Trying to decide between The Post Hotel and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff, Canada. Anyone stay in both?
This is for a mini honeymoon right after a wedding. Tripadvisor seems to favor Fairmont, Travel and Leisure just named The Post in its top resorts in the world... the Fairmont's website is much more impressive. Just can't tell who to trust.
Depends on your budget, Dea. If money's no object, you have to do the Fairmont, which is right on the lake and a sight unto itself. Really, there's not much else to Lake Louise, so if you're staying there you might as well go the whole hog. I stayed at the Fairmont about five years ago, plus have camped down near where you'll find the Post Hotel and cheaper motels/hotels. about 8 years ago
The Post Hotel is the best. It is more charming, smaller, more intimate, and has better food and service. The Chateau Lake Louise is great too - but on a bigger and much less personal scale. If I had the choice, I would stay at the Post Hotel but spend a day and have one meal at the Chateau (the views are stunning).
PS I am originally from Alberta and have spent a lot of time in the mountains and have stayed at both hotels. almost 6 years ago