The hotel is a throwback to the vacations of times past, when families would travel to hotels on lakes for fresh air and water activities, the type of vacations that made Lake George famous. Remember the movie "Dirty Dancing"? The Montebello is a reminder of those days, updated just enough to keep its own head above water.
The buildings are truly unique. How often will you be able to sleep in a log cabin that is more akin to a Chateau? the lobby is exceptional. It is a massive log construction area, with a huge central stone fireplace.
But this is more of an experience than a luxury stay. It speaks heritage. The grounds are large and attractive, offering nice walks and many activities, both on-site and off. As such, it will no doubt be enjoyable for many.
However, the hotel is not the same level of luxury as you might expect given the Fairmont name and the prices. If you want modernized, comfortable rooms, with large, updated bathroom facilities, you will be disappointed. If you like bright public areas, including hallways, you will be disappointed. The wood is dark brown and the colours tend to be somber.
So, it's a matter of expectations. Some will love it, others will be disappointed.
As for service, I have stayed there on business over the years and have rarely been impressed with the service. This last visit was quite different. The front desk staff were very pleasant and helpful.
For business meetings, the owners have invested in a modern conference centre. It is a large and user-friendly area. It has improved tremendously, and has become a very good choice for business meetings. Given that the hotel is in the country, the location helps keep attendees in attendance!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape from the ordinary and experience a delightful retreat at Fairmont Le Château Montebello, the world's largest log cabin! Nestled in the heart of the scenic Montebello village, surrounded by nature, the hotel is famed for its rustic yet luxurious accommodations, excellent service and refined gastronomy. Historically founded as a private club in 1930, Fairmont Le Château Montebello has had the privilege of hosting many political figures, royalty and other celebrities. The resort is now an ideal destination both for leisure and business travelers. Entertainment, local cuisine, relaxation and a warm welcome is what you will come to expect as we want your experience to be truly unforgettable. Beautiful surroundings and year-round activities offer our guests countless possibilities of adventures, including golf, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, curling, tennis, squash as well as Canada's only Land Rover Off-Road Driving Experience! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello Hotel Montebello
- Chateau Montebello
- Fairmont Montebello
- Montebello Fairmont