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
- 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
My wife and i stayed two nights. We had a stunning view from our room. This is really all this hotel is about. Room was small but adequate. We also used the gym which was fine. This is a very expensive hotel and this is also reflected in the bars/restaurants. We used the deli which was good for breakfast/lunch and ‘reasonable’. It was busy all the time, i think coach loads of tourists come into the hotel shops - it must be even busier in main holiday times! All in all it’s a bit grand for me but the location is stunning
This was by far the highlight of our Canada trip. The staff were amazing in the GOLD level. We didn't have to eat anywhere else except up on the gold floor dining area. You pay a bit extra for the room, but with it all included, it makes the experience easier than finding a reservation each night.
We made use of the fire outside each night to meet with other guest and to have a small drink as we chatted.
The staff and the lake make this place so surreal. We caught the free shuttle bus over to lake morraine which was another highlight. So many bush walks to keep you active and so much food and fun to make the experience memorable.
It was the most glorious experience.
The picture tells no lies. This was the fantastic view from our window.
We had the best experience ever, a walk along this turquoise lake in the sunshine.
As it was our 40th Anniversary, our daughters contacted the hotel and they kindly upgraded us to Gold. Oh, I cannot ever explain this experience fully. The suite, the service, the views,
A M A Z I N G.
We had a fondue for dinner at one of the restaurants, it took us back in time ( I had a fondue for my 18th birthday!) But this fondue has to be eaten to be believed. Dessert was chocolate, of course, and they decorated a chocolate plaque saying Happy Anniversary. Nothing was too much trouble and we would go again in a heartbeat
We are a family of 3 adults and stayed at the Fairmont Chateau as a Gold member, in a room with a lake view on the 7th floor. So worth it, beautiful room spacious and quiet too. Having our private breakfast and food lounge is an absolute bonus (especially when its really busy in the hotel). Staff were great and helpful. The hotel has plenty of restaurants and shops. We took the walk around the lake and continued further towards the tea house - if you enjoy walking and a bit of a challenge its a good hike, leave the crowds behind. We saw a Grizzly bear and her cubs (from a distance) !! As a Gold member you get an hour free in the canoes so, do it. It’s fun and a totally different view of the lake.
My mother and I were on our annual mother-daughter trip and opted to spend one night at the Chateau. We were so enamored by the setting, the hotel and most of all the staff at the hotel. Kara at the front desk started our one night stay by finding the very best possible lakeview room for us. The royal service catered to our every need and we so appreciated their extra efforts. We managed to make it to four of the fabulous restaurants. Excellent food and again impeccable service from waiter Neil M, to the host at the Fairview restaurant that wished us well on our pub crawl!!! :) We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our mom-daughter trip so special.