The Post Hotel & Spa is set in the heart of the pristine Banff National Park, surrounded by the Canadian Rocky Mountains and overlooking Lake Louise. The original log-walled lodge—opened in 1942 as the Lake Louise Ski Lodge—has stone fireplaces and a cheery red Alpine roof, and the numerous add-ons, extensions, and renovations over the years have preserved and accentuated this rustic design. This is further enhanced by the hotel's interior color palette of burgundy and forest green, and set off by luxurious touches such as overstuffed couches, delicate china, and Egyptian cotton sheets. The accommodations include intimate cabins for two and 10-person chalets ideal for groups and families. Just minutes away from Canada’s largest ski area and blessed with an abundance of perfect powder each season, the Post Hotel & Spa is popular with skiers and boarders from across North America; in summer it attracts outdoor enthusiasts keen to explore the myriad treasures of the national park. It has been a Relais & Chateaux property since 1990.
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Lake Louise village is in Canada's first national park, Banff—a federally protected wilderness with plentiful wildlife and peaceful surroundings. With ski hills on one side and the lake on the other, the Post Hotel & Spa is neatly sandwiched between the two on the valley floor, and it's an easy two-hour drive west of Calgary. As well as skiing and boarding, guests in winter can go dog sledding on the shores of Lake Louise and learn how to mush. In more clement months, the full range of outdoor pursuits is available, including hiking, kayaking, rafting, fishing, horseback riding, and climbing. No matter the time of year, guests should head to Lake Agnes with their camera: It's such a glacial blue that it looks like it's been photoshopped.
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Rooms: 5 cabins, 25 suites, 64 rooms; from $230. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: The hotel's dining room is in the original lodge building and has traditional log walls, a huge stone fireplace, and windows facing out to the mountains. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the smart restaurant serves local Alberta specialties such as beef, caribou, and bison. There is also a cozy fondue restaurant, and a pub serving traditional grub like poutine. Spa and gym details: The Temple Mountain spa has a range of treatments aimed at soothing sore muscles after a day of skiing or hiking. There’s also an indoor pool, a steam room, a hot tub from which you can see the mountains, and a well-equipped fitness room.
Who's it for: Families, groups, couples, and all lovers of the great outdoors. Our favorite rooms: The picturesque and romantic Temple Cabin is a two-person log cabin set slightly away from the main building, right next to the Pipestone River. The Post Lodge suites in the original lodge are the quintessential Rocky Mountain getaway, with log and stucco walls, wood-burning fireplaces, and soaring views of the slopes. Wine summit: Each spring the Post Hotel & Spa holds a Wine Summit, a three-day celebration of international wine and food where guests can meet winemakers and estate owners and taste some of the world’s most outstanding wines.