We spent one night at The Trillium - our first time, to celebrate our anniversary. After camping in the woods for a week, we really enjoyed the relative luxury. We felt well-taken care of, and the setting was lovely. We will definitely consider returning.
Upon arrival, we were informed that we'd been provided a free upgrade from a cottage to a chalet - we don't know if that was because it was our anniversary or because we were one of only two couples staying that night (mid-week)! Either way, it was a nice touch, and much-appreciated.
I agree with a lot of the comments in the other reviews - some good and some critical. This place really has its charms, but it does have a few rough spots. It didn't bother us one bit, because it was pretty much what we were expecting. If you're considering staying and have never been, you should manage your expectations - if you demand impeccable quality in every detail, keep searching (and pay more somewhere else). If you don't mind the odd creaking stairway, or inoperable window, or dated fixture, and you appreciate the beauty of Muskoka, you will really enjoy the overall experience.
It was clear to us after comparing previous reviews to our own experience, that there's a sincere effort by management to continually improve. So, kudos to them for that. However, we were disappointed that the resort caved to the demands for a better view of the lake by trimming a good number of tree limbs. I know it's hard to please everyone, but let's be reasonable people (guests). If I ran the resort I would have responded to the complaints about the view by re-naming the chalets "lakeside" instead of "lakeview", and left the poor trees alone ;).
The spa looked inviting, but being there just one night, we didn't feel we had time for a treatment...with so much else to do! Maybe next time.
As for food, that was a big part of the attraction for us - normally we just go to dinner somewhere special for our anniversary, so we had that intent, but with the addition of an overnight stay. We weren't thrilled by the dinner. It was good, and seemed fresh and well-made, but we found it a little bland for our tastes - i do consider that subjective, so it's not meant to reflect poorly on the chef. We solved it with a dash of salt.
Being naturalists, we really appreciated the native wildflowers and shrubs around the property (I don't think that's been mentioned in other reviews). It always makes me cringe to see over-manicured landscapes bursting with annual flowers in the middle of a natural setting (or anywhere, for that matter). The bees and hummingbirds seemed to love the wildflowers, too!
Overall, we would definitely recommend The Trillium, for all it has to offer. Thanks to the staff for making us feel very welcome.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled among 86 acres of pristine forest and woodlands, a spirited waterfall and private lake, The Trillium Resort & Spa, located in the heart of Muskoka, Ontario offers the perfect "adult only" vacation getaway. The lakeside resort accommodations feature six waterfront chalets and eleven "bedsitting" cottages set amid towering hardwoods.For a truly indulgent Ontario resort experience The Trillium Spa offers an array of luxuriating spa services and treatments in the 5,000 square foot post and beam spa facility. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Trillium Hotel Port Sydney
- Trillium Resort And Spa Port Sydney, Ontario, Canada