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
I stayed here for two nights on 6th and 7th October in a 6th floor Lakeview Room with a king bed. All of the staff I came across were fantastic - friendly and very helpful. Check-in was a breeze - plenty of staff to take care of guests.
My room was great, right in the middle, with a beautiful view of the lake. The bed was so comfortable, the bathroom small but adequate, great coffee/tea facilities.
On my first morning I walked up to the other end of the lake on the right hand side, and as the weather was deteriorating slightly I thought I would walk around the lake on the left hand side the next morning. Nope. I woke up early morning, looked out the window, and it was all white. A heavy snowfall during the night. That meant no walk beside the lake on my second morning, but I didn’t care as it was so magical.
This is a lovely hotel, with plenty of shops (if you like that sort if thing), restaurants and a 24 hour deli. I loved it and think its worth every cent to stay here, as its so iconic. Its a once in a lifetime experience.
I don’t usually leave reviews but felt compelled to after my stay at Fairmont lake louise. We received excellent customer service. Julia from the poppy brassiere exemplified what it means to be a great server. She was attentive and attended to our questions and needs with a smile and positive attitude. It was busy in the morning and she had tons of tables to wait but she made an effort to please every one she was serving. She offered options to us before we even had to ask. The view from the room was majestic!! Please get the lakeview option, you will not regret!
My family and I came on this trip because it was my mums birthday. I spoke to a Amanda Tanton who was extremely helpful, courteous and replied my e-mails in a timely manner. She offered me a cake menu and asked what my mums favorite cake was. Unfortunately, carrot cake was not on the menu but Amanda made it happen. That was an extra mile she did not have to go but it made our whole experience a whole lot happier. Not forgetting, We also received a complimentary room upgrade!
I don’t know how you guys do it but please keep providing such great experiences!! We greatly appreciate you and how you made this trip one of the best we’ve ever had. Will be back in the summer, with that said :)
If your traveling through Alberta and have a chance to stay at the Chateau Lake Louise you definitely should. Amazing views wonderful staff and accommodation. Kathleen and the rest of the staff on the Fairmont Gold Concierge we’re truly gems to speak with