4 Luxurious Places to Stay in the Mountains

For those times when you want to live the luxe life in the mountains, even if it is just temporarily, these places are worth the splurge.

Photograph courtesy of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise 

901 Fernie

For a luxurious, grown-ups’ getaway, look no further than a penthouse suite at 901 Fernie, an upscale condo development in downtown Fernie in a converted 1908 schoolhouse. The 1,800-sq.-ft. third-storey unit affords spectacular 180-degree mountain views from the wraparound rooftop deck and through the floor-to-ceiling windows in the great room. The two bedrooms each have ensuites, and there’s a den with a sofa bed to accommodate six people comfortably, but the real attraction is the open concept kitchen-living-dining area. Perfect for entertaining, this is an ideal space to host your pals for pre-dinner drinks before dinner on the town or to host your own home-away-from-home dinner party for 10.

Chateau Lake Louise

Sick of hearing about it? Maybe a little. But this hotel continues to impress after 124 years of service in Canada’s most famous national park, plus the national park it’s located in is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Icons are icons for a reason: they do it differently and they do it better. Book a room with a lake view in this incredibly opulent, unbelievably gorgeous hotel. You’ll never talk trash again.

Jasper Park Lodge

The real star in Jasper will always be Jasper National Park, but this 700-acre, year-round luxury mountain resort that sits within it is amazing, as well. Shoreside on pristine Lac Beauvert and situated close to the slopes of Marmot Basin, this Fairmont property brings all the luxury, service and exclusivity of the brand. Take a week off and hole up here with the family or with friends. You might never go home.

Sunshine Mountain Lodge

For such a famous skiing destination, it’s pretty funny that Banff National Park has only one ski-in/ski-out hotel. That hotel is Sunshine Mountain Lodge, and it’s gotten an overhaul in the past few years to make sure its location isn’t the only thing to talk about. Family-friendly, and pretty in all the right places, the experience of being at Sunshine Village after the crowds have left and stars come out to shine is pretty magical. Plus, you get to lay down fresh tracks before the bulk of the traffic arrives.

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