Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
What We Love
- Spicy Caesar cocktails (Canada’s version of the Bloody Mary) in the Lakeview Lounge upon arrival
- Sunrise canoeing on the world famous lake
- Hiking the Lake Agnes trail to a secret teahouse (of the same name), where you can enjoy more than 100 types of tea and sweets with breathtaking views of the Bow Valley
What To Know
- Free WiFi; just sign up for Fairmont’s President’s Club loyalty program (free) at check-in
- More for families than for couples looking for a romantic getaway; there are numerous kid-friendly classes
- The scene at the indoor pool (there is no outdoor pool) can be wall-to-wall children
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
The majestic lobby bears the perfectly preserved grandeur of yesteryear. Adorned with oil paintings, polished wood and plush carpets, the space is capped with a chandelier and a grand staircase straight out of a Victorian novel. The lobby opens onto the iconic Lakeview Lounge, with its majestic plate glass windows and remarkable view of the lake and glacier. Kids will love Marcus, the hotel’s golden Lab “pet ambassador,” who wanders the lobby. (Note: He can be walked around the grounds Monday to Friday).
Bed and Bath
The entry-level Fairmont Rooms are on the small side, as are the Fairmont Lake View Rooms (but come with an upgraded view). All rooms are carpeted and include stately furniture finished in old-fashioned wood and brass, and truly comfortable beds. In the marble-tiled bathrooms you’ll find Rose 31 products by Le Labo.
Walliser Stube elevates the classic fondue meal to new heights. Recently renovated in bright woods, this Swiss-German restaurant leaves every palate satisfied with its inventive take on classic fare. Make reservations before you arrive; this experience gets booked up most evenings. For a nightcap head downstairs to the Western-inspired Glacier Saloon for cold local drafts, hockey on almost every TV and maybe a game of pool in the wee hours. The Chateau Deli is great for a quick breakfast and is also the only place you can find a decent latte within 20 miles. The spa features products and treatments by Aveda.
In the Area
Just on the other side of the Trans-Canada Highway lies one of North America’s premier ski resorts, also aptly named Lake Louise. The Fairmont’s shuttle runs to the ski resort regularly. In the winter (November to May) enjoy some of the best skiing imaginable; in the summer the resort’s gondola takes visitors up the mountain for natural pursuits such as wildlife watching and hiking. All of this activity is bound to work up an appetite. For an elegant evening head over to the Post Hotel and Spa for dinner and a bottle of wine from its 25,000-bottle cellar.
How to Get There
This was a very nice property. Hotel guests get priority for everything and if visiting Lake Louise it is very convenient to stay here. Canoeing on the Lake was beautiful. All meals we had at the property were very good. The views are magnificent!!
Another wonderful Fairmont hotel and completely different views. To wake up and look outside and see the majestic beauty is indescribable.
Now you do have to deal with all of the masses of people sitting in one spot and NEVER truly taking in the full beauty of the lake or the hikes because they are too busy taking selfies of themselves and are so narcissist to even try to move, but that does not diminish the beauty. This was a bucket list item for me so I could spend hours looking at this and not getting bored.
I would recommend taking the canoe ride, it is less than a mile to paddle and you will be mesmerized looking back over the mountains, glaciers and then back again.
The hike to the tea room is beautiful and would certainly recommend. It is fairly easy but you also need to be a little careful as a person could get hurt.
The resort has everything you have come to expect from the Fairmont and this again did not disappoint.
We were in the gold level again with breakfast and appetizers and it was nice but not outstanding. The location on the lake is fabulous with lovely walks. But one night is enough as there is only so much to do.