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 you come to Lake Louise I would highly recommend staying here because you will never forget it. Make sure you get a room on the lake side because the view you have from your room is worth it. Will never forget the experience.
The Fairmont has been on the list of places to stay for quite awhile, and the trip here didn't disappoint. From the manicured gardens to the lake views this property really is more than just a place to stay, it's an experience. Check in is simple, and if you happen to be there during the summer months you can request an air conditioner for your room. While it may seem strange not to have central air the local weather usually cooperates.
During summer there is a lot of traffic from tourists descending on the lake. Fortunately there is ample room to park for the hotel guests. Be mindful of the signs while getting there to skip some of the traffic looking for public parking.
There are some great places to eat here, and make sure you get your canoe trip in before leaving. If you have an hour you can paddle all the way to the end of the lake and back. The gardens on the back side of the property offer some wonderful places to sit and people watch as well.
Overall this is a beautiful property.
We had two lakeside suites on the gold floor for my 60th birthday. My son and his wife had one suite, my husband and I the other. The Gold Floor experience was so incredibly fabulous. The breakfast was amazing with made to order omelettes and so many offerings, from banana bread French toast to steel cut oats and fresh assorted berries, etc, and smoothies and every kind of juice. The staff were all so friendly and courteous. The appetizer hours again over the top themed each night from French to asian etc. great wines on and on. I was welcomed for my birthday with chocolates and champagne complimentary. The views out our window were magical moments as well as our hikes around Lake Louise in the snow. Memories to last a lifetime.