Let me begin by saying that this is a beautiful, small lodge located immediately adjacent to major trailheads leaving from Moraine Lake. The lake, itself, is beautiful with a color that must be seen to be believed. So, as you can imagine, the views from the small "cabins" are quite nice.
Our concern was not with the surroundings, but with the value of the rooms. Our cabin, for lack of better term, was so small as to barely accommodate our suitcases. When I say that you have trouble turning around in it, take my comments quite literally. Now, we're not expecting a 500 square feet suite in the mountains, but for the cost of the room, we did expect more. At half the price, it would have been a great deal.
The service at the lodge is very good...delivered by a young, enthusiastic staff who seem grateful to have a summer job in a pristine environment. They were delightful.
The food is good, not great. Again, we were in the mountains...so our expectations were tempered as were our needs. I would opt for breakfast, since it is included in your exorbitant room price, but consider other options for dinner.
Absolutely take advantage of the canoes on property. The lake takes on a very special charm when you are immersed in it.
So, like so many high-end national park properties, the surroundings are gorgeous, but the value of the room is questionable at the rates charged.
PS: Be sure to hit the trails by 9:00 a.m. unless you want to be part of the "pack." My wife and I like a bit of solitude when hiking, which is hard to find in peak-season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Moraine Lake is the iconic lake pictured on the old Canadian twenty dollar bill. Located in Banff National Park, 15 minutes away from Lake Louise, Moraine Lake is known as the Jewel of the Rockies. Steps from their rooms, guests staying at the lodge are treated to the stunning beauty and pristine splendor of the iridescent turquoise-coloured lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Each guest receives a complimentary package that includes guided hiking, naturalist presentations and canoeing on Moraine Lake. Moraine Lake Lodge is also renowned for its cuisine, with signature dishes featuring regional and seasonal ingredients. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Moraine Lake Hotel Lake Louise