Traytown Cabins are a mixed bag. You can definitely stay there and have a nice time, particularly if the other families who gather round the camp fire at night make good company. Also, the cons I list below are things you notice as an adult. Our kids and the other kids staying there all seemed to be having a great time, and were oblivious to any issues.
1. The swimming pool was surprisingly and pleasantly warm. It also had a nice, little shallow section that was ideal for small children.
2. The cabins are in a great location. You're minutes from the national park, Eastport Beach and also close to Splash and Putt.
3. The setting is also pretty. The cabins are on a lot mostly surrounded by trees, but you can see the hills of Terra Nova and also the nearby bay. It was especially pleasant in the pool at sunset.
4. The cabin kitchen did have a variety of essential cooking paraphernalia (though no salt or pepper), and there was also a BBQ. The smoke detectors are also very sensitive, so you can rest assured that they'll work just fine in the event of an emergency.
5. Both when making reservations and when checking in, I found the staff to be extremely courteous and professional.
1. The cabins are well-cleaned by housekeeping staff, but are a bit dingy from years of use and presumably few renovations (the shower was pretty sad). The dressers actually stank so badly that we could not store our clothes inside them. My husband speculated that someone had left something wet inside them for a long period of time. Staff were clearly aware of the problem as they had placed dryer sheets inside the stinkiest drawers to mask the smell. It did not work.
2. There was a boil water advisory for drinking water. It might have been a temporary situation, but the notice in the cabin was printed on a laminated card, which made us think that it was nothing new. For $130 dollars a night, I feel like I should be able to drink the water or you should provide potable water. At the very least, you should inform guests via your website or upon booking so that they can pack bottled water, if desired. I'm pregnant, so we didn't really feel like taking chances with the brownish water even after it had been boiled.
3. One of the mornings, we awoke to have no running water in any of the cabins. They did, however, fix the problem within an hour or so of being notified, so it wasn't that big a deal.
4. You have to book for a minimum of three nights and they charge your credit card a week or two before you arrive. This means that if you get there and decide you hate it, you may be out of luck.
Also, one of the other reviewers suggested that the staff stocked lots of firewood, but when we were there, the firewood was provided by guests. This isn't really a pro or a con -- more of an FYI so that you can shop/pack/prepare accordingly.
All in all, we had really mixed feelings about the whole experience. I think the cons could be more easily overlooked at a different price point.
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