10 Reasons This Fairmont Chateau Is the Stuff of Dreams

Deal Expert, New York
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There are few places in North America that feel as authentically European as Banff National Park. Like a Swiss Alps transplant, Banff offers an unparalleled setting of snow-capped peaks, rolling green hills and a lake so blue you’ll be left wondering “how?”

Guests of the Fairmont’s lakeside property in Banff have a front-row seat to this natural wonder, and to make it even more fit for a fairytale, it’s a chateau.

Here are 10 reasons why the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is the most magical place to stay in Canada.

1. Glacier water feeds into Lake Louise, giving it a turquoise effect that rivals the Caribbean Ocean.

2. CNN lists Lake Louise among the most beautiful ice skating rinks in the world, and in true Fairmont fashion, the hotel makes it even more special by building a castle made of ice.

3. Award-winning naturalists guide guests of all skill levels through the Canadian Rockies as part of the hotel’s time-honored Mountain Heritage Program.

4. Upon entering the chateau, you’ll be greeted by the grand dame of lobbies.

5. The suites here make upgrading a no-brainer: This view is worth every penny.

6. The standard rooms don’t disappoint, either. With the Rocky Mountains surrounding the property, you’ll welcome mountain views each morning.

7. The Lake Louise Ski Resort is the largest ski area in North America, and the world-class trails set the backdrop for the hotel. Being in such close proximity to the ski resort, the hotel offers complimentary shuttle service for guests.

8. Banff isn’t just a winter destination. The UNESCO National Park is a playground for alpinists and nature lovers: Picture these views after an afternoon hike.

9. Its culinary team prides itself on offering matchless dining experiences and menus representing their Western Canadian roots — the outdoor chef demos check off both boxes.

10. The hotel boasts stunning views from every room, but to observe some of the best scenery, head to the aptly named Lakeview Lodge.

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  • MC

    My husband and I had the pleasure of spending a night at the Chateau Fairmont at Lake Louise while on a Rocky Mountaineer Train tour in July 2016. This place is absolutely amazing. The views are breath taking and the hotel is so gorgeous. Our service was first class and do to a room mix up we ended up in a suite, instead of the king room we had booked. I could go on and on with every adjective and superlative in the English language, but none would do this hotel or the natural beauty of the surrounding area justice. If you ever get a change to visit Lake Louise do yourself a favor and splurge on a stay at the Chateau Fairmont. You won’t regret it.

  • Ruby

    That first picture under the heading “1. Glacier water feeds into Lake Louise, giving it a turquoise effect that rivals the Caribbean Ocean,” is not Lake Louise. It’s nearby Lake Morraine.

  • Brigitte

    Been there for a day. It’s so secluded that you’d get bored quickly. I prefer Banff Springs to Lake Louise anytime

    • SS

      It all depends what you’re there for. If you’re there for the shopping, you’ll get bored immediately. If you’re into exploring the outdoors, there are a lifetime of things to do.

      • Brigitte

        I was there in the winter. Skated a bit but snow too deep for much else. Did go up Gondola near Fairmont & hike to weather station (?).

        • SS

          In winter, other than the obvious ski resorts, you can explore so many trails with cross country skis or even just snow shoes. Chickadee Valley, Boom Lake Valley, Moraine Lake, Lake O’Hara, the Skoki area, Yoho Valley to Takakkaw Falls, and an endless amount of possibilities to explore further north along the Icefields Parkway. Now if anyone is into backcountry skiing, there are just too many areas to even begin to list.

          But yes, in the summer season (July through September), there are a lot more areas to explore.

  • Steady Eddie

    Looks stunning… if only pix 4 and 7 didn’t remind me of the Overlook Hotel 🙂