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Moraine Lake Lodge
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Lady Lake, Florida
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“Disappointing”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

The view is beautiful. Everyone should visit Lake Moraine but stay elsewhere. No TV and No wi-Fi in room but spotty wi-Fi in library. The room over our room was burning their fireplace and the smoke was coming down into our room. We had to open all our windows to air out our room at 11pm. Very noisy if on ground floor. If it rains, there is nothing to do.....you better like to read.
Restaurant is very expensive. Breakfast that was included in room price, was mediocre and they kept running out of food.
Not worth the price. Overpriced.

Room Tip: Stay on top floor
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Santa Clarita, California
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

My husband and I stayed six nights at the lodge. It was a splurge, but worth every penny (and then some). The staff treated us like absolute royalty! The buffet breakfast every morning was phenomenal. The view from our room...spectacular. We took advantage of the kayaks and were often the only ones on the entire lake. We didn't realize that last Sunday was a Canadian holiday, but it did not feel like it because Moraine Lake limits the number of tourists at the lake. Devin did an amazing job leading our hikes. He is very knowledgeable and it is refreshing to see a young man so enthusiastic about his job!! We will be back.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 23. It was extremely quiet and had a beautiful view.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Woodstock, Canada
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

We just came.back to Moraine Lake for the third time, and this time we were fortunate enough to be able to stay in one of the amazing cabins with an indescribable view of the majestic turquoise blue lake!

In my opinion, The scenery of the valley of the ten peaks reminds me of that of the Grand Canyon without the unbearable heat and the lake is the most beautiful of all the Canadian clear blue lakes!

Service in the small boutique hotel was second to none, dinner in the restaurant was far better than we had expected, very high-end gourmet dinning my wife had elk steak, and I the seared scallops, and rack of Lamb, with an very enjoyable wine list featuring some excellent Canadian, Californian and some other international wines.

The breakfast was also very tasty!

On one of our other nights we ate at the lodges sister properties in nearby field, Cathedral Lodge - again our meal was exceptional!

Our room was lovely with a working wood burning fire place (that we used every night) in a sitting area with a large window that looked out to the breathtaking lake mere steps from our cottage. We also had a nice small deck which my wife and I would sit and enjoy a glass of wine on prior to dinner!

While you are at Moraine, you must climb the rock pile, a short 30 min. Hike up hill to an amazing view, and the lakeshore trail, also about 30 mins. both easy walking trails. You also need to rent a canoe and go out onto the lake and just take in all the beauty surrounding you!

We used the lodge as a home base travelling to Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise and Revelstoke. Yes we love to spend time in our car seeing the sights along the way!

Other things we did and I would strongly recommend is the Lake Louise ski hill gondola ride, where we saw bears. The Athabaskan Ice-fields, Johnson Canyon, the Bow Valley Parkway.
Other great restaurants we enjoyed while on our trip other than the two lodges, the Salt Lick in Banff - Fantastic, Jasper Brewing Company- Jasper - food and drinks were delicious, The Village Idiot - Revelstoke - entertaining.

As mentioned this is our third time to Moraine Lake, I believe it is a real north American gem that should be on everyone's bucket list!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2014

We stayed in july24-26 for 2 nights stay . The lodge was set at the base of beautiful lake moraine. The owner managed to allow us for 4person in a room despite maximum of 3 limitation (which is nice). However, we did not get any introductory tour of the premise during the check in so we basically explored the site on our own. Canoeing is free anytime and everytime you want. Breakfast was complemintary and oke with standard selections but waiters expect tips for the service by placing a note on the table.
Bed was comfortable (kingsize can fit 2 adults and 1 child) and a sofa bed for an adult. The room was not particularly big but get a room away from the reception as it can get noisy from daytime tourist arriving at the side.
Main attraction is Lake itself .We did not do the free hiking guide because was never told about it during check in. Library place is a nice place for books and board games. A souvenier shop for some mementos. Other than that, room did not have tv nor phone, I guess so people can relax more.
Overall stay was oke, price was quite steep but was expected.

Room Tip: Away from reception and best at the site next to the lake. Ours was room 5, not next to the lake
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Montreal, Canada
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Excellent service all around - all members of staff were friendly, enthusiastic and more than happy to help. The hotel is amazingly well located right on the shore of Moraine Lake. During the day there are a fair amount of tourists milling around but in the early mornings and evenings hotel guests have the lake view to themselves. We really enjoyed the canoeing on the lake which was included in the room rate, and the free afternoon teas in the library. The hotel restaurant serves excellent food at quite reasonable prices. We booked the Romance in the Rockies package and got one dinner free which was a bonus. The hotel is really well located for visiting Banff and Yoho national parks. Couldn't recommend it enough!! Only downside was the bathroom was small and didn't have a window, but the rest of the cabin was spacious and lovely.

Room Tip: We stayed in cabin 18 and had a wonderful view of the lake.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

We loved our stay. Moraine lake is breathtaking. Our cabin's window overlooked the lake. We enjoyed the hiking, biking, and canoeing all of which is easily accessible. The lodge itself is very unassuming and yet top notch. The room was big and comfy. There was a fireplace and a porch. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was clean. There was mediocre free wifi, which was fine; it felt good to unplug. The meals were very good. The chef was creative with the dishes. I would enthusiastically recommend staying at this lodge.

Room Tip: Ask to get a window that overlooks the lake. We were in room 16.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

We loved this beautiful Lodge and were so glad that we chose the lake view room as it was amazing to sit on the verandah and admire the colour of Moraine Lake. Dinner was a special event and buffet breakfast was delicious. We would recommend this accommodation for a special treat - definitely worth the cost.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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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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