Revelstoke, in southeast British Colombia, is a ski and snowboard paradise with mountain chalets, chateaux, motels and resorts.
A flurry of Norwegian settlers introduced the craze of ski jumping to Revelstoke in the late 19th century. That put it firmly on the winter-sports map, a place it still holds. However, if you don’t get a rush from that, there are many non-ski activities, too, such as dog sledding, natural hot springs and a fairytale enchanted forest for kids. Whatever your reason for visiting, you’ll need a place to stay. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in the area.
Relax in a terrace hot tub overlooking the Selkirk and Monashee mountains when you book a stay at Coast Hillcrest Hotel. It has a chocolate-box frontage, chalet-style. Inside, it houses a day spa, fitness center, highly rated restaurant with a mountain-view terrace, and balconied guest rooms. Pets are welcome, and there’s a free frequent express shuttle bus to the slopes.
With 200 self-catering condominium units, this hotel suits those seeking somewhere with a large resort feel. Get an up-close view of the action with a slope-side suite, and ski directly in and out of the building (it’s the only hotel in town to offer this amenity). There are four on-site eateries and an underground heated car park with a valet service. Kids’ programs and an outdoor pool keep boredom at bay for the little ones.
Reignite romance with a break in this cozy log cabin, which occupies a more remote location – 6mi (10km) from the main resort. However, if you’re coming with the family, larger accommodations with cooking facilities are also available. The public areas house an indoor pool, a hot tub and a sauna, while outside, there’s a play park and various garden games, such as croquet and lawn bowls. Explore the area on a snowmobile, dirt bike or ATV, or on foot (remember to take a packed lunch from the hotel).
The Swiss Chalet is a simple and affordable motel. It has just 22 rooms, equipped with pillowy mattresses, K-Cup coffee makers and HDTVs. You can take advantage of the free shuttle to the slopes during the winter months, and a convenient, healthy grab-and-go breakfast is available. There’s no restaurant or bar on-site, but plenty of amenities are accessible on foot from its West Victoria Road address.
The Regent is among the oldest family-owned hotels in Canada, growing around the railway line and providing rooms for a tranche of new travelers and rail workers. It now has amenities such as a fitness center, a sauna, an outdoor jacuzzi, a private liquor store, a pub and multiple eateries. You can also enjoy a hearty hot breakfast daily, free of charge.
Another family-owned establishment, this chateau is situated away from the main ski resort, right in the 3 Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town. Here, holidaymakers can rediscover 19th-century pioneer life and what happened after the Gold Rush. Back at the hotel, there are 200 bedrooms, including family suites with a view. There’s also a child-friendly dining area, an indoor heated pool, a lake for water sports and a sandy beach the little ones will love.
Take the trendy option at this downtown boutique hotel. Here, rustic meets vintage designer style with handcrafted wooden furniture, and the cozy-but-cool decor echoes the hotel’s Canadian heritage. A free shuttle bus makes wild nights at the nearby River City Pub & Patio easy. And as the brand partners with sponsored athletes, you may bump into an inspiring active ambassador during your stay.
Peaks Lodge offers both bedrooms and self-catering suites, all with access to hot tubs and a sauna. The breakfast special is a highlight and includes bottomless coffee. In the evening, you can tuck into smoked barbecue fare, indoors or outdoors. And you don’t have to leave your furry family member at home, as pets are also welcome.