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3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Lake of Two Rivers | Hwy. 60 at Km 33, Algonquin Park, Ontario P1H 2G9, Canada   |  
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Windsor, Canada
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“Expensive but worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We have wanted to go to Algonquin Provincial Park for a long time and finally had the opportunity. Our camping days are long past, so we investigated what lodges were available. We chose Killarney because it is close to the highway and because each cabin has its own canoe. The cabin was cozy and the meals at the lodge were first rate. We wereglad to be close to the highway because we had easy access to the many hiking trails, to the wonderful art gallery, and tothe amazingvisitor center. We were lucky enough to be in the park on a Thursday and participated in the Wolf Howl. What fun.

Room Tip: We chose a cabin facing the lake and away from the road. It was somewhat more expensive but worth it...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Erin, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Our 1st time at the Killarney Lodge and it certainly will not be our last.

1st thing is the location. In the middle of Algonquin Park surrounded by wilderness, nature, hiking and biking trails. There is something about a Northern Ontario forest that just seems to feel peaceful and perfect. The clear lakes and rivers full are wildlife.

We arrived at the lodge and were given cabin number 1. We parked by our cabin and were greeted by hummingbirds and a couple of ducks. On the wildlife topic. We had 3 hummingbirds constantly buzzing around our porch. 2 ducks hanging around our little beach area. 4 loons, 4 juvenile loons of which at least 1 seemed to always be near. Wolf howls and loon calls at night. Hanging out with a beaver for half an hour while he ate his lunch of leaves 4 feet from our canoe then led us across the lake for 15 minutes. Several chipmunks and red squirrels that will eat peanuts from your hand. Lots of birds.

The cabin was very comfortable. No A/C, no radio, no TV, no phone. It was amazing. Peace and quiet. We played a bit of music on our iPad but very low so we would not disturb any neighbours. There are about 30 cabins of various sizes, each unique. We looked at a few others after we arrived and decided the one we were in was the best one for us. Each cabin comes with a canoe.

Food was exceptional. Very well presented, delicious and a different menu every day. The cabin comes with a meal plan. Full breakfast, lunch and dinner. You also have access to the Paddle Shop which contains paddles of course and the rest of your canoe gear, an ice maker and a fridge with every kind of beverage and lots of snacks, chips, granola bars, fritos, etc. It's open 24/7 and everything is free. They do not sell any alcohol at the lodge so you get to bring your own to lunch or dinner. They gladly provide wine glasses and an opener.

We decided on a picnic lunch on the island in the lake for one day. They packed a wonderful lunch for us in a cooler bag complete with everything we could want. Any day you wanted to go travelling they would make you a nice lunch in a cooler bag to go. You pick it up after breakfast and take it with you bringing back the bag when you come for dinner.

We have already booked our return visit for next summer. It's not cheap but you are treated very well and everything is included.

Room Tip: There are three cabins on the North West side of the peninsula that more of less face the highway ac...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We were fortunate to enjoy perfect summer weather for our weekend at Killarney Lodge! That enabled us to take advantage of hiking, swimming and canoeing. (We loved having our own canoe outside our cabin.) And then relaxing on our private porch enjoying the scenery. We don't think there are many places to stay inside the park (other than camping) and every site is just off the main road so there is no getting away from some traffic noise. But the loons help mask the sound a bit. We worked up our appetites to enjoy the generous meals. The food was a bit inconsistent... not necessarily surprising at a seasonal resort. Great staff. Thanks for a great weekend Poppy and Eric.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Everything that can be done to make your vacation special seems to have been taken care of at Killarney Lodge.

We stayed in a prime cabin which meant we had a bit more privacy than a regular cabin. We had a beautiful, unobstructed view of the lake (and the ducks, Canada Geese and loons!) and weren't bothered by other cottagers coming and going. The cabin was decorated in typical northern Ontario rustic pine, and everything (including the bathroom!) was extremely clean, in good condition, and well looked after. Well done, Killarney! Warning though, while there are fans, there is no air conditioning for extremely hot days in any of the cabins or public places in the lodge so be prepared to take a dip in the lake (or less fun, take a shower!) if you need to cool off. A note on my Sleep Quality rating of 2. Be warned. The bed was hard. Really, really hard. I had been warned of this by a previous review and even brought my yoga mat to slip between the bottom sheet and the mattress but while it made an improvement I still had an uncomfortable week.

All of the staff at the Lodge were extremely helpful and attentive. We didn't expect people to jump when we entered the dining room and didn't mind if we had to wait a few minutes for a table but a word to the wise: on summer weekends - get to the dining room EARLY for all meals to avoid lineups! Staff in the dining room were very accommodating and were always able to fill our special meal requests with a smile. And don't forget to look at your placemat - the beautiful views of Killarney and Algonquin you'll find there are a small but special touch you won't get at most resorts! As well, it was nice that the cleaning fairies on staff always somehow magically knew when we were having breakfast and our cabin had always been cleaned and straightened by the time we returned.

As for the food itself, the menu always offered a meat, chicken, fish or vegetarian option at every meal. Plus a choice of 4 desserts all made in house and delicious. I always went for the pie, but then I'm a sucker for pecan pie... And blueberry... And lemon meringue... And raspberry... My only disappointment (which may seem odd given that I have just admitted that I regularly opted for pie, but in my defense it was only at dinner! I HEROICALLY passed on dessert at lunch!) was that there was no lighter option regularly offered. All too often every menu choice was either made with cream, fried/sautéed, encased in a bun or pastry or something else that wasn't appropriate for someone trying to watch their waistline. As you can tell, I gave up trying to make my meal calorie wise but I wasn't entirely happy about it.

The Paddle Shop on site provides paddles, life jackets, snacks and everything you need for a day exploring the lake and adjoining rivers in the canoe that comes with your cabin. Request a picnic lunch at dinner the night before and your hamper will be ready to be picked up at breakfast with your choice of sandwiches, drinks and snacks. With the lunch and canoe, you can spend the day exploring the waters around the Lodge or take advantage of all of the activities Algonquin Park has to offer since your cabin comes with a pass to the park.

Now for the negative. It's got to be said that the noise from Highway 60 is pervasive and constant. While the sound of the transports was less in the cabins on the lake side than shore side, all we could hear while paddling around the lake was the traffic. If you're looking for a remote, quiet cabin that will let you get back to nature Killarney isn't going to give you that. But take the picnic lunch and canoe down the rivers, or take a hiking trail and you'll find the peace and quiet you're looking for.

Room Tip: Pay the extra and get a Prime cabin if you can. It really is worth it if you don't want to be i...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Our cabin was very comfortable, and we loved the large veranda looking straight out onto the lake, with our own canoe. There were thoughtful touches, like Aveda toiletries, and slanted privacy screens on the verandas. I was glad we didn't have a cabin overlooking the busy highway.
The food was good, though I felt let down by the dining experience. For the prices Killarney charges, it's inappropriate to make guests stand in line for 15 minutes, bark "cabin number?" at them, point them to a table and rush them through three courses of food. I understand Killarney aims for a rustic, informal ambiance, but a bit more finesse at mealtimes would've made it all the more relaxing. The restaurant is open to outside guests for dinner; in busy periods maybe they should consider restricting it to guests only, to maintain the serene atmosphere they promote on their website.

Room Tip: Ask for a cabin that doesn't look onto the highway. They're more expensive, but worth it unl...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Eric-Poppy, Owner at Killarney Lodge, responded to this review, October 19, 2013
Firstly, thank you for your complimentary comments about the Lodge. We are though sorry to here about your experience at dinner which we can assure you is certainly not typical. We do in fact limit the number of guests we take for dinner. There are only two dinner seatings. Once they are full that is it ... we never try to "squeeze" in anyone extra. Unfortunately we are always at the mercy of guests at the first seating. While we do inform them as they come in that we will require their table for the second seating, sometimes a few tables are tardy vacating and we can end up with a bit of a line-up. Offering a few dicrete "nudges" is really all we can do to get things moving without being offensive. If you end up being one of the last parties coming in for the second seating you can become a victim of this "first seating tardiness" and might have to wait. It sounds like you got caught on one of these evenings. Our apologies.
(please do also see our response to the previous review)
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

The cabins were quaint and the non highway duplex we were in, faced the lake. We would not have wanted a cabin facing the highway.The focus of the experience seemed to be the dining. They made a tremendous effort to ensure good service but at times seemed over crowded with so many staff eagerly tending to tables. Don't get us wrong, we appreciate good service but in a small dining room area the staff seemed to be bumping into each other creating a kind of busy energy. Dining in the evenings did not feel relaxed. Overall, the food was good. Appreciated a vegetarian option . The staff tended to my sensitivity to smell, which was much appreciated but beware, if you have scent sensitivity they use strong cleaners. Its a great little spot and the surrounding activities, canoeing and hiking terrific.

Room Tip: face lake not highway
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Eric-Poppy, Owner at Killarney Lodge, responded to this review, August 21, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to send in your comments. We were both surprised and flattered when you said that the focus of the lodge experience seemed to be the dining. While we do pride ourselves on the food coming out of our kitchen, we ourselves see it as only part of the total "Killarney Lodge experience" which we think of as a friendly, comfortable base from which to explore and enjoy Algonquin Park.

To your comment about our good, but busy, dining room service we offer several comments. Being over-staffed in a dining room we believe is far preferable to being under-staffed. We have all been in establishments and suffered from the latter! Our servers all view themselves as members of the same team so, yes, they are constantly helping each other out ... and we are proud of them. And finally, yes it is a small dining room. It was built of log in the 1930's when dining facilities like this were not constructed spaciously by today's standards. To your observation that dining in the evenings did not feel relaxed, we do as owners always invite guests to sit as long as they want after dinner, even after the staff have headed home, just so that they may unwind at their own pace. We do hope that we did not omit inviting you to do so. Also glad that you appreciated our vegetarian choices at every meal :)

As far as cabin locations go we do need to point out that only four (out of all our cabins) actually face the road, and even then it is at some distance across an open bay ... our "Beaver House Bay" (so named because of the active beaver house). In fact each of those four cabins is a favourite of different segments of our guests ... partly because these are some of the most "private" cabins on the property. Since the traffic is only during the day, facing or being nearer the road is mostly an issue for guests who stay at their cabins all day . At night the road is pretty quiet except for the odd vehicle. As a result for guests who are out doing things in the Park (the majority) the road is not really much of a concern.

Finally, your comment about strong cleaners is not accurate. Our housekeepers all prefer to use household cleaners just like they do at home. They do not use any commercial cleaners in the cabins. Your cabin had in fact been cleaned using just some PineSol. If guests advise us in advance of "scent sensitivities" we do let our housekeepers know and they then are very judicious in the use of any cleaning products.

Thanks again and we do hope to see you in the future ... remind us about the PineSol :)
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Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

It was wonderful to stay at Killarney Lodge. The location is accessible to hiking sites and other activities in the park since it is IN Algonquin Park. Food was outstanding with a variety of choice even for vegetarians. Best lemon sorbet (tart) I have ever had and other desserts were also fabulous. Very pleasant and accommodating staff. Nothing seems to much for them. Owners offer great advice. . Lots of birds and beautiful sounds even heard the loons one night.
Flys and mosquitos were petty bad in the woods but not much of a problem around the Lodge. Bring your wine with you as they don't have it available in the dining room. Nice to be able to be served as if you bought it there with a dinner.

Room Tip: Some cabins have better access to launch canoes so take that into consideration if you want to canoe...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lake of Two Rivers | Hwy. 60 at Km 33, Algonquin Park, Ontario P1H 2G9, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Algonquin Park
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Algonquin Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Killarney Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lodge is located right inside Algonquin Park on a private peninsula on Lake of Two Rivers. We offer individual lakeside cabins, your own canoe, fine country dining and friendly personal service. Our central location in the Park provides a wonderful way to explore and enjoy this lovely wilderness area in comfort and at your own pace. Walk or hike, canoe or bike ... There's so much to do. The spectacular Park Visitor Centre, the instructive Logging Museum and the stunning Algonquin Park Art Centre are each only minutes away. Attend one of the many interesting programs offered by Park naturalists, or let our knowledgeable staff here at the Lodge help plan an enjoyable day trip for you! Come join us ... In the heart of Algonquin Park. Eric & Poppy and all of us here at Killarney Lodge. (Pets accepted in limited number of cabins only - please enquire) ... more   less 
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