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“Great vacation location bad fishing”
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Painter's Lodge
Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in Campbell River
Certificate of Excellence
Sonora, California
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great vacation location bad fishing”
Reviewed 9 July 2013

Love, love, love the hotel, did not like the fishing, but then again it has to do to with nature and every one know how unpredictable that can be. Our room was unbelievable, two story with a balcony overlooking the Campbell's River, sitting outside our room in a tree was a Bald eagle so close I could have touched him, that was a common happening. The staff very attentive and welcoming, the restaurant had fantastic food and inviting atmosphere, to me, look for a restaurant where the locals go and that is where I want to eat, and they where there!

Room Tip: rooms on the river
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

My husband and I recently stayed at Painter's Lodge in Campbell River, BC. Has to be one of the best ocean side places to stay...that being said we were in a ocean view room in the Lodge and for the price one pays thought the lack of air conditioning plus being able to hear the people next door coughing and talking was a tad extreme. On a very hot day one could easily find it way too hot to sleep, only one tiny window opened to the outside and the balcony door which could have been used was not usable as our room shared the balcony with two other rooms which was totally inappropriate. The bathroom was so small that closing the door while using the toilet was claustrophobic - think the facilities are overpriced. The 3 eating areas within the Lodge had good food although the service was very, very slow even though not busy. The standard was below par. The free water taxi over to April Point was a bonus for those staying at Painter's although again the amenities over at April Point were few and far between except for the Spa. All the buildings at both places are rustic and somewhat tired looking and feeling. I would probably stay at a Best Western my next trip to Campbell River as I have never been disappointed with on of those establishments.

Room Tip: Wouldn't stay In the older section which is the Lodge itself.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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BC
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

My husband and I were staying in Campbell River for a wedding, so we decided to make a mini holiday out of it. I reviewed all the hotels on trip advisor - alot of the reviews were downright SCARY for some of the others out there. So we booked at Painter's Lodge and got a fishing package deal. Three nights and one fishing trip. We were in the Victoria wing on the ground floor, although we were told all the ocean view rooms were booked, our room looked out over the grass and you could see the ocean and Quadra island. The room is average. The drywall has issues - (nails popping and tape delaminating) and really needs a redo! The linens are dated (several reviewers have commented on this already) and our blackout curtains had a hole in them, but we didn't care - I mean, how much time do you spend in your room?? We ate at the pub and at the restaurant - the food was delicious - (try the seafood melt - new item on the menu this year). We also took part in the famed Sunday brunch buffet - all I can say to it is WOW. All the breakfast items you can think of, plus an entire table of seafood! Chocolate dipped strawberries, prime rib, rosemary chicken, ravioli, apple bread pudding - AMAZING. Pricey (approx $25 per person) but you won't be disappointed. The presentation is beautiful!

We took advantage of the free water taxi over the April Island and rented scooters. What a blast! We went over all the roads on the island - stopping at inlets and ferry docks. Beautiful and peaceful. We also went fishing - our guide was Doug - a Campbell River 'lifer' and a great tour guide who loves what we does. We caught five fish in total - one we had to let go as it was wild, two chinooks, a coho and one I lost at the boat! :-( Doug made it fun and educational - you can tell he loves what he does. The staff packaged up our fish for us to take home in a waxlined box with ice packs, but you can choose to send it to be smoked or have the chef cook it that night for your dinner!

The staff were great - front desk greeted you upon arrival and seemed genuinely happy to be there. There was only one person who worked as a greeter in the dining room that actually rolled her eyes at me when I asked sit on the patio! Everyone else was fantastic. Super friendly and great at their jobs.

BOTTOM LINE: Would I stay again? We just got home, and we are already looking at our calendars to see when we can get back there, so YES! Highly recommend it - very relaxing, beautiful place to be.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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ChristineFleming, General Manager at Painter's Lodge, responded to this review, 4 July 2013
I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for your input. Your concerns have been addressed. I look forward to your next visit.
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

We had a lovely experience, stayed at April Point adjacent to Painter's Lodge over the water.
The scenery was fantastic, and the view we had from our room was a delight. We watched otters coming and going from a nest and sunning themselves, we watched eagles fishing in front of us, and porpoises jumping and splashing. There is a jazz couple play on Tuesdays and that would be delightful, but a negative was they sat a table for ten right two feet from them and I felt so sad to watch some delightful music go to waste because of the loud crowd who should have been seated where there uncaring attitude would not have mattered. But all in all a wonderful experience with that exception,

Room Tip: Some rooms have stairs. Our room at April Point had a lovely little sundeck which was fun with a gl...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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ChristineFleming, General Manager at Painter's Lodge, responded to this review, 4 July 2013
I’m glad you enjoyed your stay at April Point. Jazz at the Point is always a great time and I’ve passed your suggestion onto the manager.
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Stony Plain, Canada
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

We've been to the lodge for two Outdoor Writer of Canada conferences in the last few years. Good place for a conference, good facilities coupled with comfortable rooms and access to lots of outdoor activities (as is all of Campbell River). This was the second time we also booked a four-hour fishing trip with the hotel. The guides try very hard to get some fish but on both occasions we were not in the prime season (June) to be there (July-August is better). We knew this going in and did not catch anything on both occasions, although some other boats did hook-up. Otherwise, these are enjoyable trips and it was great to be on the water. However, I find the setup used, where the guide does everything except land the fish (designed to keep the fish catching in control of the guide), less than ideal as the angler does not feel all that involved in the fishing--which to me is what guided fishing is all about. If I was to return I would probably book a fishing trip with another service.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a view of the water. It's spectacular.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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ChristineFleming, General Manager at Painter's Lodge, responded to this review, 4 July 2013
We really enjoyed having the Outdoor Writers stay at Painter's Lodge. It was a great honour for both our lodge and the city of Campbell River. We hope to host your group again.
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Victoria
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2013 via mobile

Painter's Lodge is a wonderfully situated establishment, comfortably appointed (if a little dated) and well run. From the lovely gardens to the pool to free rides across to the sister lodge at April Point on Quadra Island and more, Painters gets it right in all respects except one.

As you check in you're asked to sign a waiver that you won't smoke in your room on pain of some draconian financial penalty. Yet when you get to that room you find that your balcony is equipped with chairs and ashtrays and the smoke is from your neighbours is billowing everywhere. Far from enjoying the view and fresh air, you are closeted in your room with the windows tightly closed. The whole seaside ambience - probably the main reason you chose Painters - is lost. We found this to be the most bizarre of circumstances and, although we loved the place, a return would depend very much on management addressing this issue. You may want to do so too in advance of staying there.

This is my reason for rating service as a 3. Otherwise it's 4 or 5

  • Stayed June 2013
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Jabbeke, Belgium
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

We have visited this hotel on three occasions on two road trips through the western part of Canada. Of course we came back because we were very pleased on our first visit. The rooms are spacious and a lot have a private terrace on the gardens. The rooms are also modern. The different restaurants are all of high quality. The atmosphere is very relaxing. You can enjoy watching a couple of seals who practically live at the boardwalk of the hotel. You can book very special zodiac trips at their own Oak Bay Marine on which we saw on our first trip a dozen of white sided Dolphins at our fingertips! We will Always remember this hotel as a very special place which we were very happy to be able to enjoy on several occasions. Painetr's Lodge, you have a special place in our heart!

Room Tip: ask for a room with a terrace on the garden
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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ChristineFleming, General Manager at Painter's Lodge, responded to this review, 4 July 2013
Thanks for your feedback. Everyone at Painter’s Lodge works extra hard to make sure every guest enjoys their stay so your compliments are greatly appreciated. We hope to see you again.
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Property: Painter's Lodge
Address: 1625 McDonald Rd, Campbell River, British Columbia V9W 4S5, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Campbell River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in Campbell River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Painter's Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the pristine shores of Vancouver Island, Painter's Lodge offers world-class salmon fishing, breathtaking wildlife and scenery and full amenities. When you're not fighting a mighty salmon on the line, soak in the outdoor pool, refine your serve on the tennis courts, or watch marine life play as you tour the coastline on a Wildlife Adventure Tour. Connected by water taxi, guests enjoy all the amenities including new Aveda Spa at April Point Resort. ... more   less 
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Painter`s Hotel Campbell River
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