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
If only once, you must experience Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. It was one of the most beautiful experiences, especially to wake up with a view of Lake Louise and the mountains. Breakfast was delicious. Just do it!
The walk along the lake shore was tremendous as well. If our time on this earth allows, we will return at some point.
We spent 3 nights here and once we got moved to the lakeview room, everything was magical. There are several amazing employees we encountered that made our stay extra special. Maiya in the spa was sublime. Do not miss the chance to visit her for a treatment. I had the seasonal special the day I checked in and it definitely left me in a fabulous state of mind for the rest of my trip. Once we saw t
he beautiful lake we knew we needed to move across the hall and the wonderful Rhianni at the front desk helped us make that happen. We ate at almost every restaurant on property and highly recommend the fondue at Walliser Stub. Thao was our waitperson and she was also extremely courteous and helpful. Finally we took the late afternoon Voyageur Canoe trip with Ross as our guide and he made the last night of our trip perfect. We learned a great deal from him and we got to paddle to the far shore of the lake and back again. Overall we loved our lake view junior suite. The room was a nice size with a small sitting area. The bathroom was also nicely equipped with plenty of counter space and under counter storage. If there was any part that was less than stellar it was our tea at the Fairview. They charge quite the premium for a small amount of food and we were seated at a table with a view that was entirely blocked by a wall. My husband felt strongly that the hotel got a tad greedy there by squeezing too many tables into the space which was unreasonable for the charge. We had the buffet breakfast 2 mornings and room service the last day and enjoyed the room service smoothie the best. It was delish.
Unlike my other reviews, I will start with the summary, so even if you don't read the whole review you know exactly what I want to convey:
This is the most beautiful (like I said in the title, unrealistically stunning) view of mountains and the emerald blue Lake Louise. If you are staying at Lake Louise, it has to be this place.
Property: While the highlight is the view, the property is an architectural marvel; it's like stepping into some historic majestic palace. Everything here is grand and classy. We were torn between the two decisions whether we should stay indoors and enjoy the property or step out and experience the painting-like landscapes. I wish we had stayed longer to get enough of both (believe me, you will never feel it’s enough).
Food: While all the restaurants serve delicious food, our favourite was the Lake View Lounge, because of the view of course. It was the beginning of summer, so we could sit outside on the patio (blankets provided by the restaurant kept us warm too).
Spa: Again something you must experience if you have time. Very relaxing and royal.
Staff and services: We had a pretty smooth stay; the staff was polite and helpful.
Parking: Ample parking space, there is valet parking too (if you arrive post 9pm, you’ll have to self-park).
Not to miss: The view of course, which you can’t miss anyways. In addition, in the evening they arrange for outdoor electric fireplaces facing the lake - a perfect place to sit with a hot cup of coffee (or whatever you like to drink :) ) and unwind. Also, don't miss going on a walking trail that takes you to the other side of the lake where there is a small plain. It's a simple trail, takes around 25-30 mins one way. It is a beautiful walk, loads of picture opportunities, especially from where you can see entire Fairmont Chateau on the lakeside. There are other walking trails too of different difficulty levels; hotel staff can guide you on that. They also provide their own guides in case you need. We were fine with the map that they provided, you can’t get lost as the walk is along the lake. This is an avalanche area so just be little vigilant while walking.
What else is around: Lake Louise Gondola, Lake Moraine (must visit), market area on the riverside - everything is 10-20 minutes driving distance from Fairmont.
While I’m just back from my Canadian Rockies trip, I’m already planning my next one. And Fairmont is top on my list, this time for more days.
We were very disappointed with our afternoon experience.
The attention to detail just wasn't there and certainly did not reflect the Fairmont reputation nor experiences of other Fairmont establishments.
Server was polite but quite robotic.
Spilt drink over our cutlery. That's fine, mistakes happen and she was apologetic. But she never came back to clear up so we had to do it ourselves.
When asking for the bill our server failed to tell us there was a dessert buffet included. We found this out afterwards. So we paid and yet missed out on an entire course.
Great setting, stunning views.
This hotel looks amazing situated where it is but the room we had was way too hot, no air conditioning. Eventually had to leave the window open all night. Lovely comfortable beds & linen. Difficulty climbing into bath to shower, felt dangerous as no handrail.
Very large & busy hotel felt too impersonal.
Evening (group booking) meal was very average, not enjoyed by the majority of the group.
Breakfast however was very nice.
Nice to visit & see this hotel but not worth the $$$$.