We're a family of 4 on a military move from Alaska to Florida. This was the only place on the 13 day cross country where I felt that Trip Advisor let me down. The Four Points appeared to be right up our alley as a nice hotel in a town that appeared to be a little rough around the edges. I took the high rate (CA$140 or 158 after taxes) as a sign that it was far above the other hotels in town, and the pictures appear that way. Don't be fooled.
First, this hotel is difficult to get to from any direction except Hwy 97 northbound. It actually sits on the NE corner of Hwys 16 & 97, but you need to make an underpass U-turn just SE of it to get there. If you plug the address into Google Maps, you get a point that is about a mile away, and none of the local signs say "Cariboo Hwy" like Google labels it. We drove around for over 30 minutes looking for it after a long day of driving. None of that is the hotel's fault I guess, but they could be more proactive in alerting travelers to the location issues. The hotel is in a relatively nice "burbsy" area south of downtown. On a sunny summer day, south PG is a lovely area.
There is chain dining along 16 or 97 nearby and two restaurants across the parking lot. Didn't eat in the hotel restaurant, which looked a bit too pricey, and it didn't look like anyone else ate there either. The lobby was o.k. and looked nice but didn't have coffee or breakfast in the morning aside from the overpriced restaurant. This creates some unexpected issues (see below). The pool area was still under construction but looked like it will be nice eventually. I don't think they advertised a pool, but it was still a downer for the kids to see an empty bowl of concrete, especially when the hotel across the street (at the casino) has a waterslide.
The hallway outside our room looked fancy, but had like 20 ft. arching ceilings. Good look, crappy acoustics. I figured that wouldn't be an issue once we were inside the room. The room was good with a flat panel TV & a very very nice bathroom containing a "I want one of those" shower head. The toiletries were fancy and ample. The beds were nice, clean, and comfy. It looked on check-in that it would be a good night.
After dinner, we were back to put the kids to bed. It was then that we realized that the window coverings were not adequate for northern BC in the summer. Sunset is nearly 10pm and sunrise is at 4:30am. It's not like this is a one-time occurrence. It's bright all summer, every year. Local management should adjust to this like I'm sure they do at their own homes. I think the kids were tired enough to sleep in, but the bright early morning paled in comparison to the noise.
Remember how there's no coffee in the lobby? Well, a group of motorcyclists wanted to get an early start on a sunny day and instead of pow-wowing in the lobby at 5am, they met in the room next to ours. These were not Hell's Angels, they were normal adults having normal conversation...and I could hear and understand every word. They headed out around 5:30am, as indicated by their migration down the hall. When the bikes kicked off just before 6, I seriously checked to see if the window was open. It was way loud and way echo-y. I tried to think maybe it was just bad luck to have bikers in town, but there are a TON of motorcycle riders around BC in the summer and they are usually middle-age tourists that are likely to stay at Four Points. I'd say the odds of being awoken early at this hotel are very high.
If faux "luxury" is your thing, this place is for you. If you want to sleep, work, or entertain your kids, not so much.
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