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Occupying one of the finest positions in Canada – if not North America – the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise sits surrounded by mountains and glaciers and overlooking the ice blue Lake Louise in the UNESCO designated Banff National Park in Alberta.
The hotel has 550 rooms and suites, of which a good number overlook the stunning lake and Victoria Glacier, and all of which are elegant in design and very comfortable.
With so many mouths to feed, the choice of eating options at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is large and uniformly impressive, taking inspiration from Canada's landscapes and multi-cultural make up. Starting with the more informal eateries, the Chateau Deli offers simple snacks, soups, salads and sandwiches that can be packaged as picnics to take on walking trips. Next up, the Glacier Saloon offers pub grub and a wide selection of craft beers. High quality and classic Italian fare is available from Lago Italian Kitchen, where guests can watch meals being produced in the open kitchen, while the Poppy Brasserie serves a wide range of breakfast styles.
The hotel's mountain setting is particularly apt when eating at the Walliser Stube, a cosy Alpine-style restaurant and wine bar specialising in Swiss and Tyrolean dishes (including top class fondues) and for the most refined dining of all, head to the Fairview, the Fairmont's signature restaurant and one of the best contemporary Canadian restaurants in the country, with views to match. For a pre- or post-dinner drink, head to the Lakeview Lounge, with its cocktail menu and fine wine list. The Lounge also serves light lunches and evening tapas.
The risk of over-eating is mitigated by the hotel's location in one of the finest all-season activity resorts in Canada - Lake Louise - which is both top quality ski resort in winter and hiking and biking hub in summer. When guests are done engaging with the dramatic landscapes around the hotel, back at the ranch the spa awaits to pamper weary limbs. There are several treatments rooms where therapists offer a wide range of massages and other face and body treatments, alongside a heated indoor pool, steam room and gym.
We wouldn;t normally recommend a hotel with 550 rooms, but that view...
Will, Original Traveller