Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0 Canada
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is world renown and for good reason. It is located on the majestic Victoria Glacier in Alberta’s Banff National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. There are few places like it in Canada, let alone the world, that rival the luxury in midst of awe-inspiring natural vistas. The location has served outdoor enthusiasts and mountain thrill seekers for over 100 years. It provides year-round luxury accommodation worthy of the highest brow traveller. Whether you are looking for guided mountain hiking, world class skiing, Summer canoeing and trekking or just a great meal and spa treatment. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has something for every traveller
The hotel is beautiful and although not as historically interesting as its nearby Banff cousin, the location simply can’t be beaten. The surroundings are stunning they certainly added wonderful experience. If you come in winter, you can ice skate along Lake Louise or simply walk around and enjoy the ice sculptures. But to really experience a fairy-tale Lake Louise, opt for a horse drawn carriage ride.
As with most Fairmont hotels, there is a resident Labrador (dog) that greets everyone at the front lobby. It was nice to be welcomed by a cute doe-eyed blonde (but not what they boys were hoping for when told that was what was happening). The victorian style furniture adds charm to the reception area, with the main shopping and dining areas to the side – making the reception area feel less crowded. A variety of stores with something for everyone, including souvenir, clothing and a bookstore.
Some of the areas in the hotel are over 100 years old, but much attention has been taken to weave the new with the old. Embracing the older heritage parts help to enhance the magic of this stunning hotel. But be aware, if you want a modern hotel this is not the place for you. This hotel is about conserving the history and the charm and of course the majesty of its location.
The rooms are large and can accommodate all different budgets. Bathrooms are spacious and come with beautiful toiletries. If you can we suggest upgrading to a room with a lake view it is worth the extra. You can even select a gold floor where you can have access to a private lounge, with special privileges including continental breakfast, Tea/Coffee and snacks during the day and bar and canapes every evening between 5pm-7pm.
The staff were very friendly and accommodating. The Fairmont has a good reputation for customer service and it is deserved.
FOOD and DRINK:
The dining at the hotel is very good with a wide choice of cuisine for all budgets. We dined at the at Walliser Stube which pays homage to a Swiss/German Alpine dining experience. The restaurant has a great selection of alpine beers and over 500 bottles of wine in their cellar, suffice to say, we did not leave thirsty.
We dined at the at Walliser Stube which pays homage to the Swiss/German Alpine dining experience. A great selection of alpine beers and over 500 bottle wine cellar ensured we did not leave thirsty. After much discussion around the interesting menu, we chose to go with the Château Experience AKA the fondue banquet. After all, if we are dining in the “Stube” we should make sure our bellies are warm too.
The first course consisted of bread, black truffle, roasted garlic & morel mushroom combined with an unctuous mix of Gruyère, Emmental & Appenzeller cheese. After a day of skating and running around in the snow, it helped to recover some much-needed calories. Following the cheese, the second fondue featured the world famous Alberta beef and a selection of vegetables. Finally rounding out the meal with chocolate fondue and a selection of berries. Very full we all agreed the experience was well worth the menu price and the wine pairing were outstanding. The service was top notch and
Our stay was too short and we wish we had had more time to explore the hotel and surrounding wilderness. We guess there is only one solution for this problem, come back for a visit in the Summer.
Our review is based on our stay April 2011.
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