Banff Hotels with Pools

The outdoor pool at the Fairmont Banff Springs is the largest in Banff National Park.

The outdoor pool at the Fairmont Banff Springs is the largest in Banff National Park.

If you are looking for Banff hotels with pools, you have many choices, including indoor and outdoor pools. You can also check out our Banff National Park Swimming page for more options.

The least expensive Banff hotel with a swimming pool is the Voyageur Inn, at the far end of Banff Avenue. The pool at the Voyageur is also one of only three Banff hotels with outdoor swimming pools (Inns of Banff and the Fairmont Banff Springs are the other two). The pool deck is surrounded by outdoor furniture and is very private, and pool towels are provided. Guests at the adjacent Spruce Grove Inn (much nicer rooms here) can use the Voyageur pool free of charge.

The closest hotel to downtown Banff with a swimming pool is the Banff Park Lodge, one block west of Banff Avenue. The pool in this large hotel is medium-sized and also features a large whirlpool, comfortable pool-side seating, a fitness room, and a steam room.

Along Banff Avenue, the High Country Inn has an indoor pool, whirlpool, and sauna. The plastic pool seating is basic, but the pool deck is still an enjoyable place to catch the afternoon sun through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Continuing east along Banff Avenue,  Best Western Siding 29 is a popular hotel with families, meaning that the smallish indoor pool and whirlpool is usually a busy place.

Also on Banff Avenue, the Rundlestone Lodge has a 15-metre-long indoor lap pool surrounded by tropical greenery and plastic seating.


Hot pools at the Fox Hotel & Suites

The hot pools at the Fox Hotel & Suites are styled on the original Banff Cave and Basin mineral springs, with a cave-like rock setting, complete with an opening similar to the hot pools upon which the town of Banff was founded. Although technically indoor, these hot pools are the most unique in town.

The Inns of Banff at the far end of Banff Avenue, has a larger indoor pool and whirlpool located behind the lobby.

Banff Rocky Mountain Resort has a 15-metre-long indoor pool, as well as an adjacent hot tub and 12-person outdoor hot tub. The indoor pool area has seating and plenty of greenery.

Our favourite Banff hotel with outdoor hot tubs is Hidden Ridge Resort, located a short walk from downtown on the lower slopes of Tunnel Mountain. The free-form hot tubs are behind the main lobby (and set away from the guest rooms). Promoted as “hot pools,” there are a variety of pools surrounded by beautiful rock landscaping, with the varying tiers allowing sweeping views across the forested Bow Valley for all bathers. They are also illuminated at night. Part of the complex is a sauna and fire pit. Hidden Ridge is also one of the few Banff hotels with private outdoor hot tubs (King Suites only).

Tunnel Mountain Resort has a smallish freeform indoor pool  just off the lobby, as well as two whirlpools and a fitness room.

Also on Tunnel Mountain, Douglas Fir Resort is the only Banff hotel with waterslides. The pool is the exit point for those coming down the waterslide, so it is not really the place to hang out and relax. The complex also has a smaller indoor hot tub, a wading pool, and a large, modern (2013) outdoor hot tub. The pool complex is open Monday to Friday 4 pm to 10 pm, Saturday to Sunday 9 am to 10 pm. Admission is free for resort guests, while non-guests pay $20 per person.

Both major hotels on the south side of the Bow River have swimming pools. The Rimrock Resort Hotel has a medium-sized but well appointed indoor pool area, complete with a whirlpool, sauna, and luxurious changes rooms. In summer, the adjacent pool deck is furnished with comfortable chairs. The pool is open the longest hours of any Banff hotels – daily from 6:30 am to 11 pm, with the final hour dedicated to adults only.

The Banff hotel with the largest pool is the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs. It has a 30-metre indoor pool and a slightly smaller outdoor pool. The indoor pool has lanes for lap swimming, lots of outdoor-style lounge chairs, a wading pool, and a hot tub styled as a grotto complete with cascading waterfall. In summer, the outdoor pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and has beverage and food service for guests. In winter, the outdoor pool is heated to hot tub temperatures and is a very popular spot for hotel guests to relax after a day skiing. Also notable are the luxurious change rooms, which come complete with plush towels, individual shower stalls, and a selection of grooming products. Access is free for hotel guests and $20 for non-guests. It’s open daily 6 am to 10 pm.