Deer Lodge is a rambling, labyrinthine structure with piece after piece added on around the original 1920 vintage tea house. In the shadow of the more expensive, better known Chateau Lake Louise, Deer Lodge is an old fashioned hotel - there are no televisions and no telephones in the rooms - but there is an internet access kiosk near the game room! The rooms are small by today's standards, decorated in a rustic style that may not be to everyone's taste.
Clearly, you aren't expected to spend much time in your room, so explore the maze of corridors. Find the game room with its pool table and the lodge's one television set! Find the Caribou Lounge and count how many different species have their heads on the walls! Find the hot tub and soak! Find the Mt. Fairview dining room and have dinner! Find the exit door and take a walk over to Chateau Lake Louise and explore THAT hotel! By the way, that's not a stray dog you see on the walk over to Lake Louise, that's a coyote. Yikes!
Unfortunately Deer Lodge isn't much of a place to stay in winter after a day of skiing if you don't want to hang out at the lounge and restaurant. We found ourselves hopping into the car and driving into Banff for more choices of apres ski activity. It is, however, a great place to stay a night or two especially if you plan to ski Lake Louise.
Room for two $110 CDN.
by Foxboro Marmot
April 12, 2002
From journal Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper