We exchanged our timeshare week for Unit 41, the same two-bedroom condotel as melindad1953 in her recent review. The rooms were adequate but small, while the kitchen, described as "full" by RCI, could best be described as cramped. There was no room for a dishwasher, and the microscopic countertop could barely hold a dish drainer once the food and pots were removed from it. That said, there were lots of cupboards and a good supply of cookware and dishes, and the friendly housekeeping staff provided a baking dish and a teapot (actually, an empty coffee pot).
For part of the week there were four of us, which highlighted the unit's main drawback -- the lack of a second bathroom, which forced those in the upstairs bedroom to descend the open spiral staircase to use the facilities. The condos are aging, showing wear and tear on cupboards, but they are well-maintained and scrupulously clean. We enjoyed the wood fireplace and the small balcony. The wi-fi worked perfectly. And of course the view of the fjord is stunning, more than making up for minor deficiencies in the unit.
In the office, Christine, Isabelle and Madame Rose were enthusiastic and helpful in both languages. We did not use the onsite restaurant, finding the prices a bit steep, as were those at the other two recommended restaurants, Les Cévennes and La Fjordelaise. We did most of our cooking in the unit, except for the last night, when we splurged on a take-out from the local pizzeria.
The pretty village of L'Anse-Saint-Jean (St. John's Cove) lies at the mouth of a river of the same name, one of many that cut through the mountains to flow into the Saguenay Fjord. Not to be missed are side trips to Rivière-Éternité to the north, and Petit-Saguenay to the south. Just beyond the latter is a sideroad leading to Plage Saint-Étienne, an unexpected sand beach along this coast of sheer cliffs and towering mountains. The brilliant fall foliage complemented the breathtaking sweep of the highway through this wild and awe-inspiring landscape.
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