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Sunchaser Vacation Villas at Riverside
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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6 reviews
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“Economical vacation”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

We stayed in Hillside unit 8011B (2nd floor) thru a RCI exchange with a Saturday checkin. I would have preferred a unit with a view of the golf course and a sunny deck for evening BBQs, but instead I had a view of the mountains, highway, parking lot, and morning sunshine with my coffee on the deck (not so bad). The keys I was given at check in would not open the unit. I drove back to the Rec Centre and was given 2 different keys, but only one key worked. The CD player didn't work and I could not get radio reception in the unit. The WiFi was very slow during the day, but worked okay at 3 a.m. I was happy with the full kitchen and brought all my groceries from Calgary. There was a toddler thumping around in the unit above me - drove me a little nuts! We took day trips to Cranbrook, Kimberley, and Invermere. I walked and walked around Fairmont - a great area for walking and hiking.

Room Tip: In building 8000 you do not want a ground floor unit facing the parking lot - no privacy.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Spokane, Washington
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Stayed here with our kids and grandkids for a week in August. Resort is nice but tired and beginning to look neglected. Pool heater gave out on day two so we had a cold pool for the rest of the week. Also, if you do need to connect on the internet for any reason don't count on the wireless in the visitors center. Extremely slow and needs to be rebooted constantly. Go to Bishop's Coffee shop and bookstore up the hill - great Cappucino and fast internet. That's where you will see all of the Riverside folks checking their email.

Room Tip: try to get a view side room - otherwise you are looking at a parking lot
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Vancouver BC
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32 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2012

Stayed in a two bedroom suite with another couple for a week in late June. There was a pretty significant difference between the master suite with King bed, walk-in shower, jacuzzi tub and private deck vs. the junior suite which was a queen bed with private access to the main bath (shower only). We drew the short straw. Kitchen was reasonably well equipped and the LR & DR furnishings were nice. Overall the suite was quite roomy. Between the four of us we had golf clubs, mountain bikes and all our gear stashed in all corners and there was still plenty of room to move about on the rainly days we elected to stay in.
The Riverside course was closed for part of our stay due to high water, but the Mountainside course was open and was very enjoyable. The rooms are in a good location. Short walk up to the Hot Springs and the couple of restaurants & market near there., Plenty of wildlife to see. A good spot from which to venture out into the wilds, do some biking, golfing or other recreating.

Room Tip: We had a room on the ground floor facing the 10th fairway. Hillside suites. South facing deck. Nice...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Lethbridge, AB
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2012

We booked our 1 bedroom suite in March for a one week vacation in August. Since that time, my husband had a medical condition and we found ourselves way more "home bound" in August than we thought we would and so we knew that seeing a lot of the sites around the area would not happen but we could still sit out on the deck, have coffee, enjoy reading, etc, so we decided we would still go ahead with the holiday. When we arrived, the front desk apologized right off saying we were in this suite for six nights and they would have to move us for the last night up two floors. We were also on the "B" side (ie no view). So we went off to find our suite. It not only had no view but it faced a large parking lot (largest one there say some 75 cars) and the cars were parked butted up to our patio which was dirty and stained. When we went inside, it was like a dark cave and we could not open our blinds very much to let light in because of the constant stream of traffic going past our Villa. The carpet was dirty, it had the "yuck factor". When we asked if we could change, they referred us to RCI and when we called they referred us back to the Villas saying they could not guarantee what kind of room we got. No one followed up with us until the last day when they said they "were still trying to see if we could stay in our same Villa for the last night". Because we had been clear with them 6 nights before that we did not want to stay in that particular suite, we realized they did not remember who we were and had not registered our concerns over the suite on the Sunday we arrived. However, they did move us that last night at our further request, and to a much newer Villa with a balcony we could use and a beautifully appointed room. We did so much enjoy the last day but really had to swallow our disappointment every other day of that week when we entered our "cave" so that we could still enjoy the holiday and much needed break. I'm sure the complication was that it was summer but never in our wildest imaginations would we have thought Sunchasers would even offer a room to its guests in that condition. Because it is such a lovely area and there are many amenities that Sunchasers offers, I would suggest being extremely clear on what room you are getting (Side A for sure, not lower level, for sure...)good luck.

Room Tip: As above, side A, not on lower level, in Riverside rather than Hillside (unless you can pick it out...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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118 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

We stayed in a one bedroom B-side unit in building 5 on the third floor (no elevators). I mention this because all B-side units are not created equal (A-side units are larger and have a view of the golf course). We requested an A-side unit in advance, but upon check in were told there was not one available. There were only two of us, so the B unit worked fine. With building 5, we actually had a nice view of the mountains, but did face the parking lot. If you are on the ground floor in a B unit, you would be looking straight out at cars and don't have a very private area for sitting outside/barbecuing due to people coming and going from cars. We loved being on the upper floor since the view was nice and it felt private. We had a gas barbecue on the deck as well which was nice for cooking since the kitchen is tiny. There are two electric burners, a small sink, a dorm-sized fridge with a shoebox sized freezer (won't fit a litre from the duty free) and a 15 inch ledge across on the opposite wall with two stools beneath for sitting in lieu of a table. If you had more than two people staying, it would be very tight for meals.
The bathroom was large and came with a whirlpool tub, the bed was pretty uncomfortable but they do rent mattress pads that make them more comfortable - we didn't bother. The pillows are too thick and firm, so maybe bring your own if you don't like that. There are two washers and dryers in the rec center that can be used for doing laundry since B units don't have these (A-units do).
There is a playground outside of the rec center in the middle of the parking lot and a few tables and barbecues there as well. We did enjoy the stay, but were not wow-ed by the accommodations. It did make a nice base camp for activities like river rafting, hiking and golf that are all closeby. Lots of families vacation here, but we didn't mind having kids around since we were gone a lot during the day.

Room Tip: B units all overlook the parking lot, but up on the third floor the mountain view is nice from build...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Monroe, Washington
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2012

We just spent a wonderful week at Sunchaser. Our one bedroom condo was plenty of room for four adults and the view of the mountains, golf course and river from our back deck was terrific. The pullout bed had a very uncomfortable mattress (as most do), but we asked for a topper and they provided us with just what was needed for a good sleep. The kitchen had everything we needed and the two bathrooms with showers made everyone comfortable. The service was always prompt and the service desk had answers to our questions. I think a family with kids would love this place since the rec center and pools were very nice. We used this place as a central base for several day hikes to the Hoodoos and the Bugaboos, kayaking down the Columbia River, a drive to Lake Louise and Banff and much more. Golfing, shopping, hiking, swimming in hot springs, kayaking the river were all right there close by. I would definitely like to come back to this place again in the future. We visited in August and the weather was great. We were sad to leave.

Room Tip: We stayed in the 500 section on the third floor in Riverside. The A rooms look out over the golf cou...
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Edmonton, Canada
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49 reviews
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Stayed in a one bedroom unit with three of us during a weeks golf vacation. The unit had a full sized fridge and was equipped with dishes, pots and pans and small appliances. The decor is definitely dated. This is an older property but it has been fairly well maintained. The hot tubs did not work and the pool was small and loaded with kids.
The internet connection was extremely slow and I ended up using my cell instead of my Ipad.
We had booked a tee time at the Mountainside golf course but it was closed due to damage caused by the mudslide.
We were there for a week with no change of towels or room cleaning provided. There is a laundry facility on site.
Overall we were blessed with great weather and enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Sunchaser Vacation Villas at Riverside
Address: 5129 Riverview Gate Rd | Highways 93 & 95, Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia V0B 1L0, Canada (Formerly Fairmont Vacation Villas)
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Kootenay Rockies > Fairmont Hot Springs
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Fairmont Hot Springs
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Number of rooms: 116
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