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Moraine Lake Lodge
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Moray, United Kingdom
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171 reviews
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

The hotel itself is a delightful cabin with bespoke rooms, relaxing lounge and great dining room with a good choice of meals and wines. We stayed on the upper floor just for one night and found it very peaceful. However take seriously the comments about the tourists in the day time from 10am the coaches arrived and as the hotel offers a cafe and gift shop they are naturally attracted to it. So you will get peace but not all day tranquility that you may expect from the hotel literature. This isn't a negative though just something to be aware of especially in the summer and for the price.

Room Tip: I'd avoid the ground floor in the lodge due to other tourists walking around.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

We had cabin 18 which overlooks the lake. And what an awesome view it was even though still frozen. The cabin was superb - the bed big enough for three or more ;). A real log fire (obviously UK 'elf and safety hasn't discovered Canada). The breakfast was good but the evening meals were superb. Excellent cuisine and service.

Only negative points were that the cabin wardrobe space was limited and the bathroom was tiny. They also had the weirdest shower curtain that made me feel I was showering in bed.

But these were minor issues and anyone considering staying at the awful Fairmont in Lake Louise should stay here instead. Unless you like a Disney/Las Vegas inspired hotel.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Perth
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

We stayed at the lodge for two nights( which was not enough) on the 1st and 2nd of June.
Everything about the lodge was excellent, from the amazing service, the fine dining restaurant, to the beautiful room with the view that made it hard to leave our room to go exploring.
We have been lucky enough to travel and stay in some great spots including lake louise,we both agree this one will be hard to beat. Would highly recommend a stay here!

Room Tip: We had a queen lake view room. Which gave us an amazing view.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

My wife and I spent 3 days at the Moraine Lake Lodge last September, not because we cannot stay longer but because they are very fully booked during the summer season and we have to stay somewhere else for the rest of our visit to Banff. We were deeply impressed with the natural setting, namely the ultra serene and beautiful lake Moraine and the surrounding valley of the ten Peaks. It is so picturesque that you feel yourself living off a postcard and no less. Our room is a lodge on the hill side with big picture window and a balcony overlooking the lake with log furniture and a "wood burning" fireplace which we were too happy to use the first night and the ambience was fantastic. A stroll around the lake in the morning was extremely refreshing and indeed if one is more adventurous, they do have guided tours into the mountains and free canoeing. Their restaurant also served good food. It is a great place to rejuvenate yourself and renew your relationship with your partner or family members. It is also quite conveniently located although up in the hills and Lake Louise, Banff Town Cenre and other lakes and attractions are all within driving distance. But do book well ahead and the road up to the lodge I believe would be closed after September because of weather conditions.

Room Tip: I believe most of the lodges would have view of the lake but do make a request when you book so that...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

I stayed at Moraine Lake Lodge last september for one night. Of course, the views at the lodge are just magical. It was a special experience staying overnight at one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. We had a cabin with a king bed. the cabin was really cozy, you have a nice fireplace, and the bed is super comfortable.
Breakfast was included, and very good. It's always nice to have the breakfast included when you stay at a hotel. This was a plus for us.
The only thing that bothered me was that the employees always seemed rushed. I would expect a more attentive service from them, for the price you pay.
I would recommend staying at least two nights at the lodge to fully enjoy the surroundings. One night was not enough.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2014

Travelling from Australia, choosing Moraine Lake over Lake Louise was difficult but as avoidance of large crowds was a main criterion, we both think we might the right choice, having visited both. Access is by car, about 15 minutes off the Trans-Canada Highway, and a beautiful drive. The Lodge is a charming timber built structure, with a few rooms inside (we were in one of these), whilst most visitors stay on the adjacent modern cabins. The views from just about anywhere there are superb and Moraine Lake and its walks are a 'must' for anyone coming to the Banff region. The Lodge arranges evening talks by experts and guided walks - we took a 2-3 hour one to see the golden larches which were just coming into full splendour in early September. There's an excellent restaurant attached, and a cafe and boutique shop that is open to the public. Yes, the buses come here in numbers too, though nothing like as many as go to Lake Louise 15km away, but residents have their won quiet sitting room, afternoon tea, and as much peace and quiet as you want. It's an expensive place to stay but we thought of it as a special indulgence and enjoyed every minute of 5 days there.

Room Tip: Rooms in the main Lodge building avoid having to take a walk or a run through the weather and are qu...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

We stayed in many different types of accommodation on a trip to Canada last year. This was by far the most expensive per night. It does include breakfast and the restaurant for dinner is lovely (not included in price), however I would say that the price is a bit too steep. You have use of canoes on the lake and there was a great naturalist one evening doing a great presentation which was free to guests. We also booked a Larch Valley trek the second day we were there which although pretty tough, brought superb views. Lake Moraine is stunning, better than Lake Louise in my opinion, as less touristy and more peaceful. Beautiful colours too.
You can visit for a day trip and access most things.
The rooms are lovely with log burners and balconies. You are set back from the lake and may not have a view of the lake unless you request this. I can not fault the accommodation for comfort and luxury and as they are not open all year I guess they need to reap in as much money as possible during their season.

Room Tip: We asked for a lake view room when we booked.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Moraine Lake Lodge
Address: Moraine Lake Road, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 1E0, Canada
Region: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Lake Louise
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Lake Louise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Moraine Lake Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Moraine Lake is the iconic lake pictured on the old Canadian twenty dollar bill. Many visit Moraine Lake, the lucky ones stay at the only accommodation on the lake, Moraine Lake Lodge. Located in Banff National Park, 15 minutes away from Lake Louise, Moraine Lake is known as the Jewel of the Rockies. Steps from their rooms, guests staying at the lodge are treated to the stunning beauty and pristine splendor of the iridescent turquoise-coloured lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Each guest receives a complimentary package that includes guided hiking, naturalist presentations and canoeing on Moraine Lake. Moraine Lake Lodge is also renowned for its cuisine, with signature dishes featuring regional and seasonal ingredients. ... more   less 
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