We just came back from a wonderful stay. We found out the hotel is for sale which, as far as I understand, means Fairmont will remain as the brand but not as the owner. I fear changes could sanitize this amazing experience. My advise to you, Fairmont: You have a property here that could not be reproduced in our time. The building is an historic gem.....an alluring, haunting marriage between Davey Crockett and Hogwarts. Be careful in your approach to renovation. The furniture in the rooms and the lobby charmed me and as I gazed out over the central fireplace from the 2nd floor, I over-layed the standard corporate remodel. Please use good judgement and a respect for history, not for the Purell generation. The indoor pool was as much a spiritual experience as the common space in the hotel. We loved every approach, so far, to your respect for this space. The staff, as well, was lovely and accommodating. Thank you, Sandy, at the front desk! My only complaint is in regard to the food and the prices. The "barbeque" (think Canadian style, not American) was an amazing extravaganza of grilled everything and, yes, totally worth it. However, beware this is only offered every other night and only in warm weather. We put in a reservation before we arrived, only to be told it was not available the night we came. We were auto-shifted instead to the most expensive dining option which we had planned to do without the kids. It was good but made you think twice about the price. The lunch meals by the pool ( the only lunch offered) are seriously mediocre. Another price shocker: forgot my sunscreen so went to the convenience store on first floor to find only one brand available (8 ounces of banana boat sport) for $25 canadian dollars. (My family and I made jokes for three days about how I must have translated it into rupees or pfennigs in my head as I held it in front of the store owner, incredulous. No, I didn't buy it, found something more reasonable in their golf shop). The hotel does need some serious retail facelifting. Even the gift shop was sadly in poor taste, basically for women and completely missing the cue to offer woodsy, red plaid coziness. Nonetheless, I loved this place and am keeping my fingers crossed that the next time I come, I will still be transported to another era (the past) without the prices of another era (the future).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape from the ordinary and experience a delightful retreat at Fairmont Le Château Montebello, the world's largest log cabin! Nestled in the heart of the scenic Montebello village, surrounded by nature, the hotel is famed for its rustic yet luxurious accommodations, excellent service and refined gastronomy. Historically founded as a private club in 1930, Fairmont Le Château Montebello has had the privilege of hosting many political figures, royalty and other celebrities. The resort is now an ideal destination both for leisure and business travelers. Entertainment, local cuisine, relaxation and a warm welcome is what you will come to expect as we want your experience to be truly unforgettable. Beautiful surroundings and year-round activities offer our guests countless possibilities of adventures, including golf, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, curling, tennis, squash as well as Canada's only Land Rover Off-Road Driving Experience! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello Hotel Montebello
- Chateau Montebello
- Fairmont Montebello
- Montebello Fairmont