Magnificent mountain views? Check. Luxurious accommodations? Check. Iconic Canadian history? Check check check! From the panoramic views of Waterton Lakes National Park to the stunning spot itself, the Prince of Wales Hotel is a must-stop getaway for your next summer vacay. “Why?” you ask? Let’s jump into it!
The 94-year-old Prince of Wales Hotel sits in the heart of the breathtaking Waterton Lakes National Park, about 3 hours southwest of Calgary. Also, the hotel only operates during the summer months, so put it at the top of your future to-do list.
Look up the phrase “oldie but a goodie” in the dictionary, and you might just find this iconic lodging. This aged gem of a hotel has been nicely maintained, but not overhauled too much. The result? It’s kept its character, with stunning woodwork throughout the hotel, a Royal Stewart Dining Room straight out of Bridgerton, a charming manual elevator, and no TVs in the rooms! That’s right, you might actually get off the grid here…
Once you walk in, you’ll be delighted to find floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake. There are tons of awesome hikes and activities nearby if you’re into that sort of thing… but if you’re looking for more of a relaxing time, get a drink from the lounge around 8:00 PM and listen to storytellers go off about the hotel’s history.
For instance, did you know the hotel was named after the Prince of Wales in a transparent attempt to get him to stay in the hotel on his 1927 Canadian tour? (Spoiler alert: it didn’t work. His loss, obviously…)
With the way 2020 went, we’ve all been looking for a throwback or two– so why not step back in time right here in Alberta? The best part about booking here is that they’re offering special rates for Alberta residents, so don’t miss out…
What’re you waiting for?! Book yourself a 2021 staycation, baby!
Where: Alberta 5, Waterton Park, AB, Canada T0K 2M0