09/13/14 rodman2 Decatur, IL
What surprised me: electric fireplace logs with electric heat. NuHeat warm floors in bathroom on timer. Washer/drier shared by the A/B side. Tip: TV has day/nite brightness button. Be careful turning out onto the highway going to the main desk bldg--logging trucks barreling up the hill might run into you if can't make the turn quick enough. Plenty of coffee filters provided.
"Nice condo, best for families with kids"
08/19/14 razgurl Vashon Island, Washington
We stayed in the river view section and the condo was very nice and quiet for the most part. I would recommend this place for families with kids in the summer - I have no experience of the other seasons. We basically used it as a base for travel throughout the area and enjoyed Canal Flats, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, and Kootenay National Park. The aquatic center was disappointing - basically a large kiddie pool. The indoor pool is nice but small but the hot tubs were closed. We tried going to Fairmont Hot Springs but it was wall-to-wall people most of the time - best time is first thing in the morning. Radium Hot Springs is better for adults - larger hot pool and less crowded.
"A Beautiful Location in the Mountains"
08/04/14 ScotAlberta Alberta
Nestled between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains along the beautiful Columbia river, Sunchaser Vacations Villas offers a nice quiet respite from the stresses of life! I have been in the visiting the valley yearly for decades and come back year after year. The Villas at Riverside are actually made up of there "sets of Villas" - Riverside (the original, Hillside and then the newest, Riverview). The nicest units are the Riverview but you are also furthest away from the Recreation Center - you need to drive as you have to go via the highway. HIllside is nice too but the Riverside units are dated - although an effort is underway to renovate them. The Recreation Center is dated and the indoor pool never very good - very noisy and small. The tennis courts are good and the newer Hillside outdoor pool is nice. The golf courses in the area are the real draws, including the connected Riverside Course. Wifi is included but it is really slow and fails regularly forcing you to reconnect. Every time you leave the building (or your room) you are forced to sign in again...this is a simple technical fix but does not seem a priority. The television and other technologies are being slowly updated but do not expect newest TV's and the connections for kids games, computers, etc you would expect when staying an extended period with kids to entertain!! It is a good location and great place to stay with lots to do - including planned activities through he rec center. Seee room warning below.
08/02/14 freik Vancouver, Washington
We stayed in the 8100 or the brown bldg in B unit. Full kitchen, everything we needed, washer and dryer that is in the hallway shared with A unit. Everything clean and functional. Could use a bit of updating. Would stay here again. Gorgeous area!
"Can't beat the views, but the rooms need updating"
07/29/14 Forrest B College
We stayed in the 8000 building, next to the pool, for a week. All check in and staff interactions were fantastic: wonderful people work here! The room was dated, existing firmly in the early 90's. The art, decor, technology, appliances: all old, but workable. Given that you are probably up here for the views, outdoor adventures, etc...it isn't too much of a letdown. The rooms themselves work well. The pool is awesome, and the towns are amazing. Drive to Banff. Just do it. A great point to launch off to other adventures.
"Excellent Stay in Fairmont"
07/22/14 triphopper USA
The remodeled Riverview is the best place to stay at Sunchaser Villas. We were initially assigned to a Hillside unit closer to the office/pool with a nice view of the mountains but they are dated. I would highly recommend the 2BD suites/villa on Riverview which are basically 2-1BR apts connected by a common entry but separate entry. These have nice kitchens and patio with beautiful views from the balcony. We were in unit 8125 A/B which was the best view of the golf course and the Columbia River. Make sure you get a unit with a rear view (River/Mountains) vs some others which were facing the parking areas. These are the only units that have elevators which was required for our group.
"dont stay here if you want your family together in adjacent units"
07/20/14 travelalot001 uk
Having phoned and emailed to arrange family vocation asking specifically for two units together arrived to find two units on different levels. Ideal start. Unit next door to ours a, b unit empty. The reception just say no. Although they are very efficient at getting you to sign the various contracts for staying. The largest and most complicated I have seen. Put usa to shame with complexity. Units are tired and fold down beds in both units are old and thin so prepare for back ache. My advice is if coming on family holiday pick somewhere else about this area. Will update as week goes on. Not expecting much
"Better than I had expected...."
07/16/14 WeDriveWeFly New York City, New York
After reading some reviews I was wary about making this exchange reservation thru Interval but it was too late to change it. As a Starwood owner, I am accustomed to a fairly high standard of amenities and service. Having exchanged thru Interval in the past, I knew the Hillside Villas would probably be a step down from the Westin/Sheraton locations. But, despite the 1980's decor of the unit, our subterranean level 1-bedroom villa (A) side in the 4000 building turned out to be clean and spacious with a decent, albeit obscured, view of the mountains in the distance. Yes, we could hear every footstep of the folks in the unit above us. (Thankfully there were no kids running around.) But we got used to it. No housekeeping service during the week, unlike Starwood, but that was ok too. The golf was right around the block and the pool was across the road, which was convenient. The local grocery store was outrageously expensive so we were glad to have shopped at Target before we left Vancouver. It took us 11 hours by car but we saw the most breathtaking scenery (plus a big black bear who crossed in front of us!) along the way. The Fairmont Hot Springs are a short distance away by car and cost about $12 Canadian to get in but soothed my swollen and achy legs and made me feel great!! We also drove to Banff and saw the indescribably gorgeous Lake Louise. Most of our week was spent away from the resort in Invermere, where I had no trouble booking a spa day (Fairmont was all booked up) as my hubby golfed at Eagle Ranch. The weather was very dry and the skies so blue, a welcome respite from the muggy NY we call home. Overall, a beautiful experience.
"So much space and great views"
06/26/14 BornTraveling Baltimore, Maryland
This was a timeshare exchange. We were four adults in an A/B unit in Riverview. The A unit overlooked the golf course with the mountains beyond. While others might like to be closer to the club house and pools, we liked being in Riverview because it was quiet and it had an elevator. Riverview is the newest building, so it already has granite countertops and is not being renovated. The units were beautiful and clean. One of the few activities we did was archery, which was on the Riverview grounds. The service was wonderful for a timeshare property. They gave us unlimited launder detergent and unlimited dishwasher detergent. The woman who checked us in was very hospitable as she explained the numerous activities to participate in, some of which had a fee. There is a lot to do in the area, especially if you enjoy mountains and hiking. Kootenay National Park is 30 minutes away, and Lake Louise and Banff are 2 hours away. A few drawbacks: The balcony in many of the B units is not separated from the walkway in front of the room, so it wasn't very private. We mostly spent time in the A unit anyway, which had a lovely balcony, although we didn't have one of the large corner ones. Also, both pools were broken when we were there. (Still, the hot tubs were running, and the slide was operational.) I highly recommend this resort!
"Nice Unit Close to Columbia River"
06/22/14 Volcam Germantown, Tennessee
My wife and I stayed here during the first week of April 2014 on a timeshare exchange. We were impressed with the friendliness of the front desk staff. Our unit was far enough away from the main check-in area that we needed to drive back onto the main highway, cross over the river, and then turn into the road to the small airport in order to get to our unit. The rear of our unit opens onto the fairway of a beautiful golf course and affords nice views of the Rocky Mountains to the east. The unit is very well appointed and was very comfortable. The major drawback to the unit was that there is no outdoor hot tub and no exercise room available at that site, but those amenities are available at the main site. We were skeptical about being in such a small village on this trip, but Fairmont Hot Springs is gorgeous and within easy driving distance of beautiful towns such as Radium Hot Springs and Invermere and within a pleasant driving distance from Cranbrook and Golden. The drive to Golden is one to not miss. During the week, we enjoyed the excellent spa facilities at nearby Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Also, there is a superb local dining place called "From Scratch: A Mountain Bistro" which is in the small village adjacent to FHS Resort. We loved our stay here.
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