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“A pleasant surprise” 5 of 5 stars
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Painter's Lodge
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   1625 McDonald Road, Campbell River, British Columbia V9W 4S5, Canada   |  
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Ranked #4 of 17 Hotels in Campbell River
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“A pleasant surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2005

I had read the previous reviews and we had to stay a night here before going over to Knight Inlet as it was part of the package - we weren't expecting much at all.

What a pleasant surprise - the room was spacious and beds comfortable with a great view over to April Point, the sister property.

We had a good meal in the pub when we arrived and the service we received for our evening meal was exceptional and the food was very good too. When we arrived in Knight Inlet we met several people who had stayed at Painters and they all commented how good it was.

Just goes to show that everyone's experience is not always the same!

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2005

We checked into Painters Lodge on September 7 for 2 nights. We were given a huge 2 storey room with 4 double beds, which seemed excessive for two of us. The room would have been OK, except for an extremely offensive smell. I complained straight away and asked to be moved but was told by the front desk that were no free rooms. They did explain that the smell could be from a nearby pulp mill, but it was much worse inside the room than anywhere else. They did send housekeeping around with a neutralising spray, but when the stench became unbearable later in the evening I spoke to the duty manager and said we would be checking oput early if nothing could be done. We were then offered a room in their spa across the water the following night, and after speaking again to reception given a beautiful room in the main lodge for one night.
The next day we moved to a very basic cabin at the spa, from where, the pulp mill stacks pouring out smoke which headed straight for the resort could be clearly seen. Occasionally it could be smelt in the air.
I appreciate that the problem was external but I was disappointed that the front desk were not truthful in initially telling me their were no other rooms.
In addition there appeared to be management issues at Painters Lodge. Although there were plenty of staff around they were often not at their post at the appropriate time and therefore service in the lodge was patchyat best - the breakfast waitresses were clearly overwhelmed.
In contrast, the young staff on the April Point Spa side of the resort were enthusiastic and professional and the food excellent.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver Island
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2005

We checked into Painters Lodge at about 3:00 pm on Saturday expecting a very relaxing and restful night. It was our first visit (and likely our last) to the "famous" CR resort. We had high expectations for a romantic/relaxing evening watching cruise ships sail by our window and drift off to a restful sleep listening to the tide. The cruise ships met with our expectations, but the sleep was anything but restful. Let me explain:

Upon checking in, the front desk "neglected" to inform us that there was a wedding reception being held in the resort - directly below our room. Needless to say if we would have known this beforehand we would have cancelled our reservation. We called the front desk at 10:00 pm to complain and express our disappointed in not previously being informed of this event happening directly below our room and asked to be moved to another quieter room, but were informed that the place was completely booked. They also told us that the party would wrap up by midnight.

It was too late by then to check into another hotel so we "suffered" the night with the anticipation of it being quiet by midnight. How wrong we were. Finally by 1:30 am we were able to sleep without earplugs.

It's not right to spend close to $300/room and end up wearing earplugs in order to get some resemblence of sleep.

The manager gave us a discount on our room when we checked out, but not enough for us to ever consider going back or recommending the place to anyone.

If you are into all night parties this is the place for you. If you are looking for a quiet restful night, look elsewhere.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2005

For over $1300 for 2 people (2 nites and 3 four hour guided fishing) I have to say sorry folks but you are WAY overrated for the price.

the location:

Nice but nothing special; construction going on in the road where the lodge is located so aesthetically no real ambience driving in...

the rooms:

beds are okay but you hear EVERYTHING going on outside stairs from guests walking down the stairs to other rooms using their bathroom taps - you'd hear a "KLUNK" sound when someone would close their taps...maybe look at air in the pipes?

Also a 10 year old 20" tv with no dvd is out of whack with the amount being charged with the rooms. Sure it is a "fishing" lodge but when the kids want to just take a break in the rooms while the parents are outside it would be nice to just update the entertainment.

And why is there no way to turn off the outside balcony lights? After struggling with the curtains to block out the light beaming into the bedrooms for a few nights - it makes little sense not have the option of turning them off.

the food:

not the "world class" fine dining the brochures try to oversell - it's acceptable but pricey.

the fishing:

Here's the problem.

All the guides we spoke to said that August is really the best month to come up if you want to catch big fish - consistently. We went on 3 guided trips and only caught 2 salmon (chinook - 12 pounds). That is over 12 hours of fishing for 2 fish! The lodge really needs to be as honest as the guides about when fishing is good. You really take your chances if you come up any other month. In fact there were many guided boats that reported NO fish caught while we were there (mid-July).

And a last complaint is that when you are paying this sort of money for "professional" guides it would be nice to have the "tip" included in your fees. It was somewhat awkward having the guide with his hand out expecting a $20 or $50 for a fishless guide since NO ONE told us that tipping was expected. Also there also seems to be a "tradition" of bringing beer onto the boats for the guides to consume (our guide - an older man "explained" this to us). We thought drinking alcohol on a boat was not legal. But once again, no one told us about all the "unspoken etiquette". And also you should be aware that fishing licences need to be purchased by the guest, this is also not included (odd since it is a "fishing" lodge where one might think everything would be included).

the staff:

Young; more mature and older staff at the front lines would balance this out.

Overall: The lodge seriously needs to adjust it's advertising to reflect the reality there is only one good month of fishing (August). The other months are somewhat hit/miss. Other weaknesses ranging from the rooms to the unwritten fianacial/alcoholic "expectations" of the guides need to be addressed.

It is not ironic perhaps that the lodge offers a 2 for 1 special for guests who have ALREADY stayed there at least once - you need that kind of "bait" for guests to return again.


Dennis and Francine

Stayed July 2005
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35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2005

Great location, fishing good (probably - I don't fish), but despite a good brochure the place was a little disappointing.

Room was adequate, but very dark, dining was adequate (perhaps a bit pretentious) rather than the advertised "fine dining". Overall nothing that you could really complain about, but not quite the experience that I expected.

  • Stayed May 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Diemen, The Netherlands
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2005

A great place to enjoy, nice staff, good rooms, nice scenery.
Very cosy...And if you like fishing it's certainly the place!
Catch the ferry to april's point and enjoy Quadra Island, also very nice!

We stayed here two times with our son, and we will go back at the end of this year!

  • Stayed September 2004
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville, TN
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2004

Everyone should visit Painter's at least once. We had a blast. I am a middle-age non-fishing woman, and my husband fishes about once every two weeks. I privately thought I would be miserable and bored, but went with a good attitude. I really only planned to fish on one of the two scheduled outings.

I LOVED IT! I went out for both fishing trips. I caught Salmon left and right. The guide was wonderful, so we requested him for our second fishing trip, too. All gear is provided, suits, and boots, etc. You may want a light pair of gloves for sun-rise fishing.

The rooms are not the typical fish-camp facilities. Huge, nice balcony, nice vanity area. Very clean. Not five-star, but definitely not the Days Inn.....very nice modern, spacious.

The only negatives: our first night, it took over two hours to receive dinner. The dining room manager apologized and took off 20%. We were exhausted from our long day of travel, and time really mattered that night. Very disappointing service.This was in the cafe area.

The second and third days, meal service was wonderful in their higher-end dining area. Also dined one evening at April Point -- nice experience, too. (free water shuttle to sister resort)

The second negative: we booked an ocean view room, but it was mostly an obstructed view. When we telephoned the front desk, we were told that was all that was left. Clarify any specifics like this in writing when you make your reservation.

We also suggest doing as we did, and request a non-smoking fishing guide, if that is your preference. It made for more pleasant time in the bost.

The water was very calm for the afternoon fishing trip, but it was very, (and I mean very) choppy for the early a.m. trip. This is due to the tides coming in from the ocean. But, once you get through the choppy part, the morning fishing is pleasant in the coves.

The fish is cleaned and packed for your trip home. If you do the hotel overnight at the Hilton in Vancouver (which is coordinated with Painter's), you can be assured your fish will be well taken care of and repacked for a long flight home. Ours made it from Canada to Nashville, TN in tip-top shape.

Go, have fun....we did. Take a camera -- you will have lots of great fish pictures.

Had a huge Salmon Supper for our in-land friends and neighbors when we returned. In fact, we had 56 lbs. of fileted salmon steaks.

Oh, and don't expect to catch a 80 lb. salmon. The largest we heard about was just over 30lbs. The much larger fish are caught at the more Northern Oak Bay resorts. But, we were pleased with our 7-10 lb-ers.

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Address: 1625 McDonald Road, Campbell River, British Columbia V9W 4S5, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Campbell River
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 17 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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