The only good thing about this lodge is it location (and the view). It is close to Lake O'Hara so if you do not want to spend well over $500 for two people (at Lake O'Hara Lodge) or not sleep in a backpack camping at Lake O'Hara (which requires 3 months in advance reservation and gets booked on the first day of opening) your proximity solution quite likely is going to be this lodge. I bet the management knows it and exploits every bit of this, offering the bare bones accommodation. A night for two was about $150 with the taxes per night.
When you check in they ask you to initial a common sense list for additional charges. We slept in room 38 in Wapta Lodge, which is behind the stairs. It had two queen beds, two chairs, small (bistro) table. No coffee machine, microwave, fridge or telephone (you need to go on foot to the front office). I seem to remember that there was no hair drier. The free WiFi was not working that night. No hot tub or swimming pool in either lodges. Two bath towels in the bathroom. No ice machine.
There is a railway track on the opposite shore of Wapta Lake. One can hear multiple trains that traverse during the night.
The bar had beer that was quite tasty (made in Revelstoke, BC).
Beware, people get up very early (before 6am) and go about their busyness without consideration = lots of noise especially on the decks and on the squeaky stairs. In the morning there was a skimpy breakfast with wide choice of sweet coffees (machine made).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the Kicking Horse Pass and Continental Divide in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. We are the gateway to 3 of Canada’s national parks and over look Wapta Lake on the British Columbia side of the majestic Canadian Rockies. We're just 10 minutes from the world class skiing and snowboarding at Lake Louise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Great Divide Hotel Field
- West Louise Hotel
- West Louise Lodge