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
Great service,excellent food and lots to do. Spoil yourself, it's worth it. Cross country skied, did the horse drawn sleigh, soaked in the hot tub and just relaxed. The restaurants are great. Loved the Walliser Stube.
Was fortunate enough to stay at the Chateau recently as part of a tour group visiting the Canadian Rockies. Every part of the stay from arrival to departure was outstanding. Ate in the Lakeview Lounge on the first night and the Alpine Social on the second night; the service and food was exemplary. Found all of the staff to be very friendly and go out of their way to ensure your experience of your stay is second to none. Beautiful location and stunning scenery. Had the opportunity to go snow shoeing whilst I was there and my only disappointment was that I couldn’t stay longer. Would love to return for a longer stay.
Exceptional service. Comfortable room. Incredible views. Fabulous food. In other words, about as perfect as hotel stay can be. Highly recommended for one’s bucket list. The Canadian Rockies are maybe the most beautiful mountains in the entire world.
Stayed for a ski vacation with friends as my first time to the Chateau. The grounds were beautiful, spent 2 days skiing and one day hiking up to the Tea House (seasonal). You could skate, rent hockey equipment, dog sled, take sleigh rides or eat at one of the many great restaurants. We had a wonderful meal at Lakeside Lounge - try the Poke or Alberta shaved cheesesteak sandwich. All the cocktails were outstanding and the view was great. Second night ate at Alpine Social, and while the service was initially disappointing for Fairmont standards, the manager invited us back for cocktails on the house and our second server Holly was outstanding. Jocelyn at concierge arranged dinner reservations, taxi service to the airport, and their texting service made sure our stay was enjoyable. The eucalyptus steam room was the cherry on top. We enjoyed great company in an outstanding hotel and cannot wait to come back. We barely left the hotel except to ski!
Absolutely loved our stay and experience at the Fairmont Lake Louise. The location and views can not get any better. The staff was the best I’ve ever experienced. So many activities to enjoy. The location was perfect for traveling to different ski areas. We traveled to Lake Louise, Kicking Horse and even Revelstoke. The scenic drives were amazing as was the skiing at each location. We’re definitely going back!!!