There are few places in Banff National Park more beautiful than the Lake Louise area. After spending a day exploring around the world-renowned, glacial-fed turquoise waters of Lake Louise or hiking around the iconic Moraine Lake, there’s no better feeling than walking into the lobby of one of best hotels in Lake Louise.
Banff National Park is a huge national park. You may not be aware, but Lake Louise is 60km (37 mi) away from the Banff Townsite. While visiting Lake Louise is certainly doable as a day trip from Banff, many people find it more convenient to split their Banff accommodations between Banff and Lake Louise. If your Banff vacation includes plans to visit Lake Louise, make your stay memorable at one of these excellent Lake Louise hotels.
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6 Best Hotels in Lake Louise
The hamlet of Lake Louise is a small community perfectly located in the middle of the areas top attractions: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and the Lake Louise Ski Resort. There are so many amazing things to do in Lake Louise, that it makes sense to plan to stay in Lake Louise for some or all of your Banff vacation.
Being a hamlet, there are a limited number of hotels in Lake Louise, but based on our personal experience and research, here are the 6 best Lake Louise hotels:
Moraine Lake is unquestionably one of the most beautiful places in Banff National Park. Due to the overwhelming number of people who wish to visit Moraine Lake, Parks Canada has closed the road to Moraine Lake to private vehicles.
With a little advance planning, there are a variety of ways to get to Moraine Lake, but the best way to guarantee you see Moraine Lake on your trip to Banff is to stay at Moraine Lake. The issue is that there is only one place to stay at Moraine Lake… but for those lucky enough to get a reservation, the Moraine Lake Lodge is a wonderful hotel.
With an envious location in-between the shores of Moraine Lake and the lower slopes of Mount Temple, the Moraine Lake Lodge has one of the most incredible settings for any hotel in Banff.
With a guiding philosophy about getting away from it all, you won’t find any televisions or phones at the Moraine Lake Lodge (although they have started to offer complimentary Wi-Fi to all guests). In addition to Wi-Fi, other complimentary amenities at the Moraine Lake Lodge include free breakfast, concierge service, free canoeing on Moraine Lake and free parking.
Non-guests need to pay $140/hour to rent a canoe on Moraine Lake, but the most valuable included amenity at the Moraine Lake Lodge is the free parking.
You’ll also enjoy being among the first on many great Moraine Lake hiking trails, including the very popular Larch Valley hike, which departs right next to the lodge. Getting ahead of the crowds is a wonderful way to add to your enjoyment of this outstanding Banff hike.
Due to its remote location, the Moraine Lake Lodge will meet all your dining needs. The Walter Wilcox Dining Room is one of Banff’s top gourmet restaurants, featuring the finest regional cuisine from local organic farmers. For simpler fare, the Snowshoe Cafe offers a wide variety of hot and cold meals, pastries, deli foods, etc.
Guests of the Moraine Lake Lodge can choose between staying in a cabin or a room in the lodge. The Moraine Lake cabins offer privacy, wood burning fireplaces and private balconies with views of the lake and mountains. The amenities in the lodge rooms vary, but include either a patio or balcony with excellent views. Some lodge rooms offer a wood burning fireplace, while others offer a gas burning fireplace.
Regardless of your type of accommodation, your stay at the Moraine Lake Lodge will be unforgettable. It is truly one of the best hotels near Lake Louise and ideal for exploring some of the best larch hikes in Alberta.
Sitting on the banks of the charming Pipestone River, the Post Hotel has been renowned as one of the best hotels in Lake Louise for over 70 years.
The Post Hotel in Lake Louise offers a wide variety of accommodations, ranging from standard & deluxe hotel rooms, to suites and 4 very charming cabins. Each room at the Post Hotel comes with wood furnishings, mountain views and a whirlpool bath, while select suites have fireplaces.
After a day of playing in the Canadian Rocky mountains around Lake Louise, treat yourself to a dip in the beautiful Roman inspired saltwater pool. Or, pamper yourself with a treatment at the full service Temple Mountain Spa full-service. Experiences on offer at the Post Hotel spa are body therapies, massages, waxing, facials and nail services.
You will enjoy superb dining at the Post Hotel in Lake Louise. The cozy Fondue Stubli offers traditional Swiss style fondues, while the Outpost is a comfortable English style Pub.
Wine enthusiasts will be in heaven at the Post Hotel. In 2004, the Post Hotel wine cellar received the ultimate praise when it was named a Grand Award winner by Wine Spectator Magazine. Today the wine cellar has a collection of over 30,000 bottles for patrons to choose from.
In November 1990, the Post Hotel at Lake Louise was admitted to the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group, which represents some of the finest hotels and restaurants in the world. In addition, with their unwavering focus on service, cuisine and comfort, the owners of the Post Hotel were named Canadian Hoteliers of the Year in 2011.
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The only hotel which can rival the Moraine Lake Lodge for scenery is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel. Surrounded on all side by towering Rocky Mountains, the Chateau Lake Louise is the the only hotel on Lake Louise. This envious lakeside location offers guests magnificent views of the massive Victoria Glacier and the emerald waters of Lake Louise itself. It’s the ideal place to stay for a two day Lake Louise itinerary.
A sister hotel of the world-famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the Chateau Lake Louise is renowned for its level of luxury. With over 500 rooms, the Chateau Lake Louise has a guest room for all tastes, ranging from a simple Fairmont Room, to 1 or 2 bedroom suites with a lake view, to opulent accommodations on the Fairmont Gold floor.
Guests of the Chateau Lake Louise can enjoy a visit to The Spa at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, or enjoy a wonderful meal at one of the six excellent restaurants on site.
Many of the best hikes in Lake Louise depart from the doorstep of the Chateau Lake Louise, including the Plain of the Six Glaciers trail, the Lake Agnes Tea House hike, the Little Beehive hike and the Big Beehive hike. Apres-hike, be sure to take advantage of the Post Hike Stretch Out; one of the many complimentary fitness classes offered at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
With the level of luxury you’d expect at a Fairmont hotel, a stay at the Chateau Lake Louise does not come cheap, but we encourage you to read our full review of the Chateau Lake Louise, and view the current deals offered by Fairmont.
It’s fair to say that our top 3 hotels in Lake Louise are all luxury hotels. If you are looking for the best non-luxury hotel in Lake Louise, take a good look at the Paradise Lodge and Bungalows. In fact, the Paradise Lodge currently has better user reviews than the Fairmont (a 9.1 on Booking.com vs. an 8.8 for the Chateau Lake Louise).
A family run business for over a half-century, the Paradise Lodge offers guests a choice between cozy, spacious hotel suites and newly renovated, luxurious cabins. With its log construction and natural building materials, the Paradise Lodge blends in perfectly with its beautiful flower garden and evergreen forest surroundings.
Guests will rest easy knowing that the Paradise Lodge is a 29-time winner of the Alberta Housekeeping Award for its dedication to excellence in cleanliness.
Some accommodations at the Paradise Lodge offer 1-2 bedrooms and/or full kitchen facilities. Add this to the on-site playground and the Paradise Lodge is a great choice for a family-friendly Lake Louise hotel.
You may be surprised at seeing a hostel on the list of the best hotels in Lake Louise. Well, the HI Lake Louise has earned its way onto this list with having very satisfied clientele.
Located next door to the posh Post Hotel, the HI Lake Louise hostel has a wide variety of room offerings. As you’d expect with a Lake Louise hostel, the standard offering here is shared accommodation with 4-6 beds per room. But, this Lake Louise hostel also offers private rooms ranging from a basic double bed, rooms with a private washroom.
You may think that staying at a hostel is not a good option for family accommodation, but the HI Lake Louise hostel has private family-friendly rooms with a loft that sleep up to 6! Kids staying at the HI Lake Louise with their families will love the bonfire nights and the large playroom at this Lake Louise hostel.
Guests looking for affordable, comfort food will enjoy having Bill Peyto’s cafe onsite. If you are looking to self-cater during your visit to Lake Louise (a great way to travel to Lake Louise on a budget), you are free to use one of the two onsite guest kitchens.
If you are looking for the best cheap hotel in Lake Louise, check out the HI Lake Louise Alpine Centre!
We recently stayed at the Lake Louise Inn with our kids during the Banff larch season, making it easier to get to Moraine Lake. We didn’t have to drive far to catch our Moraine Lake shuttle to hike to Sentinel Pass.
As you may guess by our choice, the Lake Louise Inn is a large, kid-friendly Lake Louise hotel with a heated indoor pool and hot tubs. There are a wide variety of room options available at the Lake Louise Inn. As a family, we appreciated the ability to rent a 1-bedroom apartment, as the extra space helps everyone get a better nights sleep. Our room was recently renovated and was nicely appointed.
There are two restaurants on-site at the Lake Louise Inn, including a pizza place and the all-day Legends Restaurant.
Skiers will love the many amenities available at the Lake Louise Inn during winter, including a free shuttle to the nearby Lake Louise Ski Resort, along with ski storage and a ski tune-up area.
If you are looking for a good, affordable Lake Louise hotel which is not a hostel, the Lake Louise Inn is a good option!
Don’t forget to visit the nearby Lake Louise Gondola for impressive views and even a couple of short hiking trails.
3 Best Hotels Near Lake Louise
The six hotels in the list above are all located within the hamlet of Lake Louise or at Moraine Lake. If you have a rental car and don’t mind a short drive to Lake Louise, there are also some excellent hotels near Lake Louise.
A short 20 minute drive from the shores of Lake Louise, the Baker Creek Mountain Resort is a small, distinctive mountain resort on the Bow Valley Parkway not far from the famous Johnston Canyon. Guests may choose from elegant, rustic Banff cabins or a romantic suite in the lodge, many of which have a fireplace or private jacuzzi.
In the summer, guests of the Baker Creek Mountain Resort may enjoy the use of bikes to cycle the Bow Valley Parkway, fishing rods and even s’more sticks for a creek side fire.
In the winter, guests will love the skating rink, the snowshoe trails (with complimentary rentals) and the groomed cross-country ski trails.
No matter which season you choose to visit, the Baker Creek Mountain Resort is easily one of the best resorts near Lake Louise.
If you are looking to rent a cabin near Lake Louise, be sure to look into the Cathedral Mountain Lodge. Located 30 minutes away from Lake Louise, across the continental divide in Field, BC, the Cathedral Mountain Lodge is an excellent alternative to staying in Lake Louise.
The Cathedral Mountain Lodge cabins feature stone fireplaces, antique furniture, soaker tubs along with balconies to enjoy the views of the surrounding Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Being a 25 minute drive from the Banff townsite and a 24 minute drive from Lake Louise, the Castle Mountain Chalets is an ideally located hotel for visitors who wish to spend time in both Banff and Lake Louise.
The chalets and suites at the Castle Mountain Chalets have an impressive variety of amenities for your enjoyment including jetted tubs, full kitchens and/or wood or gas burning fireplaces. Enjoy an impressive mountain view from every doorstep!
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Dan Brewer, a life-long Alberta resident, calls Canmore home along with his wife and two kids. He is the co-owner of Travel Banff Canada, where he gets to share his passion for the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Dan, along with his family, love being outdoors doing one of the many activities they enjoy in the mountains: hiking, mountain biking, paddleboarding, skiing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
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