Just returned from a week in the Canadian Rockies and stayed at all three Fairmont properties. Let's get the obvious issue out of the way first: yes, they are ridiculously priced. If one is going to dwell on price, may I suggest that you stay elsewhere or camp. The reason to stay at these properties is for their historic value and unrivaled locations. That said, this is probably the least spectacular of the properties. Don't book a room online. Speak to someone who can explain the differences between the rooms, their setting and cost. Our party booked rooms at two different price levels (a 50% difference). Both were comfortable and clean. The pricier rooms were larger with a small sitting area and closer to the lake (but with no view). The units are spread out (no high rises here). You may not find parking near your room, but at least they don't hit you for a $30 a day parking fee(as in Lake Louise and Banff). We drove around and around looking for the room and parking, only to realize afterwards that we were but a two minute walk from the main lodge. There is no air conditioning here, and on a hot day the rooms can heat up. But who is going to spend the day in their room in Jasper? At night, we slept comfortably with the windows open. An important tip here: join the Fairmont President's club. It costs nothing to join and you will not have to go check in. Your key and a map will be waiting for you curbside as you drive up to the main lodge. Staff was mostly helpful and friendly, with the noticeable exception of one server at breakfast who appeared uninterested and overwhelmed when we ordered breakfast a la carte instead of partaking in the buffet. At $25 a head, the buffet is a waste unless you are a big eater. It was actually cheaper to order coffee, bacon and eggs and toast a la carte - assuming you are willing to wait to get get it. Dinner was expensive, but actually quite good. The menus here hightlight items that are "organic, local and sustainable." The venison was excellent and the tenderest I have ever eaten, albeit not very gamey. The BC salmon was also well prepared. All the Fairmont properties seemed to try hard to offer healthy meals - a pleasant surprise. One complaint: the concierge had no clue what restaurants were available at their Lake Louise property. In any event, there is a dining reservation desk with more knowledgeable personnel, so no real harm done. Overall, the cosiest of the three properties.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and sparkling lakes, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge welcomes you to the Grand Rocky Mountain Lodge Experience. The charming cabins and rustic elegance make it the embodiment of peace, tranquility and natural beauty. Enjoy great golf, a luxury Spa, spectacular outdoor adventure opportunities, uncrowded ski slopes and fine cuisine at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Jasper Park Hotel Jasper
- Jasper Park Lodge
- Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Jasper
- Jasper Fairmont