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“The "cottage" is a joke.” 3 of 5 stars
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Site 20, Comp 25, RR#1 | Madeira Park, Sechelt, British Columbia V0N 2H0, Canada   |  
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Sechelt
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“The "cottage" is a joke.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011 via mobile

The room is super small like a motel room with two beds + tiny kitchen. Not exactly like the photo shown on the website at all. We arrived to find out the lake in front of cottage is prohibited for canoeing or any activities. Internet was really slow. Disapponited. The lake across however housed quite a few fish. Fun!

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Squamish, Canada
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4 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2010

The internet and the Sunshine Coast travel guide built this resort up only to have it come crashing down upon check-in. What stands out the most:

- it is not exactly on the lake - it's across the street and if you are staying in the "romantic safari tent" (and are pregnant) it is actually down the highway from the lake meaning that if you want to get to the lake you have to get in your car - not that much different from visiting the public park.
- the private dock was full of 20 somethings drinking and thus not overly inviting to the couple on a romantic getaway
- the "romantic safari tent" was not quite as it appeared in pictures. Stuffy and a tad on the tacky side fortunately we were tired enough that we feel fast asleep.

On the bright side:
- canoe rentals were included in our room rate and a short paddle past the various day trippers making waves in their ski boats (another annoyance) had us swimming in one of the more beautiful lakes in BC
- someone at the resort has artistic flair and they are trying to add character which works for the most part
- great showers
- an ice machine - brilliant on a very hot summer day!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2010

I found this place by browsing through vancouverisland.com. Even though Ruby Lake isn't on Vancouver Island it is included because it is part of the Sunshine Coast. I tried a couple of other tourism websites and never found it there.

I'm glad I found it though. My husband and I were celebrating our 33rd anniversary and traveled after the Labor Day week-end, so we missed most of the tourist crowd. This was a good thing I think, because when we took advantage of the canoe that was included with our cottage and we spent most of one day exploring Ruby Lake. We didn't have to contend with other water users, except a few birds. The views here are magnificent; some of which remind me of the fjords of Norway. We also were able to do quite a bit of hiking directly from the resort, and found a lot of evidence of bears, though no actual sitings. Next door to the resort, the Lois Griffith center holds a wealth of information about the nearby habitat, ecology, and environmental concerns.

We enjoyed two dinners at the resort's restaurant. The first night the food was good, but the service was slow. The second night we had a different waitress and it made a big difference on the service. We enjoyed the food both nights. One night we ate, then returned after a hike to have dessert. For dessert the coconut surprise and the hazelnut pear gelatos were excellent.

We never had a problem checking in at the restaurant, to get our cottage assignment and key. When we got to our cottage and discovered the water had been turned off, as soon as I let them know, Aldo jumped in his car and raced over and had it working withing 5 minutes. The cottages have a nice decor that is fitting for the naturalist, rainforest-like theme. The rooms were very clean and fresh smelling. The bed could have been more comfortable, but it was okay. And I do like a puffier, fluffier pillow. I just borrowed a pillow from the 2nd bed. But that is the only thing I would improve on.

We almost stayed in one of the safari tents, but when we called they let us know the nights were starting to get chillier so we opted for the cottage. We were glad we did mostly because of having the convenient bathroom and also because we overlooked the Ruby Lake Resort lagoon. We did take a peek in the tents and they did look like they would have been fun, but as we get older, we appreciate having a bathroom close by in the middle of the night! Also, the tents were higher up on the property and the trees obscure the lagoon view. And the tents cannot block out noise from the traffic that travels on the nearby highway, even though there really isn't that much of it except when a ferry gets in.

All-in-all I am glad I found the Ruby Lake Resort and we had and enjoyable and relaxing vacation.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2010

My husband and I heard good things about Ruby Lake Resort and decided to spend a romantic weekend at this place. We reserved a tent and purchased the package that offers a 3 course meal and a breakfast basket if you pay extra $80. The quality of the food was awful and the staff couldn't be more careless about washing the few fruits that were given to us in a plastic bag called "breakfast basket." The 3 course meal became a 1 1/2 course meal because we shared an appetizer and a small slice of dessert. The food was AWFUL and we were very disappointed with the package. To complete our trip, in the middle of the night, my husband found a mouse in the plastic bag eating our "breakfast!" The staff only works after 11 am, so if we wanted to complain, it would have to be after that. We woke up early in the morning and left quickly. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY staying at this place! It is a rip off!!!!!!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2010

My husband and I went her for our honeymoon. We stayed in the Eagle Spirit Deluxe suite which is across the road from the main resort and right on the lake. The suite had everything we needed and was very private. The kitchen and BBQ were nice to have. They even had an Ipod player in the suite. We ate at the restaurant one night. The seafood platter appy was amazing. The pasta was average. I would definetly recommend ordering the fresh seafood though. Overall a great place to spend a honeymoon. I would definetly go back

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

My husband and I booked one of the 'luxury lakefront cottages' at Ruby Lake because according to the website, it looked like a cozy romantic place for a weekend getaway. Upon arrival, however, the accommodations were anything but. As some of the other's reviews noted, the owners kept a large dog on the property whose loud and aggressive sounding barking echoed throughout the resort. Not a very friendly first impression. The check in was quite awkward as it was done at the head of the restaurant and poorly marked at the entrance. It was our room, however, that was by far the largest disappointment. Upon entering the cottage we had booked, we were overcome by an extremely strong stench that smelled like wet dog. The fridge in the room smelled even worse, like rotting fish. We notified the manager immediately who then came to see the room for herself. She denied it smelled like wet dog and instead simply said it was from the "heating" in the room and that there was nothing she could do. The smell was completely unbearable. In addition, the website says the cottages have lake views, however the view from ours was completely obstructed by tress.
We were clearly upset and returned to the manager a told her we simply could not stay the night. The only consolation was that she agreed to refund us the charge for our room and did not make a scene about it, for which were grateful.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2010

We stayed at Ruby Lake Resort in a recent trip to BC, taking in the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. We came away with a mixed feeling about the resort.
Firstly, the location is undeniably beautiful. The lake itself is enormous, peaceful and crystal clear. We canoed on the lake, using the boat supplied by the resort, for most of the day and swam from an abandoned dock.
We ate at the restaurant in the evenings and one lunch time and the food was good. Not very good, and certainly not excellent, but it was simple, tasty and...good.

However, the resort itself is in urgent need of some attention. We kind of created our own little story to explain its demise. We imagine that it was established by the first generation of an industrious, fairly eccentric Italian family who had moved to Canada 30 odd years ago. The management now lies in the hands of the less talented, less interested second generation who maybe resent the burden of expectation that their parents endeavours have put upon them. They decide, or at least allow, corners to be cut. They employ a large staff of students, who will work all summer for food and accommodation. Sadly, their key interest is not the amount of paper towels in the washrooms, the state of repair of the lamps in the safari tents or the guests that keep this place alive.
Resting on laurels, former glory and location? As the Canadians say, 'For Sure'.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Site 20, Comp 25, RR#1 | Madeira Park, Sechelt, British Columbia V0N 2H0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Sunshine Coast > Sechelt
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Sechelt
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 207
Also Known As:
Ruby Lake Hotel Sechelt
Hotel Ruby Lake
Ruby Lake Resort Sechelt, Sunshine Coast

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