It takes very little imagination to appreciate what a grand hotel the Prince of Wales was in its prime. It is starting to show its age. Our room, on the third floor (with balcony), with a lake view was dated and over priced. It had an old cast iron deep tub with a hand held shower. The room had dark pine paneling which made it a little gloomy. I did enjoy thinking about the reactions of guests arriving back in the late 1920’s.
On the plus side, they serve “high tea” overlooking an incredible view looking down Waterton Lakes. This is worthwhile whether you are staying at the Prince of Wales Hotel or elsewhere.
We ate one meal in the Royal Stewart Dining Room. It was ok but felt that we had a better value by eating in the town of Waterton, just a few minutes drive away. Having breakfast at Pearl’s was a wonderful experience! My wife best summed it up by saying that she was glad that they were not near our home, because she would spend all her time there! We tried their cinnamon roll (huge, gooey, and delicious), breakfast panini, and french toast stuffed with blueberries & cream or apple pie mixture. The town of Waterton also offers some interesting shopping.
Just outside of town there is a waterfall that is a worthwhile side trip. While we we there, eight mule deer came walking down the same path that we had just traversed and milled around eating some of the foliage and then went down to the water at the base of the falls. As you drive around the area, be aware that wildlife may be right around the next corner. We encountered black bear and bison up close and personal while driving in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1927, the Prince of Wales Hotel is located on the bluff overlooking picturesque Waterton Lakes and the township of Waterton, Alberta Canada. This stately hotel, named after Prince Edward, offers 86 guest rooms and a traditional British atmosphere complete with Afternoon Tea, the Royal Stewart Dining Room, Windsor Lounge, and the distinctive gift shop, Princess Gifts. The Prince of Wales Hotel is a smoke free, 7-story facility with designated outdoor smoking areas. Check-in time is after 3:00 p.m. and checkout time is 11:00 a.m. All rooms are accessed via stairs and are sold based on view or room size. An antique elevator is available for floors 2 through 4 and requires assistance to operate. There are no ADA-accessible rooms available at Prince of Wales Hotel. The self parking lot is located a short walk from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Prince Of Wales
- Prince Wales Hotel Waterton
- Prince Of Wales Hotel Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada - Alberta