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Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Canada, North America: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
111 Lake Louise Drive
Lake Louise , Alberta
Canada T0L 1E0
Tel: 403 522 3511's insider take:

Alpine settings don't get more awesome than this: The Chateau Lake Louise is perched on the banks of aquamarine Lake Louise, with dramatic Victoria Glacier just off the distance. The actual structure is nowhere near as dramatic as the Fairmont Banff Springs, and there is always a distracting throng of tourists walking around the lake path. Nonetheless, when everyone else goes elsewhere for the evening, you'll still have that view—and it's also ideal for forays into the surrounding mountains. Though the lobby is elegant, decorated with an antique chandelier, historic photographs, and portraits of British royalty, the staff won't purse their lips if your muddy boots drip onto the carpet. Open since 1892, the hotel's 552 guest rooms have been built or renovated over the last five years. Need lots of space? Avoid the standard rooms in the original 19th-century building, which are sized according to European standards of the time. Instead, reserve a suite in the new Mountain Temple wing or the exclusive Gold floor (the 7th), which offers appetizers, private check-in, and a devoted concierge. Its Gold Lounge is decorated with museum paintings and heritage artwork, and serves a deluxe breakfast, too.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 89.4
  • Activities: 88.4
  • Design: 91.0
  • Food: 86.6
  • Location: 96.4
  • Rooms: 85.5
  • Service: 88.5
The architecture of this "perfectly placed, lakeside fortress" surrounded by gardens is influenced by Palladian villas. Most of the "small but comfortable rooms" have lake views; "opening our window to fresh air was wonderful." Buffet breakfast at Poppy Brasserie is "spectacular, with many choices." In addition to offering horseback riding, hiking, and canoeing, "it's a great place to relax."

(554 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Pool, Skiing, Spa, Water sports

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