ALBERTA Travel Guide

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What to Expect From The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff

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  Site Where: 111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, T0L 1E0
March 6, 2015 at 3:15 PM | by | ()

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and its surrounding wilderness

Last week, we showed you the killer view that makes the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise one of Banff's most talked-about properties. Its location at the edge of glacially-fed Lake Louise is how it makes its first impression, but what's the rest of the property have to offer? Today, we open its doors for a peak inside.

The hotel was originally started as a base for outdoor enthusiasts, and has evolved into the upscale property it is today. This combination is what defines the hotel, a focus on soft adventure that mingles with modern-day luxury. This ying and yang is evident the moment you walk into the lobby and see how the outdoor-inspired art and bold colors mix with the large archways, shimmering chandelier, and soft accents of its interior design.

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All About That Lake: The Killer View from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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  Site Where: 111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada, T0L 1E0
February 26, 2015 at 4:33 PM | by | ()

View from the far side of the lake of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

We've highlighted the natural beauty of the Fairmont Banff Springs in the past, but its lesser-known sister property, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, is no slouch when it comes to killer views herself.

A few years ago, we dreamed about what it might be like to stay there, and now we have experienced it first hand. We'll dive in a little deeper next week, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out what attracts people to this property. It is positioned next to Lake Louise, which is fed by several glaciers that trickle down from the surrounding jagged peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

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Aloft Calgary To Open In April As Per Starwood’s 'Go Big Or Go Home' Goal

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  Site Where: 2359 Banff Trail NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2M 4L2
March 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM | by | ()

We’re hearing a lot about Aloft Hotels these days and here’s why: Starwood is planning to open 100 Aloft Hotels in 14 countries by the end of 2014. That’s a big shout-out to you, Gen Yers, since Starwood's building 'em mostly for you.

So without further adieu, here comes Aloft Calgary University, set to open on April 17—the first Aloft in Western Canada and the third to debut in the country.

Like all of the Aloft properties, you can expect modern design, loads of tech, and local live music at its signature W XYZ bar. You’ll also find a 24/7 pantry for when you have the munchies, indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, full-service day spa, spin studio and a casual eatery on the second level of the hotel.

The Aloft Calgary University will have 143 loft-inspired rooms each with a walk-in shower, Bliss toiletries, free and, they’re promising, fast WiFi, and plug & play charging stations that connect to the 42” LCD TV.

Rates in May start at $189 CAD, but we say go the distance and have breakfast included for $199 CAD.

{Rendering: Starwood Hotels & Resorts]

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Edmonton Experiencing A Renaissance (Hotel, That Is)

January 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM | by | ()

Edmonton’s set to get its first Renaissance Hotel this summer (the first in Alberta, as it turns out). The new 213-room hotel will open at the recently-expanded Edmonton International Airport. As the only hotel attached to the airport terminal, this is good news for those of you who find a bed more comfortable than your airport chair.

The hotel was originally scheduled to be a Courtyard by Marriot property before that was kyboshed and it was decided to make the property the more boutique-like upscale Renaissance. The owners felt that the new airport terminal was so modern that the Renaissance was a better fit with the airport re-do.

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The Great Canadian Hotel Bar Hop: Raw Bar at Calgary's Hotel Arts

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  Site Where: 119 - 12th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
July 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM | by | ()

This is not so much a bar hop as a bar marathon that runs (get it?) the entire length of Canada. If you have the stamina, so do we.

Calgary, Alberta is Canada’s version of the wild west, where people wear cowboy boots without a hint of irony. However, this city that’s affectionately known as “cow town” has more than just beer bars scattered throughout the city.

Case in point: Raw Bar, located in the stylish Hotel Arts (formerly a Holiday Inn.) This is a moody, intimate bar with plenty of private areas for private moments. It’s warm, inviting, and has single-handedly brought a nouveau brand of cocktail culture to the city. The local clientele comes here for well-made cocktails crafted by expert mixologists, who take great pleasure in concocting fantastical creations for their appreciative fans. Hotel guests come because the bar is an appealing place to hang out – and then they discover the seasonal cocktail menu for themselves.

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Calgary’s Fairmont Palliser Hotel Gets a Big Gold Star for Its Gold Floor Reno

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  Site Where: 133 9th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2P 2M3
May 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM | by | ()

We finally had a chance to get a peek inside The Fairmont Palliser’s (in Calgary) complete redo of its Gold Floor rooms and lounge and it’s left us feeling all aglow.

This luxury brand, often found in historic buildings – The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, for instance – most often has decor reflective of these heritage properties: classically elegant. But the Palliser’s new Gold Floor look leans more towards contemporary sophistication – still elegant but with cool, soothing tones and soft cosy textures.

It’s a comfortable nod to the past with an inviting look to the future. There’s brand new furniture, new lighting – new everything really. And with Fairmont making its recent move to Le Labo toiletries, it’s a can’t miss combo for a hotel aficionado.

The Palliser’s Gold Floor Lounge has also been remodelled from top to bottom to complement the new rooms. For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure of staying on a Fairmont Hotel’s Gold Floor, you’re missing out.

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