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The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – One Bedroom Suite

We’re currently on a roadtrip across North America and decided to stop in the Canadian Rockies to burn a handful of Fairmont certificates Dhara earned through a credit card signup earlier this year.


The Chateau from the Lake

Fairmont actually operates several luxury hotels within Canadian National Parks in the Rockies, and we decided on the Chateau Lake Louise because of its amazing location alongside a massive blue green glacial lake.


The Lake from the Chateau

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Chateau & The Lake (from

From Dhara’s credit card signup we had certificates for 2 free nights as well as a certificate for a suite upgrade so we redeemed all of them for two nights in a one bedroom suite. The suites usually go for about $1200 per night so we think we made out pretty well for one signup bonus.


Suite – Living Room


Suite – Living Room

The suite had a large well-appointed living room, a bedroom with a king bed, and–for some reason–two bathrooms, one of which had a large jacuzzi.


Suite – Bedroom


Suite – Bedroom


Suite – Master Bathroom

Another one of the really nice things about the Fairmont Presidents Club program is that in addition to free night and upgrade certificates they also give you $100 in Breakfast Certificates and another $50 in Dining Certificates. We’ve used those certificates for extremely memorable meals in the past (including High Tea at the Plaza Hotel) and this time we used them for local beers and the best burgers we’ve ever eaten in a stunning setting at the Lakeview Lounge.


View of Lake Louise from the Restaurant


The Best Burger I have ever eaten


Lakeview Lounge


Gettin after that burger

We also had breakfast twice at the Poppy Brasserie. I loved the smoked salmon eggs benedict served on crabcakes. I ordered them twice and ate them so quickly I forgot to take a photo. Dhara had some delicious waffles with whipped cream and fresh berries.


Dhara’s Waffles

 In addition to being on a beautiful lake, connected to hiking trails, and adjacent to a ski resort, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is also just a short drive to Banff and the famous Icefields Parkway. The hiking trail around the lake started right at the doorstep of the hotel and offered great views of the lake.


Lake Louise


Lake Louise


Lake Louise

A 30 minute drive up the scenic Icefields Parkway and we were in a winter wonderland (in the summer) complete with a series of unbelievably colored glacial lakes.


Peyto Lake


Bow Summit


Hiking back from Bow Summit

This was our 5th stay at a Fairmont property and we were again blown away by the experience. Fairmont is, by far, my favorite hotel brand. For the most part, they only operate iconic historic hotels, the kind of hotels that are attractions in and of themselves. This time (just like the last four times) we saw hoards of tourists stopping in to pose for photos in the lobby and outside the building and we again felt so fortunate that we were able to spend a couple nights living in a place so iconic and luxurious that so many people are excited to just take photos of themselves standing outside.

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