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All reviews rooms are small gold rush breakfast was delicious other guests bed and breakfast staying overnight historic town granola st george shared bathroom main street after hours unique experience loved every minute sitting room bucket list period furniture
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

My husband, myself and two teenage boys stayed here for two nights. When we got there we were admittedly concerned we would be bored the second night. There's no tv, is wifi though. There was no being bored! We really enjoyed sitting in the front room, meeting other guests and being entertained by our hosts!! They rarely break from character, so it is most entertaining to be in that time period and hear the stories. We perused the books from the library about gold rushes, and were just happy to unplug from things for a while! Breakfast was so good and filling!! Would totally recommend staying here, unplugging from electronics for a while, and just relaxing!
Like others have stated only a couple rooms have a bathroom in them. We booked two rooms, so we only shared our bathroom as a family, not with strangers. Rooms are small, so don't bring much (again as stated before you also have to carry everything or use a wagon)

Date of stay: July 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank Alexis K
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

Staying in this hotel is the real deal. From the pressed metal ceilings in the guest rooms to the lovely antique furniture, you feel like you've stepped back in time.

The breakfast is wonderful too and special dietary requirements are happily accommodated.

However! If you haven't stayed in old style accommodation before, some elements here may surprise you: only a few of the rooms have ensuite bathrooms, the walls are thin and WIFI is patchy in some areas.

The rooms are small, very small, with little hanging space. It's wise not to bring a lot of luggage. For one thing, you have to haul your bags from the park gates to the hotel itself - not a great distance and wagons are provided - but you should be aware of this.

You are asked to take your shoes off at the door which was a first in our experience, even when we've stayed similar accommodation in the past.

While breakfast was delicious, everyone was sardined around two tables and then invited to serve themselves from a table on the far side of the room, all of which was rather awkward.

We stayed during hot weather and the only bedding option was a heavy duvet, as though the beds were made up for winter.

Towels were in the bedroom so if you forgot to take one to the shared bathroom with you, or forgot to take soap with you, the arrangement was a bit inefficient.

The bathroom was basically the three plumbing features: sink, shower and toilet. No soap, no towels, no hairdryer. Not a problem if you're prepared for it.

Room tip: Next time we'll ask for one of the rooms with a private bath.
Date of stay: June 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank NorthCountryWriter
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12canoe, Owner at St. George Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

It's true that the St. George is an authentic experience, and not for those seeking a 'average' motel room...there's plenty of hotels that offer that! Here's a few notes for future readers: Thanks for your suggestions about the towels, although it might be even more awkward to keep them in the bathroom and arrive to find them all used up, by the other guest. Three rooms at the St. George have ensuites, four rooms do not, and are priced accordingly. Rooms without ensuites share a bathroom with only one other room, and we make sure that's the other party you travel with, or if you're only taking one 'shared-bath' room, then you soon get along with someone who signed up for exactly the same experience as you.

Shoes at the door may seem mildly inconvenient, but since the Stagecoach and the Freight waggon both leave "deposits" up and down the always dusty, or muddy streets, it's a precautionary measure!

Small spaces are typical of our hotel, opened originally in 1880, but there is a variety of public sitting spaces including the lobby, the covered 2nd story balcony, and the library.

I appreciate the comment: "not a problem if you're prepared for it." As the hoteliers of two unique accommodations, including the St. George, and as people who strive to get the most out of the travel experience, our motto is, "Make your accommodation your vacation!"

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Reviewed 10 July 2017

The hotel is genuine gold rush Barkerville as it was many years ago.Lovely antique furnishings and decor.The hosts Dave and Cheryl are really fantastic hosts that know the history of the area, and made us feel welcome. The breakfasts were varied and substantial and the cook Sven was mindful of food preferences. I would have given it five stars except for a couple of things:
The pillows weren't comfortable and the room was hot, with no ceiling fan. Some hooks to hang things up would be nice. We shared a bathroom, which wasn't great but we knew that when we booked. There is no cell service in the area. It still was well worth staying at. Only sorry we missed the parity planned for the next night. Lovely people that like people! Thank you so much!

Date of stay: June 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Wanda K
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12canoe, Manager at St. George Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

Thanks for your review Wanda! You've described the hotel pretty well, and as the new owners we're playing plenty of catch-up to keep the authentic style(which is mandated by the park) and make the experience as modern as possible too. Just a few notes: It's true that cell service ends 80 km before you arrive here, but there is free wifi right in the hotel, and telephones for guests as needed. Since your hot experience we've installed fans(not in the ceiling though!) in all the rooms and even better bug screens! And....it's true...it was a magical evening that you yearned for! See you again! Dave and Cheryl.

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Reviewed 3 July 2017

Had absoulutely fabulous night as if wth close comfortable old friends. Owners are extremely knowledgeable and also own local ski tramp at Bowren Lakes. Lt him regale you with the tal of his gold mining experiences.

Date of stay: June 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank ComoxLib
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Reviewed 16 June 2017

The in character owners, taking on the personality of those from 1870 lead us through historical story telling making the evening fade away far too quickly. Breakfast was to die for. The whole Barkerville gold rush experience was inhanced by staying here. Just perfect.

Date of stay: June 2017
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Thank theimps2017
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