Leave it to the Swiss to run one of the finest hotels in the Canadian Rockies. Hoteliers André and George Schwarz make mountain living absolutely luxurious at Lake Louise’s Post Hotel with stylish alpine rooms, four-star dining and a full service spa.
The historic 1942 Post Hotel in the heart of Lake Louise village boasts majestic native pine logs and a dramatic red roof, a smart choice in such abundant snow country. The Post was once called the Lake Louise Lodge – which led to confusion with the nearby Chateau Lake Louise. The Post 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 5,000-feet elevation, the views of the surrounding wilderness, rivers and Rockies are as refreshing as the mountain air.
Staying at The Post is a winter wonderland – with elegant lodging and dining, a spa, plus exciting alpine adventure on the slopes of Lake Louise Ski Resort just two miles away, and nearby Sunshine or Norquay.
Returning to the Post après ski for a fireside aperitif in the Post’s wood-paneled Library is so satisfying. A salt water soak at the sophisticated Temple Mountain Spa after being kneaded by their attentive masseur is a great way to end a big Banff day, followed of course by a toast of fine vintage from the award-winning wine cellar in the Dining Room. It’s no surprise The Post’s service, superb cuisine and wine, and exceptional alpine setting have resulted in recognition by Relais & Chateaux and an invitation to their prestigious hotel circle.
Reserve the Post Hotel’s private Watson House with a circle of your best ski 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.
Post Hotel’s guest rooms offer gorgeous mountain decor with rich pine woodwork and elegant furnishings, some feature balconies, fireplaces and even Jacuzzis in the grander suites. Ask for a West side suite with mountain views.
The Post Hotel Dining Room is the heart and soul of the main Lodge, and quite possibly the highlight of your high alpine stay. Dine on artfully prepared elk and caribou after viewing them in your travels through Banff National Park. A warm glow from the fire reflects off the golden pine walls as you ponder a perfect wine from the 27,000 bottle wine cellar, The Post’s extraordinary collection has earned one of only four Wine Spectator Grand Awards in all of Canada. The European inspired menu features local market ingredients, indigenous game and fresh fish from nearby waters.
After dinner, enjoy a cordial in the Post’s Pub, the sophisticated Library, The Cigar Room or the elegant Piano Bar.
The Post Hotel is located in beautiful Banff National Park – Canada’s oldest park dating to 1885. The Lodge, just two hours from Calgary, borders the picturesque Pipestone River, you can walk from the Lodge to Lake Lousie Village’s limited shops, bakeries and bars. Nearby winter amusements besides alpine skiing include horseback riding, guided hiking tours and ice canyons walks, cross-country skiing and dog sledding, you’re.
As featured in Forbes Travel Guide by Heather Burke
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