Lake Louise Lodging and Accommodations
Written by Greg and Heather Burke
Post Hotel at Lake Louise
Swiss hoteliers know a thing or two, or 5 as in stars, about fine ski hotels. André and George Schwarz have brought luxury alpine living to the Canadian Rockies in Lake Louise at The Post Hotel. Within Banff National Park, The Post has a pretty setting on the picturesque Pipestone River, with amazing mountain views and extraordinary skiing just 2 miles away at Lake Louise Ski Resort. The Post Hotel's stylish alpine guest suites, four-star dining and a full-service spa are everything you would want in a ski hotel!
The historic 1942 Post Hotel is located in Canada's oldest park Banff dating to 1885. The Post Hotel was once called the Lake Louise Lodge - which confused more than a few between this Hotel and the nearby Chateau Lake Louise. The Post is more of a classic chalet style ski lodge with grand fieldstone fireplaces, a regal rocky mountain style Lobby, a sophisticated Library and cozy fireside bar, full-service Temple Mountain Spa, plus an elegant Dining Room and Fondue Stübli. The Post's friendly staff and spectacular views of the surrounding wilderness, rivers, and Rockies at almost 5,000-feet elevation are a breath of fresh air. Everyone knows of the Chateau Lake Louise, which you must visit to see the grand hotel and stunning setting on the glacial Lake Louise. But staying at The Post provides more of an exclusive and catered experience for its fortunate guests. You will be glad to retreat to your more private resort hotel away from the buses and camera toting tourists.
Guest lodging at The Post Hotel ranges from traditional alpine rooms and suites in the Ski Lodge to delightful private log cabins and even a four-bedroom home called the Watson House that accommodates 10. Many of the Post Hotel's suites in the Lodge offer a balcony, Jacuzzi bath and real wood-burning fireplace, ready for you to light. You may be tempted to skip exploring beautiful Banff National Park entirely with all this luxury - but you must ski Lake Louise just 2 miles away, take in the breathtaking scenery and build an appetite for high tea, après ski and dining at The Post. A fireside après ski today in the Post's wood-paneled Library bar by the piano following a saltwater soak at the sophisticated Temple Mountain Spa or a massage is the perfect end to a ski day.
The Dining Room at The Post boasts a 25,000+ bottle award-winning wine cellar and an exceptional alpine setting - hence recognition from Relais & Chateaux. The Chef's European inspired menu features local market ingredients, bison, caribou, duck, and fresh fish with Swiss sides like Rosti potatoes. Views from The Post’s formal dining room of the ice rink, the sparkling lights on the line trees and the glacier on Temple Mountain are your entertainment between delicious courses. The Post offers the more casual Fondue Stubli and the Out Post Pub. Breakfast is served each morning, your choice from an extensive menu or the buffet, before you hit the slopes or explore Banff Park on snowshoes or an ice canyon walk.
Skiers and snowboarders will love staying at the Post Hotel from December through late March for the best snow conditions at Lake Louise Ski Resort - just 2 miles away, followed by spa treatments, dinner by the fire and sumptuous lodging at the Post Hotel. The Post Hotel is a top Canadian hotel for skiers, located in the heart of Lake Louise village, just two hours from Calgary on the Trans Canada Highway.