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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.
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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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.
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.