Moraine Lake Lodge in Banff, Canada

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Updated: February 24, 2020

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Review of Moraine Lake Lodge in Banff, Canada.

Moraine Lake Lodge – Sumptuous lodge by the magnificent blue Moraine Lake.

This remote and luxurious lodge is perched on the forested shoreline of the turquoise waters of Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. It’s incredibly scenic and all the rooms and cabins offer lake, forest, and mountain views. The setting is serene and peaceful as the lodge is the only development on the lake, situated at the end of a winding mountain road a short drive from the village of Lake Louise. All accommodations are stylish, cozy, and have a rustic flair, with most offering lovely wood-burning fireplaces. The on-site restaurant is upscale and serves extraordinary cuisine. A delicious buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, canoes, and guided hikes are all complimentary. This calm oasis has no cell phone coverage or TVs and phones in any of the rooms or cabins. The lodge is open in the summer only.

Moraine Lake Lodge – Location

  • Address: 1 Moraine Lake Rd, Lake Louise, Alberta T0L 1E0.
  • Area: Moraine Lake Lodge is located on the shores of Moraine Lake in Banff National Park in remote wilderness, a 20-minute drive (9 miles) from the Village of Lake Louise, 1 hour (45 miles) from Banff, and 3 hours (130 miles) from Calgary International Airport.

Moraine Lake Lodge – The Basics

  • Ages: Guests of all ages are welcome. No cribs though small day beds can be made. No kids menu but the chef will happily prepare some children’s dishes on request.
  • Pet Policy: No pets allows.
  • View: All rooms and cabins face the lake, forest, and surrounding mountains.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
  • Laundry: None.
  • Wi-Fi: Complimentary Wi-Fi only in the lobby. Note: There is no cell coverage for about 3km (~2 miles). The main lodge has a computer kiosk with free internet access and a guest phone.
  • Parking: Complimentary surface parking.
  • Extras: Complimentary buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and cookies, use of canoes, and guided hikes to Consolation Lakes, Larch Valley, or Eiffel Lakes daily on a rotational basis.
  • When To Book: Booking 6 months in advance is advisable. The lodge is open from June 1 to October 1 only.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +1-877-522-2777/403-522-3733
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: morainelake.com

Moraine Lake Lodge – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No spa.
  • Fitness Center: No fitness center.
  • For Disabled Guests: The hotel layout is not suitable for wheelchairs.
  • For Families: Cribs are available. Special children’s menu in Pacini restaurant. Some rooms have 2 Queen beds. No adjoining rooms.

Moraine Lake Lodge – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Walter Wilcox Dining Room – Upscale and elegant restaurant with a large selection of wines. Open for breakfast (7am-10.15am) and dinner (5.30-9pm) only. Complimentary afternoon tea (3pm-5pm) served in the library.
  • Café: Snowshoe Café – On-site snack bar serving deli foods, hot and cold meals, beverages, and ice creams. Hours 8am-4.30pm.
  • Bar/Lounge: Very small stand-up bar at the entrance to the restaurant.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast served daily (7-10.15am) in the Walter Wilcox Dining Room restaurant. Complimentary afternoon tea, coffee, and cookies served daily (3–5pm) in the Library.
  • Room Service: No room service.

Moraine Lake Lodge – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Lodge ● Lodge Queen ● Lodge Double ● Wenkchemna Wing ● Deluxe Twin Cabin ● Deluxe King Cabin
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel is 100% smoke-free.
  • Best Room: Deluxe Cabins feature large, sunken sitting areas with river rock wood-burning fireplaces and private balconies facing the lake and the mountains.

Moraine Lake Lodge – The Hotel

The cozy reception is very welcoming.

The reception is lovely, warm, and welcoming, complete with a roaring wood-burning fireplace.

The main lodge has rooms on 2 floors.

Guest rooms in the Main Lodge are on two floors: main floor and second floor.

The Main Lodge rooms have better views.

The Main Lodge rooms feature 2 double beds, balconies, and less-obstructed views.

The bathrooms are spacious as well.

Bathrooms have bathtub and shower combos.

Each cabin has 2 units.

Each standalone Cabin has two units (duplex style) with forest/lake/mountain views.

The Deluxe cabins are very cozy and rustic.

The Deluxe King Cabins are nestled into the forested shoreline and are cozy and rustic, with a woodsy vibe.

The have separate sitting areas with fireplaces.

They have vaulted ceilings, unique corner-style wood-burning fireplaces, and warm earth-toned décor.

The cabins are decorated with interesting knick-knacks.

Knick-knacks around the cabin make it feel very homey.

Bathrooms come with bath and shower combos.

The bathrooms are large with bath and shower combos.

Small balconies offer lake views.

The balconies are small and offer decent lake views.

Walter Wilcox Dining Room is in the main lodge.

Walter Wilcox Dining Room with its atrium is located in the Main Lodge.

The hotel has 2 outdoor patios.

This is the main hotel patio, separate from the Dining Room patio.

The buffet breakfast is very good.

A wonderful selection of hot and cold buffet breakfast is served in the Walter Wilcox Dining Room every morning.

The restaurant offers upscale dining with an outdoor patio.

Walter Wilcox Dining Room serves upscale cuisine in a beautiful setting with its own outdoor patio.

The main lodge also houses the charming library.

The Library is in the Main Lodge and is invitingly charming.

Complimentary beverages and snacks are served daily.

Complimentary afternoon tea, coffee, and cookies are served daily in the Library.

The main lodge also has a gift shop.

Trading Post gift shop is located in the Main Lodge.

Guests can use the complimentary canoes.

Complimentary canoes are available for hotel guests.

Moraine Lake has a beautiful blue hue.

Moraine Lake is spectacular in its unique beauty with its turquoise water. It is bluer than Lake Louise, which has a green hue due to its rock flour content.

Lakeshore Hiking Trail is the main hiking path by the lake.

Lakeshore Hiking Trail is the main hiking path alongside Moraine Lake. It’s an easy, flat hike, 3km round-trip which takes approximately 40-60 minutes.

Rockpile Hiking Trail is a shorter and easier hike by the lake.

The Rockpile Hiking Trail is near the hotel. It is 0.8 km round-trip and usually takes about 15-20 mins. The easy (although steep) hike offers a gorgeous views of Moraine Lake.

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