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“This could be a great Hotel” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Bowen Island Lodge

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Bowen Island Lodge
380 Cardena Road, British Columbia V0N 1G0, Canada (Formerly Bowen Lodge by the Sea)   |  
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Calgary, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“This could be a great Hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Communal bathrooms and a complete 'Camp' feeling was the initial impression. The rooms were not kept clean every day and they were very small or rather cramped.
The price was outrageous for something of that quality - they should not be able to charge more than 60-70 dollar for what they offer.
On the other hand - the place is perfectly located with a great view over the bay and the surrounding garden and especially the main room was perfect for gatherings and entertainment.
The kitchen was not working/open which meant not even breakfast was served to the guests?
All in all - get your act together and renovate this charming place and it could be one of the best hotels on the island.

Room Tip: Best advice is to avoid the place all together!!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I don't understand how they can charge 150 for a room that barely could hold a double bed. It really was very small, and having shared bathrooms at this price is just ludicrous. Would not stay here again, unless the price was like 50-70. I've stayed in roomier hostels.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

My husband and I recently got married at the Bowen Island Lodge. It was perfect!
We love the outdoors and camping and wanted a wedding that reflected our hobbies. The Lodge offered an 'outdoorsy' feel without being too rustic (although the bathrooms are shared)! It sleeps about 40 people. You actually get the whole lodge to yourself when you book for an event, so you don't have strangers walking in to your party and disturbing your group.

We booked the lodge for the whole weekend so that we could actually spend some time with our guests. Instead of the wedding being over in about 6 hours we partied from Friday night until Sunday morning. The lodge has a really nice dining hall and a beautiful lawn overlooking the ocean, with the mountains in the background. It was a very tranquil setting for an outdoor wedding. Our friends are still raving over it. Plus, with the short distance to Vancouver, people were able to easily make the trip out and back for the ceremony and dinner if they didn't want to spend the night.

The Lodge manager was really helpful and even helped us set up tables and decorations.

Room Tip: If you're traveling with a family, the cabin is a great option. It comes with a kitchenette and...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

The company that I work for had decided to have the department heads go on a team building retreat. I had never heard about Bowen Island Resort, and when I arrived all my hesitations about going to a smaller lodge rather than a typical hotel were gone in seconds. We were all greeted at the door by a very helpful and gracious manager Sam Trethewey. The grounds were amazing and the shore front and secluded bay provided the perfect setting for us. The rooms were clean and modern and the shared facilities were clean and the group enjoyed ever aspect. The bonfires at night over looking the ocean and the quiet time for reflection will never be forgotten. It is my hope that we have more functions at this little lodge rather than the typical hotel packages that we have gone on in the past. This was truely a stand out to me.

Room Tip: Ask for the chalet, amazing!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

i stayed at bowen lodge for a company event and although it is conveniently located 5 min. by driving to the ferry, it was nothing spectacular.
you have shared bathroom facilities, the rooms dont have a view
they are smaller so for a quick 1 or 2 day business event, its an ok spot.

the food was catered in so nothing i can add about the cuisine.

Room Tip: select room 13 with a walk out entrance.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

I had never been to Bowen Island before, so as a corporate retreat I was anticipating a huge commute..... I was so wrong! Well they kindly picked us up steps from our office in coal harbor in a beautiful yaght! And we arrive at the lodge in under 30 minutes! Door to door service. And it was breathtaking!!! Located practically on the ocean the views are spectacular, it was so peaceful and the staff were amazing Sam the manager took such great care of us, you could ask him for anything and he would make it happen! I was a bit skeptical of the shared washrooms but it actually added to the lodge feel. The rooms are so clean and the beds are comfortable to a fault! They had all the technical equipment (we did have to do some work after all) a huge dinning hall, heated by a lovely wood burning fireplace. Sam showed us his favorite suite the cottage... Separated from the lodge itbwas equipt with a full kitchen bath the works and just steps away the most luxurious tent I had ever seen, it was quite neat... Along with a private fire pit. I now make frequent trips to Bowen and would recommend this to any group...I don't think they take single overnight stays but hopefully they do in the future!

Room Tip: Most rooms are waterfront but it doesn't really matter which room you are in cause I can guarant...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Vancouver, BC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

I was told the lodge is under new management and has been updated with wonderful beds, bedding etc. Every room now also has Television (but who needs it with a wonderful view of the bay). This was actually our first visit to this location. It is an easy 5 minute walk from the ferry. We went with a choir for a weekend retreat. Could not have had a better time. The catered food was very tasty and plenty full. Sit in the garden with a good book or go for a hike to the lake, or just visit the little shops on the main road. You can't go wrong. Everyone is very friendly and the manager will go out of his way to make your stay comfortable. I love the little dog that will never leave his side. Try it you'll like it!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bowen Island Lodge

Address: 380 Cardena Road, British Columbia V0N 1G0, Canada (Formerly Bowen Lodge by the Sea)
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Bowen Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Specialty lodging in Bowen Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape, and travel by water taxi, ferry or chartered yacht to the Bowen Island Lodge - the best place to host your professional retreat, team building event, family reunion, reception or wedding ceremony. Bowen Lodge Features❖Three acres of natural west coast sea shore with level access to a private sandy beach.❖Chartered Yacht Tours❖Room for up to 50 guests in 24 guest rooms, including one private self contained suite and one private seaside cottage.❖Group amenities to support gatherings up to 150 in our dining area and magnificent terrace.❖100m fully serviced wharf for boat moorage (rates available on request).❖Full gourmet food services able to meet the most discerning tastes❖The tranquility of the west coast, less than an hour from downtown Vancouver brings you to the beautiful Bowen Island, as they say ‘Within reach, beyond comparison’ ... more   less 

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