A historic Canadian Rockies hotel
Leave it to the Swiss to run one of the finest hotels in the Canadian Rockies — hoteliers André and George Schwarz know how to make mountain living luxurious at the Post Hotel. From the stylish alpine rooms to savory dining and a full-service spa, the historic 1942 Post Hotel, which sits in the heart of Lake Louise village, is constructed of majestic native pine logs and a dramatic red roof, a smart choice in such an abundant snow country. The Post Hotel was once called the Lake Louise Lodge — which led to confusion with the nearby Chateau Lake Louise. The Post Hotel is more of a classic chalet-style ski lodge with grand fieldstone fireplaces, and a friendly thoughtful staff, all of which provide the warmth and welcome you might expect in the Alps. At almost an altitude of 5,000 feet, the views of the surrounding wilderness, rivers and Rockies are as refreshing as the mountain air.
Your suite in the Lodge with a balcony, Jacuzzi and cozy fireplace may tempt you to skip exploring beautiful Banff National Park altogether. But staying at the Post Hotel allows you to have it all. Alpine adventure on the slopes of Lake Louise Ski Resort is just two miles away, and makes that fireside apéritif in the Post Hotel's wood-paneled library so much more satisfying. A salt water soak at the sophisticated Temple Mountain Spa after being kneaded by an attentive masseur is the best way to end a big Banff day, followed of course by a toast of fine vintage from the award-winning wine cellar in the Post Hotel Dining Room.
You should also reserve the Post Hotel's private Watson House with nine of your best travel buddies. This spacious 3,000-square-foot chalet is the perfect retreat overlooking the spectacular Pipestone River with a gourmet kitchen, living room accentuated with grand chandeliers, and four bedrooms, plus use of all the amenities as a Post Hotel guest.