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Rundle Lounge - Afternoon Tea - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Rundle Lounge - Afternoon Tea - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Rundle Lounge - Afternoon Tea - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fairmont.com/banff-springs/dining/
  • Phone: (403) 762-6860
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 1200pm - 5:00pm

    Dinner: No reservations accepted
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Afternoon Tea
  • Executive Chef: j.W. Foster
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Rundle Lounge offers two distinct private dining areas. The Sir William Wallace Room is available for smaller parties. This cozy room offers great views, with the comfort of a fireplace. The Upper Rundle Lounge is available in the evenings. It has spectacular views and is suited for larger parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Jessica Pearce (888) 842-6893

Getting there

  • Public Transit: There is a bus service run by the town which runs approximately every 40 minutes into Banff.
    Fare is $2.00 per person.
    The bus operates daily from 6:35 a.m. until 11:15 p.m.
    The closest bus stop is located directly out the front of the hotel on Spray Ave.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: The hotel"s parking is located beside the Convention Center. It is a three-level roofed parkade with 415 parking spaces:

    Self-parking: $25 CAD/night, with unlimited access
    Valet service: $35 CAD/night, with unlimited access
    Electric Vehicles - complimentary
    The Fairmont Banff Springs along with Sun Country Highway Ltd, a manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations has installed Banff's first electric vehicle charging station, in the hotel's parkade.
A word from Rundle Lounge - Afternoon Tea - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
The Rundle Lounge takes England"s most beloved ritual to new heights. With breathtaking views, Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Banff Springs offers 12 of our finest loose leaf teas accompanied by delectable pastries and finger sandwiches for the time honored traditionalist. The Rundle Lounge climbs even higher with its exclusive Matcha Martini, shaken not steeped for the modern tea aficionado.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Waited for this experience but left dissapointed with both food and service. Staff tried but overall not interested or displayed passion for their work. First impression was different with a red stain in centre of table cloth and a hole in the cloth at my place setting. One waiter noticed the stain after we had been served our starter and did offer to change but I thought was too late at this time as table was set to start. Was not served part of the starter course and cut sandwiches were dry on the outside with the beginning of curled edges. Once the staff filled the water glass it was an effort to have them back for a refill. Not at all what we expected the Fairmont to be like."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We've been at many great places for high tea - this ranks with the best. A perfectly prepared tea with delectable scones, a wonderful variety of sandwiches, perfect dessert bites and chocolate petits fours to melt in the mouth. And the view was wonderful. We enjoyed our time very, very much. Service was impeccable."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Our afternoon tea was exceptional. The staff were both knowledgeable and attentive, the food fresh and delicious and the setting is spectacular. We had a wonderful afternoon and would definitely recommend afternoon tea to anyone wanting a treat. The experience exceeded our expectations."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The service was phenomenal. Staff were friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. The view was breathtaking and incomparable! The food and tea were well-done and the variety was favorable. Our favorite menu items were the lavender flavoured scones. I will definitely recommend and return to this fine establishment."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Excellent service they were able to accommodate a last minute guest"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The Rundle Lounge is a spectacular location for afternoon tea and the Banff Springs serves up a lovely selection of goodies."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The tea, cakes, view & ambience were excellent. This would be a restful way to enjoy the mountains on a rainy afternoon. Our server was pleasant and knowledgable about the teas. She moved too quickly through the explanation of each tea as we hadn't finished passing one canister around our table to smell & inspect when she was already talking about the next. She was accommodating when one member of our party wanted to try her tea both hot and iced."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The service was exceptional, and the food was delicious. We had a wonderful time!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This was my fourth time going to the Banff Springs for afternoon tea. Although it was still lovely, the quality of food has definitely gone down which is a shame given the price ($41+tax pp). The ambience is always amazing though! I just hope the Banff Springs isn't relying on ambience alone to bring customers back."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The best view in town! We loved our afternoon tea at Banff Springs. Staff were very accommodating to my allergy and provided an even better substitute!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Always a great experience sitting along the windows enjoying the great view. Excellent selection of teas. tasty sandwiches and treats. Staff was exceptional"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "the staff was a bit too anxious to pick up dishes. We were not finished and our dishes were being taken away (my daughter's tea disappeared and she was still drinking it)"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Have been several times for high tea. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "I came with my mother to enjoy high tea and the view to celebrate her birthday. The service was lovely, and our hostess places a special happy birthday chocolate on our tray, as well as giving her a small gift of her favourite tea. Delicious, thoughtful and delightful. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Went on a Friday (not as busy) at 12:00, so we were able to get a table with a view. We had a great server who explained all the teas. The sandwiches and sweets were very tasty. Would highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The Rundle Lounge was very accommodating to our dairy free/gluten free family with plenty of options. Great flavors, beautiful view, a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "This is our second time coming out to Banff to celebrate the impending arrival of a baby. The setting and teas were impeccable as always. We were disappointed that the berry aperitif consisted of 1 strawberry and 3 grapes, whereas in the past we got a glassful of a variety of berries. For the price, we were expecting similar standards as the first time we came."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We had high tea for Mother's Day. Cannot fault anything from the view to the service money well spent"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Afternoon Tea in the Rundle Lounge never gets old. I have brought guest after guest here and have loved it every single time. The staff clearly enjoy their work, the menus are regularly updated and Mother Nature tries hard to steal the show. I've been here in all seasons, all weathers and with lots of different groups. It simply is a wonderful treat that everyone enjoys."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Apart from a 20-minute wait after we had been seated, the food was lovely, the scenery gorgeous, and the Tea delicious."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I don't mind paying over the top prices at Fairmont Hotels for average rooms and just OK dining because their service is always excellent and you feel like royalty. Took my fiancé for Afternoon tea as we do our wedding research. The service was sub par. We were ignored and made to feel like an inconvenience rather than valued guests. As an FPC platinum member, I know most of the Fairmont service standards and they missed on all of them. It took 20 minutes to get service from the time they sat us, the server was not smiling or engaging at all, he ran down the tea options in less than 45 seconds, the service was poorly timed, the tea came too soon and the pastries were not served in order. Just dissatisfied with the whole experience "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The view from the rundle lounge is truely amazing. I would reccomend afternoon tea to everyone. Great atmosphere and a great selection of food and drink (tea range is very impressive) Simply once in a lifetime opportunity. You don't know what your missing!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "The High Tea at the Banff Springs Hotel had an amazing view and great ambience. I suppose that is what you pay for. The basic high tea service definitely did not warrant the outrageous cost. Must be paying for the view."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Last Saturday, we five friends enjoyed a gracious and leisurely afternoon tea in the Rundle Lounge at the Banff Springs Hotel. Our waitress was pleasant, informative and attentive. We enjoyed finding out about many different teas and trying three different ones. We enjoyed the "light lunch"- the fruit, sandwiches, sweets and macaroons. Most of all, we enjoyed the opportunity to have a relaxed two hour lunch with animated conversation and a view over the golf course and out to the mountains. "Afternoon tea" was a visually sensual, soul-refreshing pause; tea to a "T"."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The afternoon tea is a wonderful experience. The view is amazing and the food and tea are wonderful."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Afternoon tea at the Rundle Lounge was a unique dining experience. The service was top-notch and the food was delicious. We especially appreciated the scenic views from our table and also the attention to detail with the whole experience. We had a child with us and she was truly treated like a princess! I would highly recommend this experience to anyone lookin for something special and unique to do in Banff!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Staff is incredible food is delightful and you won't find a wider variety of teas with such a magical ambience. Unfortunately, service was horrendous due to lack of proper staffing. Comp'd our champagne upgrade however did not offer a tea box to ladies who did not order champagne. Would still go back again when in Banff - a must for tea and Jane Austen lovers!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Very nice way to spend the afternoon following a day on the ski slopes."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "What an amazing view from our table and the high tea service was amazing and fantastic."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I was having the absolute worst day and this tea cheered me up 100%! Our server, Bernice, was really sweet and very knowledgeable about the teas. She gave us plenty of time to enjoy the afternoon and made sure our stay was pleasant. She definitely went above what was required of her. The food and tea was great, and I'm looking forward to tea at the Fairmont again soon."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "A beautiful view, tasty tidbits, a great selection of teas, good friends makes for a perfect experience. We had the added bonus of being at the Rundle on a quiet early afternoon midweek in February. We will do it again!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We had 7 people in our party and I know that all 7 of us had an absolutely wonderful time. We felt vert welcomed and the services was excellent. The servers were very friendly and accepting of our very lively group. It was the perfect place to have a pre-wedding celebration for my niece, with all the women in our family attending. Thank you."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Took my parents here for their anniversary, and they did everythingthey could to make this experience memorable. They bought my parents a plate of chocolate and a glass of champagne each that was all complimentary of the resturant. The food was great you could smell them baking fresh scones with eating your lunch. Would recommend this reaturant to everyone."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "High Tea in the Rundle Lounge at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is something everyone has to do at least once. I had this opportunity this weekend with my niece who is 14 years old. We both loved it, the food was all amazing, the ambience perfect, the view so spectacular you forget to chew. Honestly breathtaking, we loved it! : ) Every drop !"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Beautiful view. Outstanding service. Delicious sandwiches & desserts. Just a perfect afternoon. Loved the tea. Upgraded to a champagne package. Very, very happy. Thank you!!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "it was the first time going to high tea, but it was excellent! the tea and food was wonderful!!!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Purpose of my visit to Banff Hot Springs Hotel was to enjoy an Afternoon Tea experience with my Mother and Sister. We were not disappointed! Breathtaking view! Excellent warm hostess made the whole visit memorable for us. Take your camera and walk the outdoor patio for wonderful photo-opp's!"
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I decided to partake in Afternoon Tea at the Banff Springs for a date day. Upon arriving, we were greeted with extremely friendly and welcoming staff, however the waitress who greeted us at the more "exclusive" Afternoon Tea section, was a very lack lustre. She didn't exchange any pleasantries or small talk and seemed as though she was very tired or disinterested in ensuring a positive dining experience. She sped through the featured teas, had no explanation as to why the table beside us, (who had arrived nearly 10min after we sat down), received their appetizer scones before us, and she also excluded any explanation as to what was on each level of the tiered serving plate."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "My daughter and I really enjoyed high tea at the Castle, there was a very good selection of tea and the food was very very nice, and plenty of it. Staff were lovely and the view is spectacular!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Finished a weekend away with afternoon tea. The teas were lovely as were the little treats. A bit pricey but that is expected when you have a Fairmont Afternoon Tea. Definitely a "treat" versus a regular occurrence."
    Dined on 12/29/2013