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Moraine Lake Lodge
3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   PO Box 70, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0l 1E0, Canada   |  
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“Rewarding Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We only had one night at the Lodge as it was the last night of the season, but it was excellent. Our cabin was well furnished with a wood burning fireplace and plenty of wood stacked outside our door. There was an open deck with table and chairs for enjoying nature up close and personal. We had a light snow fall which just accentuated the ambiance. We dined at the Lodge and had great food, great service and a great view. Highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This is a very special place on earth and a one off !
A great place to stay, we loved every single moment.
The colour of this lake is the most amazing I have seen and the mountains that surround it are incredible.
The cabins are beautiful, the restaurant does amazing breakfasts and dinner.
The shop is really great and sells a lot of really nice gifts to remind you of your stay.
We canoed every day......hiked, watched all the wildlife, lit a fire in our cabin, had a cheese platter with ice wine and sat watching the light on the lake change.
This is a real treat and if you are going to the Canadian Rockies,
do not miss seeing this place and if you can afford it, stay here, this is a once in a lifetime type destination.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

You don't get a lot for your dollar throughout this part of Canada.We paid a small fortune to stay one night in October,over £200, but felt we had to treat ourselves.We weren't disappointed though we were pretty cold in the room and dining area.
Beautiful rooms,very tasteful and charming.I suppose they should be at the price.We saw a nice Queen room, ground level, tiny patio overlooking the small meadow (frequented by a grizzly on occasion) beside the Main Lodge.Fireplace.But they upgraded us to a Superior in the Main Lodge which offered a 1st floor situation and a nice balcony.
Unfortunately the upgrade meant we lost our fireplace which, little did we know, was an essential item, as the whole hotel was freezing inside.Heating system just wasn't coping.There is so much glass in the design,which is very attractive but what a nightmare to heat during autumn.In one week's time they were closing for the season and I can see why.It must be impossible to heat.People were arriving in the lovely dining room (big glass roof and walls) with coats,jackets, scarves and even a woolly hat! There was a fire going but it couldn't begin to heat the space.
Views to the lake were nice but most are screened a little by the forest.A great location though and quiet when the crowds disappear.I'd recommend canoeing on the lake itself, which is free to guests.It's a lovely way to escape the crowds and see it from a slightly different perspective.Very peaceful.
The main lounge was just lovely, lots of old climbing/explorer memorabilia and a very interesting, free, after dinner talk/presentation about some of the first explorers.A great addition to the programme.Our eveing meal was very good - well presented, nice venison which came from New Zealand(!) as they are not allowed to shoot anything in the National Park. A bit precious I thought,though given the lack of wildlife we saw throughout the Parks maybe it's just not there in sufficient numbers,or anywhere else in Canada.Beware the Bread and Butter pudding - it's not the lovely creamy, rich,unctuous version I know but a big round lump of baked bread sitting solidly on the plate,with no cream in sight.Yeuch - a disappointing end to a nice meal.I was asked why I'd left it and the waitress said she wouldn't charge me for it, which was a very decent gesture and not one I'd expected or asked for.
Breakfast was ok,no more - granola/yoghurts/toast/various breads etc were fine.The bacon was cooked to an inedible looking burnt crisp and scrambled egg didn't look fantastic.Why do these top places never seem to get breakfast to a standard equalling 'rest of hotel' quality? Private B&Bs do - it can't be that difficult, just a little more attention to detail and more care especially with the cooked stuff.The coffee I had was not great either, too strong and bitter for me, but that's a very personal taste.It seemed difficult to get decent coffee in Canada,overall.
It's a lovely place all in though, worth the extra splurge.

Room Tip: Rooms on the ground floors seemed to have very tiny patios,a bit cramped, those that I could see any...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newark, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

The air is fresh and the water is fresher.

We thoroughly enjoyed our King Cabin. The view was so amazing that we never shut our curtains. The bed was very comfortable and the open fire relaxing.

Be prepared…there is no fridge, safe or TV and the bathroom is very compact.

The 2 guided walks with Hannah were a real highlight. The Larch Valley walk delivers magnificent views…but you really have to earn them as it is a long way up... Hannah also recommended that we walk Wilcox Pass which is opposite the Athabasca Glacier. This was an easy route for us to follow on our own and delivered amazing views too.

The lake was magnificent and we took advantage of the complimentary canoe a couple of times. It was SO relaxing, so quiet and so beautiful.

The restaurant is on the expensive side, however the Tenderloin and Halibut were fabulous. Be prepared at breakfast...if you see pancakes get them on your plate quick as they are not kept topped up and we missed them for whole breakfasts!

The staff seemed young, probably because the hotel is only open for half the year. But they were very keen.

Room Tip: Cabins 17 and 18 have especially nice views.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Westerham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We stayed here for two nights at the end of the 2013 season - and the end of our holiday in the Canadian Rockies. It was the perfect end to a fantastic two-and-a-bit weeks.

We had a deluxe king cabin - a fabulous split-level room with vaulted ceiling: the lower level was a sitting 'room' with a log burning fire and the most enormous picture window overlooking the lake; the upper level was the bedroom with a huge, very comfortable bed, a small balcony and a well-appointed full bathroom (with a deep tub). Only teeny weeny criticism would be the minimalist provision of drawers/hanging space for clothes (but for two nights, it really didn't matter).

Dinner was excellent on both occasions. The wine list was a bit disappointing (many wines not available because it was the end of the season and stock had been run down).

Breakfast was also very good - a buffet with hot and cold choices included in the room price.

The staff were very all friendly and helpful and the whole place had a lovely atmosphere.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bath, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We enjoyed five nights at Moraine Lake Lodge at the end of the 2013 seasons, with a log fire in our room for cosy cwtches in the evening after dinner and while it snowed. The restaurant menu was nicely varied, with additional starter and entree specials each evening, we would recommend the halibut and seafood pasta entrees. The guided walks to Consolation Lake and Larch Valley were an added treat, plus the evening presentation on grizzly bears in the library. We were surprised by the number of coaches and tourists who visit the lake, and would compliment the lodge on positioning and setting as the rooms are well positioned so you don't see or really notice the daily 'hustle and bustle' of visitors to the National Park.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The log cabins were wonderful right on the lake. Ours had a wooden fire with loads of wood supplied. We went the last week of the 2013 season and there was no decline in the cleanliness nor attention to detail. With it being the end of season (May to October) the rates were very acceptable

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 70, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0l 1E0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Lake Louise
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Specialty lodging in Lake Louise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Moraine Lake Lodge 3.5*
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 such as buffalo carpacchio with roasted pine nuts and deer tenderloin with juniper berries. ... more   less 
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