Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff, Canada

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Updated: May 10, 2021
By Santorini Dave

• Location: Lake Louise Drive.
• Hotel website: fairmont.com
• Hotel phone: 403-522-3511
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Review of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff, Canada.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – Opulent, family-friendly hotel next to the magnificent Lake Louise.

This grand and luxurious 539-room hotel overlooks the truly spectacular crown jewel of Banff National Park, Lake Louise. The lake’s natural beauty, serenity, and grandeur are in a class of their own and the color of the water is so incredibly turquoise that it leads some tourists to enquire whether the bottom of the lake has been painted. The hotel’s architecture and décor are superb and the guest rooms are modern and well-appointed. The suites/rooms with lake views are dreamy and worth the splurge. There are six on-site restaurants, a lovely heated indoor pool, hot tub, steam room, large fitness room, fifteen shops, and a full-service spa. Fantastic hiking trails are plentiful and at your doorstep, including two of the Park’s exclusive Tea Houses that are accessible by foot only. The hotel is ideal for families as they offer a Kids Club program with many types of classes/outings, some complementary. Pets are allowed and pet-sitting services are available.

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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – Location

  • Area: In the hamlet of Lake Louise, 2-hour drive (190 km) west of Calgary and 50-minute drive (60 km) from Banff. Easy 4km round-trip shoreline trail for a beautiful lakeside stroll. Hike to Banff’s only 2 remote tea houses – Lake Agnes Tea House and Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House – with trailheads for both just steps from the hotel. Info.
  • Address: 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – The Basics

  • Ages: Guests of all ages are welcome.
  • Pet Policy: Pets allowed. No breed or size restrictions. Price CA$50/day. Pets are not allowed on the sixth floor or the Mount Temple Wing. Pet-sitting available for a fee.
  • Views: Rooms at the front of the hotel have lake views and those on the side have mountain views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some suites have private jacuzzis.
  • Parking: Valet parking CA$35. Underground self-parking CA$30. Select suites come with complementary self/valet underground parking.
  • Extras: Live music on some evenings. Smores campfire roast every evening. Complementary shuttle to Moraine Lake (summer only), snowshoes, fitness/wellness classes including yoga, and canoeing on Lake Louise (for Gold level customers). Kids room, toddlers room, kids menu, and lots of activities for children.
  • When to Book: Book 5-6 months in advance for July-August and Christmas break.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: 1-866-540-4413/403-522-3511
  • Email: chateaulakelouise@fairmont.com
  • Website: fairmont.com

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – Amenities

  • Pool: Indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and steam room. Pool hours 6am-10pm (up to 11pm for adults) daily.
  • Spa: Full service on-site spa.
  • Fitness Center: Open 24/7.
  • For Disabled Guests:

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Fairview – 4-Star Diamond Award-winner restaurant serving Canadian cuisine. Elegant décor with oversized windows providing breathtaking views of Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier. Dinner only (6-9 pm). Reservations required. • Walliser Stube – European alpine cuisine with wine bar. Variety of classic Swiss, German, and Alpine dishes. Famous for their Swiss fondue. Dinner only. Varying days: 5:30–9:30pm. • Alpine Social – Hearty gourmet comfort food in a relaxed pub-like atmosphere. Designated bar seating. Open for lunch (noon-5pm Fri-Sun) and dinner (5-11pm daily) only. • Poppy Brasserie – Breakfast buffet or a la carte classics. Fairmont Lifestyles Cuisine options. Breakfast buffet (6.30-10am)/a la carte (6:30-11am). • Lago Italian Kitchen – Modern Italian cuisine. Open kitchen with multi-course meals. Dinner only (6-9pm, May–Sep). • Chateau Deli Snackbar – Coffee, hot meals, soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. Picnic lunches and boxed meals available. Open 24 hours.
  • Bar/Lounge: Lakeview Lounge – Stylish décor with oversized windows providing breathtaking views of Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier. Cocktails and wines. Lunch (11am-5pm) and evening tapas (5-7pm) menus available.
  • Breakfast: Complementary breakfast for 1 and 2-bedroom suite guests and Fairmont Gold level guests.
  • Room Service: 24/7. Large selection of menus, including special kids menu.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard • Standard (with Lake View) • Deluxe • Deluxe (with Lake View) • Junior Suite • Fairmont Gold • Fairmont Gold (with Lake/Mountain View) • Deluxe Mount Temple • Deluxe Mount Temple (with 2 Queen Beds) • Deluxe 2 Queen (with Lake View) • 1 Bedroom Suite • 1 Bedroom Suite (with Lake View) • List of all Rooms
  • Fairmont Gold: The newly-renovated Gold (7th) floor includes private check-in, check-out, and concierge. Exclusive lounge area with complementary deluxe continental breakfast, all-day coffee and tea service, evening canapés, honesty bar, newspapers, laptop, iPad, and printer.
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: 1-Bedroom Marquis de Lorne Suite with Lake View on the 7th floor. 1-Bedroom Loft-style Belvedere Suite with 2 balconies and lake views on the 8th (top) floor.
  • For Families: Toddler room for kids 0-4 years (with parent supervision). Kids Club with complementary activities such as movie nights, trips to Lake Louise gondola, and horseback riding. Babysitting services for a fee. Cribs, rollaway beds, and special children’s menus and prices.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – The Hotel

The hotel lobby is impressive.

The hotel lobby is grand and ornate.

Spacious living area of the Belvedere Suite.

The duplex Belvedere Suite is one of the best suites with incredible lake views. The spacious living area is on the lower level.

The bed and bath are on the top floor.

A spiral staircase leads to the bedroom, bath, and 2 separate balconies.

The suite's balcony offers amazing lake views.

The lake view from the suite’s balcony is magnificent.

Gold customers and above get free use of canoes.

The hotel offers complementary use of canoes when booking select Gold-level and above rooms.

the King Lakeview Gold suite is very spacious.

The Fairmont King Gold Room with Lakeview suite is on the Gold level floor and offers a terrific view of the lake.

The suites come with huge bathrooms.

The bathrooms are huge and feature separate bathtubs and shower areas.

The Gold Mountainview rooms are modern and spacious.

The Fairmont Gold King Mountainview rooms are also on the Gold-level floor. All rooms have modern décor and are well appointed. The mountain views are beautiful.

The rooms offer amazing mountain views.

The panoramic views of the surrounding area and the mountains in the background are amazing.

Bathrooms come with bathtub and shower combos.

Bathrooms feature bathtub and shower combos.

The lounge also has books and board games.

The lounge has several cozy corners to relax in, along with books and board games.

The Gold Lounge is exclusive and fantastic.

The upscale Gold Lounge is a private area which includes complementary services such as self-serve breakfast, large selection of late afternoon/early evening canapés, delicious desserts, all-day beverages, and an honesty bar.

The Mount Temple Suites are new and spacious.

The spacious Mount Temple Suites are in the new, quieter wing of the hotel.

The bathrooms are also very spacious.

These suites feature dual vanities and bathtubs.

The wing has several huge stained glass windows.

Mount Temple wing is accented with massive stained glass cathedral windows.

Fairview Dining Room offers magnificent lake views in an elegant atmosphere.

The deli is open round the clock.

Chateau Deli is conveniently open 24 hours.

The organic health bar is very popular.

Organic health juice bar on the ground level is small in size but hugely popular.

The Lakeview Lounge is big and popular through the day.

Lakeview Lounge consists of a bar area with sofas, tables, and chairs for all day meals. During peak times, the Lounge is open to hotel guests only.

The lounge also has fantastic outdoor seating.

The lounge also has a gorgeous outdoor patio with breathtaking lake views.

Alpine Social is known for its comfort food.

Alpine Social Restaurant serves comfort food in a casual atmosphere.

Stude is popular for its amazing fondues.

Stube Restaurant has a mixed German-Swiss-Alpine theme and is famous for its fondues.

The kids club is big and well-equipped.

The Kids Club has a bright and clean babysitting area.

The hotel has a well-equipped gym.

The gym is decent-sized and well-equipped

The hotel has an indoor pool, hot tub, and steam room.

The indoor pool, hot tub, and steam room feature large windows but no views to speak of.

The hotel has a full-service spa.

There is a full-service spa on-site.

There are several shops and boutiques in the hotel.

The ground level of the hotel houses a large assortment of shops, boutiques, and services along long corridors.

The beautiful courtyard leads to the lake.

There is a huge, beautiful courtyard between the Lakeview Lounge patio and the lake.

Sunrise at Lake Louise is superb.

Lake Louise at sunrise is simply spectacular.

Walking the Lake Agnes Trail is a must.

This is the beautiful Lake Agnes Trail. The Lake Louise Shoreline Trail is to the left.

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