11 Reasons You’ll Love the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton

From mid-May to September in the Canadian Rockies, you can stay at one of the most iconic hotels in Alberta. The Prince of Wales Hotel is a special place to stay and is located in the heart of Waterton National Park. It’s easily the best hotel in Waterton and should be on your Canadian Rockies bucket list!

This National Historic Site of Canada has 86 rooms and is a great place to base yourself as you explore Waterton National Park. Let’s dig into why the Prince of Wales Hotel is so amazing!

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Why You Should Stay at the Prince of Wales Hotel


You’re Staying in History

In 1895, a 54 square mile area was protected by the federal government. Back then, it was known as Dominion Forest Park, which is now known as Waterton Lakes National Park. Waterton was the 4th established national park in Canada. The park’s name derives directly from Waterton Lakes, which are impossible to miss.

In 1927, the famous Prince of Wales Hotel was opened, and service to Glacier National Park in the USA commenced. Then a ship was built to travel between Glacier and Waterton. The “MV International” can still be experienced today.

The Prince of Wales Hotel was built for the Great Northern Railway company and is considered one of the best railway hotels. The whole building was actually believed to be a National Historic Site of Canada back in 1922 and remains true to its roots to this day. This building contains seven floors, with most of the rooms overlooking Upper Waterton Lake.

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This is the only Canadian Railway hotel built by an American company. After hearing stories, we learned that the hotel was built in an attempt to lure American tourists to Canada during the prohibition era when drinking alcohol was prohibited in the United States. All Americans had to do was cross the border from Montana for a drink! The hotel was named after the Prince of Wales, although the Prince nor the Queen of England have ever stayed overnight.


You’ll Have Epic Views of Waterton Lakes

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If you book a lakeside room, you’ll have epic views of Upper Waterton Lake and the surrounded peaks at all times. Even if you don’t book a lake view room, the main lobby of the Prince of Wales has the most epic large windows I’ve ever seen.

Looking out from our Lakeside room

You can sit right next to the window, enjoying Waterton Lake views while sipping your morning coffee every day you stay here.


The Prince of Wales is Easily the Most Iconic Hotel in Waterton

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Waterton National Park is not a huge park, and the town is pretty small. It’s no secret that there aren’t a ton of accommodation options in Waterton. However out of all the hotels in the area, the Prince of Wales Hotel is easily the nicest and most iconic. If you book early enough, you can even score some great rates even in the summer.


Rooms are Historic, but with Modern Comfort

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