The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a magnificent four-star resort. Located in the heart of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, the Chateau is surrounded by breathtaking views. From impeccably clean and stylish rooms, gourmet restaurants and the soothing Escape Spa amenities to a well-equipped health club, a variety of outdoor activities and amazing scenic views, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is an excellent resort for your next winter or summer vacation.
When you arrive at the hotel, you are greeted kindly by the valet/bell service as they open your doors and help you with your luggage. The attendants will also provide valet service for your vehicle at no additional charge to the parking fee and will put your skis in storage. This service is really great especially after a long day on the slopes or on a cold morning when you can get into a warm car with little fuss.
As you enter the hotel, you will quickly notice its grandeur, inspired by French and Italian influences. The architecture features magnificent archways, stately columns, wood accents and ornate chandeliers. The recently opened Mount Temple Wing at the Chateau features splendid cathedral-like interior spaces and decor that pays tribute to the indigenous wildlife. Heritage Hall is distinguished by five arched windows with handcrafted stained glass, intricate wooden sculptures and wood carved murals detailing particular historical roots. One of the most scenic and relaxing areas of the hotel after a day of fun is the Lakeview Lounge. This is a great place to enjoy a cocktail with friends and take in awe-inspiring views of Victorian Glacier, snow-covered Rocky Mountain peaks and the splendid ice castle and sculptures situated on the lake.
The rooms at the Fairmont are nothing less than superb. During my recent trip I stayed in a deluxe room with a mountain view. Most impressively, the room was immaculate and quiet. If you happen to look under the bed, as I do during my many travels, you will notice a note from the staff that they have cleaned under there as well. The furniture in the room is of 19th-century styling and was very well maintained. In addition, the beds were extremely comfortable, so much so that my colleague who normally has trouble sleeping in hotels, slept exceedingly well. The bathrooms were beautifully tiled and featured two sinks with a stone counter top, a separate lavatory, a whirlpool tub and stand-up glass shower. The room also had satellite TV with a host of channels to choose from and high speed internet. The pictures to the left and below are of my actual room.
During your stay, it is an absolute must to indulge in the services of the Escape Spa and Salon. At the spa, it’s all about you, your well-being, well-deserved relaxation and enjoying the finer things in life. Escape is a sanctuary from daily stresses where you can follow the tradition of the ancients who discovered the therapeutic secrets of touch and the healing qualities of aromas and natural minerals. There are a variety of services provided by the spa including five types of massages, their signature Hot Stone Massage service, body polish, Detox-Thalasso Wrap, facials, manicures, pedicures and hair care. It is important to note that the facility is extremely clean and the treatments are performed in a very professional manner. Furthermore, Escape recently underwent beautiful renovations and reopened under the luxury botanical product banner, Aveda. Escape also continues to expand and will be adding six new treatment rooms including a hydrotherapy suite and a couple’s room by March 05.
If you would like to take a break from skiing for the day, there is an abundance of activities to choose from, including dog-sledding, snowmobiling, hiking / snowshoeing, the Johnston Canyon Ice walk, cross-country skiing, ice skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides, stargazing on a clear night, and/or shopping at the many boutiques, just to name a few. You can also take a scenic drive through one of the most beautiful national parks in North America. If you are interested in continuing your normal exercise routine, there is a well-equipped health club with a heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, dumbbells up to 65 kgs, nautilus equipment and other exercise machines.
If all this wasn’t enough, one of the Fairmont Chateau’s finest features is gourmet dining. During my stay, I had the opportunity to sample room service and four of the resort’s six restaurants. My favorite was the Walliser Stube. This restaurant features a Swiss menu with many international accents. One of their specialties is fondue which is well complimented by their excellent wine list. The decor which included rich wood-paneled walls, rustic loft ladders and heart-carved chairs, only enhanced the already great alpine atmosphere.
The Fairmont Dining in another savory option featuring the best in contemporary Canadian cuisine, This organic farm to the table focus puts high quality ingredients and culinary expertise into masterful dishes. With spectacular views, ambiance and prompt service, you are sure to have a relaxing and memorable night after a fun day on the slopes.
A slightly more casual setting is found in the Poppy Brasserie restaurant. This is an excellent choice for a flavorful breakfast buffet as you watch the mountains come alive in the morning sun. One of the most convenient options is the Chateau Deli that is open 24 hours a day. Here, they offer a variety of sandwiches, soups, oatmeal, breakfast wraps, muffins, pastries and more. It is important to note that the service and quality at each of these restaurants were outstanding including courteous and expedient wait staff, superb food and wine, and radiant atmosphere.
Overall my experience at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise was simply outstanding and I would highly recommend it to anyone.