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
A fantastic place, the hotel and food e-was great.
The room was luxurious.
The views were out of this world.
We had a lake side walk and saw a Chipmunk.
The Lake was still frozen but what views.
It might be the next thing to heaven.
The most amazing outlook and excellent service food was sublime.
Beds were amazing seeing the snow tricklng was beautiful the lake was iced over.
The resturants and Bars food and drinks and staff were of a high quality.
I would have no hesitation in recommending The Fairmont Hotel also The Fairmont Vancouver Hotel.
Picture perfect location!
Spent two nights in a beautifully appointed room on the 7th floor with breathtaking views of the lake.
Entertainment at Social on the lower level was great and overall service at the hotel impeccable.
Should definitely be on everyone's bucket list!
When a place you love changes, there is natural trepidation. But the freshening of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has been handled with a soft touch. We did not stay in the larger, newer rooms, preferring to be in the original building with our favorite views of the frozen lake. The rooms are "bijou", but lovely. The view is worth the surcharge, and the windows open so you can enjoy a shot of icy air. We did not like losing The Glacier bar with its pool table and hockey games on TV, but, that's not why we come here. The worn marble steps are the same, the comforting draw of The Mountain Lights bookstore is intact -- fascinating CN rail tourism posters as well as a curated choice of books, the terrific snack shop where the skiers swarm after their exertions. Lake Louise is surely one of the most beautiful vistas on earth and the Fairmont remains the perfect staging point for your amusements.
My husband and I choose The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for our anniversary weekend. It's been on our bucket list for years, and this seemed a very good reason to enjoy some time there. From the moment we drove up, we were made welcome by the parking valets. Check in was a breeze as we did the pre-arrival check in option. We arrived a few hours before check in and were happy to find our room ready. We enjoyed lunch with a view of the lake and mountains. Then a stroll around to the lake. Champaign and strawberries awaited us after our walk. What a lovely surprise. We strolled through the hotel shops, enjoyed a few drinks at the bar in the basement. We booked dinner at the Walliser Stube and it was beyond fantastic. I would recommend the cheese fondue as an appetizer and the schnitzel for your main course. But the weekend was not long enough, and we soon found ourselves eating a hearty brunch the following morning, before doing or easy check out. We can't wait to come for another visit! Thanks again for making our milestone anniversary special and memorable.