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Looking for a room with a magnificent mountain view? Then, look no further than Fairmont Château Lake Louise!
Located in the heart of pristine Banff National Park and within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the luxurious hotel offers breathtaking views of Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier. This winter, Kev and I ventured into the wilderness of Banff National Park and stayed at Fairmont Château Lake Louise. Until today, I still can’t forget the stunning view of the lake from our hotel window!
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Just steps away from an abundance of outdoor activities, this historic hotel is the dream destination for any adventure seeker. In the summer, you can paddle a canoe on the lake; in winter, you can hit the ski slopes at the Lake Louise ski area that is just minutes away. At Fairmont Château Lake Louise, you are promised luxurious comfort and gracious hospitality, that will be much needed after a full day of outdoor adventure.
The hotel features 550 well-appointed rooms and 7 restaurants and lounges to satisfy your culinary cravings. On top of that, the year-round hotel has all the amenities under one roof, including fitness center, indoor heated pool, full-service spa and hair salon, equipment rental and repair shop, gift shops, and concierge that arranges dining reservations and outdoor activities. The highlight of our stay was participating in the guided Johnston Canyon ice walk and dog sled tour, which we booked through the concierge pre-arrival. Both were wonderful ways to explore the winter wilderness!
The hotel has a mix of standard and deluxe rooms, overlooking either the Château grounds, Bow Valley mountain range, or Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier. We stayed at the Fairmont Lakeview room, which, despite its small size and old decor, provided absolute comfort and included all the modern essentials such as flat screen television, coffee machine and high speed wireless internet.
The hotel’s close proximity to mountain peaks, crystal lakes and forests of trees gives you easy access to all sorts of outdoor activities.
In the winter, you can explore the Rockies by participating in the hotel’s mountain adventure program and taking part in the guided ice walk, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing tours. Johnston Canyon in winter offers stunning views of frozen waterfalls and it a completely different experience than you would find in the summer. Looking for something more adrenaline inducing? Why not check out ice climbing, snowmobiling, or helicopter tours? The hotel partners with local tour companies to bring a full range of winter sports to its guests, reservations available through the concierge. Completely hassle-free!
In the summer, hiking Mount Fairview to the historic tea house and canoeing in the breathtaking Lake Louise are something you absolutely can’t miss. Also check out horseback riding, white water rafting, and wildlife tours to fully experience the beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains!
In the spring and fall, the hotel runs wellness and meditation retreats to help you reconnect with your mind and body.
Helpful tip: free rental of GoPro is available to hotel guests. Given its limited availability, make sure you contact the concierge in advance and reserve the equipment!
Various dining options are available inside the hotel. From 24-hour deli, sports bar, to fine dining restaurants, you can always find a place that meets your needs.
The authentic Swiss cheese and meat fondues at Walliser Stube is a popular option that requires advance reservations. Poppy Brasserie is the all-time favourite breakfast spot for à la carte or buffet dining.
My personal favourite was the Lakeview Lounge, overlooking the best views of Lake Louise. Not only did it serve golden-y delicious French onion soup, it offered delectable pastries and finger sandwiches for afternoon tea. You can’t say your Lake Louise experience is completed without having an afternoon tea at the Château! As always, advance reservations are required.
Fairmont Château Lake Louise is truly a little piece of paradise. The stunning views and the incredible variety of activities make it a fantastic destination for a romantic getaway or an adventure-packed holiday! Even if you travel with kids (or pets!), their babysitting and pet sitting services, as well as supervised children activities, will ensure the little ones are enjoying themselves?
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