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Staying in Style

By John Bowden  |  Cover Photo: The Tremont Loft

Want to take your next trip to Kootenay Lake to the next level? Consider one of the region’s boutique accommodation options and you’ll be staying in style.

Discover Nelson’s rich heritage with a stay at the venerable Hume Hotel. Built in 1898, this granddaddy of a property has been recently renovated to provide the latest comforts amidst classic surroundings. Indulge in the refined Aura Salon & Spa or explore the four on-site eateries, including Mike’s Place Pub, the go-to spot for locals and visitors. Don’t miss nipping in for a drink at the Library Lounge too – it oozes history and character.

If you’re looking for something a little cozier, the newly updated Cloudside Hotel offers just eight contemporary designed guest rooms. The former Bed and Breakfast is just a block from historic Baker Street, and is one of the best examples of Nelson’s iconic Victorian architecture. The front terraces are ideal for enjoying the views and exploring the variety of nearby eateries and shops.

Want an even more intimate stay? Look no further than the brand new Tremont Loft on Baker Street. Lovingly restored and designed by the owners of iconic Cartolina on the street front level, the loft is the ideal self-contained stay for discerning travellers. High ceilings, vintage furnishings, and spacious surroundings overlook downtown. Don’t miss staying here if you’re a true heritage buff.

For those seeking a more modern feel, the Prestige Lakeside Resort is the answer. The waterfront inn offers unparalleled views of Kootenay Lake and the local marina. Stay in a lake view room for the best vistas coupled with elegant interior design and comfort. Three restaurants on site tempt the taste buds, led by the sunny patio at the West Coast Grill. Plus, it’s only a short walk up to downtown.

Soaking in the soothing waters of Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort is one thing, but staying on site takes your visit to another level. A comfortable selection of guest rooms at the resort includes complimentary access to the pools. Experience a fuller rejuvenation with a treatment at Spirit Water Spa, and top it off with a gourmet meal at Ktunaxa Grill, both located on site.

Further north along Kootenay Lake is the historic small town of Kaslo, and the luxurious Kaslo Hotel. Built on the same site as the original hotel from 1896, today’s fully modernized version reflects a similar classic look from a century ago. Opened in 2009, the hotel blends an energy efficient design with current conveniences. It makes for the ideal base to explore Kaslo and savour the stunning waterfront views.

If you’re seeking a little more solitude in natural surroundings, Wing Creek Resort is a must visit. Elegant cottages in the woods make for a romantic getaway and the perfect spot to experience a little slice of mountain and lake paradise. Kayaking, whitewater rafting, ziplining, caving, golfing, hiking and fishing are all nearby. The self-contained cottages allow you to make your own delicious meals or it's just a short drive to Kaslo. 

Check out the Nelson and Kootenay Lake Tourism website for further details on these boutique accommodation options and make your next trip one to savour!

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