Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Lauren's Lighthouse

Night at the Fairmont Château Lake Louise

January 7, 2020laurenslighthouse

Last updated on June 29th, 2023

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Oh. My. Goodness. It was an absolute dream to finally stay at the Château Lake Louise for the first time! All the years that I’ve lived in Calgary, and all the times that I’ve visited Lake Louise, I never stayed at the Fairmont. But the day before Christmas Eve, that changed.

Jason and I were at first quite hesitant to make the splurge. Especially with it being the Christmas season and all, we knew the pricing wasn’t going to exactly be on the low side. But I’ll explain why in the end we were thrilled to have made the decision to stay here. Keep scrolling to watch our cinematic vlog of our time here!

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Lauren's Lighthouse

Fairmont Gold Package

Being as it was the first time that we were staying here, Jason and I wanted to make the most out of our one-night stay. I mean it’s not everyday that you get to stay in a château! We opted in for the lakeview and a decently sized room, but what really stood out for this specific room was the Gold package. What is the Gold package you ask? At this Fairmont location, Gold guests get their own check-in location, own concierge, a luxury-designed room or suite on the top two floors (floors 7-8) of the building, special amenities and exclusive access to the Gold Lounge. The latter was what rang silver bells in our heads.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Gold Lounge - Lauren's Lighthouse

You might be asking, what’s so special about a lounge? Well, just like an airport Business lounge, the Gold Lounge offers its guests food and drinks during its opening hours (7am-10pm). Every morning 7am-11am, a full-on breakfast buffet is available for Gold guests and it’s included in your room rate. They even have an omelette station which checks off as an obligatory item on my “good resort” list! You’re free to come and lurk about the lounge anytime time in the day to grab a few pastries, a specialty coffee/tea, and/or play board games. It’s seriously such a comforting and quiet place to be even during the busy season of Christmas. From 5pm to 7pm is canapé time and they certainly had a wide selection of hors-d’œuvres to choose from! Hot appies, cold appies, cheeses and charcuterie, fresh fruit, and lots and lots of desserts! I was stunned that we didn’t need any dinner after that, considering it was all included in our rate!

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Gold Lounge - Lauren's Lighthouse
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Gold Lounge - Lauren's Lighthouse

The resort is truly magical and castle-like, with its grand entrance, ballrooms, and 12-feet high arc windows overlooking the lake!

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Mount Temple - Lauren's Lighthouse

The Room

The room was spectacular and luxurious, as expected. At 375 sqft, it definitely felt like I could move in. We booked the two-Queen room as the 1-King rooms were no longer available for this tier. I honestly just wanted to retire there and live off the lounge food for the rest of my life. The bathroom was nice and grand with palatial fixtures, a double vanity, marble finishes, a cozy bathtub and a modern glass shower that had a million flow settings. The water closet had a separate door so you could do your business while your partner is brushing their teeth!

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Gold room bath - Lauren's Lighthouse

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A feature that I love to see in resorts is an in-room Nespresso machine, which we certainly had. They even had some Lindt chocolates set by the coffee maker, and during the nighttime turndown (when housekeeping makes up your room before bed), they even brought in a couple more chocolates and a fresh ice bucket!

We definitely enjoyed spending time in the room. If we stayed here for a few more nights, the drawers and closet were incredibly spacious for all our belongings. Even the entrance way was grand and provided a lot of room to place skates, skis and snowboards!

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Victoria Gold room view - Lauren's Lighthouse
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Gold room Nespresso - Lauren's Lighthouse

Christmas at the Fairmont

For two weeks (December 20 to January 4), the Fairmont puts together a holiday season activity guide and schedule for its guests. You can opt in for many complimentary activities, such as their fitness classes, caricature sessions, Bavarian curling, Bingo, movie showings in the ballrooms, hotel history and kitchen tour, evening campfire by the lake and many more. If you wanted someone to put up a Christmas tree in your room, you could! There are also guided snowshoe treks, horse sleigh rides, and country ski lessons you could enjoy! Dining specials are also a major attraction to staying here during the holiday season. During Christmas Eve, Day and New Year’s Eve, their different restaurants will have a unique and limited set course menu, which I highly recommend considering. Check out the entire 2019-2020 Christmas guide here.

And of course, the MAIN reason you’re coming out to Lake Louise in the winter is for the skiing and skating! The hotel’s ski and skate rental shop is located right beside its parkade, and this is where we grabbed Jason’s rec skates before heading out to the lake. The lake is massive and has a huge surface to skate on, but note that by this time of the year, it snows A LOT, and that stuff is hard to zamboni off the ice. So we definitely had a rough time skating, as opposed to if we had come in late November. So beware of the conditions! Don’t worry, it’s really safe.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, ice skating - Lauren's Lighthouse
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, cabin - Lauren's Lighthouse
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, cross-country skiing - Lauren's Lighthouse

This is also the time that the ice castles and sculptures go up as well as the Ice Bar. Be sure to check that out and grab yourself a hot cocoa before hitting the crisp air of the lake, or try out the frozen maple syrup experience! (Check out the video for a glimpse of what I’m talking about.)

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Ice Castles - Lauren's Lighthouse

Did I love staying at the Fairmont Lake Louise? Yes! Would I go back? Absolutely! I think we’ll try it over the summer next time. But what do you think? Would you want to stay at the Fairmont Lake Louise over the winter?

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Comments (12)

  • tracytravelingerelax

    June 23, 2020 at 3:50 am

    Wow! I so want to stay there, it looks like it would be a worthwile splurge 🙂

    1. laurenslighthouse

      June 25, 2020 at 10:55 pm

      We definitely enjoyed our stay to no end! I wish we could’ve made it longer but alas, it was pretty pricey right before Christmas. Hopefully you can stay at the Fairmont Lake Louise in the shoulder seasons! It’s much more affordable and still 100% beautiful 🙂

  • Teri Lynn (TL Travel)

    October 10, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Wow! Looks like the stay was well worth it! I am in Edmonton and have always wanted to spend a night or two there!

    1. laurenslighthouse

      November 20, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      You need to make your way over here Teri! It’s beyond gorgeous right now, even if you don’t stay at the Fairmont, the lake is completely frozen once again.

  • kirstenwendlandt

    October 10, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Isn’t the Chateau stunning? I’ve stayed there once before and it was definitely worth the splurge. Such an incredible experience!

    1. laurenslighthouse

      November 20, 2020 at 8:55 pm

      Yessss, I saw on your site and page Kirsten, your stay was marvellous! I’m in love with your work, would love to meet you some time! We got to meet Aman and Shai last weekend, it’s such a small world.

  • Michele

    October 10, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    This looks like a beautiful place to visit. I’m hoping the borders are reopened soon!

    1. laurenslighthouse

      November 20, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      Same here, Michele! Just waiting on that vaccine, then hopefully 2021 will look a little different for us!

  • skigrl985

    October 10, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    When I was younger, my dad flew a LOT, so he had access to airport lounges. On a family trip, he got us into a lounge and it was AWESOME! So I totally get how cool it is (and convenient!) to go to a hotel lounge! That one sounds awesome 🙂

    1. laurenslighthouse

      November 20, 2020 at 8:58 pm

      I LOVE airport lounges! I remember the first time my mom got us in one too, I felt so posh haha. The AMEX Platinum card is our best friend for getting into the lounges whenever we travel.

  • Krista

    October 11, 2020 at 9:37 am

    I’ve heard some great things about this hotel and your pictures really do the positive reviews justice!

    1. laurenslighthouse

      August 21, 2023 at 12:52 pm

      It’s one of our favourite hotels and we’ve loved staying here both in winter and in summer! Thank you for the kind words!

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