The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies
Have you ever traveled to a destination that was so remarkably beautiful that you simply had to visit again?
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, set on a glistening emerald lake, surrounded by mountains, standing opposite the Victoria Glacier; and within Canada’s Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is just such a place.
We recently made a second visit, and this time we brought friends with us to experience the breathtaking splendor of this place.
We shot the photograph in our video below while hiking around the lake on our first visit. As we hiked, it seemed as if every single step brought our eyes another remarkable perspective filled with jaw-dropping beauty.
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To give you a little background from our first visit in July of 2011, take a peek at our video:
During our most recent visit, we stopped for two nights at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise after spending a glorious two days traveling through the Canadian Rockies aboard the luxury train: Rocky Mountaineer. To read about our Rocky Mountaineer experience, click here.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Guest Rooms
The AAA Four-Diamond Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a sprawling luxury resort offering guests 550 rooms that range from 230 sq.ft rooms to 900 sq.ft. suites.
During both of our visits we enjoyed Deluxe Lakeview Rooms. These are popular rooms as they are larger than the standard rooms (370-445 sq. ft.) and offer one king bed or two queen beds. Plus, you will certainly enjoy the picture postcard views right outside your window.
As this property enjoys a glacial setting in the Northern hemisphere, you should know that a fair number of the guest rooms are without air conditioning. In fact, both of the rooms in our visits had no air conditioning.
However, keep in mind that this is a mild climate with cool nights, and a massive glacier right across the lake to keep things cool. When we first stayed at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, I was a bit concerned about this as our first visit was in July.
In spite of this, with an open window and ceiling fan, we were very comfortable. In fact, we found ourselves tucked under the covers before the night was through.
If this is a big concern in your mind, simply ask for an air conditioned room when you book with us.
Dining at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Let me first say that reservations are highly recommended right after you book your hotel reservation. Keep in mind that you’re out in the middle of a national park, so you have a lot of competition for restaurant seating each night.
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise offers three evening dining options: The Fairview for the best in contemporary Canadian Cuisine, Lago Italian Kitchen, and The Walliser Stube for European alpine cuisine. For breakfast there is the Poppy Brasserie where you can enjoy a vast breakfast buffet, or keep it light with a selection off of the menu. Further, there is the Lakeview Lounge, the Glacier Saloon, Chateau Deli, In-Room Dining, and even an Afternoon Tea.
In our view, the Walliser Stube is a must. Carol enjoyed authentic Swiss Fondue, while I enjoyed a classic Wiener Schnitzel.
And, if you enjoy fine dining, the cuisine and dining experience found at The Fairview restaurant is exceptional. Just thinking about that tender venison loin has my mouth watering. And of course, if wild game isn’t to your liking, there are traditional menu items as well.
Hiking at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
While there are a great deal of things to do and see in Banff National Park, one of the “must do” items is a stroll to the end of Lake Louise.
We recommend getting an early dining reservation, and as the summer sun doesn’t set until 10:00ish, take a glorious evening stroll to the end of the lake. If you go all the way to the end, the distance is 2.4 miles, and will take you roughly 1.5 hours roundtrip.
But, keep in mind, you don’t have to stroll the whole distance. It will be a stunningly beautiful hike regardless of how much of the trail you explore.
As I mentioned in the top of this article, this is one of our favorite places to visit on earth. Here, you’ll get a taste of the Swiss Alps right here in North America.
We highly recommend that you visit the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. You’re going to thank us later. 🙂
Let us book your stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
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Plus, when you book your stay with us, you won’t pay a penny more than if you make the reservation yourself.
So here’s the $64,000 question: if you aren’t paying anything more for your stay, and we bring you our expertise and complimentary VIP amenities, why on earth would you consider trying to book this experience on your own?
Complimentary VIP Amenities
Take a peek at the complimentary VIP amenities we have for you when you book your stay with us:
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Complimentary breakfast for up to two in-room guests in the restaurant
- Complimentary souvenir personal portrait session with a professional photographer during your stay, plus picture frame.
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
To book your stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, or to get your questions answered, call us at (480) 550-1235, or use our convenient online information request by clicking the red button below.
Disclosure: a portion of our experience was provided by the kind folks at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. The Roaming Boomers maintains all publishing control and we’re happy to share our experiences with you without interference. We call ’em as we see ’em.
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