The Perfect Place To Stay In Lake Louise – The Post
Written by Jaillan Yehia
It’s not often I want to italicise the word perfect, and even less often that a globe wanderer like me wants to return to the same hotel over and over again, but after experiencing The Post, nestled in the Bow River Valley amongst the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies I’m fighting the urge to do both. If you’re looking for the perfect Lake Louise Hotel, well you’ve come to the right place.
After drooling over the extensive breakfast menu I’ve plumped for the wholegrain waffles, with Canadian maple syrup of course, to set me up for a day of activities, because unlike yesterday I actually plan on leaving the utter Alpine luxury of my home at The Post Hotel to get out into the mountains.
Co-owner Andre has heard I’m a keen cyclist so arranges to get the hotel’s brand new guest bikes a day early so I can take one for a spin up mountain roads and trails, as a prelude to a spot of canoeing.
If yesterday was all about hanging out in the hotel’s cosy lounge, luxuriating in the pool and spa and rounding it off with high class dining – The Post has the best restaurant this side of Calgary and hands down the most well-stocked wine cellar with 25,000 bottles to choose from – today is about getting out into the heart of Banff National Park, Canada’s first National Park, and a World Heritage Site.
Described by the Swiss ex-ski instructor owner as a haus rather than a hotel, the atmosphere of the place really bears this out – from the moment you step in you feel more relaxed and at home than if you were in your own living room.
That’s probably because the property is run more like an extended family than a business. No chain hotel vibe here, Andre’s staff are lifelong friends and when a restaurant only turns over four chefs in 36 years you know you’re onto something pretty special.
The living room in my suite is a lot better than the one at home too – with a wood burning fireplace and a bottle of Tattinger on ice, and a balcony overlooking wooden chalets and the river which is the perfect place to sit and take in the mountain air. The rooms are cosy, comfy, and charming, while being delightfully old fashioned and homely.
Lake Louise turns out to be the highlight of my time in The Rockies – I’d heard so much about Banff but in the end just couldn’t drag myself away from the lake area.
The water itself is as smooth and clear as glass and the setting looks so much like a fake backdrop I feel I’ll canoe, Truman Show style, straight off the edge of this too-perfect-to-be-true world and bump my forehead against the glass.
Back at the hotel I’m regaled with stories of how Christmas is spent up here in the highest town in Canada, when the dining room is decorated with candles, sleigh rides are laid on for the guests – then those who stay for New Year can party the night away with a live band. That’s my New Year sorted then.
Lake Louise Hotel – The Post
Visit www.posthotel.com or book via booking.com
Standard rooms starts from $310 (around £195). Rooms have a whirlpool tub, many with wood burning fireplace and there is a full spa with pool and steam room, as well as an award winning dining room with one of Canada’s largest wine cellars.
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