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Timberline Lodges Fernie

7.6 | Good

Free shuttle service to lifts, furnished condo units with gas fireplace

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking and free shuttle service to ski lifts
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and well appointed
  • The staff were frequently praised for their friendly and helpful service
  • Several reviewers thought that their rooms were well equipped
  • A few guests enjoyed the on-site hot tubs
Cons
  • No on-site restaurant
  • Some buildings do not have elevators
  • Several guests thought that the property was too far from the lifts
  • A few reviewers complained that their units did not have air conditioning
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Freebies
Free Wi-fi
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 25, 2013
Overview
This property offers condo units on the Fernie Ski Resort and is about a 12-minute walk to the base of the mountain and ski lifts. These lodges are well suited for guests who prefer self-contained accommodations and are not looking for ski-in/ski-out style accommodations.

All suites are smoke-free and fully furnished. Each suite includes free Wi-Fi, a full kitchen, a gas fireplace, a flat screen TV and DVD player, a private balcony or patio, a sofabed and individual heating control. Select suites also include a washer and dryer, in-floor heating and private hot tubs.

One-bedoom suites are furnished with two queen beds, two twin beds or bunk beds, while two-bedroom suites are furnished with one queen bed or one king bed in the master bedroom and two queen beds, two twin beds or bunk beds in the second bedroom. Some suites also include a loft space with additional bed configurations.

Free parking is available on site and pets are permitted in select rooms for an additional fee of $40 per pet, per stay. Some buildings do not have elevators.

Other on-site amenities include an outdoor heated pool, five hot tubs, a sauna, meeting space, ski/bike storage, common BBQs, free movie rentals, a games room, a fitness room, a spa and ice/vending machines. This property does not have an on-site restaurant.

In the winter months, it may be possible to ski-in to this property using trails on the south side of the hill. This property does provide a shuttle service to the lifts that runs daily from 8:45 am to 10:45 am. The base of the mountain, which is 12 minutes away on foot, features shopping, equipment rentals, restaurants and grocery/liquor stores. The town of Fernie is about an 11-minute drive away, while the Fernie Golf and Country Club is 12 minutes away by car.

The nearest airport, the Cranbrook/Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC), is about a 70-minute drive away. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps) 

Verified by a front desk agent on March 19, 2013: Pets are permitted in select rooms for an additional fee of $40 per pet, per stay.
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The Good
Many guests described overall pleasant experiences at this property and reviewers seemed most impressed with the quality of their units, among the reviews used for this analysis.

Many guests described their units as clean and well appointed. A few reviewers thought that their units were attractive, while one guest mentioned that all the furniture was in good condition. Some other guests described their units as spacious, quiet and comfortable.

Several reviewers found their units well equipped and these guests specifically mentioned that they appreciated the en-suite bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, flat screen TVs and laundry machines. One guest said that the unit had everything they needed.

The staff were frequently complimented and guests described the front desk agents as friendly, professional and responsive to guest requests.

A few guests said that they enjoyed the common and private hot tubs.

A couple of reviewers enjoyed the location and found a convenience store within walking distance and a couple of guests appreciated the free shuttle service to the base of the mountain (8:45 am to 10:45 am). However, several guests mentioned concerns about the location for accessing skiing (see below for more details). 
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The Bad
Among the reviews sourced for this analysis, there were a few common concerns found.

Several guests were disappointed that this property did not offer a true ski-in/ski-out location. A few reviewers found the walk to and from the lifts to be long, especially for guests skiing with children. A couple of reviewers said that while they were impressed with their units, they would be hesitant to book here again because of the location.

A few reviewers complained that their units did not have air conditioning and that their units became uncomfortably warm in the summer. A couple of guests found the Wi-Fi unreliable and a couple of reviewers thought that their beds were uncomfortably firm.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.5 out of 5, with 100% of 8 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #4 out of 13 speciality lodgings in Fernie, with an average score of 3.5 out of 5, from 24 reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 19, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
7.6
Good

Rated 7.6/10 based on 36 reviews

Ranked #14 out of 17 hotels in Fernie

Map Marker Timberline Lodges Fernie
4559 Timberline Crescent, Fernie, BC