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Manning Park Resort
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   7500 Highway 3, Manning Park, British Columbia V0X 1R0, Canada   |  
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Coquitlam
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“Meh”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Decided to stay overnight enroute to Osoyoos from Vancouver. Rooms were average at best but, in our opinion, not worth the rate charged. The pub that was advertised as open was closed. Setting is beautiful and we enjoyed the viewpoint and walking around Lightning Lakes but we won't be staying there again unless there are some significant improvements.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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MPR_Marketing, Public Relations Manager at Manning Park Resort, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Thank you for stopping in and staying at Manning Park Resort. We wanted to let you know that we are under new management and that we have hired some of the friendliest staff!

We would love to see you come and experience the Similkameen Valley's best kept secret, once again.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Vancouver, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

If you don’t mind getting bad service and treated like you don’t know [--], then this is a place for you. It’s a great location to get away and relax especially at Lightning Lake. But if they can get rid of Brad (check-in agent) we would stay here again. This guy Brad was a piece of work, he made as feel that we were bothering him whenever we asked for help. Working for the hospitality industry for 15yrs as my experience, this guy Brad is one of the unfriendliest person I’ve ever encountered working for the industry. Just because of Brad I will not send or recommended to my future guest or anyone enquirers to stay here. Stay somewhere else but do visit Lightning Lake…

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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MPR_Marketing, Public Relations Manager at Manning Park Resort, responded to this review, January 5, 2013
Thank you for staying at Manning Park Resort. We wanted to let you know that we are under new management and have hired the friendliest of staff that you can find!

We currently have our Bear's Den Pub, Pinewoods Restaurant, Country Store, Loon Lagoon, Lodge, Nordic Centre and Ski Hill OPEN!!

We would love to have you back and show you that we are the best kept secret in the Simiklameen Valley!!
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North Vancouver, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We just spent the night there and were extremely disappointed. I hadn't checked any reviews before we left. So knowing now that they are in receivership I understand why the place was so bad. Actually the room was fine but rest of the place was useless.

All the facilities were closed and the restaurant didn't open till 11am. i couldn't even get a decent cup of coffee never mind something to eat this morning. The store was half empty and the coffee shop is closed until further notice.

The continental breakfast they provided was laughable. I've stayed in better cheap motels.

If you go bring a camp stove and some food. Haha.

Next time I'll save my $100 and just camp.

Room Tip: Stay at the campground.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We love driving thru southern BC on #3, and Manning Park is a great place in terms of driving distance from the ferry terminal at Tsawassen if you don't want to have too long a drive day. The location is fantastic - the smell of the forest air, the mountains hugging the valley, all make for a great spot. There are loads of hiking options as well. We did not make use of the "resort" facilities (pool, hot tub), as we arrived later in the evening. The restaurant was closed (when we called ahead to check on availability, we were informed of closing time), and it was not scheduled to re open til 11am. Thank goodness we had snacks in our cooler. The staff put together a breakfast for us when we told them we'd be leaving at 7am, but it was almost all useless -- 2 hard oranges, 2 stale muffins, and 2 yogurt (we took the yogurt). The room was clean, but the carpet was in serious need of industrial cleaning, or replacing. TV was limited to 2 channels, bedside lighting consisted of one small lamp, so we had to use both beds to read. And no K size, only Q size beds available. No A/C either, and no breeze thru the open windows; normally in the mountains this wouldn't be an issue, but it had been a really hot day. Great price, but we dearly hope that someone buys this property and gives it the attention it deserves - it could be an amazing resort with the right management and funding.

Room Tip: spend the extra $10 to upgrade to a larger corner room.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

We booked 3 nights from 12th to 15th August but hadn't read the Trip Advisor reviews before we stayed. Learning that the Resort is currently in receivership does explain a lot. We had stayed at Manning Park about 9 years ago and we were surprised at the rather run-down feeling it has acquired.
The positives were: we loved hiring a canoe on Lightning Lake, getting there at opening time of 9 am and having an hour or so sharing the lake only with 3 loons (great northern divers); a lovely walk round Lightning Lake; hiking to Poland Lake and seeing some spectacular views and lovely wild flowers; a great sighting of a black bear at the side of the main highway to Vancouver. Having a bedroom large enough to unpack properly.
The negatives are as other reviewers have stated, though the hours of the restaurant had changed a bit and was open 11 am to 8 pm. We were disappointed at not being able to get a cooked breakfast, but made do with the perfectly adequate boxed picnic breakfast that was provided. We found the restaurant staff were friendly and willing, but very understaffed and rushed off their feet. We were quite happy with our dinners which were good-sized portions, of reasonable quality and well cooked.
The front desk staff were disappointingly off-hand and unhelpful. We were also told at check-in our room wasn't ready yet - but after we made a fuss, they checked and found it was ready after all. Don't expect to be given any information about the resort or its facilities. The information in the Guest Directory in the bedrooms is totally inadequate and hopelessly out-of-date. The shop has the poorest stock you can imagine - how can you make a profit if you don't have goods to sell? The visitor centre in a separate building gave us a leaflet about the hiking which didn't include the trails that are closed - presumably insufficient staff to maintain them.
We do hope the resort is bought soon as the location and area have so much going for them, and there seems to be a lot of potential from guests staying in the resort, campers (the campsites were mainly marked Full), day-use clients and passing trade.
Overall though, thanks the location, we enjoyed our stay and would go back again, even knowing what to expect.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kelowna, Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

The Manning Park Resort had a great deal during the summer, $99 a night so we thought we would try it out. The lodge is dated, but the rooms were clean and we felt comfortable there. We were given a continental breakfast for the morning and that was adequate in addition to a couple of things we brought. We did not use the pool, steam room, sauna, etc. but would probably next time if we had time. I was surprised to hear that the pool is salt water, a bit of an upgrade. We ate at the restaurant which was fine and the prices fine considering there are no other options around to eat. Our server was quite busy running around serving all the tables but was very pleasant.
Overall, I would say what this hotel has going for it is the price and the location. You have access to all the amazing hikes in the park and you feel like you are on a vacation. To camp in the park its $30 so for not much more you get a few luxuries. Let's face it, the price at $99 is fair when you consider what you get....if the hotel was updated and a bit more fabulous you would probably be paying upwards of $200/night and we wouldn't be able to stay there at all. I would say to bring snacks and some of your own food if staying for more than one night.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012 via mobile

I understand much better the situation at this resort after hearing that it is currently in receivership and seeking a new owner. This resort should be a gold mine, it is the only accommodation, store and restaurant in the park. The prices are pretty low, but rightly so for what you get. I have only stayed in the summer, so I cannot comment on the winter experience. The summer experience was poor-where to begin.

We arrived at 4pm which is check-in time. Given that check out is at 11am, this is a late check in time. Even still, our room was not ready. The lineup to check in was long, the clerk was slow and not friendly enough to make up for it.

The rooms in the lodge, are basic, but clean enough. They take actual keys, that gives you an idea of when it was last updated. The amenities in the room are paltry, the soap is about the size of A Loonie. Four channels came in on the tv (old tube model) and only 2 with sound. There is no wifi, and while they do offer free Internet access in the lobby, it is so painfully slow that it is not really worth the line up for it.

The rooms are fine, but not rustic or charming enough to make up for the lack of conveniences. I would want a cozy fireplace and log furniture to go with this experience.

The restaurant is terrible. It opens at 8am mon to fri, which is pretty late. The service is slow, staff would rather chat with other than serve you. We waited and waited to be seated and ended up seating ourselves in the end. The menu is small with few choices, and almost no healthy ones. Breakfast is worse, I have heard of a buffet? All we had was a six item menu with almost no breakfast food! Seriously, it had a breakfast sandwhich, yogurt and cold cereal or regular blt sandwiches, no plain eggs and bacon or toast were offered a all. I have never seen anything like it. The creamers were sour on the table and when the waitress returned to re-fill our coffee she ran out and left one cup half full without returning!

The store is small and has almost nothing in it unless you count the surly check out girl. Almost no food, snacks, souvenirs. It's barely a store.

The area is spectacular with tons to enjoy. I hope that someone buys this resort and fixes it before it's too late. Unless it is purchased and substantially Improved I will be camping or staying in Hope to enjoy Manning park.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Manning Park Resort

Address: 7500 Highway 3, Manning Park, British Columbia V0X 1R0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Manning Park
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Manning Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Manning Park Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
YOUR FOUR SEASONS DESTINATION.Manning Park Resort and EC Manning Provincial Park has your four seasons covered. With Alpine and Nordic skiing in the Winter; snowshoeing and exploring in the Spring; canoeing, camping, hiking and swimming in the Summer; fishing, hiking (check out the Larch trees on Mt Frosty) and boating during the Fall - there is always a beautiful outdoor adventure waiting for you! ... more   less 
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