Before heading out to Big White at the end of January I checked out the negative reviews of the Inn at Big White on Trip Advisor, and was left wondering if I had made the best choice of the three full-service hotels on the mountain.
Luckily, my experience in no way resembled anything remotely negative and I felt compelled to type this up in order to bring some balance to the reviews.
Our room on the third floor overlooking the mountain was spacious and clean. Despite not having a hot-plate, the kitchenette was well-equipped and had everything we needed. The bathroom was large and my partner made good use of the conveniently located clothes line, which pulled out from the wall and ran parallel to the shower rod – perfect for hanging our wet bathers.
We were both impressed with the Inn at Big White’s facilities. There are ice machines on each floor, which worked out really well for our après G&Ts. The hot tub fits about 12 adults and has relatively strong jets to work those aching back muscles after a hard day on the hill. It’s also the only hotel on the mountain with a heated outdoor pool. There is a large equipment locker to store your gear as well as a reasonably sized fitness centre.
The hotel purports to be ski in/out, but it’s really a brief walk to the slopes – a street crossing is involved. It looks like the best ski in/out hotel is the White Crystal Inn, which, incidentally, has a great restaurant – The Copper Kettle.
We didn’t eat in the hotel restaurant, Carvers, but it looked alright – don’t let the other review scare you off, it seemed to be a decent restaurant offering standard fare.
The front desk staff was friendly and able to answer any queries we had. Our room was cleaned daily. One day we returned from riding and found a note stating that since ‘items of a personal nature were left on the bed’ our sheets would not be changed. The items were a few t-shirts. A word of advice: clear your bed of everything and you’ll be fine.
Overall our experience was positive and we would return to the Inn at Big White. Big White Resort has plenty of condo and vacation home options catering more to the independent traveler interested in primarily skiing and snowboarding.
Of the 3 full-service hotels, the Inn at Big White is the least expensive. Though with rates averaging $180 a night it isn’t by any means cheap (this is a ski mountain, after all). Budget travelers should consider staying in Kelowna, a 40-minute drive from the hill where there are countless hotels in ‘low’ season during the winter.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of the village centre, the Inn at Big White features excellent resort amenity access. Set amidst the spectacular Monashee Mountains, this 100-unit property offers a relaxing, small town atmosphere. After a hard day on the slopes, skiers and boarders love to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views in the outdoor pool and hot tub. The hotel also features a games room, fitness center, heated underground parking and ski locker storage. Adjacent to the lobby is The Blarney Stone Irish Tavern, enjoy their tasty home-cooked Irish and English fare for breakfast, lunch & dinner, with a pint of fine Irish Ale, or try their wide selection of Irish and Scottish Whiskies and a good dose of good ol' Irish hospitality! At the start of the 2014-15 winter season rooms in this hotel will have Optik TV and internet service; over 55 channels in high definition, Galaxie commercial-free music, movies on demand and pay-per-view programs. In-room internet access that is high speed (15Mbps), wireless, private and secure. Each hotel room has its own Galley Kitchen which includes an induction cooker, mini-refrigerator, microwave and sink. Dishes, cookware and utensils are included. The Inn at Big White has been awarded a Conservation Excellence Award in recognition of their outstanding achievement in energy efficiency through sustainable choices and innovative projects. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn At Big White Hotel Big White
- Hotel At Big White