If you can afford to stay here, the place to stay in Lake Louise has to be what locals call the Chateau. It is one of the original hotels built by the Canadian Pacific Railway- all of which are in spectacular locations.
It is a top of the line hotel with all the amenities. But the best thing it has going for it is a view like no other. After all, how many hotels have the Victoria Glacier right in front of it across the lake!
If you can spare a few hundred dollars,,,go for it,,,,,(PS i heard the cheapest rooms all face the parking lot,,,,
Never stayed there, but would love to
if you forget to bring something and don't want to pay the price for the minibar etc,,,,you'll have to go all the way into the town to get your drinks etc.....
I stayed overnight at this wonderful hostel on my Canadian Rockies Tour in July 2005. I stayed in a pleasant dorm where we had great view of the mountains and I remember taking one of my favourite photos of all time staying there! I also enjoyed relaxing in the sauna during and the amenities that the hostel offered. I would stay in this hostel again.
The hostel is situated in Lake Louise Village and there are scenic walking trails up to Lake Louise and the environs. The hostel has Bill Peyto Cafe, which has a reasonable priced menus including a breakfast one. There are also private rooms as well as dorms but the prices are more expensive compared to other hostels in Canada and Worldwide. The added perks are a sauna, kitchen, mountaineering resource library and fireplace lounge. The hostel offers tours and in winter ski and board packages and it's only a short walk to the bus station.
I booked this through Expedia and got a deal where we paid for 2 nights and got 2 nights free. Highly recommend in winter idyillic location wonderful position right on frozen lake.
Amazing views of frozen lake at your doorstep.. at christmas time the ice carvings are spectacular, great retaurants and service... very romantic destination...convenient location to the ski fields
Have stayed several times at Buffalo Mountain Lodge during both the summer and winter months. The hotel is located just a short 5-minute walk up from the town center. The staff were great, rooms nice and in good order. The open fireplace in the room was a welcome addition during our winter stays. The main dining room in the hotel lodge has nice atmosphere (very cosy) and good food. The only negative is the meal cost (seemed a bit high compared to other places).
We did not stay in the hotel , but visited on a day trip. It is the major hotel and has the best view over Lake Louise. We were able to spend an hour inside the hotel, walking through the various lounges and bars and browsing through the various high class shops within the hotel.
A member of the luxury Fairmont Hotel group.
I diffentley want to come back here again. It was one of the most beautiful places I have evered stayed. It was winter. The Lake was so beautiful. You could ice skate until late at night. All the shops was fun to walk into.
It was supper bowel week end and I watched the game in the Lounge. How fun.
I went dog sleding. That was a blast.
The sevice was grand as the place was.
The ice sculpture was awsome. How do those people carve these reproductions out of ice.
It is totally amazing.
Surrounded with snow-frosted Rocky Mountain peaks. Secluded next to a legendary lake. Showcased by a majestic glacier. A world away from ordinary resorts nestled deep within Banff National Park; The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise awaits your arrival. Escape to a haven of inviting splendor.
The view from the room was awsome. You could see the lake and watch people ice skate.
All the sculptures were lite up with colored lights.
Indulge yourself with tantalizing cuisine from Canada, and around the globe. Go hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, fly-fishing, and horseback riding, skiing and snowshoeing. Your adventure starts right outside the Chateau's doors. Only a two hours drive west from Calgary, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is enveloped by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world and is located within UNESCO World
I didnt stay here, but it is kinda the epitome of Rockie Mountain dream accommodation really. I would love to go back and stay. Maybe some day. Located right on the lake itself it oozes charm and character and plushness, and is in a dream like setting. I rounded the corner and the building, which has been rebuilt since fires and reconstructed is like my ideal fairy tale palace home, in one of my favourite places in the world. If only I could own it!
Chateau right on the Lake, with class.
Very big campground located only 4 km from Lake Louise itself and 1 km from Lake Louise Village.
I spent one night on a tenting site ( 24 CAD).
The tenting site in the forest is protected (from bears ...) by an electrical fence.
The camp is too close to the highway and the railway. You can't see them, but hear them, especially the trains in the night...
189 trailer sites and 216 tenting sites
Don't let the name fool you! They have at least four buildings (each with about 100+ rooms) and a beautiful reception/dining building. The rooms are little old but generally they are OK. There are pool tables and laundry machines in each of the buildings and they offer some very good breakfast/lunch/dinner at the main reception building.
Lots of facilities, ie. swimming pool, pool tables, easy access to Samson Mall, laundry machines..etc
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is, like it's sister, the Banff Springs Hotel, a historic hotel, built on the shores of Lake Louise.
Like it's counterpart, the Chateau Lake Louise offers the same impeccable 5-star service, but has the advantage of the killer lake and glacier view. The hotel is a resort as well, and offers many services in the complex that it is built into. Not without much controversy, the hotel has recently expanded, offering more upscale rooms for people who want to stay in the wilderness in the lap of luxury, as well as conference space.
Stay here to be pampered in the upmost of luxury, and indulge in genteel afternoon tea and the spa. However, as with some historic hotels, the basic rooms tend to be tiny, tiny, tiny; enough room for a wardrobe, desk and bed, and max out at a wopping 165 sq. feet. If you have deep pockets and want more room, book a deluxe room or suite, which can run you up to $750 a night in low season.
It is nice to experience it once, as my hubby and I did for a romantic getaway for a birthday, but in my books, The Post Hotel down in the village is much better value with much bigger rooms and a more personalized service. Even though the Chateau has excellent service, you tend to feel more like a number.
If you don't care about that, book a lakeside view room, and get blown away by some unforgettable scenery.
One of the premier hostels owned by Hostelling International, this hostel is well-run with a cafeteria that serves decent food, if you don't want to cook. The kitchen in the family building is more efficient if you are fussy about kitchens, though they were renovating the other one last year.
Washrooms in the dorm rooms, and great lounges. Every two private rooms share one washroom, so plenty of bathrooms available. The family rooms are loft style, offering a little privacy. Common areas located away from the sleeping areas, which makes it very quiet if you want it that way.
Rooms are very basic, but are very clean and bright.
When you want to feel like you are a million bucks, stay at The Post Hotel. Owned by the Relais and Chateau Swiss chain, service is impeccable and they make you feel like you're a famous movie star, not some schmuck from Calgary.
Also, their restaurant is rated one of the top dining rooms in the world, with their wine cellar winning the Wine Spectator Award. The waiters even have those roller crumb removers that they pull out after you finish your meal. Now, that's classy.
Travel and Leisure Magazine voted The Post Hotel one of the top 10 places to stay in North America for 2004 (best value resort)
Great customer service, a basket of apples on the counter to help yourself, free daily paper. Decent pool and jacuzzi, and skating on the front lawn in the winter. Rustic elegance; much cheaper than the Chateaux Lake Louise up the hill and much more intimate.
The rooms are a third bigger, with jacuzzi tubs and woodburning fireplaces in most rooms. Also most rooms have a balcony. Just make sure to book on the "preferred side" not the "standard side" and your stay will be very quiet. The standard side includes the parking lot and that darn train (see Castle Mountain Chalets). Go all out and book one of the cabins on the river.
The Aveda amenities in the bathroom and complimentary bathsalts for your jacuzzi tub is just one of the many little touches that round out a pleasant stay.
The deluxe cabins are very nice with jacuzzi tubs and cathedral ceilings and large stone woodburning fireplaces. The only thing that I should warn you about is the very loud train that goes by sometimes every 15 minutes at all hours of the day and night. We were not aware of this when we booked. When I mentioned it to the staff, they got very snippy and said "We do not have a schedule and the train is unpredictable". Unpredictable is the operative word. During our stay it ranged from every 15 minutes for an hour, or just once in the middle of the night. Because of this, I felt this place was overpriced.
Quaint general store which has a good selection of items to buy. There are firepits and barbeques. The good thing about Castle Mountain Chalets is they are located away from the hustle and bustle of the Banff and Lake Louise townsites, which is really nice during the busy summer months. The bad thing about them is the train. (see above)
The Chateau lake louise -or to give it its full title the fairmont chateau lake louise is the premier place to stay in lake louise, although some people do not like the massive structure i am in love with it . The Chateau is a huge hotel built right on the lake- the views are unsurpassed, when booking pay that little bit extra for a lakeview room , how can you stay at the chateau and not!
it is such a big hotel with every amenity that you could stay there for two weeks without having to leave the premises- but then you are missing the whole point- go off and ski for the day the chateau to come back to at the end of the day is like a luxurious duvet wrapping itself round you.
The view the lake is so spectacular it is featured on one of the canadian dollar notes.so you know it is going to be a special view even before you seeit!
The hotel itself has somehow managed to be opulant, luxurious but also friendly at the same time, it is an oasis of comfort away from the harsh temperatures of the winter, of course it has a gym and spa, several restaurants etc- it also has a shopping mall in the basemrnt ( very discreet and tastefully done)but the whole point of the chateau (apart from the view) is that you are cossetted and looked after by a staff that are friendly and efficient in an enviroment that makes you feel like you are at home even though you are in a five star hotel.Stay there once you will be hooked.
This Luxury Hotel located on the shores of Lake Louise is so special because it has everything that you need , the view of the lake and the Victoria Clacier and the mountains is stunning, and the Hotel has amenities that will give every guest the chance to do what he or she wants to do.
Weddings are performed at this Hotel ,and a special Romantic package called ''Ice Dreams '' All you have to do to enjoy this package is waking up and the rest is taken care of . Some details of this package are.
1) A classic romantic dinner by candle light in the Fairview dining room featuring Chateaubriand for two and a mouthwatering flamed dessert .
2)A pair of deliciously defrosted distill my heart cocktail.
3) Some Inniskilin Ice Wine.
4) You can have a full beakfast for two ,and have it delivered to you room.
This winter package is available from Jan 20 till April 30. There are more packages available.
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