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Painter's Lodge
Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in Campbell River
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Wilsonville, Oregon
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25 reviews
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“WOULDN'T STAY AGAIN!”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

My wife and I carefully planned our vacation based on ratings and internet descriptions of properties. Recently, we booked and stayed at Painter's Lodge. We had reserved two nights but ended up leaving a day early very disappointed in the property; the restaurant; and our accommodations.
To begin with, we felt that for a property rated at 3.5. stars, accommodations would be nicer; cleaner; and more up to date. They were not. Secondly, the property seemed tired and outdated. Some equipment in the gym did not work. Lastly, was the informal restaurant we ate at. The food was terrible and the service even worse. The service was excruciatingly slow and the quality of the food marginal at best. Had it not been for a morning fishing trip I had reserved for the next day, we would have left the same day we arrived.
Upon checking out after only one night, the front desk charged me a second time for a prepaid fishing trip. I had to correct them on this and obtain an adjustment.
We will not be returning to this lodge. Unfortunately, the 3.5 star rating for this property, in our opinion, is highly overrated. We would assign it two stars at best.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

I had my wedding here last summer and we stayed for our anniversary this summer. It is so stunning. The service is unbeatable. Food is amazing. Rooms are dated but charming and large. Views are impecable. You can't go wrong staying here. Nice fancy resurant, plus lounge area where you can also eat, plus pub! Also free shuttles accross the water to thier sister resort April point. We come here a couple times throught thier season every year! Dinner at Painters then dessert at April Point... nothing better.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

On arrival at Painters Lodge, there was some confusion with regards our reservation. We had booked a sea view room, but was not allocated one which was disappointing to say the least as we had booked months in advance - however this was rectified by the front desk, our view was not the best, but we could see the water.

The rooms were relatively basic with regards furnishings, we we given a loft room, which was based over 2 floors and was spacious with a king size bed on the upper level.

We decided on Painters Lodge as a base to travel up to Telegraph Cove for a bear watching trip. We stayed for four days in early September.

We had dinner in Legends on 2 occasions during our stay, and found the food to be very good indeed. In particular the "Surf and Turf" - melt in the mouth steak with king crab - superb. The portions are very generous and the service very good. The lounge menu is very nice as well and the views at the restaurant are panoramic and very picturesque.

We enjoyed a wilderness zodiac trip which we thought was very good value for money, we saw orca, and numerous porpoises which were all around the boat diving and jumping all around us - very exciting. We also saw sealions, with gulls waiting for scraps whilst they were eating and seals also

Overall we enjoyed our stay at Painters Lodge, very welcoming and good value for money accommodation.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We have visited this lodge several times over the years and besides the accommodations the restaurant is second to none. We have been there several times for the Sunday brunch buffet and it rivals many high end restaurants at a very reasonable price. The service and food are fantastic but the view is well worth the visit. The staff are efficient and polite and the food leaves you wanting more.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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warwickshire, UK
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

This was probably one of the least expensive places we stayed in on our recent trip to Vancouver Island. It was a good-sized room with a great balcony with views over to Quadra Island. We did not come for the fishing (just an overnight stop) on our way north, but judging by the people coming back on the morning we left, they'd all had a good mornings' fishing.

One tip - eat at April Point restaurant rather than Legends, the food is better

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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St. Albert, Canada
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

OK, this place could use some updating, but when you look pasted that, what a great place. Our room had this fantastic view and was so spacious. Beds were very comfortable and all was clean. Loved the Aveda products in the bathroom. No room service.

Great value for fishing trips and our guide, Brian was an excellent fisherman. Boats all around us and we were the only ones catching. Thanks Brian!!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Campbell River, Canada
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Well have never done this so thought what the heck. Did send an email to painters lodge but to date have yet to hear back from them. So late August my wife and I moved to Campbell River. My daughter and son in-law helped us with the move. They worked really hard and I thought a treat fishing trip would be a heck of way to say thanks before we flew them home. We phoned the lodge asked about prices, for 3 of us it came to almost 600.00 which included some overpriced but not to tasty sandwhiches. While on the phone we asked how the fishing has been and were told that was not bad at all. So we booked the trip. The next day we showed up ready to go out on a beautiful day. Before I paid I asked once more how the fishing had been. Was told yet again not bad. So we paid the fee with licences and 2 sandwhiches . it came to just under 600.00 . We headed down to the dock meet our guide, before we got on board the boat, I asked him what the fishing had been like the last few days. He stated worst year he has seen in many years, nobody is catching really anything, maybe the odd brown salmon. For those that don't know a brown salmon is a dog fish, looks like a small shark and according the locals tastes really bad. I then told the guide what we were told on the phone and in person a few minutes before. He just stated that they would not tell what is really going on then their revenue would be down dramaticlly. Well the guide was right we got skunked. We did get to see a pod of killer whales not to far off but even after 3 hours with not even a nibble on our line he did not want to take a 2 or 3 minute trip over so we could get a closer look with the other whale watchers?? We actually spent 90 min in one little spot going around in circles. According to the radio chat on the boat out of the several charters that went out that day only one salmon was caught. Do the math if they are sending out say 20 charters a day. This is not a case of sour grapes. Had the office stated up front that fishing was a little slow or down that perhaps we might be wait a few days it might be a little better. That would have been the honest thing to do. I knew the price, I paid, but painters lodge, if they had some intrgrity should have been up front with me when I phoned and when I showed up to pay. Maybe just if they had said if you wait a couple of days we think it is going to pick up, they chose rather to say ya know it has not been bad at all. Once again an email was sent to Painters lodge last month but they have not bothered to respond. At least our guide was somewhat honest with us even though he did not want to take a couple of minutes to get closer to the whales or at least as close as the folks that gave Painters lodge their money for the whale watching trip.We actuatly headed back to shore a little earlier then what we paid for?? One comment was made off the cuff stating that we paid for a fishing charter not a whale chater. I know that this was a tounge in cheek remark, but just maybe getting a little closer to the orcas would have made our trip worth while.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Painter's Lodge
Address: 1625 McDonald Rd, Campbell River, British Columbia V9W 4S5, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Campbell River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in Campbell River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Painter's Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the pristine shores of Vancouver Island, Painter's Lodge offers world-class salmon fishing, breathtaking wildlife and scenery and full amenities. When you're not fighting a mighty salmon on the line, soak in the outdoor pool, refine your serve on the tennis courts, or watch marine life play as you tour the coastline on a Wildlife Adventure Tour. Connected by water taxi, guests enjoy all the amenities including new Aveda Spa at April Point Resort. ... more   less 
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Painter`s Hotel Campbell River
Painters Hotel Campbell River
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