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Nipika Mountain Resort

9.9 | Excellent
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Next to Kootenay National Park, helpful staff, clean cabins with kitchens

Pros
  • Free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's scenic and peaceful locale
  • The hotel's accommodations were found to be clean and well equipped
  • Several lodgers were pleased with the level of customer service they received during their stay
Cons
  • A couple of guests complained about the road leading in and out of the resort
  • Wi-Fi is not available at this resort
Freebies
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 11, 2014
Overview
Located next to Kootenay National Park and about a 24-minute drive from Highway 93, Nipika Mountain Resort is geared towards road travellers who prefer scenic, self-contained cabins with extended kitchen amenities.

Please note that there is no cell-phone coverage or Internet access in the cabins.

Each of the hotel's one- to four-bedroom cabins comes equipped with a fan, a coffeemaker, a full kitchen, a fireplace, a patio, a seating area with a sofabed, a dining area and an en suite bathroom. All units are non smoking and do not provide wheelchair accessibility.

Hotel amenities include over 100 kms of trails and rivers, suitable for fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, as well as a swimming pond, a sauna, a hot tub, horseback riding, meeting/banquet space and free parking. Pets are permitted for $15 per pet, per day. 

Lake Louise Ski Resort is about a 1-hour and 51-minute drive from the hotel, while Invermere's city centre can be found 1 hour away by car. Mountainside Market is roughly a 46-minute drive away and Fairmont Hot Springs Airport (YCZ) is a 1-hour and 16-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: No Wi-Fi, free parking, pets $15/pet/day, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: April 11, 2014)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's location, accommodations and staff.

The hotel's location was praised by numerous reviewers, who described it as stunning, peaceful and beautiful, with many on-site activities. One patron remarked, "During the day - we rented cross country skiis or snow shoes and tried out some of the well groomed trails. This resort if perfect for a romantic get away, quality family time, or just to spend time with friends - enjoying nature at it's finest!".

Many lodgers enjoyed their accommodations at the hotel. They described their cabins as clean, well maintained, cozy, quiet and well equipped, with comfortable beds and incredible mountain views.

The hotel's staff were the source of several compliments by travellers, who found them friendly and helpful with suggestions and directions. One guest noted, "Lyle who co-founded the resort is one of the nicest and genuine people you could ever hope to meet, he always has the time off day for people and is a mine of local information. If you don’t fall in love with Nipika and Rufus the community dog, then you don’t have a heart".
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a couple of complaints about the road leading in and out of the resort. One guest explained, "The only negative was the 14km gravel road in/out. It is frequented by huge, speed-limit-busting mining trucks and they are not terribly polite. One passed me going perhaps 60mph/100kph and i was blinded by the dust in his wake for the next several minutes".
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #2 of 5 specialty lodging in Invermere with an average rating of 5 out of 5 from 29 reviews.

The author called the hotel on April 11, 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.
Guest Reviews
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Rated 9.9/10 based on 38 reviews

Ranked #1 out of 5 hotels in Invermere

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Map Marker Nipika Mountain Resort
9200 Settlers Road, Invermere, BC