A great deal of care was taken in the design and construction of this resort. The rooms are extremely well appointed. The style of the room is country (not my favourite) but the excellent design and attention to detail is to be appreciated; the room includes top quality fabrics and materials.
My very large one bedroom King suite included small top end appliances (Miele dishwasher and a cooktop) as well as a small refrigerator. The kitchen is well stocked with pots, pans and dishes for 4 guests. There is a pantry area as well an iron and ironing board.
The living room has comfortable furnishings, nice art work (throughout the room and hotel), an LCD TV - and an extremely smart fold down left top drawer that hides outlets and cables to plug in your own laptop or DVD.
The bedroom includes an in-wall slim safe, bathrobes, and the bed is extremely comfortable (as well as the chair). The bathroom is huge, with a soaker tub (not jetted), two sinks and a separate shower and WC. Everything is of high quality (Kohler) and the only things missing are a towel rack in the sink area and some form of lighting that does not require every light in the bathroom to be on.
Housekeeping service is very good overall. It could stand some improvement (my room was cleaned as late as 5 one day) but it is likely as a result of the number of suites to clean during the busy summer season.
The common areas are very well designed. There is a bar that transitions into a large common room that includes plenty of comfortable sofas and chairs in various seating arrangements. There is also a large harvest table with outlets on the side for laptop users. Very smart indeed.
The library includes wooden games tables and a small collection of books and board games. There is a nice stone fireplace as well, adjacent to the small store/coffee market (that serves Starbucks coffee) fruit, salads and snacks. In general, the finishes are top end, with beautiful windows and mouldings and a nice Muskoka room. This also applies to the meeting room areas.
The grounds are stunning. There are white Muskoka chairs everywhere overlooking an impressive vista. There are three main pools - one of which is a small pool for spa guests only. My biggest complaint about the main pool is that I felt the outside lounge chairs were uncomfortable. They were okay, but the nice padded chairs are in the spa area and in the indoor part of the indoor/outdoor pool. Apart from that, the upper pool was nice, though I think if the resort were busier it would feel a bit small - especially when the kids take over.
Be advised that there are a number of graded sone steps from the top of the property to the small beach and dock area (well over 100 dispersed with several landings as you go down). There is a shuttle service (not clear exactly where it takes you), but it is a bit of a hike. The beach is small and there are no beach umbrellas. There is a lovely spot to enjoy the water on an adjacent grassy area. There is another pool up from the beach, as well as a wading pool and a snack bar- which services some light meals (BBQ, etc.). The upper part of the the hotel includes a lounge area overlooking the water, which is wonderful. Beside the lounge area there is a large lawn where weddings and functions are held. Again, very beautiful as this overlooks the lake below.
The two restaurants are Cottages and Teca. Cottages is fine for a good basic meal. The breakfast buffet is very good. Teca is a small Italian restaurant that has received very good reviews and as such reserve a table for your stay if you can. The menu is small, but the food is excellent and moderately priced. The restaurant can also be closed entirely for a private event so check in advance if you are only staying a couple of days.
Boats and other rentals are available from a marina which is a 5-10 minute walk from the resort. On site you can rent kayaks and paddle boats. Overall, I think some work can be done here to improve the water-based activities.
There are nature trails, that other reviewers described but which I did not visit.
Be aware that the parking is down a hill below the hotel. It is manageable but it is best not to be carrying items that distance.
I am also not impressed that internet access is at a fee in the lobby as well as the rooms. There were plenty of people using laptops - especially on the rainy days - and there are many outlets and comfortable tables and seating areas for this.
There are limited facilities and things to do on rainy days. Offering DVD rentals or other activities would be helpful. The small grocery store in Port Sandfield does offer limited rentals. Port Carling is a 10 minute drive or so, and has a bigger selection of stores, etc. though it is still relatively small.
The staff were all friendly, helpful and well trained. This includes all employees (from the Bellmen, to the staff at hotel reception, the wait staff and all others I encountered).
All in all, this is an excellent resort. I would prefer to be closer to the water, but the views from the main building of the resort are terrific (and the landscaping is top notch). A place to put on your short list if you intend to visit the Muskoka area.
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- Also Known As:
- The Rosseau, a Jw Marriott Resort And Spa
- The Rosseau, a Jw Marriott Hotel Minett
- Jw Marriott Rosseau
- Jw Marriott Minett
- JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa Ontario/Minett, Canada