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Helmcken Falls Lodge Clearwater Canada

6.0 | Fair
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At Wells Gray Park entrance, good staff, clean rooms, no room fridges, Wi-Fi extra

Pros
  • Free parking
  • Many guests were pleased with the quality of the hotel's restaurant
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received during their stay
  • The hotel's location was described as peaceful and conveniently located for accessing Helmcken Falls
Cons
  • A few guests complained of no in-room fridges or air conditioning
  • The hotel's rates and restaurant were considered overpriced by a few lodgers
Freebies
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 21, 2014
Overview
Located at the entrance of Wells Gray Provincial Park, Helmcken Falls Lodge Clearwater is geared towards road travellers who prefer a scenic hotel with on-site dining.

Each of the hotel's non-smoking guest rooms comes equipped with a patio or deck, a desk, a coffeemaker, a seating area and an en suite bathroom with a hair dryer. In-room Wi-Fi is an additional $5 per day. 

Hotel amenities include free parking, horseback riding, a gift shop, packed lunches (charges apply), free parking and an on-site restaurant and lounge, which serves breakfast, dinner and drinks daily. The hotel is not wheelchair accessible. Pets are not permitted.

Clearwater's city centre is roughly a 50-minute drive away, while Helmcken Falls can be found 16 minutes away by car. Clearwater Lake is about a 35-minute drive from the hotel and Kamloops Airport (YKA) is a 2-hour and 20-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with compliments going to the hotel's restaurant, staff, location and rooms.

Many guests were pleased with the hotel's restaurant. They described the food as superb, excellent and delicious, with a good variety to choose from. 

The hotel's staff were the source of numerous compliments by reviewers. They were characterized as friendly, helpful and informative about the surrounding area.

Several lodgers praised the hotel's location. They described it as peaceful and beautiful, as well as close to Helmcken and Dawson Falls, hiking trails and Wells Gray Provincial Park. It was mentioned by a few patrons that there were no other restaurants or services nearby, however.

The hotel's rooms were enjoyed by several travellers. They found their lodgings to be clean, quiet, cozy, spacious and nicely furnished. A few guests had complaints about their accommodations, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some common complaints about the hotel's rooms and cost.

Although several travellers were pleased with their clean and quiet rooms, a few guests criticized their accommodations. They reported no in-room fridge or air conditioning, uncomfortable beds, spotty Wi-Fi, small-sized rooms and noise from guests in overhead rooms.

A few lodgers were disappointed with the costs they incurred while staying at the hotel. They found the room rates and restaurant to be overpriced and felt a free Wi-Fi connection should have been included in the rate.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #10 of 15 specialty lodging in Clearwater with an average rating of 3 out of 5 from 94 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.1 out of 10 from 83 reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 12, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
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Map Marker Helmcken Falls Lodge Clearwater Canada
6664 Clearwater Valley Road P.o. Box 239, Clearwater, BC