Visited August 2013 for a quick getaway. The location did not disappoint at all. I planned this vacation with my best friend from high school. We wanted to hike and enjoy the spa!
I had a tough time choosing between the Fairmont Banff and Fairmont Lake Louise. I finally chose Banff. So thankful I did! Lake Louise is a mad house with buses everywhere, the lobby is overtaken by tourists bumping into everyone. Most of all, the hotel is old and extremely dated.
Banff is tastefully decorated and is the more civilized option when choosing where to stay. Banff also has a town, Lake Louise does not.
Lake Louise has the most incredible view, but sleep in Banff and use that as your starting point!