Looks like WiFi in the hotel room is $15 a night. Ouch. Free in public areas, however. Guess I'll be spending a bit of time in the lounge.
It was that much at Chateau Montebello as well. Later, they rolled it into a 'convenience package' for free WiFi and free parking for $20. So, really, they were now charging $5 for parking on top of the $15 WiFi.
Montebello has been bought up by some Chinese investment group.
Château Montebello resort bought by Chinese real estate group
Operations will continue as usual for hotel's 350 employees, hotel director says
Hard not to think that there will be big changes coming, some welcome, some not. I don't have an issue with the buyers being Chinese in particular, but there is something to be said for any foreign company owning a Canadian icon like this -- will they really get what Chateau Montebello is about?
That said, there are definitely areas which need improving. Larger/more hot tubs. Larger/more/co-ed saunas, not stuck in the back of the change rooms. But how to change the place without ruining it? How can you sell rooms that are now too small for modern standards? Start knocking out walls? How many deluxe suites can you sell?
Would love to spend a Christmas there one time, though. Prices weren't unreasonable the last time I checked -- a good option for a far-flung family to meet up in one central place.
Still would love to make it out to the railroad hotels in Banff or Lake Louise one day. But I run the same problem as for going to Europe -- simply too much time getting there and back, and no time to enjoy the place itself.