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Highly praised lodge on Moraine Lake with free: breakfast, canoe rentals and hiking tours

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, canoe rentals, hiking tours, afternoon tea
  • Many reviewers raved about the hotel's location and found the surrounding area and lake breathtakingly beautiful
  • Many reviewers were impressed with the rooms and found them to be clean, quiet and comfortable
  • The on-site restaurant had great food as well as an enjoyable breakfast, said many guests
  • Several guests found the hotel had ambiance and described it as relaxing and serene
  • Guests found the staff to be professional and friendly
Cons
  • A few guests felt the room rates were high
  • A few guests did not like all the day visitors to the area
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 29, 2015
Overview
This waterfront lodge offers spectacular views of Moraine Lake and provides a romantic setting for couples. With services such as free guided hiking, horseback riding and free canoe rentals, it's a popular choice with guests who want easy access to outdoor recreational activities.

This hotel offers 33 non-smoking rooms and each room comes with a view of Moraine Lake or the Valley of the Ten Peaks. All units have free Wi-Fi, a wood-burning fireplace or gas fireplace, a patio or balcony with table and chairs, and a soaker tub. Rooms are furnished with 2 twin beds, 2 double beds, 1 queen bed, or 1 king bed. A double jacuzzi is offered in the honeymoon suite, and king cabins offer bathrobes and slippers. Rooms do not have telephones or televisions, but a lobby phone is provided for guests.

Free parking is available on site.

A free buffet breakfast is offered to all guests, as well as free afternoon tea and coffee with sweets.

The Walter Wilcox Dining Room offers a fine dining experience and is open for breakfast and dinner. Additionally, the Snowshoe Cafe is open daily from 8 am to 7 pm and serves deli options, pastries, meals and snacks. 

Additional amenities include fax and copy services, currency exchange, a gift shop, free guided hiking tours and free canoe rentals. Guests will also have access to river rafting, horseback riding, golfing, Lake Louise gondola rides and helicopter tours nearby.

The Lake Louise Sightseeing Lift is about a 23-minute drive from the hotel. The Banff townsite is about a 35-minute drive away. Off-site dining is available at Lake Louise Village Grill & Bar, Outpost Pub or Trailhead Cafe, in the Lake Louise townsite, about a 16-minute drive from the property. (All driving estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
The great majority of reviews read for this report were highly positive, and many guests were very happy with their stay. Guests raved about the hotel's location, complimented the staff, enjoyed the breakfast and were impressed with the rooms.

The hotel's location was by far the biggest highlight for many reviewers. Many guests agreed that the hotel's surrounding area and the lake itself was exceptionally beautiful, and serene with breathtaking vistas. 

Guests found the rooms very clean and comfortable. The wood-burning fireplaces provided a cozy and memorable experience and guests liked the rustic elegance of the room's decor. Several guests were also pleased to receive a free bottle of wine as a welcome gift.

Many guests enjoyed dining on site. Recent guests described their meals as excellent, and the breakfast as having good variety and fresh foods. Some reviewers emphasized their enjoyment of dining on site by using words such as fantastic and first class to describe the food presented to them.

The staff were praised by several guests for being helpful and friendly. One recent guest wrote, "Everything about this resort is top notch. The management and staff are totally professional."

Several lodgers felt they had received a special experience with the guided hiking tours, free canoe rentals and educational nights in the library. 
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The Bad
There was some critique offered online regarding what some considered to be the hotel's weak spots.

A few guests mentioned that it was not as secluded as they had anticipated with many day visitors to the area.

Some guests felt the hotel was overpriced for the area.

Some guests were disappointed with their views, and one guest put it this way, "The view was fair due to trees limiting the view of the lake and with the view of cabin roof tops in front of us. Rooms closer to the lodge had better views."

Although not many guests mentioned the Wi-Fi service at all, as the hotel is a getaway, the Wi-Fi was not that well rated overall, and it was also described by one reviewer as intermittent and unstable.
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Show Sources
Sources
Booking.com rated this property 8.9 out 10 based on 141 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #1 out of 8 specialty lodging in Lake Louise, with a guest rating of 4.5 out of 5 based on 571 reviews.

Expedia.ca rated this hotel 4.5 out of 5 from 50 reviews. 96% of guests recommended this property.


Editor's Analysis by Jennee R.
Analyzed by Jennee R.
Jennee loves to travel and loves to live vicariously through others to help them find the right place to rest their heads while away from home.
Guest Reviews
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4 / out of 9
hotels in Lake Louise

Rated 8.9/10 based on 657 reviews

Ranked #4 out of 9 hotels in Lake Louise

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Location
Map Marker Moraine Lake Lodge
Moraine Lake Road P.O. Box 70, Lake Louise, AB