Our first floor room (lodge 2 double, $175) was spacious but very plain-- just two beds, a small bedside table/lamp and a small desk with one chair. The bathroom was old, small and basic. The windows opened. We slept fine and everything worked. Our room didn’t look at all like the pics on their website, though.
The lodge is a short walk to Lake Louise. Unfortunately, there is an abandoned, dilapidated trading post building next door. There was lovely flowers out front and nice landscaping. It was old with loads of character and an awesome rooftop hot tub (part of my reason for picking Deer Lodge!). The water was HOT and the jets weren’t all that powerful but it was still great! It’s true that the floors creak, the hallways are dark, and there are some deferred maintenance issues here. There was a big game room with a free pool table, foosball table, sofa and TV, and other stuff. Hanging on the wall was a movie poster for Ghost Keeper, a 1981 low-budget horror film shot at Deer Lodge. Cool! I didn’t think to ask but maybe you can borrow the (rare!) DVD from the front desk and watch in the game room? There are lots of nooks and crannies to check out. There is the requisite crackling fire, animal heads, a really neat old safe and even an old piano to play.
We had dinner in the lounge and breakfast in the dining room. The prices were high (as are many places in the Rockies, we found) but we liked the food and atmosphere. Also, the server we had at dinner was especially great (so much better than the server we had the night before at Moraine Lake Lodge)!
Oddly, the confirmation e-mail didn’t give the check-in/check-out times and I couldn’t find this information on their limited website either. We really enjoyed our one night stay! It is a very old lodge but we found it to be clean with good service and reasonable room prices. And oodles of charm and character you just don’t find often. The front desk people were very friendly. They have complimentary post cards of the lodge (4 different ones) at the front desk. Even though we stayed on Saturday night of Labor Day weekend, it didn’t feel crowded at all. We hope this place stays just like it is!
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- Also Known As:
- Deer Hotel Lake Louise
- Deer Lodge Lake Louise
- Lake Louise Deer Lodge