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Denise W
kelowna

Peaceful weekend at historic hotel

Review of Quilchena Hotel
4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed Sep 3, 2019
We arrived on Friday night. This hotel looks beautiful from the outside and did not disappoint when we walked in either. We had booked the suite on the third floor facing the lake. This suite is a little way from the lake but the lake could be seen, barely, due to the trees and underbrush across the road from the hotel. We were happy with the view and had not expected too much after looking at the location on the map. There was no road noise in our room.

We had forgotten it takes a lot of climbing stairs to get to the 3rd floor - no elevators in the old days (silly us). My husband had a hip replacement 4 months earlier and this made it a little slow for him (lesson: don't leave anything you have to go back for or you better have a wonderful wife who is willing to climb those stairs).

The suite was lovely, comfortable bed and clean. Bathroom was excellent. Ample room in the closet and draws for a weekend's worth of clothing and the room was large enough to welcome two guests who came to look at our accommodation.

The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Always smiling, nothing is too small a task and they go above and beyond. Kudos to the manager.

Downside: Drinks and food were pretty expensive and nothing close except Merritt if you want to go elsewhere. We brought some wine with us and kept it in our room.

In June we had plenty of mosquitos but bug spray took care of that and no problems with them in our room.

Meals: We expected better. Our meals were not hot enough and the fries were undercooked. However, everyone around us thoroughly enjoyed their meals. We had the prime rib special.

Bar: Large bar with a nice antique bar complete with bullet holes from back in the day. My husband had been here before with a bunch of golfers and it looked a good place to meet with a larger group (30?). The staff were organizing the nearby meeting/dining area for a party that night and it may be a good place for a meeting or reception.

Surroundings: This area is a great place for some beach fishing and we caught a couple of nice trout. Try to go when there is not a full moon as the fishing may be easier. We couldn't believe the local stores had no bait or fishing supplies, we had to go all the way to Merritt for that.

Next door is a first class souvenir store and is worth a visit.

The grounds nearby had a horseshoe pit and tennis court but the mosquitoes go the better of us pretty quickly. There is a campsite at the back, where we visited friends we made at dinner.

The golf course at this hotel is no longer in use as it was under water in the past. It seems doubtful it will be in use again but who knows.

For those who want to party. If you are in a group you can always have fun but don't expect entertainment.

We would go back to this hotel but might find a cheaper option for dinner. There are also great fishing spots nearby if you research them.
Date of stay: June 2019
Room Tip: Suite on the front was large. Room near the souvenir shop has Osprey nesting outside window in June.
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Reviewed August 25, 2019

This is a truly lucky find provided to the travelling public by the Douglas Lake Ranch at a fraction of the overall cost to it's owners. The hospitality is something most travellers dream of but never get. This Hotel was originally built in the old west days of 1908 and has been restored with love and intelligence. It's not just a museum but a living place where one gets the best food, service and a beautiful place to overnight. The structure is authentic, the grounds with rose garden, gigantic old trees, and a view of the huge lake provide a wondrous rest stop for the public. Take the old highway to Kamloops which is scenic and don't drive by this place. Be prepared to over-eat as it's impossible to resist the menu. The food is served with attention to detail, fast, and is incredibly tasty. The Beer is excellent and fresh.

Room tip: Room rates depend on your budget, from very nice to excellent. You must eat in the restaurant as the food ambiance and service is perfect.
Date of stay: August 2019
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Reviewed July 2, 2019

We stopped for lunch at this historic place, but though there were only two other people eating, we were made to feel unwanted. We rejected the bar, with its uncomfortable high stools and blaring television, and asked about an adjacent empty room where everything was set up. Instead we were escorted to an outside patio, where we were assaulted by mosquitoes, causing us to leave before ordering. The waitress seemed happy we were leaving.

Date of stay: June 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank kehoedds
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Reviewed May 12, 2019

Had a Mothers day brunch here. The food was awesome, the service was top shelf, and the atmosphere was historic. Very pleased. We had the 11am buffet, which had both breakfast and lunch options. Delicious!

Date of stay: May 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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2  Thank Rod M
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Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

If I could I would give this a 6 out of 5! This is the best preserved turn of the century hotel in all of Western Canada! It was boarded up for 50 years and has been very lightly used up until about 10 years ago. The staff and chefs are passionate about what they do. The food is phenomenal! Something you'd expect in an upper class big city restaurant. We had the prime rib dinner Saturday night and the Sunday brunch. The chef is a little rotund (never trust a skinny chef!) and was very attentive to quality and presentation of the food. We felt like kings and queens! A very decedant, delightful eating experience! You must try their prime rib dinner (the best we've ever had). Even the bullet holes in the saloon make you feel like you're in the wild west. Claudia, the hotel manager, gives exceptional service and is warm and friendly. We have come here many times over the years and always look forward to our next visit. It continues to just get better and better!

Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank Louise T
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Reviewed September 27, 2018

Quilchena and the Nicola Valley offer great scenery and history. The hotel was originally built in 1908 to accommodate overnight stays for stage coach drivers and riders. In 1958 the hotel was reopened as a hotel/bed and breakfast. Owners are constantly upgrading the building and services into what is now an intriguing and interesting overnight stay.

The hotel and nearby general store give you a sense of what life was like a century ago. Both are located along highway 5-A between Kamloops and Merritt. The historic Douglas Ranch and other ranches in the Nicola Valley date back to the 1870's and 1880's. Take time to drive to the Douglas Ranch for an idea of what ranching was like over 100 years ago.

The hotel has a formal dining room, parlor room, bar and another room which can be used for serving large groups (need advance booking) along with several hotel rooms. Some of the rooms come with an ensuite, while almost an equal number of rooms share washroom facilities. Room 101 has a balcony...ideal for casual sitting and watching the sunset. Rooms are small...traditional size for a hotel of the era. Rooms are very clean and well maintained. Comfortable mattress.

Great, friendly staff in all areas of the hotel. Food in the bar and dining room is excellent.

Recommend you stay at least two nights at the hotel (exploring the area takes one day full day). You will not be disappointed with your stay or the scenery of the Nicola Valley.

This could be an ideal location for a staff training meeting or corporate team building session. Remote. Good accommodation. Excellent food. Meeting rooms avialable. Outdoor adventures could be arranged.

Date of stay: September 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Doug B
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