Getting to know all the best things to see & do around Banff National Park? Choosing where to stay in Lake Louise is a must!
Lake Louise is one of the most popular corners of the Canadian Rockies. It’s a must-see destination for any Western Canada road trip itinerary. To experience the Lake Louise area to its fullest, forget staying in nearby Banff. Curl up at one of the best hotels in Lake Louise.
Unlike in Banff, the selection of accommodations in & around Lake Louise is limited. By the lakeside itself, you’ll only find a handful of places to stay. (But that cluster includes the legendary Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Not a bad start!)
There’s only a few other hotels & lodges scattered around the area. Most are located near Lake Louise Village. You’ll also find a sprinkling along the Bow Valley Parkway and the Trans-Canada Highway.
Ready to choose the perfect Lake Louise hotel for your getaway? Get started with this quick guide to the best places to stay in Lake Louise…
Best hotels in Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
No hotel in Lake Louise charms like the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. The Fairmont was built in 1890 during Canada’s grand railway hotel building boom. Today, this 5-star luxury hotel is one of the most legendary places to stay in Canada.
Whatever time of year you decide to visit, the Fairmont Chateau’s got your needs covered. Its charming rooms are brushed with classic European elegance and modern style. The hotel is also full of luxurious amenities to keep your attention.
Hitting the slopes at Lake Louise Ski Resort in winter? Enjoying one of the top hiking trails in Lake Louise in summer? Either way, there’s an on-site restaurant at the Fairmont to complement the experience.
Retire to a glass of wine & haute German cuisine at Walliser Stube. Grab a hearty local meal at the Fairview Dining Room. Or sip an afternoon high tea or a sophisticated cocktail to world-class mountain vistas at the Lakeview Lounge.
Craving pampering & relaxation on your trip? Slip into a robe and get a soothing treatment at the full-service on-site spa. Or grab your swimsuit and take a dip in the heated indoor swimming pool.
Lake Louise Inn
Located a few kilometres from Lake Louise Village, the lovely Lake Louise Inn is the perfect choice for everyone from solo travellers to families. There’s a wide range of accommodations at Lake Louise Inn.
Travellers on a budget will love the budget-friendly economy twin rooms. Couples will take kindly to the hotel’s one-bedroom apartments. Families, on the other hand, will dig the deluxe two-bedroom suites. The suites offer incredible views of the Rocky Mountains from private balconies.
As pleasant as the rooms are here, the best reason to stay at the inn is the amenities. The hotel is home to two on-site restaurants. Both Legends Restaurant and Timberwolf Pizza & Pasta Café offer excellent casual dining. The on-site bar, Explorer’s Lounge, is a great place for après-ski drinks & dinners.
During ski season, your reservation includes a free shuttle service to Lake Louise Ski Resort. The resort, one of the best ski resorts in Canada, is 3.5 kilometres from the hotel.
For your relaxation, the Lake Louise Inn also offers a heated indoor pool and hot tubs.
Baker Creek Mountain Resort
Looking to escape the crowds and get deeper into the wilderness? Baker Creek Mountain Resort is a fantastic choice among the best Lake Louise hotels.
This Rocky Mountain resort is nestled in the woods along the Bow Valley Parkway between Lake Louise and Banff. It offers a wide array of spacious & charming chalets and suites. Many include kitchens (or kitchenettes) and fireplaces. They’re the perfect place to cozy up when the cold wind starts to howl over the Rockies.
Year-round, Baker Creek Mountain Resort keeps their guests busy. There’s a variety of activities and amenities here.
In winter, you can warm up in the steam room & sauna after a leisurely skate on the ice rink. In summer, you can enjoy mountain breeze to the crackling of a campfire after a day of hiking local trails or horseback riding.
The hotel also features an on-site restaurant, Baker Creek Bistro. It serves up local Albertan cuisine in a beautiful rustic cabin setting.
HI Lake Louise Alpine Centre
Visiting Lake Louise on a budget? Backpackers & budget-conscious will cherish the HI Lake Louise Alpine Centre.
The hostel brushes the Canadian Rockies north of the village. It offers guests both dorms and private rooms with shared bathrooms.
Want to meet fellow travellers passing through Banff National Park? Hang out in the on-site café, common room, and two self-catering kitchens.
If skiing in Lake Louise is on your agenda, the town’s famous namesake ski resort is close by. It’s only eight minutes from the property by car.
The lovely Mountaineer Lodge is set in the quaint Lake Louise Village. Among the area’s top hotels, it’s a great budget-friendly alternative for travellers.
All the spacious rooms at this top-notch lodge feature modern decor and ensuite bathrooms. They also offer extra “frills” like free WiFi, mini-fridges, and satellite TV. Reservations also include a free breakfast.
The location of Mountaineer Lodge is excellent, too. It’s five minutes from the blissful lakeshore. Only 10 minutes away, you’ll get to hop onto the Lake Louise Gondola. From here, you’ll be able to tackle the area’s top skiing runs.
Moraine Lake Lodge
Interested in getting deeper into nature? Look no further than Moraine Lake Lodge.
This lodge sits upon the doorstep of the most famous lake in Banff National Park. It delivers a rustic accommodation experience like none other in Lake Louise.
Each room and cabin at Moraine Lake Lodge is crafted to perfection. They’re beset with deep wood-grain finishes and handcrafted wood furniture. (And the decor is as Canadian as ending every question with “eh?”.)
The cabins also swagger with private balconies with views over Moraine Lake.
Sniffing out what to do in Lake Louise? The Moraine Lake Lodge is the perfect base for exploring the area’s hiking trails or a paddling a canoe on the lake.
Start your day with a fine local breakfast or end it with dinner at the on-site Walter Wilcox Dining Room. Or grab a casual snack at the Snowshoe Café to recharge.
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows
Paradise Lodge & Bungalows is located about a kilometre from the shores of Lake Louise. It’s one of the best places to stay in Lake Louise for exploring the area around the lake itself. From the lodge, you’ll have easy access to its endless selection of great hiking trails.
Both bungalows and spacious rooms within the main lodge are offered here. Some units even include private balconies with impressive views onto the Canadian Rockies.
Aside from comfortable accommodations, Paradise Lodge & Bungalows offers activities year-round. Options include canoeing, fishing, ice skating, horse riding, and cross-country skiing.