Lazy Bear Lodge
621 Cranbrook St. N.
Cranbrook, BC, Canada V1C 3R8
Our first night away from home was met with an annoying time change, wet weather and a slew of hotels from which to choose. We drove up and down the strip twice, then decided to check-out the Lazy Bear Lodge. The sign boasted new rooms and low rates, as well as being pet-friendly, so it sounded good. And it was.
The manager Jason was friendly and helpful. The room was affordable, super clean, and bed bug-free. It was probably the best value hotel room we encountered during our 45-day expedition.
Because of its convenient location, there was some road noise (as there would be at any hotel on this strip) but the cleanliness could not be beaten. Everything was new including the mattress, towels, flat screen TV, mini fridge and microwave.
If you stay there, make sure you ask Jason for a restaurant recommendation. He directed us to a fantastic meal as well as a great room.
New May May Restaurant
808 Cranbrook St. N.
Cranbrook, BC, Canada
Oh my. Our dinner at the New May May Restaurant was THE best Chinese food we’ve had since moving to the West Coast in 2008. I normally shy away from buffets, but this one was small and extremely fresh. The ginger beef rivaled some I had in NYC years ago, and the “Chef’s Own BBQ Pork” was good enough to eat as a main course and dessert! (I normally don’t eat pork, but I tried this at the urging of my partner, David). The rock salt prawns (shrimp), were also excellent. Everything was good, but those dishes were amazing.
The only disappointment was when we asked for our 10% Lazy Bear Lodge discount, we were told that it didn’t apply to the buffet. This was especially puzzling because when we arrived we informed the waitress we had the discount and she didn’t say anything about it being for menu items only. In the end, the discount was honored, but I can’t say what will become of that going forward. That shouldn’t discourage anyone from eating there. Again, the culinary pleasure was more than worth the price, with or without the discount.
p.s. General Note on Northwest Chinese Food – there ain’t no such thing as duck sauce out here!