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Pacific Northwest Hotel Guide: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise's Lake View

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  Site Where: 111 Lake Louise Drive, Lake Louise, AB, Canada, T0L 1E0
July 16, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel wraps up his jaunt around British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, seeing the hotel scene from a family travel perspective. All prices are in Canadian dollars--which currently trade slightly higher than U.S. dollars. Enjoy.

Like the Moraine Lake Lodge ten minutes away, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise has one of Canada's most spectacular settings all to itself. In this case it's Lake Louise, a stunning blue glacier lake surrounded by dramatic peaks topped by ice that's been there since the Wooly Mammoth days.

But while Moraine Lake Lodge is an intimate experience, this hotel is built to serve the throngs of visitors it knows it will receive all summer. When we were there six of the seven sit-down restaurants were all booked up during prime dinner hours.

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Pacific Northwest Hotel Guide :: Rustic Luxury at The Moraine Lake Lodge

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  Site Where: Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, AB, Canada, T0L 1E0
July 15, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, seeing the hotel scene from a family travel perspective. All prices are in Canadian dollars--which currently trade slightly higher than U.S. dollars. Enjoy.

If you'd like the experience of waking up in a cabin next to a mountain lake, but don't want to give up your soft sheets, comfy mattress, and fine dining, then Moraine Lake Lodge is the place. The hotel's buildings are the only man-made structures on stunning glacier-carved Lake Moraine, in Banff National Park near Lake Louise.

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Pacific Northwest Hotel Guide :: Killer View at the Fairmont Banff Springs

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  Site Where: 405 Spray Ave., Banff, AB, Canada, T1L 1J4
July 14, 2008 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, seeing the hotel scene from a family travel perspective. All prices are in Canadian dollars--which currently trade slightly higher than U.S. dollars. Enjoy.

We have highlighted the Fairmont Banff Springs before as a hotel with a killer view, but our other correspondent was there on a misty mountain day. Here's what the views are like when it's clear and sunny.  

It's enough to wow even the most jaded traveler when the curtains open up in the morning and the snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains are spread out in all their glory. It doesn't stop there however.

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Pacific Northwest Hotel Guide :: Bubblegum Tea at the Empress in Victoria

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  Site Where: 721 Government Street , Victoria, BC, Canada, V8W 1W5
July 11, 2008 at 9:05 AM | by | Comment (1)

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, seeing the hotel scene from a family travel perspective. All prices are in Canadian dollars--which currently trade slightly higher than U.S. dollars. Enjoy.

Where would the original grand hotel in the most British town in British Columbia be without high tea in the afternoon?

The Empress Hotel opened in 1909 in the style of an Edwardian chateau and hosted a steady stream of British royalty and celebrities. It went through several rounds of additions and renovations and became part of the newly formed Fairmont chain in 1999, when the Canadian Pacific railway company spun off its hotels and rebranded them.

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Pacific Northwest Hotel Guide :: Standard Gold-Standard Fairmont Experience in Vancouver

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  Site Where: 900 West Georgia Street , Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6C 2W6
July 9, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, seeing the hotel scene from a family travel perspective. All prices are in Canadian dollars--which currently trade slightly higher than U.S. dollars. Enjoy.

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is known as simply "Hotel Vancouver" by many taxi drivers and it is indeed the iconic hotel in town, competing with the Wedgewood Hotel as the top prestige address. The stone and peaked metal roof building was constructed jointly by Canada's two national railways and completed in 1939, just in time for a Royal visit from King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

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Pacific Northwest Hotel Guide :: Marriott Pinnacle Vancouver Has Great Location But Some Fees Apply

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  Site Where: 1128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6E 4R5
July 8, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around British Columbia and Alberta in Canada, seeing the hotel scene from a family travel perspective. All prices are in Canadian dollars--which currently trade slightly higher than U.S. dollars. Enjoy.

The Marriott Pinnacle Vancouver comes across as your basic high-rise business hotel, but with a gracious staff and a hotel restaurant that gets high marks on its own, this one is a cut above the norm.

You will recognize the furniture and the bedding as it sticks to very bland Marriott look, but the service goes beyond business traveler briskness to help tourists make the most of their time in the city.

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Pacific Northwest Hotel Guide :: A Family Package That Rocks at the Mayflower Park in Seattle

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  Site Where: 405 Olive Way [map], Seattle, WA, United States, 98101
July 7, 2008 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

HotelChatter contributing editor Tim Leffel is moving around the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and Canada, seeing the hotel scene from a family travel perspective. If you have a question about where to stay in the region, hit us on the tipline, or just comment below, and we will do our best to get you some sort of answer. Enjoy.

Seattle's Mayflower Park Hotel first opened in 1927, built for $750,000 and in a move that was rare at the time, all 240 rooms had their own baths.

On the downside, this was during prohibition, so the current bar was then a drugstore. Double rooms ran from $3.50 to $7 and suites topped out at $10 during peak periods.

You will pay $289 a night a now for a suite under the "Family Fun Package," but in today's dollars, it's a good deal. For that price you get a true suite--as in put the kids in a different room--and some quality extras.

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