I spent a week recently in unit #307 at Grizzly Lodge at Big White and thoroughly enjoyed it. A couple things were terrific, a couple things need some work, and there were very few annoyances.
First off, for two of us, we each had our own bedroom with comfortable beds, clean sheets, plenty of pillows and separate bathrooms. Excellent amount of space for two. Four people could start to get a little cramped, but it would still be fine. The kitchen, although small, is very usable. However unlike someplaces, there is nothing here except salt. Not like some spots where some of the basics are left from previous stays - cooking oils, pepper, etc... If you're cooking, prepare to purchase absolutely everything. This is not a complaint though, just an observation.
TV was new - LCD. There is a blu-ray player and an older stereo. If you are a tech savy person and want to hook up an ipod/ipad, bring a infared cable and a mic jack cable (similar to what you'd hook up an ipod to an AUX outlet) - you can then hook your ipod to the TV and run the digital sound through the stereo.
We only had a couple issues - which we left with centrel reservations so hopefully they are fixed up for the next guests. 1. The glassware is brutal. Most of the glasses are chipped around the edge. I cut my lip on the first drink. 2. There is a washer/dryer in the unit, however the dryer does not produce any heat.
The only other annoyance is that the walls are pretty thin. We had some young guys next door that were up until 3 am...and we heard everything.
The hot tub and sauna were 99% vacant the entire week. The sauna is terrific. Just remember to flip it on as soon as you get back from the hills, and it'll be cooking when you go to use it.
Otherwise, the location is great. Ski-in/Ski-out is a bit misleading. It's walk-out, ski-close. But still - handy. Location in terms of restaurants, central reservations, and shops can't get much better.
All of the staff we dealt with were terrific. The guys at Central Reservations were great, the two young ladies that did the house-keeping were excellent - friendly, and courteous, and the shuttle driver that picked up us and our baggage was great.
All in all we will definitely be returning. As you can read, the minor annoyances were few, but the comfort was large.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A feeling of rustic luxury permeates these beautiful condos overlooking the valley directly opposite the central village. The sensation of raw majesty is evident in the Great Room, the common recreation area dominated by a massive stone fireplace and breathtaking floor-to-ceiling windows. With natural wood finishes throughout, all the units have that pampered and tucked-away feeling of an exclusive mountain lodge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Grizzly Lodge Kelowna, Okanagan Valley