Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa & Convention Center
Location: Branson, Missouri
Size: 301 rooms
Meeting Space: Over 53,000 square feet
Access: Interstate 44 and U.S. Highway 65; Springfield-Branson National Airport; Branson Airport
More than one visitor to Branson, Missouri, has mistaken Chateau on the Lake for a castle.
Panoramic vistas frame this hotel and resort perched high above Branson’s Table Rock Lake. Chateau on the Lake, the vision of a prominent Missouri businessman, melds elegant design with warm Ozark hospitality and top-notch service. And it’s a single source for everything planners need for great events, with ample meeting space, memorable dining, a full-service spa, a marina and proximity to myriad outdoor activities complementing the surrounding natural beauty.
Inside, French country décor with classic colors of burgundy, greens and browns fill the public spaces and guest rooms. The atrium lobby boasts eight floors centered around a waterfall and koi pond. During the holiday season, the lobby displays intricate gingerbread buildings, including a replica of the chateau, and a nativity scene recreating the one in the movie “Home Alone.” The lobby’s cozy Library Lounge schedules Friday night acoustic guitar or saxophone and flute performances.
“The lounge is a great networking spot that can flow out onto the veranda, which overlooks the lake,” said LeAnne Scheele, director of sales and marketing. “For groups, we also can set up a full bar or appetizers on the veranda.”
Adjacent to the chateau’s main entrance, the two-story Spa Chateau occupies its own building. Accessed via the lower level, the recently renovated saltwater swimming pool overlooks the lake and offers drink service. Below the pool, four pickleball courts, a tennis court and a basketball goal are complimentary, as is equipment that can be checked out at the front desk. Near the well-appointed exercise room with floor-to-ceiling windows lies the indoor saltwater pool and the 51-seat Sassafras Movie Theater.
“Opposite the spa and next to the main entrance, we have a separate convention entrance,” said Scheele. “Groups are given access to their own locked office that can be used for registration and storage. However, attendees still need to check in at the hotel’s front desk for their rooms.”
Meeting attendees never have to leave Chateau on the Lake, but many choose to take advantage of the beauty and vibrancy of Branson. Tucked into the rolling Ozark mountains, the city features top-notch theater and live music, shopping and restaurants. According to Scheele, the hotel has partnerships with Branson performers and can bring in a variety of excellent entertainment.
Chateau on the Lake has more than 53,000 square feet of flexible space. The 32,000-square-foot Great Hall boasts custom bronze and glass chandeliers. If divided into four sections, each has its own painted wall mural. A loading dock offers direct access with an oversized roll-up garage door. Six of the 16 meeting rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the hills and Table Rock Dam. Groups can also choose from three boardrooms. Many of the meeting spaces have built-in audiovisual equipment and can be outfitted with stages. Garage parking offers direct elevator access to meeting spaces.
Chateau Grille, winner of the Wine Spectator magazine Award of Excellence, offers a renowned champagne brunch. A private room for 30 guests spills onto the veranda for pre-dinner drinks and appetizers while the sun sets over the lake. Tables at the Atrium Cafe and Wine Bar fan out around the bubbling stream and waterfall. Recently redesigned, the menu at the Downstairs Deli features New York-style sandwiches with artisan breads and cut-to-order meats. The Sweet Shoppe makes the perfect stop for pastries, ice cream or specialty coffees. Near the pool, the courtyard hosts receptions around gas fire pits.
Spa Chateau delivers relaxation in its 14,000-square-foot, full-service facility that incorporates European therapies. Guests check in near the two-story weeping willow sculpture. On separate floors, men’s and women’s locker rooms include steam rooms, dry saunas and eucalyptus aromatherapy shower heads. Each connects to an expansive lounge with a sitting area overlooking the lake. Ten treatment rooms offer massages, facials and more, and the Image Center provides barber, hair, cosmetic and nail services. An outdoor Roman bath and separate hot plunge pool are co-ed. The new Japanese-style movement studio hosts Pilates, yoga and tai chi classes.
Not far from the resort, Silver Dollar City is a theme park with year-round festivals, including Old Time Christmas, featuring more than 6.5 million twinkling lights. Showboat Branson Belle cruises the lake while guests dine on a three-course meal and enjoy entertainment. Titanic Museum Attraction exhibits one of the largest permanent collections of Titanic artifacts and memorabilia, as well as an exact replica of the ship’s Grand Staircase. Meanwhile, Branson’s live entertainment remains legendary. Comedy, magic, tribute performers and variety shows feature uber-talented musicians, dancers and singers. Sight and Sound Theatre’s biblical productions incorporate elaborate sets and live animals in its state-of-the-art, 2,000-seat venue.