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Panorama Vacation Retreat at Horsethief Lodge

8.0 | Very Good
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Condo-style units with kitchens within the village area at this active resort

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Many guests described their units as clean and comfortable
  • Many reviewers found the in-unit kitchens well equipped and clean
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Several guests enjoyed the amenities available in the village
  • Several reviewers enjoyed the multiple on-site recreational facilities
Cons
  • A couple of guests thought that some areas of the hotel were in need of maintenance
  • A couple of reviewers were disappointed that some village amenities were closed during the off season
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 6, 2013
Overview
This hotel is situated within the Panorama Village at the all-season Horsethief Resort. Offering condo-style units with full kitchens, this property is well suited for guests looking for self-contained accommodations.

This property is 100% smoke free and studio, one- and two-bedroom units are available. All units include free Wi-Fi, a 32" flat screen TV, a DVD player, a fireplace, a separate living room with a sofabed, a dining area, a full kitchen (which includes a fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, cookware and dinnerware), an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and individual climate control. 

Units accommodate four to six people. Two-bedroom units also have a second bathroom.

This hotel does not have an elevator and all condo units are accessible by stairs only.

Free parking is available on site. Panorama Mountain Village has two daily direct shuttles to and from the Calgary Airport, which operate December through April (not available during the summer months). Shuttle service costs $93.45 per person, per way and must be reserved a week in advance (shuttles may be cancelled for low participation). The Calgary International Airport (YYC) is about 3 hours and 40 minutes away by car.

There are several different dining options available in the village, including casual restaurants, fine dining and bars.

Amenities located in the hotel and village area include a 24-hour front desk, an ATM, babysitting service, a playground, gift shops, a general store, a day spa, an outdoor heated pool, a hot tub, ski rentals and ski lockers. Pets are not permitted in the hotel.

This resort offers both summer and winter recreation. In the winter, the resort boasts cross-country skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing, snowmobiling, and downhill skiing on some of the steepest vertical slopes in North America. Summer activities include golf, mini-golf, ATV tours, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, fishing and water sports.

The town of Invermere and Highway 93/95 are both about a 25-minute drive away, while Fairmont Hot Springs, including the Fairmont Hot Springs Airport (YCZ), is about 45 minutes away by car. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on October 17, 2013: Airport shuttle details and fees.
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The Good
Among the reviews used for this analysis, many guests seemed mostly pleased with their stay at this property and a couple of reviewers described the hotel as family friendly.

The units were described as clean and generally comfortable by many guests, while many reviewers mentioned the in-unit kitchens were clean and well equipped. A couple of guests added that the units were spacious and quiet.

The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and accommodating service.

Several guests said that this resort offered ample on-site recreational activities and several reviewers specifically enjoyed the pool and hot tub area.

Several reviewers enjoyed the ambiance, views and amenities in the village area. One guest described the resort as "Beautiful! Misty mountains in the morning, warm sun in afternoon, and a picturesque creek running through it."

A couple of guests thought that the room rates were reasonable.
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The Bad
While there were some complaints found for this property, there were only a few common concerns found among the reviews sourced for this editorial.

A couple of guests thought that the exteriors and common areas were in need of maintenance. One reviewer thought that the "common areas were in dire need of paint and general upkeep".

A couple of reviewers were disappointed that some village area facilities were closed during the summer months. 

During their stay, a couple of guests mentioned that the tap water was unsafe to drink and that they had to buy bottled water.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.9 out of 5, with 100% of 9 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #4 out of 4 specialty lodgings in Panorama, with an average score of 3 out of 5, from 8 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 8.5 out of 10, based on 15 guest reviews.

The author called the hotel on October 17, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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2000 Panorama Drive (Bag 7000), Panorama, BC