I recently had the pleasure of attending this hotel for a conference. The hotel is much larger than I expected, and the lands surrounding it are breathtaking. The hotel is exactly what I would expect in a mountain retreat: lodgey feel with high-end finishes; dark wood accents and granite and marble in the bathroom. The Chateau has been upgraded/dated within the last few years, but is not contemporary/modern in feel, although rustic is not the right word to describe the old-world opulence this hotel has. Every staff member I encountered, both from the hotel perspective and the conference, were extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the hotel and area. The concierge was excellent and even the guys running the shuttles to/from Ski Lake Louise were amazing and entertaining. The room I had was on the first floor, and was facing inward; I would highly recommend upgrading to a lake view room if possible. The food at the restaurants is excellent, but priced according to the chateau’s standards; the beef in Alberta is wonderful! Dogs are welcomed at the chateau and there were a number of larger dogs on the premises while I was there; I did not hear any dogs during my stay but had the pleasure of seeing them in the lobby and on the grounds---this was not an issue for me a dog owner but maybe for those who are not dog lovers---of course they were on leash and controlled at all times. There are lot of trails for hiking and walking; the views are absolutely breathtaking. The location of the chateau is out of the way and is about 30 minutes from Banff; I would recommend renting a car for your trip or you may feel isolated if relying shuttle bus services for transportation; although the shuttle service for skiing is the best way to get to/from the ski hill and very convenient. Unsure of my time at my conference I chose to rent skis rather than bring my own; the Chateau has a mountain sports service as well and they rent almost everything you need for winter sports: hiking boots, snow shoes, skates, and skis packages---including those for the very young; the people at the sports rental centre were great and very knowledgeable--thank you! I had an excellent time at the chateau and am already trying to figure out when I can get back next year with my family, thank you Fairmont!