The hotel is on the main road but if you ignore the traffic it provides great views of Mount Victoria and surrounding mountains. In the distance you also have the railway line and it's fascinating to watch the trains.
The downside is the hotel itself - you feel that you are stepping back in time. Decor is really dull and uninviting. We were in the rooms behind the main road and could here the constant sound of the generators. The room was basic and whilst clean could do with an uplift. The curtain was falling off and didn't stretch to cover the full window anyway. The main light was positioned in a funny place in one corner with only a bedside lamp which didn't give much light. Tea & coffee facilities were available downstairs throughout the day which was great. Dining at the lodge was another experience - I didn't try the lobster bisque but hearing from friends it's not what you would normally expect. I went safe and stuck to burger and chips which was fine. Staff were friendly although I feel the hotel was short staffed - there was only the one poor waitress running around attending a couple of large groups one night. Breakfast was continental and suited us.
I think this hotel is ok for one nights stay. There's not many places nearby so you do not have much choice but to dine here. We stayed for three nights which was a bit much and I was relieved when we left.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the Kicking Horse Pass and Continental Divide in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. We are the gateway to 3 of Canada’s national parks and over look Wapta Lake on the British Columbia side of the majestic Canadian Rockies. We're just 10 minutes from the world class skiing and snowboarding at Lake Louise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Great Divide Hotel Field
- West Louise Hotel
- West Louise Lodge