Surrounded by the majestic mountains, glistening lakes and towering evergreens that make up Banff National Park in Lake Louise, Canada, The Post Hotel is an unexpected and unique retreat. Built in 1942, The Post Hotel features one of Banff National Park's last historic log lodges and is part of the prestigious hotel group Relais & Chateaux. Exceptional dining, a world-renowned wine list, extravagant accommodations and a whirlwind of activities are just a few of the lodge hotel's amenities that keep visitors coming back year after year.
Guests arriving at The Post Hotel are greeted by an array of charming log buildings with stunning bright red roofs that stand out against the natural colors of the surrounding scenery. Warm, cozy and inviting in the winter and refreshing in the summer, the rustic hotel lodge offers all the comforts of home in a quiet, peaceful atmosphere where guests can retreat to escape the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives. Currently owned by Swiss brothers AndrÃÂ© and George Schwarz, The Post Hotel follows the principals that good wine, good food and good company are the essential components of a worry-free getaway.
The lodge boasts a wide array of luxurious accommodations that range in price from $230 for a standard room to $2,500 for a cabin, depending on the season. Standard rooms located in the main lodge building are divided into two categories based on the view. Standard Side accommodations offer views of the mountain but also face the entrance of the lodge as well as the guest parking area. Preferred Side accommodations are in a quieter area and overlook trees, cabins and the hotel's back lawns.
Guests at The Post Hotel can choose from various size accommodations, including guestrooms, suites and cabins. The most basic option at the lodge is an A Room, which comes with two double beds and a whirlpool. A B Room comes with a king-sized bed and a fireplace while a C Room has a queen-sized bed and a small sitting area. There are six D Rooms at the lodge, each with a queen-sized and a single bed, and four E Rooms, which are larger and come with king-sized beds and large sitting areas. Each of the standard rooms is outfitted with rustic furniture and country-inspired dÃÂ©cor.
Suites at the hotel lodge are more spacious and often have more than one bedroom. The F Suite is outfitted with a whirlpool tub and a fireplace as well as a king-sized bed, a single bed and a separate sitting area. Ideal for couples, the lodge's H and O Suites have one king-sized bed as well as an extravagant bathroom (two in the O Suite) and rustic living rooms with fireplaces, while the K, L, M and N Suites are more suitable for families as they each offer more than one bed and two bathrooms (some of which are spread out over two floors), as well as fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Seven different Post Lodge Suites each take up two floors and come with a whirlpool tub, a fireplace, a full bath, a half bath and a king-sized bed.
By far the most extravagant accommodations at The Post Hotel are private cabins, which can be found scattered throughout the lodge property. The coziest are the Fairview Riverside and Whitehorn Riverside cabins, which each measure under 300 square feet and come with a stone fireplace and a queen-sized bed. The Temple Riverside Cabin has a king-sized bed, a whirlpool tub, a stone fireplace, a small seating area and, at 455 square feet, is considerably larger than the first two. The largest cabin at the lodge is the Pipestone, which has four bedrooms and is spread throughout two floors. Offering a variety of amenities, including multiple fireplaces, more than one bathroom, scattered seating areas, a covered porch and patio furniture, the Pipestone Cabin measures 1,300 square feet and is the perfect accommodation for families who require privacy.
Awarded the 3rd Best Rustic Retreat in the World in Gourmet Magazine's annual issue of the world's best hotels as well as the Four Diamond award and the Dirona (Distinguised Restaurants of North America) award, the lodge hotel is renowned for it's extravagant, yet approachable, fine dining. The Post Hotel's culinary staff is led by European-trained Executive Chef Hans Sauter, who, like the brother's who own the lodge, also comes from Switzerland. Set in a rustic log cabin atmosphere, the dining room at The Post Hotel is both elegant and laid-back.
Featuring local specialties as well as dishes from all over the globe, the menu at The Post Hotel is complimented by the lodge's award-winning wine cellar. Set adjacent to The Post Hotel Dining Room, the wine cellar has over 32,500 bottles and over 2,200 selections of fine wines from throughout the world, enabling the lodge to offer one of the most comprehensive wine lists in Canada. Whether you're indulging in steak or enjoying a light seafood dish, the staff at The Post Hotel will help you to select a wine that will pair with your meal. This attention to detail, along with the lodge's expansive wine selection, is why The Post Hotel is one of the only five restaurants in Canada to hold the honor of being awarded the "Grand Award" by Wine Spectator.
When not dining and enjoying fine wine, guests at The Post Hotel can often be found relaxing at the lodge's Temple Mountain Spa. Designed to reflect the relaxing properties of the lodge's natural surroundings, the Temple Mountain Spa features a grand Roman-inspired pool filled with naturally purified water and surrounded by light-reflecting windows. Here, lodge guests will find a fitness and training center complete with modern cardio and weight training equipment along with several private rooms where guests can indulge in a spa treatment.
Some of the lodge spa's signature treatments include the Temple Mountain Escape, a body treatment that pairs a gentle exfoliation with a hydrating wrap and massage, the Alpine Aroma-Detox, a Exfoli-Sea Salt Glow treatment combined with a mud wrap and scalp massage, and the Temple Glacier Renewal, a 75-minute anti-aging body treatment that uses only products from Canada. Guests of the lodge can also unwind with various facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, wraps and hair treatments. To experience the results of their spa treatments back home, guests are invited to visit the spa's boutique store, where they can purchase many of the products that were used during their appointment.
One of the most popular outdoor activities at The Post Hotel is skiing in the winter and the lodge has been voted the number one ski hotel in North America by Conde Nast Traveler. The Lake Louise Ski Hill is one Canada's largest and most impressive ski areas and is located only five minutes from the lodge. Running seven days a week throughout the winter, a Lake Louise Ski Hill bus shuttles guests to and from the ski area and it completely free of charge. Ideal for downhill skiing, Lake Louise Ski Hill has 4,200 skiiable acres and offers a variety of trails for both beginners and experts. Nearby Sunshine Ski Hill and Mount Norquay Ski Hill also offer downhill skiing trails.
Those who prefer cross-country skiing will enjoy the hundreds of hiking trails scattered throughout Lake Louise, which not only offer ample space to glide but picturesque scenery as well. And though not permitted in Banff National Park, helicopter skiing can be found as close as an hour and fifteen minutes away through various reliable outfits. Other winter activities at The Post Hotel include ice walks, snowshoeing tours, snowmobile tours, ice fishing, sleigh rides, dog sled races and relaxing in the Banff hot springs.
Though winter might be the most popular season at The Post Hotel, guests frequent the lodge in the spring, summer and fall months as well when outdoor activities like swimming, hiking and fishing are popular. Offering half or full day interpretive hikes with experienced guides, Great Divide combines fitness with knowledge. Located a few minutes away from the lodge, the company guides guests throughout the Canadian Rockies while telling the stories behind the scenery. All Season Experiences, also located near the lodge hotel, also offers guided tours and hikes throughout the mountains so guests can enjoy the scenery safely without getting lost.
Golfers can choose from six nearby courses that are each within an hour and a half of the lodge. The closest is the Banff Springs Golf Course, which is 45 minutes from The Post Hotel and has 27 holes. Though many who play on the course are members, there are guest rates available. Another popular course amongst lodge guests is the Silvertip Golf Course in Canmore, which offers 18 holes and is an hour away from the lodge.
Guests staying at the lodge in the summer often enjoy whitewater rafting in Lake Louise or at the nearby Kicking Horse and Kootenay Rivers. For these day trips, experienced guides are on hand to pick up lodge guests at the hotel before bringing them back at the end of the day. Other visitors prefer to tour Banff National Park on horseback through various horseback riding outfits, including Timberline Tours. Offering both one-hour trail rides and full-day excursions, Timberline Tours is located in Lake Louise and also offers overnight pack trips for those a little more adventurous.