My son and I travelled from Scotland to Powell River for a week of sea kayaking (Powell River Sea Kayak Ltd - see separate review) we stayed in Beyond Bliss for 2 nights, 1 each at the start and the end of our kayaking trip.
As we didn't have have a car for this part of our journey we wanted somewhere within walking distance of the ferry terminal. Although they were all excellent there were only 3 reviews on Trip Advisor so I was little nervous about the place and this wasn't helped by the slightly unusual appearance of property in street view on Google Maps. But I needn't have worried.
On Sun 10th June my son and I were met by Chris (husband of and co-owner with Sheona) in the Salon. There are 4 suites upstairs from the salon, and although there is an adjoining door to the salon the suites have a separate entrance hallway accessed directly from the street. The suites are lovely. Ours (304) consisted of entrance with storage cupboard, fully equipped dining kitchen (fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, cooker etc, all cutlery utensils), open plan lounge, bathroom with a deep spa bath/shower, fluffy towels and comfy robes and a large bedroom with king size bed. The apartment is tastefully decorated in modern-American style with televisions in both the lounge and bedroom. The air conditioned lounge, with foldout queen sofa bed, opens onto a balcony looking west over the harbour to the mountains of Vancouver Island. The apartment is quiet and spotlessly clean. Chris recommended eating at the Costa Del Sol mexican restaurant located almost immediately opposite - great recommendation - see my separate review.
We were booked into BB on Sunday 17th but due to bad weather we finished our kayaking trip a day early and phoned to check availability, unfortunately BB was full. We stayed a night in the Westview Centre Motel. Rated number 4 in Trip Advisor it's a dated group of chalet cabins that are badly in need of updating and a bit more thorough cleaning. But the owner was helpful given the short notice and at $78CAD the rate was reasonable and it was close to BB. The contrast helped to show just how good BB is. I have happily paid three times the rate for lesser places in major cities. Beyond Bliss should be your first choice if travelling to Powell River.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brand new all suite property, located in the heart of downtown Powell River. Easy walking distance to beach, marina, ferries, shopping and restaurants. Spectacular ocean views, private decks, full kitchens, king size beds, queen size sofa bed, DVD player and jetted tubs in all suites. Onsite we have Beyond Bliss full service day spa and salon as well as Sublime a popular local hot spot for ladies fashions and accessories. ... more less
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