I was skeptical about staying here after reading some very negative and so so reviews of the 3 valley gap Inn and I am glad I was proven wrong. Like most I have passed this hotel many times but never stopped to take a look. We booked one night here after staying at Emerald Lake Lodge, so price wise we went from one extreme to another (high to lowish or reasonable). Upon arival I was greeted by a very friendly front desk clerk who offered me the key to our room in order to take a look before signing in. I have a son who is asthmatic so my concern was residual old smoke which I aired when making my reservation over the phone. I inspected the room which was a family suite, one room with two doubles and one with a queen on the ground floor opening up onto the gardens. The room was very clean, no smoke odors and had new carpet and paint and was to my satisfaction. I returned to the front desk and checked in and purchased a family ticket to the Ghost Town located right next door and was given a list of things we could do in the area.
Once we unloaded the lugguage just steps away from our room at the rear of the bullding, my son's inspected there room with excitement, were happy and we then had look at the beautiful garden courtyard and the tour helicopter around the corner. After that we proceede to the Ghost Town Museum at 7pm. Instead of the usual tickets you are given a token is used that you insert and that lets you in, the girl at the front desk said if we did not have time to see it all that evening she would give us another token in the morning so we could finish the tour, which I thought was very nice.
My family and I entered the Ghost Town and began exploring, the buildings and artifacts felt genuine, which they were and you could touch and play with some of the antiques, this is unusual in it's self as usually when you go to a musuem everything is behind ropes and glass. We visited the antique car area and the guy working in there was very helpful and knowledgeable and told us how to navigate around the museum to the round house where the train cars etc were. All very helpful and still amazed we could go into these old coach cars and open cubboards etc and really explore. The gift shop inside was open and we bought candy and the lady working there was very helpful too. Turns out she is the daughter of the original owner and we were talking to her brother in the car exhibit. She told us that they are privately owned and operated just like the hotel and it is a true family business run my brotheres, sisters, nieces and nephews.
Our room was very quiet even on the ground floor, we could not hear traffic noise, trains or neighbours above us or beside us. We all slept very well. In the morning we woke up and all laid on the bed looking out the patio doors into the gardens. We watched the swallows dancind above and the humming birds flitting around in teh garde and you could here the birds singing it was all very tranquil.
My husband and two sons say it is the best place they stayed at on our trip because of the location, the ghost town and the uniqueness of it all and would love to come back again. The food we had was breakfast and we ordered several items only to end up with a table full of food which the waitress thought we would not eat all of it, but we did!!!!! The food was good like good old fashioned cooking, ample, filling and the family was quite pleased with it, (I think they were fed up with the ala carte fare from the previous place).
My only beef about the place is it does need a little up dating but judging by the tour buses that came and went and other visitors this was a minor flaw. What really annoys me is the previous negative reviews, if you are looking for a 5 star hotel/resort this is not it and it does not pretend to be that. It is a family run business that was a vision of one man in the 60's and who have worked hard to provide something very unique in a lovely setting in the mountains by a lake. Great for a adventure and picture taking. The hotel itself is almost turing into a museum because of its unique lay out, age and setting. If the quality of food is a issue go to Revelsoke a 15 min max drive east or Salmon Arm to the west where there are many fine dining places. Need to make a long distance phone call, don't most people these day's have cell phones including out of country travellers, as for the water no problem there either, I brushed my teeth and no tummy bug for me or my family. May be some people are hard to please and some are just not too happy and maybe that unhappy moment was when they were visitng!!! FOR US WE REALLY ENJOYED OUR STAY AND WILL BE BACK SOON.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A lakefront hotel in Revelstoke nestled between stunning Three Valley Lake and the Monashee Mountains, Three Valley Lake Chateau & Ghost Town offers a unique blend of modern comforts and historical attractions. Our Revelstoke resort features 200 comfortable guest room accommodations and suites with beautiful garden or lake views, an onsite restaurant, and a heritage ghost town tour, complete with 25 historic buildings from the late 1800s, an antique auto museum and a railway roundhouse. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Three Valley Lake Chateau & Ghost Town Hotel Revelstoke
- Three Valley Lake Chateau And Ghost Town
- 3 Valley Lake Chateau & Ghost Town