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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

These older Canadian Pacific Chateau hotels really locked up the best locations in the country. Why? Because they were the first to recognize the world class views and geography we have and bet (heavily) on them by creating world class destination resorts and keeping them going during thick and thin (read major fires, tough economic times including the Great Depression and changing high end tourist tastes).

Having stayed over the years at most of the older Fairmonts in Canada: the Banff Springs, the Chateaux Montebello, Frontenac, Laurier, and Royal York; the Palliser, Queen Elizabeth, Winnipeg and Vancouver hotels: some of the newer Canadian Fairmont Chateaux: Whistler and Tremblant and the Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii, and now finally, the piece de resistance, the incomparable Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise; I can say that I am happy once and a while to have my pocket picked and picked by the very best.

During these stays, I have loved to kick back and enjoy the finest of dining: elk, caribou, bison, beef, veal, salmon, black cod, halibut, smoked trout and arctic char, shrimp, scallops, oysters, quail, pheasant, boar; the best of seasonal ramps, wild mushrooms, asparagus, and fiddle heads; eggs benedict on smoked salmon; and, everything maple including the best, most rustic tarte a sucre d'erable possible).

Also I have loved to kick back and enjoy the finest of views and locations: the picturesque, truly scenic, (no words fully do it justice) Lake Louise, the heights of le Cap Diamant and the power of the mighty St. Lawrence, the exquisite Cascades and Tunnel mountains and Banff town site, the massive, snow covered Mauna Kea volcano and the stunning sunsets over the Kohala coast in the middle of the Pacific ocean, and two separate but highly memorable winter views of the Ottawa river.

Also I have loved to kick back and enjoy the finest of daily sporting and casual activities and events: whether the best of cross country or downhill skiing in the east and the west, stand up paddle boarding, hikes to the tea houses and glaciers, yoga on a surf board, completing complex puzzles (we turn over the box lid - no cheating allowed) in the dimly lit hexagonal great room of the world's largest log cabin, privately enjoying a good book in a comfy sofa, in front of a roaring fire or on a lumpy bed, horse drawn carriage and dog sleigh rides, canoeing, kayaking, curling, the Rocky Mountain Food & Wine Festival, the Canadian Ski Marathon, the Canadian train running through the corkscrew of the Kicking Horse Pass on its way from Vancouver to Banff, the scenic views and the crisp, fresh air as we briefy disembark at Banff train station and then on to Calgary, indoor and outdoor swimming, a soak in the sulphur springs, snorkelling and scuba diving, and of course championship golf in some of the most dramatic scenery imaginable.

In a major way, these CP/Fairmont Chateaux have been responsible for defining the very concept of the bucket list for the finest in resort accommodation in Canada. I am pleased to have played my own small part in supporting their operations over the years. Many thanks to the visionaries at the old Canadian Pacific and more recently Fairmont Hotels. Keep up the good work.

Oh, by the way, last weekend during our stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise the weather was sunny and warm and the views exquisite. Afternoon teas, dinner and drinks and the breakfast buffet were excellent. It is still spring at elevation so the lake Louise herself was still largely iced over and the tea houses not yet in business due to avalanche risk. Many technical rock climbers were roped up and making their first ascents of the season on the granite cliff faces exposed to the sun. Due to the ice, we had not enjoy the reflection of the surrounding mountains and glaciers off the lake common in the summer and fall and had to hike to the end of the lake with the sunlight falling just so to see early signs of the lovely turquoise colour of the glacial silt run-off.

It was to die for.

Room Tip: Must have lake view.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Eric B
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

I stay here when I was 15 and I was wanted to go back as i remembered as being an amazing place, I finally went back with my family 15 years later and I wasn't disappointed, the views where amazing the breakfast was amazing, the rooms where as expected. Great all round. We paid for a room with a view and was well worth it. Plenty of restaurants, we grabbed a sandwhich after a walk around the lake and had a great meal that night. We only stayed one night but in the morning it had snowed which topped to trip off perfectly.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Thank robbo3556
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We upgraded our booking, as part of a Rocky Mountaineer trip, to the Junior Lakeview Suite because we expected to be snow-bound for our 2 day stay. When we arrived it was snowing rather heavily and the cloud cover was very low across the mountains.

It was nice to have the extra room but we did get to enjoy the outdoors on the second day as the weather cleared very quickly.

This is a very comfortable hotel but one point of criticism was that the best public room in the hotel was very under-utilised. This was the Lakeview Lounge, where the views were spectacular, but which did not open for much of the day. It was open from around 11am to 8pm, with no opportunity to sit and enjoy the views outside these times. This was in contrast to the Fairmont Banff Springs where their best viewing area was open for much longer hours. Very strange approach.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank CaseyandSue
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

No doubt the service is excellent, the setting superb, the staff wonderful, but this place is huge a busy and looses some personality with that. The food was ok for us, but expensive for the quality, again possibly due to numbers. This place is expensive and best enjoyed if that is not a problem for you. You will be a bit disappointed if you get a room without the view!!!!

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank BFview
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

This hotel was outstanding. We paid extra for a room with a view and were not disappointed. European styling in the bedroom with a small but very nice bathroom. The business center allowed us to keep in touch with family. We joined the Presidents Club and the internet was free. Nice. The walk around Lake Louise was wonderful. Unfortunately, the lake was mostly frozen and you could not see the beautiful, "glacial flour" colored water. Still in all, a lovely hotel.

Room Tip: Pay the extra for the view of Lake Louise. (We even got to see and avalanche!)
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Darrah C
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