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
We really enjoyed 3 nights staying in a suite at Chateau Lake Louise. The hotel sadly had too many restaurants/kitchens closed which meant there were not enough food options during our stay. But the hotel and staff are lovely and it’s so scenic here. Skiing at Lake Louise was wonderful. I would avoid the hotel shuttle at busy times as the wait for pickup in the cold can be brutal. Breakfast was decent but felt over priced for the options on offer. Dinner was lovely every evening, despite the limited options and we ate the same thing 2 nights in a row!
The swimming pool doesn’t fit the hotel vibe - it’s depressing in a vaulted room with no views and it feels soulless, with changing rooms that only fit 4 people in there at a time - good luck when everyone is hoping for the hot tub post skiing at the same time! Although beware the chlorine content in the hot tub - my eyes lasted 5 mins max before I had to leave.
Nice selection of shops in the hotel. Rooms are very clean and nicely decorated. Bathrooms are dated but clean with nice showers. We would return, it was a very relaxing stay and the views are to die for.
Gorgeous spot with wonderful hiking and XC ski trails, usual excellent Parks Canada resources and work.
However, the hotel is a monstrosity. Huge, crowded, mediocre food. Expected expensive staying in a national park but Fairmont uses this as a n excuse to charge a “resort fee” for god knows what, certainly didn’t cover parking, it seems to be a ruse to show their bloated room rates as somewhat less on travel search engines. They’ll also happily charge you for internet, unless you sign up for their club where they get rights to spam you.
Probably the worst of it is that Fairmont’s idea of luxury is to encase everything in plastic. Plastic sugar packets, plastic tea bags, they even encase the local tap water in plastic bottles for you. Parks Canada should boot them out of this spectacular place for these egregious practices.
This place is beautiful but I don't know if I'd ever want to stay here. The Lake was frozen and they had skates you could rent to skate on the lake, which was really nice as well as an ice structure. We had lunch here one day and were told by the valet they were at capacity and they weren't even sure they would take us for lunch. While waiting to see if we could get in, one valet person told us to go around and we could either self park for free or valet for $30. We went around while my husband went inside to see about getting us a table and then he text that we could be seated immediately. We went around to valet (took about 1 min) and were told by the next valet guy that they wouldn't even valet our car because they were at full capacity, but in a very rude way. What?? We explained that the other valet guy said he would valet our car and he stormed off to get the other valet guy we spoke to. Already left a bad taste in our mouth. Luckily lunch was excellent as were the drinks and the lake was beautiful. They also have a Roots store in the hotel, which I was looking forward to.
It is really hard to go wrong when you have such a beautiful location. The scenery is absolutely spectacular and sitting in the hotel restaurant lounge overlooking the Lake at the end of the day (or any time of day!) does wonder for your stress levels! Easy 10-minute shuttle to skiing at Lake Louise but lots of activities at the hotel as well (skiing, skating, hiking, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, dog sledding, yoga....). Concierges were top notch and very accommodating. Great for a family vacation - kids under five eat free! Although we looked at eating outside of the hotel (tried one restaurant outside) suggest just staying put at the hotel. Restaurants are very good. Only suggestion is to add in some more pre-ski yoga sessions in the mornings - the one I did was an amazing way to get the day started! Highly recommend and we will definitely be back :)
This imposing structure straddles the base of Lake Louise and as such has commanding views of the valley and mountains that surround it.
The entire area is magnificent, the scene from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is amazing.
All of the employees are very friendly, very helpful, extremely polite and go above and beyond.
There are a host of activities to participate in year round although I cannot recommend the sleigh ride; it’s overpriced, underwhelming and the staff (who are clearly separate from the Fairmont) are rude, unhelpful, disinterested and obviously hate their job! Very disappointing.
This should not take away from the hotel experience at all and although it’s pricey it’s well worth it.