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Chateau on the Lake was built in 1997 on Table Rock Lake.
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Chateau on the Lake was built in 1997 on Table Rock Lake.

Branson resorts receive top marks

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Last edited 2:11 p.m., Feb. 8, 2019

Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center was named No. 1 on U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the Best Resorts in Missouri.

This is the second year Chateau on the Lake was named the top resort in the state, according to a news release.

"To be recognized by U.S. News & World Report consecutively for two years as the best resort in Missouri is a high honor,” Chateau on the Lake General Manager John Parker said in the release.

Nathan Wood, Chateau on the Lake’s director of sales and marketing, declined to disclose revenue, but said the resort has experienced 12 percent year-over-year growth.

Branson-area resorts comprised four of the top five resorts in the state, with Cliffs Resort Table Rock Lake coming in at No. 3, followed by D’Monaco Luxury Resort and Westgate Branson Woods Resort and Cabins. No. 2 is Camden on the Lake Resort, Spa, & Yacht Club in Lake Ozark.

The 12-year-old D’Monaco is expanding its resort with a $42 million second phase to add a six-story hotel with 170 rooms, according to past Springfield Business Journal reporting.

On a separate list of top hotels by U.S. News & World Report, Big Cedar Lodge placed No. 2 in Missouri.

The ninth-annual Best Hotels rankings evaluated more than 30,000 luxury properties across 400-plus destinations in the United States, Europe, Bermuda, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean, according to a news release. The methodology accounts for expert and guest sentiment, the combination of which helps determine each hotel's rank.

Chateau beginnings
The 301-room, 10-story Chateau on the Lake was built in 1997 by hotelier John Q. Hammons. In early summer 2018, Atrium Hospitality LP assumed management of the resort, along with 34 of the late Hammons’ other hotel properties.

Chateau on the Lake’s amenities include the $7 million, 14,000-square-foot Spa Chateau; a full-service marina; fitness center; year-round pools and hot tubs; indoor movie theater; and dining options, including Chateau Grille.

The resort employs 200-280 depending on seasonal needs, Wood said.

Hammons had the idea for Chateau on the Lake after a Jeep ride in the 1950s on the mountainside near Table Rock Lake, according to past SBJ reporting. It was decades later that his vision became a reality and Chateau was built for $62 million.

Notable hotel guests over the years include then real estate developer President Donald Trump, journalist Walter Cronkite, actor Dennis Weaver and baseball icon Buck O’Neil.

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