This imposing landmark hotel – whose interior is a bizarre fusion of alpine and neo-colonial furnishings – is famous above all for its commanding views over Lake Louise from its 511 suites.
Rates are reduced significantly outside of holidays and weekends and in the off-season (Oct–Dec), and good value ski packages are offered too.
The hotel’s battery of five-star facilities include an exercise room, pool, and several bars and restaurants:
Glacier Saloon: the least formal dining option is this western-themed bar with snacks and steaks – to be followed by billiards, live bands or a DJ spinning chart and country favorites.
Poppy Room: good-value family option with its buffet breakfast ($25); extensive Sunday brunch ($30); and evening pizza and pasta buffet ($30).
Walliser Stube: Fine dining with Swiss specialties, with an excellent fondue selection (basic two-person cheese version $39) and raclette along with some local fish and game dishes; entrees run between $18–26.
The Château is also the hub for other winter activities. Brewster offer 45-minute sleigh rides from outside the Château for $28. The hotel is also the place to hire skates ($15 per day) for ice-skating on the idyllic floodlit lake. Other operations with desks in the hotel offer dog sledding, snowmobiling and heliskiing.