Midwest Living Review
Everyone who's spent any time in Branson knows the Chateau. It stands unforgettably on a hill above Table Rock Lake just outside of town, and most people consider it the luxury lodging of choice in the area. The hotel is owned by John Q. Hammons Hotels, proprietors of the Embassy Suites chain, and this connection is immediately evident when you step into the Chateau's soaring atrium. Just as in the familiar Embassy Suites layout, guest rooms rise in a square tower above a large central area. In the Chateau, the central area features a cascading stream graced with waterfalls, mounted raccoons and other animals, and cages holding live songbirds. The lobby restaurant offers tables on patios overlooking the water and clear elevator shafts. Guest rooms have similar upgrades on the standard Hammonds model, with higher-quality linens and decorating in the 301 rooms and suites than you've probably seen in the chain's other properties. The property bills itself as a resort on the strength of a couple of miles of scenic hiking trails, tennis courts overlooking the lake, an on-site spa and a full-service marina that gives guests free use of canoes, kayaks and pedal boats. Despite the stream burbling in the lobby, this is not the place to connect with the Ozarks' rustic side. From $169.