Deciding which of the 7 or 8 different Sun Peaks hotels and lodges is the best is a tough choice for us, because we usually prefer the size, many amenities, quiet, hominess and privacy that come with our Best Sun Peaks rental condo in the Stone's Throw development at Sun Peaks.
But hey, if you have a thing for little bottles of shampoo, Do Not Disturb signs and daily maid service (and yes that part does sound good!) then consider one of the many hotel and lodge accommodation options at Sun Peaks.
There are also a few options if your want to camp in the Sun Peaks area.
We are always talking to our guests, Sun Peaks locals and regulars, and viewers on our Best Sun Peaks Facebook page to obtain feedback on their thoughts of the Best at Sun Peaks and to help with the rankings.
So for now, the winner of the Best of the Sun Peaks hotels is……………..a tie, between the Sun Peaks Pinnacle Lodge, and the former Delta Sun Peaks Hotel (changed to the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and Conference Centre affective April 1, 2014).
Why a tie for Best Sun Peaks Hotels?
Well if you want a more ‘Grand’ and traditional hotel-style stay at Sun Peaks with a large building that has a number of floors, elevators, an outdoor pool and hot tub, and a great location at the base of Tod and Sundance Mountains with easy ski-in/ski-out and village access, then the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel and Conference Centre would be our choice.
But if you want a more intimate stay, with exceptional service and don’t mind being a few minutes walk away from the village, then we suggest you consider the Pinnacle Lodge.
Most of the Sun Peaks hotels, except for the Pinnacle Lodge, make up part of the intimate, European style village, with retail shops and restaurants on the main level and Sun Peaks accommodations on the upper levels.
Click the link for an interactive Best Sun Peaks Hotels location map.
Most of the other hotel units are owned by individuals and managed by the Sun Peaks Resort or other management companies, so you may see quite a difference from unit to unit, and from shift to shift as various employees work to try and please their guests.
For best pricing, we suggest either checking the Sun Peaks Resort accommodation page or check on each hotel’s website (links provided below) to see if they are running special offers.
Also check out the Best Sun Peaks accommodation pricing on Sun Peaks condos, Sun Peaks townhouses, and Sun Peaks luxury chalets.
You can also check Expedia, Travelocity, etc.
For now we provide a brief summary of each of the Sun Peaks hotels and lodges, and will add additional pictures, information, reviews and perhaps even shift placements around as better intel becomes available.
And if you're thinking of investing in a hotel style unit at Sun Peaks, check out our Sun Peaks Real Estate page before you do.
(All opinions are the personal opinions of the authors and contributors only and are subject to change as new information becomes available. We cannot be held liable if your experience differs in any way.)
Until we stay at each and declare an official winner, the following rank as the two Best Sun Peaks hotels/lodges to consider:
- Built in 1998 with 20 guest rooms spread over 2 buildings, a common hottub, sauna and fitness area, coin laundry and a spacious, open dining area.
- A mandatory $16 resort fee/guest over 12 years of age gets you wifi, access to some sports equipment, and continental style breakfast and afternoon tea
- Self-serve parking area above ground as well as a designated smoking area
- The Manager, Richard, has the same attitude as us – “do whatever you can reasonably do to ensure your guests enjoy their best possible Sun Peaks vacation”. He has been known to go well above and beyond the call of duty on many occasions
- Smaller, more relaxed and intimate setting which puts guests at ease and makes for some very sociable gatherings
- Nice size, very clean and refreshed rooms
- Great staff who share Richard’s passion for excellence in customer service
- No useful website or contact information available until you book through Vacation Internationale or an online booking agency
- You need to walk to the village to be able to ski, but can ski back to the lodge
- No kitchen amenities (except bar fridge and coffee maker); however there is a common area with a fridge, microwave, sitting area, etc.
- No elevator
- Walls a little thin, and can hear people climbing stairs with bags and gear as well as the door slamming shut
- Pay parking for underground (above ground is first come first served but free)
- You may want to consider walking into the village for breakfasts
- Apparently room #3 is right beside the stairway – avoid if possible
- 220 rooms (some with suites) over 5 floors
- 2nd floor is dog friendly
- Business centre, fitness centre, year-round pool and hot tub, on site pub and higher-end restaurant, elevators, wheelchair access, meeting rooms, ski storage area
- Free wifi and each unit has a small fridge and individual climate control
- Definitely the ‘Grandest’ of all the hotels at Sun Peaks, with a nice looking building and amenities, and full service facilities
- Location is wonderful, ski-in and ski-out right at the base of Tod Mountain and at the core of the village
- Large variety of rooms and suites, with a ‘premium’ floor for those with a little more money
- Generally very good service levels
- Some rooms need refreshing
- Service not always great – we have been disappointed a number of times in their restaurant
- With the location being at the core of the village, and with a nightclub below, it can be quite noisy at times
- Be specific on the type of room you want. Make sure your upgraded mountain-view room is an ‘unobstructed’ mountain-view; face the mountain if you are concerned about noise; ask for a recently refreshed room; hallways can be long so if walking is a concern ask to be near an elevator.
- And if you’re not a fan of dogs, ensure they don’t put you on the second floor.
Sun Peaks Grand Resort and Conference Centre
If your budget doesn’t allow one of the two best Sun Peaks hotels but you still want to be in the heart of the village, close to all the action, and be able to ski-in/ski-out and ski-through the village, then consider one of these other Sun Peaks lodgings.
These are the units that large groups usually get, Sun Peaks special offers typically apply to, and were all built around the same time and have the same issues with potential thin walls, service that is sometimes great and sometimes not, and some people love and others don’t.
Because of the in-depth rental covenants, these aren’t the best Sun Peaks real estate investment so you may find owners don’t put as much into them as Sun Peaks vacation rental condo and townhouse owners do.
However, being at Sun Peaks, you are assured of great value for the dollar and a great time as long as you relax and enjoy the hills, many amenities and activities!
We will list them in a general order of preference and you can click the link for an interactive Best Sun Peaks Hotels location map.
- 70 suites ranging from studios to a 3 bedroom, with a fireplace and kitchen facilities in each room
- Pet friendly and wheelchair accessible rooms are available
- Free wifi, fitness room and outdoor hot tub
- Coin laundry, underground heated parking and ski storage area
- Previously had pretty good service, but the Hearthstone is under new management in 2014
- Very central ski-in/ski out location close to many shops and restaurants
- Clean and comfortable rooms each with kitchen facilities
- Haven’t heard too many, except to be careful in the winter since the fireplace serves as a heater and can come on automatically
- The front of the Hearthstone is right on the village stroll and above the popular pizza restaurant so can be noisy and perhaps a little appetizing with the smell of pizza. Think about asking for a higher level unit at the back facing Mt. Morrissey.
- Check the online sites for best pricing – they typically offer pretty good value for the dollar.
- Winter home of Canadian Olympic medal winner and Sun Peaks Ambassador Nancy Greene and her husband Al Raine (who is the Mayor of Sun Peaks)
- Condo style hotel with individual owners of the 175 rooms which range from small lodge-style suites to 3 bedroom units
- Inside and outdoor hot tub, sauna room, and fitness area, coin laundry, free Wifi, pet friendly rooms, slopeside ski storage area
- Good ski-in/ski-out location
- Right next door to the community recreation facility
- Large variety of rooms and prices
- Mixed reviews about level of cleanliness
- Larger hotel means more people and more chance of noise
- Somewhat small and basic rooms
- Pay parking or park in one of the free lots several minutes away
- Request slope side if you can
- Avoid dog rooms if you aren’t a dog lover
- Be specific about the size/type of room you want and kitchen amenities you need so you're not disappointed
- Easily recognizable with the trademark clock tower right at the base of Tod Mountain
- 84 rooms, from basic with two double beds and mini kitchenette to 2 bedroom condo suites with a kitchen
- Free Wifi, outdoor hot tub, fitness room and coin laundry
- Great location – closest ski-in/ski-out hotel to the bottom of Tod and Sundance Mountains
- Good variety of rooms, some with great views, windows that open and some form of kitchen amenities
- Reasonably priced
- Pretty big parking area
- Small ski storage area on main floor
- Service levels seem hit and miss
- Older rooms in need of refreshing
- Only one small, slow elevator
- Front side may be noisy, especially around pub closing time and snow removal time early in the winter morning
- Request a higher up unit facing the mountain (even numbers) for best view and reduced noise levels. Room 221 was very noisy with snow removal work starting very early next door at the day lodge, food delivery truck arriving very early and running motor right outside our room....
- 44 rooms, with 9 king basic rooms, 34 double queen rooms, and 1 Jacuzzi (for 2) suite with a king-size bed
- Small indoor hot tub, dry sauna and steam room area (but only available during ski season!?)
- As with all the basic hotels, location is within the village and is pretty much ski-in/ski-out
- Reasonable prices and special offers from time to time
- clean, with security cameras on all floors
- $10 pay parking with not many spaces
- Small ski lock room in the basement and you need your own lock
- Fairly small rooms and somewhat dated
- Not enough parking spots for all the rooms. Assigned on a first-come, first-serve, but always specify you want a parking spot directly with the hotel when you book. If you book via an on-line service, call the hotel to ask for parking.
- Front rooms face another hotel, back rooms may overlook the road but have a nicer view and tend to be quieter
Sun Peaks Lodge
- Small, budget Inn, 26 rooms with different configurations available from 2 to 10 guests
- Indoor Hot tub and sauna
- Location and price
- Pay parking, pay ice, pay Wifi
- Website – yikes!
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