57 cubic yards of landfill.
Once guests are settled into Sulphur Mountain’s exceptional locale, they are afforded fine cuisine; five first-rate food and beverage outlets are at their disposal, each committed to serving flavorful, fresh fare in a memorable setting with incomparable views. The polished expertise of Executive Chef Ralf Wollman paves the way for an unforgettable dining experience at the Rimrock.
Eden’s delicately crafted French cuisine and use of local Albertan ingredients make it Banff’s finest dining experience. Guests can indulge in rich flavors and artful aromas as they relax in a luxurious atmosphere and bask in the majesty of the Rockies. With a six-course Degustation Menu, a three- and four- course Table D’Hote experience, and a 12-course Chef’s Table designed a-la-minute, the diverse selection satiates any palate. A team of five certified sommeliers have choreographed a specific wine pairing, designed to compliment and enhance each menu item.
Steak, wild game and seafood are some of the most popular choices at Primrose, Rimrock’s comfortable yet elegant restaurant. Guests can enjoy the famous Elk Rib Eye wrapped in maple smoked bacon as they take pleasure in acclaimed French artist Michael Henry’s superior collection of floral paintings hung throughout the restaurant.
Guests on-the-go also have the choice of dining at Larkspur Lounge, Rimrock’s cozy grand lobby lounge, where they can settle next to the fireplace and enjoy a snack, light lunch or dinner. The resort’s other two outlets include Divas and the Rimrock Café, both offering a relaxed atmosphere and delectable assortment of light meals.
Rimrock Spa & Fitness
The splendor and tranquility of the Canadian Rockies is brought to life in the full-service Rimrock Spa, where guests can spend an hour or the entire day unwinding. The extensive Spa menu choices feature the Rimrock’s custom-made treatments such as the Rimrock Signature Aromatherapy, the latest eco-friendly, anti-aging Tropical Escape Crème Fraiche Body Wrap, which uses Tropicale products from Pevonia Botanica, and specialty treatments like the Caviar Facial and Sport Pedicure available to men. Steam rooms, indoor whirlpool, and an indoor pool are available complimentary to all Rimrock guests; the Rimrock fitness facility offers the best in exercise equipment for guests 16 years and older.
Literally nestled into the Canadian Rockies, the Rimrock overlooks the charming town of Banff which offers award-winning restaurants, theatres, museums and shopping. Banff National Park possesses a rich and distinct history as Canada’s first National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and center for mountain arts and culture. The Park and surrounding areas offer premier golf courses, world class skiing, horseback riding, tennis, heli-hiking, white water rafting and dogsled rides. Upper Hot Springs, Banff’s historic spa and bathhouse features spectacular mountain and Alpine scenery and soothing hot springs where travelers have come to “take the waters” for more than a century.
For more information, please visit www.rimrockresort.com
or call toll free 1-888-RIMROCK (746-7625).