Chateau Lake Louise Guide

Welcome to an encapsulating journey designed to unravel the marvels of Chateau Lake Louise. Not only a beacon of luxury and timeless elegance, but this sanctuary also boasts a rich historical tapestry intertwined with nature’s splendor:

  • Historical Overview of Lake Louise
  • Evolution of Chateau Lake Louise
  • Room Categories
  • Dining Venues
  • Amenities
A couple canoeing on Lake Louise during sunset

Lake Louise: A Timeless Journey through History

Immersed in the majestic landscapes of Banff National Park, Lake Louise stands as a shimmering jewel, reflecting the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies.

The vibrant turquoise color of Lake Louise is due to rock flour—tiny particles of rock ground by glaciers and suspended in the water. This unique characteristic creates its famous mesmerizing hue.

In the year 1884, this resplendent lake was christened after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, a name that resonates with aristocratic elegance and historic prominence. She was not only the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria but also a patroness of the arts, a legacy mirrored in the aesthetic and cultural ethos of the region.

Canadian Pacific Railway’s Venture

In 1882, Tom Wilson, a packer for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), was guided to Lake Louise by a group of Stoney First Nations people, who referred to it as the “lake of little fishes.” This marked the first recorded sighting of the lake by a white man. By 1884, the CPR had established a construction camp in the area, known as Holt City, as they extended their railway into the Canadian Rockies​.

Recognizing the potential for tourism, the CPR built a small log cabin on the shore of Lake Louise in 1890. This initial structure catered to the adventurous travelers drawn to the area’s pristine beauty. The railway’s pioneering efforts made the remote beauty of Lake Louise accessible, setting the stage for the region’s transformation into a major tourist destination. The CPR’s extensive marketing and infrastructure development played a crucial role in making Lake Louise a hallmark of the Rockies, drawing adventurers, nature enthusiasts, and romantic escapists​​.

Chateau Lake Louise: A Legacy Etched in Time

Building on the foundation laid by the CPR, the log cabin constructed in 1890 began its transformation into what would become Chateau Lake Louise. By 1893, the original cabin was replaced with a larger chalet. Over the following years, the site saw continuous expansion, including the addition of new wings and a four-story Arts and Crafts-style extension by 1902. This evolution reflected the Chateau’s rising status as a premier destination for the elite, including royals and celebrities, who contributed to its rich tapestry of grandeur and memorable escapades.

The original structure of Chateau Lake Louise burned down in 1924. It was rebuilt and has since been expanded and renovated

Chateau Lake Louise quickly evolved from a tranquil getaway into an epitome of elegance and adventure, significantly boosting the tourism appeal of the Canadian Rockies. The CPR’s investment in the hotel and surrounding infrastructure ensured that Lake Louise became a must-visit destination, celebrated for its natural splendour and luxurious accommodations. Today, Chateau Lake Louise stands as a beacon of luxury and comfort, enchanting a discerning clientele from across the globe and maintaining its reputation as a premier destination steeped in history and natural beauty.

Chateau Lake Louise Today

Chateau Lake Louise stands today as a five-star luxury destination, featuring 539 guest rooms and suites. Renowned for its historical charm and modern luxury, the Chateau offers breathtaking views of Lake Louise and the surrounding mountains.

Lake Louise is managed by Parks Canada, while Fairmont operates the Chateau Lake Louise hotel.

Chateau Lake Louise offers a variety of accommodations to suit different tastes and needs:

  • Standard Guest Rooms: Cozy and comfortable, these rooms offer either a mountain or lake view. They are elegantly furnished and equipped with modern amenities. Starting price: $499 per night.
  • Deluxe Rooms: Larger than the standard rooms, deluxe rooms provide additional seating areas and enhanced views of the surrounding landscape. Starting price: $699 per night.
  • Suites: Spacious and luxurious, the suites feature separate living areas, making them ideal for families or extended stays. Each suite is designed with premium furnishings and offers breathtaking views. Starting price: $1,299 per night.
  • Fairmont Gold: For the ultimate luxury experience, the Fairmont Gold rooms offer personalized service, private check-in, and access to the exclusive Fairmont Gold Lounge. Guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast, evening canapés, and other special amenities. Starting price: $899 per night.
  • Signature Collection: The most luxurious options, these rooms offer premium views, enhanced amenities, and bespoke services. Starting price: $2,999 per night.

Dining Options

Chateau Lake Louise boasts several dining options that cater to a variety of tastes:

  • Fairview Bar & Restaurant: This fine dining establishment offers a menu featuring Canadian cuisine with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. Guests can enjoy their meals while taking in the stunning views of Lake Louise.
  • Lakeview Lounge: A more casual dining experience, the Lakeview Lounge serves lighter fare and cocktails. It is the perfect spot for afternoon tea or evening drinks.
  • Walliser Stube: Specializing in European alpine cuisine, this restaurant is famous for its Swiss fondue and raclette, providing a unique dining experience.
  • Poppy Brasserie: A family-friendly restaurant that serves hearty breakfasts and dinners. It is known for its relaxed atmosphere and diverse menu.  Breakfast at Poppy Brasserie costs around $40 CAD per person
  • In-Room Dining: Available 24/7, offering a wide range of dishes for guests to enjoy in the comfort of their rooms.


Chateau Lake Louise offers a range of amenities to enhance the guest experience:

  • Spa & Wellness Center: The Fairmont Spa provides a variety of treatments designed to relax and rejuvenate guests. The wellness center also includes a fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Indoor Pool and Hot Tub: Guests can enjoy year-round swimming and relaxation in the indoor pool and hot tub.
  • Business Center: Equipped with modern meeting rooms and high-speed internet, the business center caters to corporate guests and events.
  • Concierge Services: The hotel’s concierge team assists with reservations, activity planning, and providing local information to ensure a seamless guest experience.
  • Parking: Valet parking is available at $45 CAD per night
  • Shuttle Services: Transportation to and from local attractions and ski resorts is available, making it easy for guests to explore the surrounding area

Maximize your Stay at the Chateau

If you have only one opportunity to visit the Rockies and want the full, luxurious experience, we recommend adding the Rocky Mountaineer Train. This daylight train includes full service, breakfast and lunch served at your seat, and panoramic views of the Rockies.

For those looking to fully immerse themselves in the Rockies while also enjoying the luxury of the Chateau Lake Louise, check out our Rockies bus packages.

Whether you choose the scenic train journey or the comprehensive bus tours, our packages can be customized to include overnight stays at Chateau Lake Louise, providing you with a complete Rocky Mountain adventure. Booking through Key West Travel & Tours ensures a hassle-free and memorable experience, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty and elegance of the Canadian Rockies.