Pemberton Lodge, Pemberton, BC
I'd been to Whistler and it is such a zoo that we tried Pemberton hoping it would be a bit quieter. Our room at Pemberton Lodge was OK. I'd compare it to low-end Embassy Suites with a stacked washer/dryer. Almost a small apartment, good place for workers temporarily in the area or for skiers that just want to eat and collapse every night. Everything worked, was fairly new so in pretty good shape.
We booked a mountain view room with a balcony, expecting to be able to sit outside and enjoy the view. When we checked in we were give a first floor room with a view of nothing beyond the parking lot. I asked for another room and we got one on the 3rd floor in the back.
We guess our room had one of the best possible views from Pemberton Lodge. There is a giant ugly lump (hill) behind the lodge that blocks the view of "majestic mountains" and there are giant electric lines running up that hill. If we stood on one side of the balcony and leaned over, we could see a mountain... so I guess technically there was a mountain view.
There is no food available in the hotel. We were prepared to go out. Our server at Di Carlos (see below) told us to try the Big Sky Golf Club for breakfast. It is close by, food was fine and the view was terrific. bigskygolf.com
I thought Pemberton Lodge was overpriced and we had an Orbitz discount which came to total $155 for one night. Good grief! We stayed in some really nice B&B's in BC for that price.
The photos on their website are really much better than the reality!
Pemberton is very quiet in the summer. Not much there, which was fine with us. Our dinner and the beautiful ferry ride from Victoria to Horseshoe Bay and drive up the Sea to Sky Highway were great. Too bad Pemberton Lodge put a dent in it.
We ate at Di Carlos for Italian. This place didn't look great. It was stuffed in a strip center beside the supermarket (and BTW had a great view of majestic mountains!) After checking out the other available places in town (Wildwood, Pony) we decided it looked the most promising for good food. Had a spinach salad with warm goat cheese that was amazing. Much better than expensive restaurants we'd tried. Also the thin crust pizza was very good. Reasonable prices and friendly service. Our server told us the owners are planning to sell the place, so that may change. One of the best meals we had in BC including Brasserie L'ecole in Victoria!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Think of jaw dropping mountain views and a vast array of recreational activities and you'll begin to envision one of the most picturesque and invigorating areas in Canada, just 25 minutes north of Whistler. Surrounded by the Coast Mountains, Pemberton Valley is widely referred to as the Gateway to Adventure. It's the perfect recreational destination with snowmobiling, horseback riding, acclaimed golf, hiking and so much more. Pemberton Valley Lodge is a spacious all-suite hotel with personalized service - its urban style and comfort meets mountain adventure getaway. Choose from Studio, One & Two Bedroom Suites and relax after a long day of adventure beside your fireplace or in the outdoor pool and hot tub. You can experience it all at Pemberton Valley Lodge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pemberton Valley Hotel Pemberton