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“among the best lodges in the Rockies but go for a lakeside cabin” 5 of 5 stars
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Moraine Lake Lodge
3.5 of 5 Lodge   |   Moraine Lake Road, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0l 1E0, Canada   |  
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“among the best lodges in the Rockies but go for a lakeside cabin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2010

I cannot add much more to all the positive reviews of this brilliant lodge. I travelled the Rockies before and have stayed in places like the Rim Rock Resort in Banff, the Fairmont Hotel in Lake Louise, and the Lake Emerald Lake Lodge, so I know what to compare.

For the luxury minded travel, this is my advice :

- skip the larger communities of Banff and Lake Louise. They will not give you the intimate, unforgetable experience that you are looking for in the Rockies. The fact that you are reading this review and as such are interested in Lake Moraine Lodge is already a good sign. Opt for either the Lake Moraine Lodge or the Emerald Lake Lodge.

- The Lake Moraine Lodge is located at the shore of the most beautiful lake in the Rockies (much more stunning than every other easily accessible lake out there), so you cannot go wrong with the location. The lodge is about a 15 min drive from Lake Louise. The best photography of the lake is done in the morning

- The lodge itself is beautifully maintained, both the common areas as the rooms. If you can afford it, go for a cabin as these will give you the most luxurious accommodations in the Rockies. The bed is heavenly, the open fire brilliant (wood is provided everyday), the decoration very nicely done and cozy. Nothing is better than sitting at the open fire after a day of hiking. Moreover, rooms were very silent and sound-proof (which was not the case at the Emerald Lake Lodge were you could hear every step of your upper neighboors if you stay a groundfloor room).

- Not only is the lodge located near the most beautiful lake, it is also located in grizzly bear habitat. While driving to the lodge from Lake Louise, we saw an enormous grizzly bear close to the road. Near Lake Moraine, you will have your best chance of seeing one in the Rockies (especially when you take on of the nearby trails).

However, there are some things that I did not like that much about the lodge or that one has to keep in mind :

- the lake is open to the general public. This means it will get very busy there in summer between about 10 am and 5 pm. People will walk on the paths through the lodge and pass in front of your window. However, this should be a non-issue as you should be out of your cabin during the day to explore the area, and you will have the lake for yourself during morning and evening.

- Rooms have no open view on the lake. The view is obscured by trees.

- although the dinner served in the restaurant is very nice, I think their prices are too high (even taken into account that the lodge is pretty isolated from town). In comparison, the food at the Emerald Lake Lodge - which is also isolated - is of the same quality, but they charge about 10 CAN $ less per entree. Also, the ambiance and decor of the restaurant felt more like an average dinner place, not in line with the rest of the lodge.

- breakfast (continental) is mediocre and not compatible with a lodge that aims to be luxurious. For example, they should serve freshly squeezed juices instead of bottled juices, and offer more choices.

- Although we are used to paying sometimes more than 1000 US $ per night for a hotel, we feel that the rates at the lodge - 400 CAN $ a night excluding taxes - are somehow overpriced (but nevertheless worth the experience). In comparison, rates at the Lake Emerald Lodge are about 60% of those at the Lake Moraine Lodge.

- What would make this lodge trully exceptional is the addition of a hottube (as hottubes can be found in quite a lot of the hotels in the Rockies these days). The hottube at the Lake Emerald Lodge was just brilliant.

So, to the owners of the Lake Moraine lodge, it would like it to give you the following advice : keep your lodge the way it is, as it is one of the nicest lodges - if not thé nicest lodge - in the Rockies. However, try to upgrade your breakfast, drop your rates by 20%, and consider the addition of a hottube and spa, and who knows ... you may end up on the Conde Nast Gold List.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2010

Location could not be any more beautiful. Expensive, but worth it, especially for a room with lake view. To wake up and look out at the mirror like surface of the lake, reflecting those mountain peaks -- priceless. Handcrafted rustic furniture. Room not very large and temperature control was not good. Restaurant very good. Breakfast included. Nice library/lounge area. Cell phone reception poor, better a mile away from property.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2010

The Moraine Lake Lodge is one of the most beautiful places I have stayed. We stayed in the cheapest room for our budget. It was a queen bed with fireplace, balcony overlooking Moraine Lake. I don't know what the more expensive rooms offered but I was very impressed. I expected a basement room overlooking the parking lot. The bed and pillows were the best I've slept on in a hotel, resort, etc. The bathroom was beautiful. The unit was designed as a mountain cottage and was perfect for its gorgeous setting. Staff were friendly and very helpful.

The included breakfast was a very nice buffet. Afternoon tea was also included and was much enjoyed after a long day. We had dinner in the restaurant and were sadly disappointed. It was pricey for the quality of the food. I would definitely stay at MLL again but would eat elsewhere. I would have dessert at the restaurant though. It was very good.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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 Reviewed September 2, 2010

Moraine Lake Lodge doesn't really need another glowing review, so I'll just say that on top of all the other good things, the manager (Michael) sorted out a mixup over our booking in splendid style, including a free upgrade. Thanks, Michael. We'll be back.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2010

The weekend Get-away Package was a great way to go. Excellent accommodation, great dining and a very relaxing stay.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2010

We stayed for the first 4 nights of our holiday and it was just a perfect place to unwind and relax. The staff couldn't have been more pleasant and helpful. Our room was really cosy and I loved having the real wood fire to light in the evening. Very romantic! We had an idyllic view of the lake from our balcony which was breathtaking and the lake really was as blue as the pictures showed in the brochures. We found the choice of food for breakfast very good and suited all tastes and the evening meal was excellent though very expensive due to the current exchange rates. Plenty of things to do in the area and we were very excited to see our first Black Bear and Mule deer from the Lake Louise Gondola.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NJ
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2010

I have to admit that I was anxious when we had to drive though the public parking lot for Moraine Lake to reach the Lodge - the lot is crowded mid-day during high season and I thought we were going to a more secluded location!

But don't be fooled - Moraine Lake Lodge is just that - secluded but with everything at your doorstep. Some of the best trails start right outside your door. We spent 4 nights of our honeymoon here and wished we could stay longer! We were greeted with champagne and chocolate as well as a beautiful coffee table book on the Rockies. Our cabin was quiet and cozy, with a large king size bad and a large floor to ceiling window to enjoy the views! With a cabin, you will need to walk to the amenities in the main lodge (like breakfast) but we didn't mind this - its a beautiful place to walk!

The breakfast buffet was great - offering a variety of items. The staff are all young and cheery - all doing hikes on their off days so they are well equipped to help you plan your hikes and other adventures! We had dinner at the Lodge one night - it is 5 star dining and well worth a visit even if you are not staying at the Lodge. We did some hard core hikes and it was just glorious to come home to these accommodations. We would definitely like to come back! This is most certainly NOT the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - if you are looking for large, stuffy, old world hotel with someone playing a harp in the lobby - Moraine Lake Lodge is not IT. But if cozy, comfortable, and thoughtful is what you're looking for, head to Moraine Lake Lodge now! It is expensive though, especially in peak season.

  • Stayed July 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Moraine Lake Road, 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 #1 of 8 Specialty 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 such as buffalo carpacchio with roasted pine nuts and deer tenderloin with juniper berries. ... more   less 
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