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“Very nice hotel and restaurant - but could use a face lift”

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Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa
Reviewed October 15, 2012

We live in BC and frequenly spend a get away at Harrison. I have been there several times on business as well and the staff do a great job. The pools are fantastic with different temperature indoor and ourdoor pools. We usually spend a few hours each day at the pools (Pools open 9am-11pm - and the indoor pools stay open until 1am unlike most ofther hotels with).
- Copper room - A bit expensive but excellt food and atmosphere (Old school dancing to live music every weekend)
- Lakeside Cafe - Has excellent brunch every day - great selection and nice an hot (They could use an extra toaster) tons of fruit availabe!
- Islands Bar - Nice bar in hotel - serves food if you want. Drinks are good but a bit pricy
- Only one beer and wine store in town - off the hotel site but worth it to have a few beers or wine in the room - feel free to bring plastic cups and have a few drinks in the pools (no glass allowed)
- Pools are excellent and kid friendly (my daughter has very fond memories of Harrison and the pools- she spend 6-8 hours there each trip) - nice terry bath robes provided in each room - but check the size they leave you to make sure it fits - I had a small and I felt like Borac - (the movie)
- Walking - excellent places to walk - go west and you can walk to the origin of the hotsprings - if your are very adventurous and dont mind a bit of mud, you can even sit in the hot water creek.
- Lake swimming - excellent in mid summer - but water is freezing cold (glacerir run off). Mand made pool is a bit warmer but lots of ducks (hazard of swimmers itch)
- Other restarunats nearby- outside the hotel - not so good, the Sushi place in town is good - Japanese steak overdone, but the sushi was excellent, there is also a Gernman estaurant (in season) - acceptable but low volume and slow service. Nice owners, custom orders are ok if you like red cabbage.
- No gas station in town
- a nice coffee shop and icecream place a few blocks away
- town is DEAD after 7pm - zero nightlife

Room Tip: - Stay in the west wing - well woth the extra $25/night - was renovated last. Some of the other room...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

The town is very nice, but the hotel is not special in any way – just a regular hotel, highly overpriced, you could as well stay in one of other hotels in this town. But no, you are forced to live in this overpriced hotel because it is the only hotel with hot spring pools – if you stay in another hotel you will have to use the public hot spring pool that the whole town uses. We stayed in the East Tower, which is the best and newest building in this hotel – this tower has two very different sides with very different experience. The east side of the tower is facing beautiful distant view of mountains with open sky, as well as view of the lake and the village, whereas the west side of the tower is facing very close view of the mountain with little sky and some lake, instead of the village you have pleasure of seeing only roofs of hotel buildings with a lot of industrial noise, likely from the hotel laundry. Nevertheless, rooms on both sides are advertised as facing the village, which is incorrect and misleading, and the room rate for both sides is the same, which is very unfair. In effect you would not even want to be on the balcony if you get a west side room. The buffet served in cafe is very mediocre and highly overpriced, and you will not be allowed into the copper room restaurant unless you are formally dressed. Sound isolation between rooms is terrible – we could hardly sleep until the neighbors were done with TV.

Room Tip: Out of all buildings only East Tower is good enough, and even then it has two very different east an...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

The location is superb right on the lake and the pools are from the hot springs whose source is a short stroll away.

A decent sized pool too for doing lengths where the water is cooler.

Plenty of sunbeds around the pools and gardens too.

Rooms were reasonably large but a little dated; bed comfortable.

Free tea and cakes at 4pm is a nice touch.

Sunday Brunch very good and reasonable at $22.

Charge for car parking though - there is on-street parking nearby.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

My boyfriend and I came out to Harrison Hot Springs in July 2012 as our quick getaway from our busy work schedules. With it being only about 2 hours from Vancouver downtown itself (if you catch a good flow of traffic on the Hwy 1) - it was far enough away from the hustle and bustle but close enough that we didn't have to travel for several hours! The staff are overall very friendly and the restaurant attached to the hotel is quite good. We forgot to make reservations for the dining room but was able to get a table within 10-15 minutes which was quite impressive considering it was during a long weekend on a Saturday. The rooms are clean, they are a bit dated, but otherwise the stay was very comfortable. The different pools make this hotel a very family friendly hotel, but with the adults only pool, they also provided the somewhat peace and quiet that any relaxing holiday should include. The beach is only across the street and the restaurants in town aren't horrible.

One thing I did notice that was actually a pleasant surprise is that room service was incredibly reasonable! Usually at a resort like this, you would expect to pay quite a premium but we had a fantastic breakfast and it was priced exactly like the other restaurants in the town (might I say it was probably even better!) The pool bar/ restaurant was also good and convenient for spending the entire day by the pool!

Was a great stay and wouldn't hesitate to come back the next time we need a quick getaway again! (

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

We come here a couple of times a year(when possible) to reset & relax. Though it has become much busier with families & kids it still provides the relaxing adult pool for your pleasure. We enjoy the older original part of the hotel and this stay we were given a room in the east wing which turned out to be very nice, quiet and had both a garden and lake view. The staff as always was genuine and comfortably friendly. During this visit we chose to dine in the village and that turned out fine, a great sushi place & a nice swiss schnitzel house for both our dinner dates.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We have stayed here several times and each time created wonderful memories.
Our rooms of choice would be the Lake View in the East Tower, though they are more expensive. We tried a Mountain/Lake view room once but it did not seem to be as spacious.
The summer family packages are a good deal. The breakfast buffet is one of our favourites, however I was sad this time to see that the poached egg with spinach was not available.
We enjoyed a meal in the Copper Room for our Anniversary and our waiter kindly gave us two beautiful roses from the hotel's garden which was very thoughtful.
The 4pm complimentary tea and cookies is a nice added bonus.
While each stay has had some minor glitch, whether it be bill related, cleanliness or other, these minor issues have not affected our desire to return.
The pools are enjoyed by our whole family and we come away looking forward to our next stay.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

We stayed in the West Wing with garden view in August as part of their Romantic Getaway Package. Our room overlooked the garden, tennis courts and lake. We also had a balcony that had a table and chairs on it. The room decor was really nice and the bed was firm but comfortable. The pillows were the nicest softest pillows ever. We're still trying to find some like that to buy.

The staff were all very nice and accommodating. The breakfast buffet is great! Our meal in the Copper Room was very good and the live band was a nice touch. You can dance afterwards if you want.

We had a spa treatment which was amazing and they gave us champagne and strawberries decorated with little chocolate tuxedos. Just Wonderful.

The only thing that was too bad, like all resorts these days, people go to the pool area early to drape a towel on the chairs then never sit in them. There were more saved chairs than people in the pool or walking around. Resorts should devise a system to reserve and forfeit chairs.

Like swipe your room key at a kiosk where they give you a towel and a chair number(s) for your party. When you leave you swipe your room key and the chair numbers go back into the computer so people who are actually there can use them.

All we saw were people walking around looking for a chair, but very few people were actually sitting in them. All resorts we've been to are the same and it's very annoying.

Anyways even with that said we very much like Harrison Resort and will be going back.

Room Tip: If AC is important make sure you ask for it. The oldest section of the building doesn't have AC...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa

Address: 100 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia V0M 1K0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Harrison Hot Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Harrison Hot Springs
Price Range: $117 - $212 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 340
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the southern shore of Harrison Lake and surrounded by the Coast Mountains, Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa is a full service destination resort. The resort features 3 restaurants and a bar, Healing Springs Spa and five (5) spring fed hot mineral pools. An easily accessible getaway- the resort is only 90 minutes east of Vancouver and 45 minutes from the nearest Washington State border crossing. ... more   less 
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