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Three Valley Lake Chateau & Ghost Town
Ranked #10 of 19 Hotels in Revelstoke
Calgary, Canada
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“3 Valley Lake Chateau & Ghost Town”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

Beautiful gardens and lake. Did the paddle boats and visited the ghost town attraction.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

If you are traveling at night make sure you get the location right before setting out. The address states Revelstoke but the hotel is 20km west of Revelstoke and in the pitch dark is easy to sail by and miss it completely.
Our room had 2 queen size beds, nice and comfortable, but there is a definite need for updating this hotel. The TV was a small 22" dated version and all channels were hazy and you certainly would not be able to view anything. The TV cabinet was propped up by a piece of cardboard to make it even. The shower had excellent pressure but the water did not drain and the bottom of the bath filled as you showered. There was no milk provided and when we asked for milk we were told we could buy it from the cafetaria.
The room was far from sound proof so if you are looking for a nice quiet, intimate stay without hearing what you neighbours are up to this is not the place for you.
The view of the little lake and surrounding area is very beautiful, we expected more from this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cabarita Beach, Australia
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Stayed here overnight during our Rocky Mountains driving holiday - rooms adequate and clean but a bit dated. The family dining room has the potential to be very good with lovely views but the food is very basic. The Chateau is very close to Revelstoke which has more food options. The ghost town is definitely worth a visit and is half price entry if you are staying at the Chateau. The staff were lovely and very helpful. The gardens are lovely and the outlook over the lake is just magnificent.

Room Tip: The upper level rooms have lovely views and there is a good elevator for access
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Aghhhh ... this place looks so cute, so adorable, so 'come-inside-into-a-fairytale' ... yes, on the outside. Unfortunately, the charm stops there. Ask anyone in the tourism industry, those who have no choice but to stay here, and they shudder. Sometimes referred to as the 'One finger gap', this place needs a huge funds injection!!! I have stayed here more than ten times over the past two years, and dread the next time I have to stay here again. In a way it hurts to say this, because the place is run by a bunch of sweet people who try their best, in a kind of homely way -no pretenses at this place - and if the kind of 'service' you get at a Sunday church bake makes your day, and night, you gonna love this place, and read no further.

Okay, now that I've lost at least one reader, let's continue. The place really looks different to others, and really cute, but inside a different story takes over.
Let's stay outside a little longer. The "Chateau" is situated in steep-cliff valley on the shores of a beautiful lake. Because the area receives upwards of 15m (55feet) of snowfall every year, and because the cliffs are VERY steep, avalanches often happen and block the road (Hwy1) which runs just outside of the hotel. So the hotel only operates during the summer months. No big deal. The presence of the adjacent Hwy1 is. Being the main/only artery between BC and Alberta, a LOT of trucks pass through here, day in, day out, ALL night. The road goes through several curves just outside the hotel, so the trucks need to slow down, mainly using their engine brakes (generally illegal in towns and cities for their excessive noise), and shifting gears. So you need to keep the windows closed to avoid the constant whirring noise.
On the opposite side of the valley runs the railway. And, like the Hwy, it is very busy, and at night it seems like the train is running through your room.
There is no air-conditioning in the rooms, central or wall-mounted, so you really have to keep the windows open to be able to breath. (aghh, but the noise!) In addition, sometimes the pretty stream at the back of the hotel smells like a sewer ... so you'd better close the windows after all. See the dillemma you are dealing with it? Doomed if you do, doomed if you don't.
The rooms are VERY outdated, and although some have suffered from random efforts at redecorating, the musty odor is omnipresent. There is ABSOLUTELY nothing to do once you walked around the well manicured gardens. There is no phone signal, there is no usable WiFi, the TV channels are all but nonexistent. Meditation, medication, or some singing syrup, whatever knocks you out.
In short: Hot, smelly, and noisy.
The adjacent museum/ghost-town is well done and worth seeing - if you are into history and 'rusticana canadiana' - as is the display of old trains and cars.
The meals at the restaurant are nice and reasonably priced, and the souvenir shop is well stock with the usual touristy stuff.
They offer scenic helicopter flights from the back of the hotel as well, not sure how much for how long. But at least these don't run at night!
During my last stay the garbage bin in the room still had stuff in it, Subway left overs from the previous occupant. No big deal, [--] happens. It is the endemic condition of the place that gives me the shivers.
If you are passing through the area, visit it, take photos, maybe see the Ghost Town, and if you absolutely must stay, see the room first.
Your other option is to stay in Revelstoke (15 minutes east from here, with a historic downtown and a plethora of hotels), or in Sicamous (20minutes west), the Houseboat Capital of Canada (if not of the universe!), with a few hotels, no historic (or other, really) downtown, but at least there is a Tim Hortons there.
PS: Should some philanthropic investor read this review, please consider the Three Valley Gap "Chateau" as a benefactor of your $$$.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Beverley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Our stay at the Chateau was superb. They had been flooded by the huge rains and so some of the facilities were not available. However the attached ghost town that you get half price entrance to was fabulous. We would highly recommend staying in this place. The adjoining (but separately managed) family restaurant was not great and there is nowhere else nearby to eat. Revelstoke, which does have some lovely places, is 15 mins away.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2012

We did not stay here this time, but had dinner in the Monashee dining room . My granddaughter was happy with her (probably frozen) chicken strips, but neither my salmon or my daughters chicken were good. They were very much overdone and dry. The salads were good and fresh, so I guess as long as it doesn't actually have to be cooked you are safe to eat here!
We went back today to visit the Ghost Town and Round House and were most surprised at the extent of it - we all enjoyed it very much!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Burlington, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed July 11, 2012

We enjoyed our stay here but there were a few things that would have made it better. Update the inside of the hotel - the rooms are sooo old and it smells inside the hotel. A/C units should be provided in the rooms as well. Clearly a lot of focus is put on landscaping but inside the hotel needs work. The view is amazing. I don't think I'd stay again but still have fond memories from our time there.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Three Valley Lake Chateau & Ghost Town
Address: 8903 Trans Canada Hwy | PO Box 860, Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Revelstoke
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 19 Hotels in Revelstoke
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Three Valley Lake Chateau & Ghost Town 2.5*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A lakefront hotel in Revelstoke nestled between stunning Three Valley Lake and the Monashee Mountains, Three Valley Lake Chateau & Ghost Town offers a unique blend of modern comforts and historical attractions. Our Revelstoke resort features 200 comfortable guest room accommodations and suites with beautiful garden or lake views, an onsite restaurant, and a heritage ghost town tour, complete with 25 historic buildings from the late 1800s, an antique auto museum and a railway roundhouse. ... more   less 
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