How is the Rimrock Resort in Banff so amazing

Tucked away on the side of Sulphur Mountain, a few minutes from town, The Rimrock Resort Banff is an ideal hideaway for those wanting to get away without having to rough it. Banff National Park is one of those magical mountain towns that no matter how many times you visit, it never gets old. Which is why when COVID restrictions were lifted, I decided a little splurge was in order.

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Rimrock Resort is etched into the side of Sulphur Mountain. (Credit: Booking.com)
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Rimrock Resort Banff

Of all the Banff hotels you could choose from, The Huz has always been a huge fan of this AAA 4 Diamond hotel. The Rimrock Resort Banff is unique in that you check in on the seventh floor and most guest rooms are on the floors below. What you don’t realize until stepping inside, is that the resort is perched on the side of a mountain, affording sweeping views of the Bow Valley.

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All guest rooms look out onto Banff’s incredible Bow Valley. (Credit: Booking.com)

Forget craning your neck out your hotel window in the hopes of spotting a few snowcapped peaks. Most guest rooms at The Rimrock Resort faces the Rockies. And because of the hotel’s vantage point,  guest get these spectacular mountain views, with a carpet of coniferous trees unfurling from the Rundle Mountain range. It’s the kind of spot you’ll want to take any friends or relatives who’ve never been to Banff, to ensure they get to experience these awe-inspiring vistas.

Views from Banff Rimrock Resort
Taken with my old iPhone through several panes of glass.

Getting down to practicalities, our grandview guest room featured hardwood floors, which is great because hotel carpets slightly freak me out. Hardwood just feels so much cleaner, you know? And in this new world we’re living in, who doesn’t want to feel extra sanitized? 

Bow Valley Banff sunset
Not too sound too ridiculous, but these views direct from your room do make you feel like you’re in a fairytale. (Credit: Copithorne & Blakely)

From our massive king bed, topped with what seemed to be an extra fluffy duvet, we had incredible floor to ceiling views of the snow-capped peaks and the pale aqua ribbon of the Bow River carving its icy path through the valley. Layer that with the oh-so deep bathtub, and you’d be forgiven if you never wanted to leave your room. At least, I hope you’ll forgive me for not wanting to leave mine.

But leave it we must if wanted to keep our dinner reservation. Fret not, I made sure we checked in early enough to enjoy a bottle of wine picnic-style onto of that fluffy bed. Who needs an actual picnic when you can do it bug free?

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Happiness is … a break from your day to day.

Eden dining room

Foodies know this, but most of my friends don’t realize Eden dining room, the fine dining restaurant at the Rimrock, is the only AAA/CAA 5 Diamond Award restaurant in Alberta. In fact, it’s currently the only 5 Diamond restaurant west of Ontario. 

Yes, the food is posh, but it’s approachable. Like the rest of the resort, Eden sports an elegant, but relaxed feel. While I wore a skirt and cute sweater, The Huz wore jeans with a long sleeve button up.

Currently, Eden is only open 3 nights a week: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They have this amazing special going on – 4 courses for $100, which of course I went for. Who am I to ignore crazy good value? And if you’d like to celebrate in style with a recent grad, on Sunday evenings they’re offering a 30% discount on the 3-course menu to all 2020 graduates.

Minutes after sitting down with our menus, a champagne trolly rolled up. Obviously I wasn’t going to ignore that. And since it was my birthday, I splurged on a glass of Bollinger. Sinking into my wingback leather chair, sipping my bubbles, I realized this was the first time The Huz and I have been alone together in months. We needed this time.

Sure we could’ve hit any restaurant, but there’s something about dining at a white linen tablecloth restaurant, where bottles of wine peak out of silver tableside buckets and everyone gets their own sommelier. It all adds up to one elevated experience.

Eden Dining Room Rimrock Resort Banff
I forgot to mention you can add foie gras to your meal, which I of course did. It’s a generous portion, you can see to the right of the beef. So worth it!

I’ve been so cautious during quarantine that I forgot how delightful it is to receive an artful amuse bouche before the start of my meal. I forgot how much I loved the feel of a velvety chicken liver parfait on my tongue. I forgot how excited I’d get to sample new flavours like tempura seaweed and butter infused with hay (more complex and deeper – like goat butter).

I could go on and on about how succulent the scallops topped with a tomato water foam were. Or how the pheasant (I thought would taste gamey), tasted like a hearty chicken with the most incredible skin. As good as the food and drink were, it was how I felt dining at Eden that stayed with me. I felt like myself again. Truth be told, I almost felt like crying. That’s how happy I was to be in a fine restaurant, experiencing new delights.

Other dining options at Rimrock Resort

A little secret I’ve learned from Canmore locals is to head to the Rimrock for their weekly dining special. They have this amazing pasta buffet in the Primrose Dining Room, and currently there’s a steak sandwich deal in the Larkspur Lounge on Wednesday nights. You can score a 7 oz. AAA Alberta Striploin on homemade sourdough with a side for only $17.  And their happy hour runs from 4-6pm with $6 glasses of wine, beer, and 1oz spirits.

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The Rimrock’s lobby bar is one of my favourite spots for a cocktail in Banff.

What else is there to do?

We were too late to make it the spa that night and of course, slept in until almost check out time. That’s a pity because both the spa, fitness center and indoor pool at Rimrock Resort are open. I’m still kicking myself for not taking advantage. Another fail was not getting up early enough to secure an e-bike for the day or half day.

After checking out, we did traipse into town. (The public transit Roam bus is free for hotel guests.) In town, Banff Avenue – the 100 to 200 block – is car free, so we browsed and shopped with plenty of space to spread out.

Banff National Park Gondola Ride
At the Rimrock Resort, you’re steps away from taking Banff’s most scenic ride. (Credit: Pursuit Collection)

One of the perks of staying at this resort hotel is the proximity to the Banff Gondola. You can easily walk along the Sulphur Mountain road to the gondola entrance. Of course, you can hike up Sulphur Mountain, too! Budget between an hour and a half to two hours to hike up to the gondola’s viewing platform. 

Rimrock room deals

From July through September 30th, 2020 you can get 20% off each night when you stay 2 nights and it’s 25% off each night with 3 or more nights. It’s a worthy splurge for anyone looking for a luxe break in the Canadian Rockies.

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Now is the time to take advantage of great room rates. (Credit: Booking.com)

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119 thoughts on “How is the Rimrock Resort in Banff so amazing”

  1. gemma clarke

    My favourite way to reset in summer is camping! Or reading a book in a hammock! I’d looooove to stay at the Rimrock right about now though! So much happening in my hectic life…I need a vacay!

  2. Steph Siah

    My favorite way to reset is to get out of the city, if only for a day. Liked both rim rock and twb on Facebook and am subscribed to emails.

    1. Rivera Shelley

      I reset by going camping with my family – love relaxing and doing things as a family I also reset by listening to relaxing music

      This would be an amazing prize to win! Thank you

    2. Carmen leavitt

      Camping with a campfire and food cooked over the fire, the chance to reconnect as a family with more time with the kids around

  3. Mathilde Denier

    I love going hiking and backcountry camping! The mountains are the best place to relax 🙂

    1. Diane Marchak

      Our favourite way to reset in the summer, is definitely heading to the mountains and the Beautiful Lakes. There is literally nothing better than a day in the fresh air and on the water, and heading back to an amazing dinner with a fabulous view. I moved to Alberta seven years ago specifically to be closer to the mountains. They are my happy place!

  4. Desiree Stewart

    The mountains are my summer reset as I am fair weather and like to hike in the summer. This year is especially tough financially so will just be going for one night to Canmore this upcoming weekend.

  5. Emmanuel Coisne

    Best way to reset is going to the Rockies for a hike then relax in a hottub.

  6. We head out to crown land, where only our side by side can go, take the dogs to the river and explore trails and when safe have a fire and roast smokies. 🙂

  7. LILLY KAVANAGH

    I love going out for hikes and long walks in the mountains to reset. We are heading out to Hinton this weekend in our travel trailer with our kids.

    Following The Rim Rock Resort Hotel and Travels with Baggage on Facebook – May Lilly

    Subscribed to email

  8. Jennifer Conway

    I love going deep into the Kananaskis for a hike or camping – far from a cell tower so I can truly unplug!

  9. Dianne Hammel

    Best way to reset is getting to do exactly what you did! Sounds amazing and so relaxing! Would love to win this treat for my family! ????????????????????????????????☀️????????????

  10. I love reading books in my backyard during the summer with some good snacks and drinks. A chance to do the same at the Rimrock sounds amazing. Thanks for the chance!

  11. Getting out of the city is the best way to reset away from the noise of traffice. The Rimrock sounds like it would do the trick. Liked both pages and subscribed. Hope I am lucky

  12. sarah Guildford

    My favorite way to reset is to take time off with no plans! I like to do some random adventures during that time off.

  13. Sharon Targett

    I love to fill my yard with flowers that I can spend some “me time” just tending to them.

  14. Stephanie Knowler

    My absolute favourite way to reset is to get into nature! Camping, hiking, day trips, picnics, anything with trees, mountains and outdoors!

  15. Arlene Donkin

    Wow this would be amazing! Liked all pages! Favourite way to reset in the summer is camping and spending time at the lake!

  16. Sandy McIntyre

    Our reset is always a trip to the mountains any time of the year. We were in Banff and Lake Louise last week and we will go again this year.

  17. Cara Thomas

    My favourite way to reset in the summer is definitely hiking in the mountains! My husband and I hike all year round and both feel so grateful to be a short drive to the mountains. Nature always helps the body and mind reset!

  18. Holly Daury

    This year we didn’t have our usual option of flying home to Nova Scotia to reset. Instead, this single momma packed up the car, my kiddo & a friend and went camping for 4 days. We have been hoping for a mountain trip but haven’t been able to find an affordable accommodation as I haven’t worked since March. But we are doing what we can & getting outside everyday. I hope you all are taking care of yourselves & resetting wherever you can! Much love!

  19. Eva Steinke

    We love to go camping with the kids and when we are not camping just hanging out in the backyard on hot days.

  20. My favourite way to reset in the summer is by sitting around a campfire in the middle of nowhere listening to the calm that is otherwise drowned out by city noise

  21. Nancy nolan

    The kiddos and I have really gotten into kayaking this summer. Way more relaxing than doughnuts in a speed boat!

  22. Going to the mountains is my favourite way to reset any time of year, but especially in the summer. Give me some nature, fresh air and exercise, along with a restful night after a busy day and that is all I need! I suppose an amazing meal, and a nice relaxing pool and spa to go along with that would help 😉

  23. Eva Mitton-Urban

    Summer Reset – Mantra: (Mind/Body/Spirit) – MIND : Read and watch documentaries with husband/son. BODY – Eat sensible and daily walk around our house x 3. SPIRIT : Son plays piano, husband plays guitar: Listening to my guys jamming/BBQ’s – Grillin & Chillin and the imprompto Rubbermaid contain filled with water balloons. Amidst all that, RAK – being kind when situations presents itself. Understanding we are all going through is. We have to have compassion.

  24. Cathy Gobin

    We love to head out camping to the mountains & breath in that fresh mountain air while hiking

  25. Irene Seto

    I love to summer reset by getting outside to hike and bike as much as possible! Getting all the Vitamin D the natural way 🙂

  26. Jen Postma

    To reset in the summer I love cabin time with my kids, roasting treats over the fire, and connecting with friends, family and the outdoors.

  27. Taking a whole week staycation, where you don’t open your work email, is a good way to reset.

  28. Jonnie Hartling

    For me, a road trip is the perfect way to reset in the summer. It shakes up our routine and lets us reconnect without regular distractions.

  29. A solid staycation is a way to reset. Going away anywhere involved planning and traveling. Unless going away for a long time and not doing much

  30. My favorite way to reset in the summer is to have a few staycation days where we have no kids activities to attend to, no gatherings to go to, no chores/errands to do around the house. We literally have an open schedule where we can open our eyes and do whatever we want to.

  31. Sybille Mikaelsen

    My favourite way to reset during the summer is to go hiking as much as I can! Making it to the top of a mountain and just being surrounded by mountains and exploring alpine lakes, is all I need to reset and give me energy for the week!

  32. Theoni Mihalopoulos

    Sitting on a balcony and watching the rockies.So peaceful and beautiful in a chaotic world.

  33. Tatiana Paige

    I like to pack up a picnic, and head out to the mountains with the family and spend the day in the mountains by water.

  34. Tamara Krause

    My favorite ways to reset in the summer is a morning walk/hike or an early morning golf game. Being outdoors in nature recharges my soul. Also love drinks on the patio with friends and family.

  35. Barbara Kroetsch

    My favorite way to reset in the summer is to get outside and explore my city and province. Calgary and Alberta are amazing places and I am so fortunate to live here!

  36. Jacqui Skelton

    Favourite reset this year has been getting out to local parks and photographing the world around me, wildlife plants etc. Just appreciating our own backyard ahhhh

  37. A day in the mountains hiking! Can’t believe I’m never stayed at the Rimrock yet.

    (I follow/like you on Facebook)

  38. Stacey Watts

    We love to road trip and discover new places within Canada. Sometimes we’ll head over the boarder to Montana or the other closer states. Last year we visited Niagara Falls when we flew to visit family in Ontario.

  39. Lisa Bahan

    We are so lucky to live where we do! Any time I can get out of town and head to the mountains in Canmore, Banff, or Kananaskis for a day of activity I feel “reset”!

  40. Sherry Keast

    A long hike anywhere in Alberta is my rest! I do love to hike Banff, Jasper and Drumheller!

  41. Tammy Orsak

    We love to visit the mountains to reset, it’s always great to get out of the city and put onto nature. We love to camp with our two small children.

  42. Zahra Premji

    My favourite way to reset is to go for a long walk in a park somewhere with my music on for a couple of hours.

  43. My favourite way to reset in the summer is by turning off my phone and sitting in the sun and reading a book.

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  45. Kendra Brosseau

    Being with my family on a little adventure. Anytime we can get out of our house it seems to recharge us as a family; so good.

  46. Cindy MacLaren

    My favorite way to reset in the summer is to go to the lake for some swimming and boating!!

  47. Tracy Annable

    My reset is gardening, I love keeping plants alive. I act like I invented tomatoes.

  48. danielle pond

    A surprise road trip! something that is unplanned, spur of the moment! i don’t get much free time and this is the best way to reset, a little adventure. we could make it better by finding a great place to hike or explore!

  49. My favourite way to reset summer would be to have a mountain getaway with fantastic views and delicious food. ????????????

  50. Ami Takeuchi

    My fave way to reset is to head to the mountains for a hike. Clean air, great views, exercise… best of all no housework!

  51. Donna Buchanan

    Observing wildlife while respecting their space and admiring the spectacular scenery in our beautiful parks is how we relax.

  52. Jessica Popplestone

    I love little staycations or overnight trips. Hop in the car, pick a direction, and find a room spontaneously when you don’t fed like driving anymore. Sometimes it backfired and places are booked, but usually it works out!

  53. I have to admit the pandemic has not helped in reset this summer. I usually like to go for a hike in nature, and a boat ride at Lake Minnewanka. Have a safe summer.

  54. Susan Mihalievitch

    Love to spend some time in mountains or extra special would be along a river. Walking and relaxing, those are the best.

  55. Nancy Jalbert

    Love to get out of town and into nature – away from all technology- to reset and appreciate our beautiful province and country

  56. To be pampered at a great hotel in the heart of the Rockies. A couple glasses of wine helps:)

  57. Doug Sr Buist

    Resetting in summer can only be done in the mounts with great views,great food and fresh mounts air

  58. E. Bradley

    My favourite way to reset in the summer is to camp with my family and discover points of interest along the way. My husband and I haven’t had a chance to get away without the kids in forever and would love to experience the Rimrock. Glad I learned about your website after listening to the Informed Traveller.

  59. Gerry Smallwood

    As a native Albertan I reset my summer by annualy seeking a new experience in a new to me uniquely Alberta setting. Over the years I have had the pleasure of viewing and being in touch with the great diversity all of Alberta has to offer. The mountains have always been a favourite destination of ours that makes us thankfull for our life in Alberta. A stay at the Rimrock Resort would surely become a memory in the making for life……….

  60. Carrie Knutson Klevgaard

    For me, a summer reset to us is planning day and weekend trips throughout the province, but always having at least a couple trips to the Rockies! We are hotel people, and love to use all the amenities we can! With all the stress of this pandemic, slowing down and appreciating this beautiful province we live in is a gift! Summer=Banff trips ⛰????????

  61. Getting out of the city and relaxing at The Rimrock Resort followed by a spectacular dinner.

  62. My favorite way to reset for summer is a hike with beautiful views followed by a nice dip in a river.

  63. Kris Pongratz

    My favourite way to reset is a nice long hike to a secluded place for the scenery and then getting back to a room or campsite for a shower and a beer! A well earned beer!

  64. My favourite way to reset in summer is to hike trails in the Rockies. Trails in the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Spray Valley Provincial Park and Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation Area, to mention a few areas in Kananaskis Country, offer hikers an invigorating and peaceful experience.

  65. Jordan Bolt

    My favourite way to reset for summer is to take some time off work and go on a summer adventure.

  66. Deanne Bolton

    Resetting this Summer, in particular with the zaniness of this Covid Pandemic we will be visiting Canmore for a little R & R. Otherwise it’s off to my parents farm for a little bit of quiet and nature.

  67. Lindsay Dasilva

    My fave way to reset in the summer is time off camping, not being stuck to the phone, out in the fresh air, not being confined to your watch or checking the time.

  68. Tania Thompson

    Love going in to Banff to get away from everyday – always a beautiful retreat!

  69. Stephanie Harvie

    My favorite way to reset is all 4 seasons is the mountains. As soon as I start to see the mountains on the horizon my deep breathing starts, and once my feet touch I’m grounded.

    I so grateful.

  70. Jen Hanson

    Love Banff and the rim rock. My husband and I have been married for 6 years but never had a wedding we hope one day we can get enough money saved and have a ceremony here

  71. Jennifer Howson

    My favourite way to reset is to take an evening stroll outside. Its cooler, quiet and a nice way to wind down. We love doing the loop at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and have fun spotting deer and other wildlife.

  72. Erin Smith

    My favorite way to reset is a quick trip somewhere that’s a feast for the eyes (and hopefully the belly too)! AB has lots of these places; beautiful mountains, lakes, hoodoos, trails, etc that take you away from day to day and refresh your mind. The Rimrock and Banff in general is definitely one of those places.

  73. My favourite thing to do when I need a good step away from all the go go going – ness in my life is to either take a hike with my best friend or just hang out in my back yard with my fiancé and cat while enjoing a nice cold one. No phones allowed!

  74. My fave way to reset is with a lux getaway (which I don’t get to do that often). This Free Spirit will never say no to a good pampering, complemented with a fine dining weekend “wine down” in well appointed surroundings. Sounds like a most wonderful experience to win! Crossing fingers.

  75. Melissa Tenhave

    My favorite way to reset in the summer is getting away to the mountains and breathing in the fresh air! Mountains and trees as far as the eye can see, walking around through the trees and finding beautiful spots to stop on the river to dip your feet in. I love Banff and Canmore especially since they’re so close to Calgary 🙂 I’d love to go to the Nordic Spa in Kananaskis as well!! I feel happy just writing about this!

  76. My favourite way to reset is to get out on my paddle board. Preferably on a calm mountain lake.

  77. Rosaline Petek

    Reset back 35 years ago July 1985 newlyweds….spent the 1st night of our Honeymoon at the Rim Rock Resort….
    The Honeymoon Suite $125.00. (still have that receipt and the husband)
    Since then our summers’ resets’ have been mostly the outdoors recreation in the nearby Porcupine Hills (Forestry)
    A stay at the Rim Rock would be a wonderful 2020 reset….that trip down memory lane

  78. My favorite way to reset is to get away from it all in the mountains. We are so blessed to have Banff, a world class destination, out our backdoor. A day of golf, hiking and great food (that I don’t have to cook) is a wonderful day!

  79. My favourite way to reset for the summer is some great books sitting in the woods or a park or any great green space.

  80. My favourite way to relax in the summer is camping with the family at the lake! Going boating during the day and sitting by the fire at night! Love spending time with the family in the summer before the kids have to get back to school in the fall!

  81. Shara Lewis

    my favourite way to reset this summer with all the stress and anxiety of covid is to drive to the mountains and take my kids on a hike. we’ve been camping in kananaskis and would LOVE a hotel stay to rest and recharge in the mountains.

  82. There are so many beautiful hikes around Banff and throughout the Park. Best thing to do to change your perspective and just get away from it all. Great contest!

  83. Sarah Boettcher

    Only way to reset is to get into the mountains and immerse yourself in nature. ❤

  84. Janice Shechosky

    Family dinners and gatherings, wine and conversation into the night ❤️ Missing that this year with Covid ????

  85. Maureen Krenz

    Favorite way to reset is a road trip! I just pick a direction and drive. It’s fun discovering cute little places that are local.

  86. My way to reset is take in the light in the endless awe of the mountains in our beautiful province whether it be hiking camping or driving through

  87. We love going on a hike in the summer since the views around the mountains are incredible! We always have to fit in all the foodie spots while we walk everywhere!

  88. Our favourite way to reset is to ride our bicycles and it would be awesome to ride them in and around Banff. It’s also my husband’s 65th birthday this month and it would be such a wonderful treat for us to celebrate it with a stay at the Rim Rock!

  89. I’ve been resetting a lot this summer – on hikes in the Rockies and on canoe trips. Awesome giveaway Jody. Have heard amazing things about their dining room. Would be lovely spot to celebrate our 40th.

  90. Sandra Else

    We live to reset in the mountains! Hiking in K country, camping anywhere we can snag a spot, mountain biking at the Nordic Centre or a romantic night in Banff does the trick.

  91. This summer? We haven’t left home much, but we’ve done a lot of trail walking which has been a huge reset in a time like this. It’s something we’ll continue when we have a new (old?) normal for sure. Yet, with Banff a skip away, the kids and I would love to get away for a couple days. Especially staying at a place I’ve been once before and love! 🙂

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