Staying in Style: Boutique Accommodation

Staying in Style: Boutique Accommodation

Want to take your Kootenay Lake trip to the next level? Consider boutique accommodation in Nelson BC, Kaslo BC and other quaint communities around Kootenay Lake.

First is a way to 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 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 Tremont Loft on Baker Street. 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 Adventure Hotel with its popular cafes and dining, or the Prestige Lakeside Resort are the answer.  Enjoy waterfront or mountain views, coupled with elegant interior design and comfort. The Prestige has the sunny patio at Port 701 Marinaside Dining & Lounge

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.

Just 10 minutes from Ainsworth Hot Springs, the Sentinel Health & Wellness Retreat provides travellers with a tranquil boutique hotel experience on over five acres of bench and beach on the shores of Kootenay Lake. With its Zen-like vibe, friendly staff, wood-fired sauna, cedar-lined hot tub, and stunning lake and mountain views, a stay at the Sentinel provides balm for the stressed-out urban soul. 

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. 

Experince the greens and fairways while visiting and stay at the prestigious Kokanee Springs Resort on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake, or settle in at the Kootenay Lakeview Resort and hit the fairways at Balfour Golf Course. There are lots of other golf courses in the region so don't forget to pack the clubs.  

Check out the Stay section for further details on these boutique accommodation options, and make your next trip one to savour!

by John Bowden

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