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“Charming, retro hotel in a isolated, natural setting” 4 of 5 stars
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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 1E0, Canada   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Lake Louise
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Montreal, Canada
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“Charming, retro hotel in a isolated, natural setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

The structure of this hotel is really original and charming, view on the amazing natural setting is also an attraction, even though I guess it should be even nicer in summer. If you go in winter and you get only snowing days, probably it cannot be fully appreciated. Interestingly enough, it really reminded to me the hotel of "Shining", with Jack Nicholson! A negative aspect of the rooms is that they are not well protected by the sound of the shower of the other rooms, so if you want to sleep and the guest in the nearest room decides to have a shower, it is like to have a room overlooking Niagara falls, really very noisy. A really good thing is the food: I ordered twice the room service and it was really excellent, soups are great (especially the onion soup cooked with the beer, amazing!) and also the focaccia with vegetables. Amazing for a room service!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FCLL, General Manager at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Thank you very much for your response. I'm so pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay, your experiences with in-room dining, and the structure of our hotel. We're so lucky to be around so much history every day. We hope to see you again!
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

A great energy is radiating from the place. People are particularly happy to be there. It's a treat they waited long for. Service is outstanding. Room look is great. Loved to be there and talk with people at the pool.
The downside were the incredible heat in the room. Thermostat was set at off and window open all night with -21C exterior weather and had hard time to fall asleep. The pool – hot tub area would benefit greatly of some renos. New wood and new tile would be required to upgrade the look that deserve this place. I still recommend people to go there en enjoy the Chateau experience. Surrounding décor is magical.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 March 24, 2013

Spent 3 days /2 nights at the Chateau during spring break. Glorious cannot describe the views of the frozen lake and snow covered mountains. The Hotel is a special place, a throwback to the more refined days of travel. Joined the Fairmont Presidents Club and stayed on the Gold Floor. Well worth the extra expense. The Gold lounge was open till 10 pm and offered snacks, breakfast, afternoon hor d'oeuvres, coffees, teas, etc. Worked out well for our family because everyone could wander in when they felt like it, great for those on different schedules.
Our sons did the cross country ski excursion with the guide, who did an excellent job with them.
Highly recommend this hotel, would love to return during the summer to enjoy it then as well.

Room Tip: Gold Floor worth the extra expense.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FCLL, General Manager at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Whether in summer or winter, Lake Louise is a magnificent place to be. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay on Fairmont Gold and hope to see you again in a few months!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

I fell in love with the Chateau Lake Louise upon arrival! The resort itself is so charming and welcoming. Nestled into the mountains, there are views from every window (of the lake or of the mountains). When we arrived from a day of snowboarding (they had made special arrangements to take our bags to the hotel in the morning for us) we were immediately upgraded to the Gold Floor. This included complimentary breakfast and complimentary happy hour hors d'oeuvres, among many other perks! Although there were some complications with our booking, they more than made up for it! Because of the complications - a small mistake on their end - they compensated by upgrading us to the Belvedere Suite! It was our LUCKY DAY - this room was stunning. 2 floors, 2 bathrooms, 2 balconies. We were in love! It was a special trip for my husband and I, so we appreciated the incredible customer service.
The room was clean and comfortable, equipped with amazing bath products (Rose 31, I think?) and a blow dryer. The best parts of this room was the sitting room/dining room (where we ordered an intimate dinner through room-service - such a nice evening!) and the views were spectacular.
During our stay, we also took a horse sleigh ride around the lake at dusk (organized through the concierge), walked across the lake during the day (beautiful!), used the hot tub and pool (this was just OK - very busy), had a drink at their lovely bar, walked around the grounds, had a massage & facial at the spa on-site and visited the cafe. We LOVED everything about this hotel/resort and will definitely return!

Room Tip: If you sign up for the Fairmont Presidents Club, you will get free wifi. I believe that we were upg...
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  • Stayed March 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 Reviewed March 23, 2013

Our family stayed at the Chateau Lake Louise while on a two day ski trip. It was our first stay and we will definitely be back. It is filled with old world charm yet has all the modern amenities needed. One of our son's has a severe nut allergy and with the attention to detail the Fairmont properties are known for, they exceeded our expectations in handling the allergy. When what our son chose for dinner wasn't 100% guaranteed to be nut free (due to cross contamination possibilities from outside food vendor sources), they went ahead and made his entire order from scratch without hesitation. The same went for our breakfast the next day. Absolutely outstanding service! The kids loved exploring the hotel, our view from our room onto the lake was stunning and Marcus the house dog is a sweetheart. Our only negative was our room was HOT. The heat was off and the room was 27 degrees celsius which made sleeping a tad bit difficult. Had we been staying another night we would have talked to the front desk about it and I have no doubt it would have been handled promptly. All in all, this is a fabulous property that is perfect for couples or families, and has a fantastic history to go with it.

Room Tip: The view of the lake is stunning.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Aurora, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

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!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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FCLL, General Manager at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
It sounds like you had a chance to experience everything The Chateau has to offer - including exceptional service. Thank you very much for your review and for visiting us. We hope to see you again!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

The location of this hotel is spectacular. To be able to walk out and go for a world class hike to the plain of the 7 glaciers and be back in the lounge for supper was great! Views out of lounge and off patio beautiful. We stayed in a family suite and it was wonderful with 2 big bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Got 3 rd night free so actually pretty good value. Server very friendly to us in lounge despite fact we had 3 little kids with us. Felt very comfortable here. Good pool for kids. Check in very smooth and quick. Checkout was a bit slow, but overall a really fun and special stay for our family.

Room Tip: Family suites very big and nice
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta T0L 1E0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Banff National Park > Lake Louise
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Lake Louise
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise 4*
Number of rooms: 550
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise resort is nestled deep within Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enveloped by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the natural beauty of this destination permeates every nook of the historic resort - originally built as a base for outdoor enthusiasts and alpinists. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a year-round luxury resort which specializes in offering extensive Guided Mountain Heritage programs, unparalleled skiing in the winter, exceptional food and beverage experiences and a new spa, The Spa at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. PLEASE NOTE: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is undergoing renovations to the aquatic centre and the pool facilities will be unavailable for swimming or usage from April 22-June 30th, 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience as we undergo these exciting enhancements. ... more   less 
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