Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa
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Today we headed to Fraser Canyon to take the Hell's Gate Airtram. I had booked all 3 of us on this one and Dan checked out the website last night. I got told I was mad as the pictures showed the height of the tram. He did come with us on the drive up there though and looked down at the tram from the road debating if he was going on it or not! We …
This morning's activity was a visit to Croc Talk, a conservation facility in Kelowna. The drive took us past the golf course and some fantastic looking ranches. Dan wants one! We played with the Crocs and Tortoises for a while and then got in the car ready for our 300km drive to Harrison Hot Springs. The drive wasn't that bad, apart from Dan and …
After leaving our campsite on the edge of the Kawkawa River we decide that first up this morning is a trip to the Othello Tunnels. These were built in 1916-18 and were deemed to be impossible to build. However they were completed and in this area of the Kettle Valley they comprise of 35 tunnels and 22 bridges which go straight through the mountainside of the Colquihalla Canyon. Very impressive. Just a few meters after entering the tunnel ...
... myself falling over, but in true gracous Joanne style I forgot until the last minute and landed on my knees. A few more photos later and we were all done.
I thanked both guys for the experience and went to see Peter, Boby and Kara. Bobby took a really cool video of it all, and Peter also had some photos. The experience was amazing and definately something I would do again! We stopped at the supermarket on the way home to pick up some dinner items and then headed back for ...
After all the walking yesterday it proved difficult getting up this morning. Jo was awake first and 30 mins later she dragged me out of bed. We checked out early and left our luggage in the store room. We'd arranged to meet Laurel at one so we had a just enough time to make it to Granville Island. It took us 25 minutes or so to walk through Yaletown towards the Seabus station. Almost immedietly a boat pulled up and we were on the Island within the 3 ...
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So glad they didn't have any vacancies! Very underwhelming.
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We went on an over night stay to HHSR, what a disappointment. It started from the minute we arrived. I went in, went up to register, waited for an available clerk only to be told" back of the line", I turned to see a line of about 15 people glaring at me in a line across the other side of the loby. Our room, $230 tx , Very antiqued!!! Eg. furniture, bedding, sinks, taps, towels....broken screen door, iron spued water,....robes $5 each....lose a towel $25....Now move the car from the 10 minute zone in front of the hotel. Park in the back lot or $10 valet.....I wished I'd paid the $10....lets just say I didn't have to go for my morning jog !!!! The pools are great !!!!!! Ah!!! Now dinner in the Copper Room. Our dinner for 2 with wine was $140 tx....our service was the worsted I've had in years, rude, unfriendly. I like to joke with the server , lighten things up....there was no joking with this guy, and when I complained he was argumentative. The food was just okay....the band was just okay.....the head server saved the night with some FREE wine to appeases us. For the money not worth it....OVER PRICED !!! All and All never again !!!!!
We just returned from a two day mini vacation at the Hot Springs Resort & Spa, and I have to say that everything about it was charming. While other people may find the sameness of the 'big chain' hotels/motels and fast food franchises appealing, I found it so refreshing to find a spot that's a little bit different. Yes, it is an older hotel which may not have all (but does have most of) the modern amenities, but it does have character, charm and a certain panache. We had a pool view room, which offered a lovely view of both the outdoor pools and the mountains behind the hotel. We thoroughly enjoyed our leisurely dinner in the Copper Canyon Room. One reviewer noted with apparent disgust that the dinner took three hours. The reason for this is that the entertainment provided allows for diners to actually get up and dance throughout the meal - a lovely reminder of a bygone era. The breakfast buffet offered a good selection to suit everyone. The pools were amazing - we tried every single one of them. It rained during our visit and I cannot describe how soothing it was to be floating in the outdoor hot pool, gazing up at the mountains, with rain drops falling on my head (especially at night, when all the trees are lit by mini lights....).
Harrison was recommended by many friends and family and I wanted to go for over two years. I finally was able to go (Aug 06, 2004), and boy was I disappointed. Everything went well at the beginning and it progressively got worst.
Disturbing, VERY disturbing. The first room we were offered was a small, dank, hole. Faded and chipped furniture (clearly from the 1960's), bedspread also from that era, a thread-bare carpet and chipping walls (likely lead paint). There was a single "window" that overlooked a gravel-covered roof. No air con. After refusing this beauty (at a mere $ 165/night), we were told that luckily, there was a cancellation in one of their "finer" rooms. This was no better. The furniture, still chipped and faded, was from the late 1970s, bedspread and carpet, again, faded, MUCH used; all in all, this would not pass muster in a motel 6. The absolute highlight of our disturbing experience was the bathroom. The sink had a large, non-descript stain (caused by a leaking cheap faucet) that reminded me of mold colonies from my university days. The toilet was barely functional, antique, and made constant "leaking" sounds as the water dripped, whether it had just been flushed or not. In order to close the door to the "tub room", one had to physically step INTO the tub (or onto the toilet). The 'piece de resistance' was the tub. Covered by a thin mouldy shower curtain, equipped with a leaking faucet, and a five-dollar immobile shower head, it was flanked by grimmy, chipped, yellow-stained tiles, which would only be amusing if found in an archeological excavation site. This rare gem was $255! PER NIGHT! No air con, no fans.
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The room was so so, you can tell by the room that it is an old hotel. The doors are old and heavy so it is quite noisy when your neighbours are coming and going in the hallway. The lakeview room that I paid for was actually on the ground floor so I saw about half grass and half mountains. I would say save your money and just get a standard nonview room, you'll be in the water more than in the room. I did enjoy the pools and hot tub which is why I paid to stay there but going to take a shower in my room was awful...the shower pressure was very weak and the temperature kept changing on me. I will probably try one of their cabins next time.
This place is fantastic
We've been going to the Harrison Hot Springs area for over 40 years and have stayed in this resort on numerous occasions, have seen a multitude of upgrades and must say it is better than ever now. The resort grounds, especially the pools in the back, are spectacular. Great hiking, boating etc. I know this area very well and can recommend some better dining than at the hotel where it's quite expensive. I can tell you which rooms are better and if you like privacy, the cottages are super. We prefer them. Fishing at nearby lakes is also quite good. Just ask me.
I went to Harrison Hot Springs never having been there, nor heard about it (6/7/04). Naturally, I was very impressed by the view of the lake and the mountains. Also, I had a very good first impression of the hotel - it's right by the lake. I stayed in the West Wing on the ground floor. The rooms were just standard. The thing that I liked the most about the hotel is the pools - the heated outdoor pools (one for laps, one for family, and another one for adults) were very nice, esp. in the evening (open until 11pm). The inside pool is deeper (up to 8'), and has a 'hot' tub (no jacuzzi). There is a steam room in the bathroom. The inside pool is open 'till 1am. There was a water park but it wasn't in operation when I saw - this is for kids.
after a recent stay at the harrison hot springs resort (4-02-2004) we did enjoy ourselves but were dissapointed more than once on this visit.
...very dated and the bathroom was dirty and the tiles were chipping away. We felt like we were staying in a dump. Although the lobby and restaurants are top notch, the room was aweful, that is why we left two days early-coudn't stand the disgusting room that we were paying top dollar for. We spoke to the lady at the front desk and she replied"sorry it's an old hotel and the renovated rooms are all booked up. She was not only rude but also not at all helpful and therefor we will not return to that resort.Very dissappointed in the lack of quality in our room. For example; dirty carpet, disgusting bathroom-tiles in shower chipping away, floor was cracked and dirty the room stunk of smoke even though they said it was a NON smoking room Overall, we made our stay shorter because the room was below standard for the high price we paid
Harrison Hot Springs Resort used to be the prime hotel in the area and we have been going there for over thirty years and engineered many organizations using the hotel in the past. The hotel has undergone a significant decline over the past two years; worse the last year. The rooms are clean but lack most of the comforts and amenities found in higher class hotels. On two occasions there was no information in the room about the area and there were no maps. A major attraction of the Hotel was "The Copper Room" which has had the same entertainment for very many years. The only reason to visit the Copper Room today is for the entertainment - The Jones Boys - who are outstanding. The food in the Copper Room is edible but overpriced. The waiter service is significantly inferior to that of the hotel's previous owners. The waiters are casual, disinterested and appear untrained. The food would probably come up to Fast Food chain restaurants standards, chains such as those found in Vancouver, B.C., but the price is at least three times as much in The Copper Room.The Copper Room is still worth a visit, but we would recommend you lodge elsewhere.Management does not seem to be responsive to suggestions. Calling Reservations may lead to an unneccessary delay, and reservations for the Copper Room itself may result in a recorded message and they might get back to you later.We have been responsible for selecting hotels of this type for meetings for organizations. Harrison Hot Springs Resort is no longer on our list of acceptable hotels for groups. --- R.G & R.S