Greeted by Manager Sam and his trusty canine partner Irish was a great start to our visit. With Irish around feel free to stroll in your bare feet and not worry about the presents left by the local geese!
This lodge is not a typical hotel. My sons and I stayed in the standard rooms which were impecably clean. A huge hot tub, mountain bikes, kayaks from a private pier. Walking distance from the ferry. As well as walking distance from town center, pubs, grocery stores, liquor stores and restaurants.
Only a 20 minute ferry ride from the Mainland Horseshoe Bay.
A huge common room with a stone fire place as well as a fire place outside. Besutiful grounds right on the ocean.
My next trip will be spent in the canvas tent perched over the cliff over looking the ocean. Roughing it at its best!!!
Thanks to Sam and his staff!!! And Irish..
Communal bathrooms and a complete 'Camp' feeling was the initial impression. The rooms were not kept clean every day and they were very small or rather cramped.
The price was outrageous for something of that quality - they should not be able to charge more than 60-70 dollar for what they offer.
On the other hand - the place is perfectly located with a great view over the bay and the surrounding garden and especially the main room was perfect for gatherings and entertainment.
The kitchen was not working/open which meant not even breakfast was served to the guests?
All in all - get your act together and renovate this charming place and it could be one of the best hotels on the island.
I don't understand how they can charge 150 for a room that barely could hold a double bed. It really was very small, and having shared bathrooms at this price is just ludicrous. Would not stay here again, unless the price was like 50-70. I've stayed in roomier hostels.
I had never been to Bowen Island before, so as a corporate retreat I was anticipating a huge commute..... I was so wrong! Well they kindly picked us up steps from our office in coal harbor in a beautiful yaght! And we arrive at the lodge in under 30 minutes! Door to door service. And it was breathtaking!!! Located practically on the ocean the views are spectacular, it was so peaceful and the staff were amazing Sam the manager took such great care of us, you could ask him for anything and he would make it happen! I was a bit skeptical of the shared washrooms but it actually added to the lodge feel. The rooms are so clean and the beds are comfortable to a fault! They had all the technical equipment (we did have to do some work after all) a huge dinning hall, heated by a lovely wood burning fireplace. Sam showed us his favorite suite the cottage... Separated from the lodge itbwas equipt with a full kitchen bath the works and just steps away the most luxurious tent I had ever seen, it was quite neat... Along with a private fire pit. I now make frequent trips to Bowen and would recommend this to any group...I don't think they take single overnight stays but hopefully they do in the future!
I was told the lodge is under new management and has been updated with wonderful beds, bedding etc. Every room now also has Television (but who needs it with a wonderful view of the bay). This was actually our first visit to this location. It is an easy 5 minute walk from the ferry. We went with a choir for a weekend retreat. Could not have had a better time. The catered food was very tasty and plenty full. Sit in the garden with a good book or go for a hike to the lake, or just visit the little shops on the main road. You can't go wrong. Everyone is very friendly and the manager will go out of his way to make your stay comfortable. I love the little dog that will never leave his side. Try it you'll like it!