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Lake Louise — Lodging

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Banff/Lake Louise Central Reservations (800-661-1676) books lodging in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Inc. (877-742-7669) books ski packages and lodging for these Canadian resorts: Lake Louise, Mt. Norquay in Banff, Nakiska, Fortress, Wintergreen, Fernie and Kimberley. You also can book online at www.skilouise.com. Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine Reservations (877-754-7080 or 877-754-8193) books ski packages including the tri-area lift tickets and lodging at more than 30 Banff and Lake Louise properties. Packages are customized and can include Club Ski, Club Snowboard and Club Junior lessons, rentals, air and other activities.

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The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise ((800) 257-7544—U.S. & Canada; 800-441-1414 — Global; 403-522-3511; $$$–$$$$), on the shore of Lake Louise, has a spectacular view of Victoria Glacier across the lake. This hotel dates back to a log chalet built in 1890. It has restaurants, shops, Nordic ski center, masseuse, nearly 500 guestrooms and free ski shuttles.
The Post Hotel (800-661-1586; 403-522-3989; $$$–$$$$; above) is a cozy, beautifully furnished, 93-room log lodge with great views on all sides and fireplaces in 38 of the rooms which include two lovely riverside cabins with heated slate floors. The atmosphere has a warmth and elegance enhanced by its savvy Swiss innkeepers. The buffet breakfast is a board of tasty delights and dinners are exquisite.You’ll want to dress for your devine evening meal.There is also a free ski shuttle.

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A five minute walk from the Chateau sits the Deer Lodge (800-661-1595; 403-522-3747; $$$; left), a former log cabin and teahouse that’s grown into a somewhat quirky guest lodge. Mostly rustic, the lodge has elements of luxury. Rooms have no television and some still have no phones, while others have wireless Internet access. Of note, some rooms are also small. Guests mingle in an enormous common room and read by a roaring fireplace. There’s no elevator, but friendly bellhops will carry your luggage. Don’t miss the homemade gourmet breakfast in the dining room. It has a rooftop hot tub but mind your step as the stairs and surrounding deck can be icy.

Lake Louise Inn (800-661-9237; 403-522-3791; $$–$$$$) is a simply decorated hotel good for families. Rooms range in size from economy double (two double beds) to superior lofts that sleep six. Amenities include heated indoor pool, hot tub, steam room and arcade room.

The Canadian Alpine Centre & International Hostel (403-522-2200; $), on Village Road, is everything you never expect in a hostel. It’s bright, spotless, modern and convenient, with two-, four- and five-bed rooms with private toilets and shared showers. There are also a laundry and two spacious, well-equipped self-service kitchens. The lounge, with stone fireplace, comfy chairs and Internet kiosks, provides an elegant atmosphere matched by many hotels. The upscale cafe is open 7 a.m.–9 p.m. Best of all, nightly bed rates start at $23; three-day ski packages, including tickets at Lake Louise, shuttles and breakfast, begin at $185.

If you’ve got a car and want a rustic lodge experience in a spectacular wilderness setting, check into the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge (403-522-2167; $$–$$$). It’s in the middle of prime territory for backcountry skiing, about a half-hour’s drive from Lake Louise. This funky stone-and-log hotel has 25 simple rooms, most with private baths and the restaurant is quite good. It sits on the shores of Bow Lake, and on clear days you can see the glaciers.

There are many lodging choices in nearby Banff as well.

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Accommodations Legend (Cdn$): (double room) $$$$–$200+; $$$–$141–$200; $$–$81–$140; $–$80 and less.