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Elizabeth Lake Lodge
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Cranbrook
Certificate of Excellence
calgary
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Best of Cranbrook”
Reviewed June 10, 2011

We were just passing through and they only had a couple of rooms left but we got a gem. Although the place is near the highway, they have excellent soundproofing, and our room had full kitchen facility. Nice grounds where you can walk by the lake, and flowers in window sill. New beds. Very comfortable. Reasonable price.

New wing opens soon, they have lots of special features in the new rooms.

Room Tip: Get room away from highway, new section opens soon
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Victoria
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

We were in a lovely room that was only a few years, and oh so CLEAN! The bed was great, the heated bathroom floor was amazing, and the owners were fantastic!
They were just finishing the construction of another building, but it didn't cause us any inconvenience. We appreciated the kitchenette as it allowed us to have a quiet, light breakfast or snack while enjoying the view. The bird sanctuary was wonderful to walk around, and we got some great pictures of the goslings when daddy goose let us come close. The minigolf course turned out to be quite the challenge and we had to go back for another round the next day to try to better our score (didn't). We spent an awesome week with many good memories; and we will return at least annually. Thank you Rachel and George!!

Room Tip: All rooms had some sort of view
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2011

My family stayed for 2 nights over Thanksgiving and really liked this motel. It was in a great location, quiet and very clean. The room was great, it was big enough to have our playpen set up with still lots of room. I liked that it had it's own little kitchenette. We'll definitely stay there whenever we have to be in Cranbrook.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Rosengarten, Germany
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25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2011

At first we drove by this hotel, it looked like nothing special. Even though I knew from Tripadvisor that it is the best in Cranbrook... yes, we drove by.

After walking out a different hotel with the room rate information, we quickly came back to this hotel. I walked into the office and George welcomed me. I guess he is the owner of the Elizabeth Lake Lodge. I asked him for the room rate, it was very reasonable.

I decided that we're going to stay at this hotel for one night. He swiped my credit card and we met at the back of the hotel where he gave me the room key and showed us the room. George also gave us very great tips about sightseeing around Cranbrook. Thank you again for that!

The room had a kitchen (even with cutlary, plates, bowles and a toaster!!), floor heating in the bathroom, great matresses and an inside/outside table to sit down and eat. Actually everything what you need to have a great stay.

In the bathroom we even had hand made soaps from a local company in the rockies, which was very nice. If I wouldn't know better, the bathroom was like in a 4-Star hotel. Even better than in some 4-star hotels I've slept in. For example in this best western i'm sitting at the moment.

Well, all in all you wouldn't smart if you would just drive by this hotel when you're visiting cranbrook.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed May 4, 2011

Having stayed on many lakes, we were disappointed that this is more "on the outskirts of a busy town" than on a lake. However, our room was clean and contemporary with a kitchenette and a well equipped bathroom - we were very impressed. George is a wonderful host, both charming and helpful.
There is a Crazy Golf onsite, which has innovative holes which were great fun to play on. We were only here 1 night, as a stop on a long roadtrip, but we were very comfortable and it was much quieter than it looks.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room away from the road
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Kennewick, Washington
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25 reviews
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Reviewed March 24, 2011

On our trip to Banff, we stayed in Cranbrook. George was so nice and friendly and even shoveled a path through the snow to the truck for us the following morning. The beds are so comfortable and the heated bathroom floor is amazing on a cold snowy morning. George was very accomidating and offered to get us tickets if we wanted to attend the hockey game. The free wi-fi was probably the fastest wi-fi we have ever had at a hotel. It is right off the road as you come in town, but there was no road noise in our room. The next time we head to BC or Alberta we will be staying here!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Kennewick, Washington, USA
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Reviewed February 3, 2011

This lodge has been a favorite on trip advisor for several years, and deservedly so. It embodies the best of a local inn. We stayed here twice, heading to and from our final destination, and were very impressed with this motel-style lodge. We were fortunate that others had sung its praises previously or we would have driven right by it.

One of the first things you notice, beyond the striking mural on the side of the building, is the location. The lodge is on the south side of Cranbrook, right next to a 250 acre bird sanctuary. While there were not a lot of birds during our visit (in the middle of winter), just having the view over the expanse of trees and Elizabeth Lake, instead of looking into another business, was a nice change. I imagine in the summer, it would be even better. There is also a miniature golf course on the premises, though it, too, was closed for the season.

The rooms were well-equipped with a miniature kitchen, a full size breakfast table, and duvets over the beds. The kitchenette was a nice surprise, and allowed us to easily make breakfast and reheat leftover dinner. My favorite feature, however, was the heated floors in the bathroom. Tile floors are common in bathrooms, and are always cold. The heated floors warm the tile so that it is not only not cold, but actually warm on your feet. This makes stepping out of the shower much nicer. The heated floors were also a great compliment to the dedicated bathroom heater that allowed the temperature in the bathroom to be set independent of the main sleeping area.

Other amenities included a 42” flat-screen TV, tea and tea kettle (it is Canada, after all), deck chairs outside, and custom soaps made especially for the Elizabeth Lake Lodge by a local soap company.

It is also worth mentioning that we were greeted enthusiastically on check in. On both occasions, we were met by George (one of the owners) who not only showed us a room before we committed to staying, but checked the weather and road conditions for the next leg of our drive, as well as provided multiple restaurant recommendations. George is clearly interested in providing the best accommodations in the area, and even asked us what amenities we have seen elsewhere that we have enjoyed. Clearly, he is not taking his high trip advisor rating for granted and is continuing to look for ways to enhance his guests’ experience.

If possible, I would give this lodge a 4.5. However, there are two, minor reasons I don’t believe this hotel rates a 5. The first is the request that the guests wash their own dishes (and as a small sign notes, they may be charged if they don’t). While I find this to be an unusual request, having never seen this before in anything but a condo, and I am not thrilled with it, I would be willing to go along with it given the other advantages of the lodge. However, I am very concerned about the sanitary aspects of this practice. Specifically, I have very little confidence that guests will do a thorough job cleaning the dishes, and that could lead to germs being passed along to the next visitor. Something as simple as a centralized dish washer that could sanitize the dishes (and not just make them look clean) would resolve this concern. The second issue is that the rooms do not appear to be particularly sound-resistant. It was fairly easy for us to hear other guests both above and near our rooms – more so than in many other hotels. Unfortunately, this problem is not something that is easy to resolve in the existing building. On the plus side, a second building is under construction, and is due to open in May. Hopefully, the insulation in this building will provide additional soundproofing.

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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Elizabeth Lake Lodge
Address: 590 Van Horne St S, Cranbrook, British Columbia V1C 4W7, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Cranbrook
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Cranbrook
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Canadian Alpine Lodge located at the south entrance to Cranbrook, adjacent to Elizabeth Lake Conservation area. Try our history of Kootenays mini golf course or enjoy a walk along the Marsh Trail. The lodge features the finest king and queen beds in Cranbrook. ... more   less 
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Elizabeth Lake Hotel Cranbrook
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