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Three Valley Lake Chateau & Ghost Town
Ranked #9 of 19 Hotels in Revelstoke
Abbotsford
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

We have driven past this place many times without stopping but this time we decided to stay as we had a couple of visitors from Ontario on their first drive through this area. The grounds are very well kept and the rooms are certainly adequate and comparable to most mid range chain hotels. The staff are friendly and helpful. The restaurant suits the family orientation of this place. Our visitors took advantage of the short helicopter ride and really enjoyed the experience. If you are looking for something a little different, especially if you have kids or out of area visitors this place should not disappoint.

Room Tip: Upper floors have better views.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Waterloo, Canada
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

An OK place for a nights rest, but get ready to forgo any means of communication or productivity for a business trip. Wi-Fi simply did not work, and there is no cellular signal in this area. I was given the excuse that the broadband 'runs out' because it's a satellite connection, but this struck me as odd as they have cable TV (terrible little TV's, by the way). Also, there is no climate control in the rooms (only a fan, which was merciful), and as my room was quite hot, I had to leave the screen door open and listen to my nieghbours while trying to sleep. Paper-thin walls as well. All finishes and furniture are tired-looking and dated. Really this is just an expensive motel in every sense, except that it cleverly looks like a mountain chateau, and has a gorgeous setting. Staff was friendly and accomodating, and the restaurant serves a good breakfast. Take the helicopter glacier tour if you think it's worth 50 dollars per six minutes. Overall this place would be bearable if the Wi-Fi worked (and was in each room, NOT just the lobby), wasn't so busy, and was 40 dollars less per night.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2012

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

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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Vancouver
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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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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 #9 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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