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Reviewer: Not provided -
Sat 13 Aug 2011
I was recently in a wedding party at Rafter Six Resort. I was closely involved with the planning and arrangements, along with the bride. I regretfully have to strongly recommend not getting married there.
The enormous cost alone would be a deterrent for most, but the lack of hospitality made the cost sickening. They refused to provide basic services that any wedding venue should have. The bride was told there was no where to store her cake the day of the event (they wanted her to put it in the tiny fridge in a chalet which was about 3 cubic feet!) The communication was appalling. We were told different things by different staff members a number of times. For example, the groomsman was told he could camp near the chalets and once he had set up his trailer he was rudely asked to move across the field with his wife and infant child. The times we were allowed to decorate the hall were changed so many times the bride couldn't keep up! I think the worst mishap was the bride and groom had an arrangement with the bar for corkage on the wine they had purchased. At the moment the groom was announced and entered the reception the bar manager approached him and told him they were raising the corkage fee by $50 a bottle or they wouldn't serve his wine! This was incredibly inappropriate and should have been handled in a much more tactful manner.
The ceremony in the church was beautiful -except that the commissioner (who is the owner of the ranch) called both the bride and groom by the wrong names! He was supposed to read a passage requested by the couple, and told the congregation that he did not have his reading glasses so he couldn't read it! The best man had to step in and read his part! This was embarrassing and highly unprofessional.
For the cost of getting married at this ranch do not expect anything they say to be true and do not expect any hospitality from the staff. They treated my friends like dirt and took their year of savings leaving them extremely disappointed.
Positives: The scenery is gorgeous
Negatives: The rooms were gross. They looked like they had not been cleaned in a while. I was actually worried about the bride's dress touching the floor.
*Please understand that I am commenting on the cleanliness and not the fact that the rooms are rustic as they should be in a rural country setting. They were rustic -and dirty
Reviewer: Not provided -
Fri 15 Aug 2008
On the weekend of August 15, 2008, I, my wife, and nine other members of my extended family spent four days and three nights at the Rafter Six Ranch Resort. It was with great pleasure that we thank all the staff of Rafter Six Ranch Resort for their friendly service. I thank Mr. Stan Cowley, the owner, for providing us with the many fond memories that we received during this time. Of course, 32 degree Celsius, 89.6 degrees Fahrenheit for you non-Canadians, weather also helped considerably.
We rented two chalets and three cabins in total. We were particularly interested in the past history of the Rafter Six Ranch. The swimming pool was of interest since it was the place to go to cool off during the extreme hot spell that we encountered this particular weekend.
The Mad Trapper Restaurant staff was friendly and courteous. I thank Kelly and his staff for going out of their way to provide delicious, varied, and wonderful meals. To make a point, breakfast is served from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM. One of the members of my family had to leave at 7:30 AM so that he could be at a meeting at his place of employment. I asked Kelly if the members of his family could have something to eat before they left. The staff went out of their way to provide the necessary meals at 7:00 AM so that everyone was fed before they left. Thank you, staff!!
Reviewer: Not provided -
Fri 13 Jul 2007
Let me first preface this review by letting you know that I live in the Canadian Rockies in a log house on a 65 acre Ranch with Horses, cows, dogs and cats. Thus, I am familiar with what it takes to run a ranch and keep it clean.
My main concern with the place is that we were not warned that we would have no access to airconditioning (except in my vehicle) nor were we warned that there would be six large dogs and 1 cat inside the buidling in which we would stay. As I am allergic I would have definately not stayed at this place.
We had the misfortune spending two nights at this place. Our room was dusty, garbage on the floor, bugs all over. It was clear that no one had cleaned the room in days. It was sweltering in the room. There is no air conditioning anywhere on this resort and they keep all the doors open all the time letting in every mosquito and in the area. My face, arms and ankles were bitten 4-5 times each during the night while sleeping.
There are six large farm dogs which you have to step over and around inside the hotel. In particular there was one golden lab laying on the floor covered in horse feces. There is also a cat allowed to roam the facilties. The other farm animals wander at large around all the buildings and cars and are very overwhelming to people who are not familiar with large animals and it is also in my opinion not safe to let any small children play outside unsupervised.
The pool is not functioning. The dinner we on Friday was expensive and not good.
We had to clean, dust and mop the floor in the hall we used for the wedding because they didn't have the staff to do it.
The camping facilities are non-existant just a big field. You pay $22 for the priviledge of parking there and there isn't even a port a potty or outhouse.
I recommend taking your $500 and buying tent and staying down the road at the Bow Valley Campground, as we felt we had been camping anyway.