My husband and I stayed here for a brief getaway recently, and overall we really enjoyed our stay and would certainly consider returning. But when I sat down to write this review, I waffled a bit between a 3 and 4.
First things first, the new innkeepers, Michael and Katee, were really lovely. They were very kind and attentive. They had great recommendations on places to eat and things to do when our first plan, cross-country skiing, fell through due to lack of snow. They were also great cooks, and the breakfasts were fabulous. I loved the little details like the evening hors d'oeurvres, handmade truffles, etc., and the free equipment for skiing, biking, boating and fishing was quite welcome. The service and food probably rate at 5 stars.
The inn itself, though, is more in the 3 star category. The location is lovely, the place unique, but the appointments are a little disappointing. Pergo floors in the breakfast area, industrial carpet in the great room and the guest rooms seemed more on par with a Comfort Inn than a unique bed and breakfast. The rooms were tiny, the bathrooms even more so, and there was no sound proofing to speak of. We could hear our neighbors talking and their TVs, and people walking above us woke us up in the mornings and kept us up at night (we were on the ground floor, but felt somewhat lucky that our rooms were not near the breakfast area or the common room, where it was probably much worse).
Not everything was bad, of course. Much of the furniture is antique and quite charming. The great room is very neat and comfortably furnished, though our plans to read, play games, chat and relax were thwarted when a large family came in and turned on the TV loudly. All of the seating is close enough to the large TV to create quite a bit of distraction. It made me appreciate inns that have separate TV rooms, and wish this one had the same.
The bed was quite comfortable, though the pillows were surprisingly not. All four of ours felt like small flat squares of foam. I wish they'd had some variety in pillows.
All in all, like I say in my title, this was cozy and nice with a lot of amenities, but a variety of small things kept it from really being perfect. And that's okay... not every place will be perfect in every way. I'd still recommend it, but just wanted to offer some greater description so that folks know both the merits and flaws of a stay here.
- Also Known As:
- Carmel Cove Inn At Deep Creek Lake Hotel Swanton
- Carmel Cove Inn At Deep Creek Lake Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Carmel Cove Inn is Deep Creek Lake's Premier Country Inn. Peaceful wooded setting on quiet cove. Fishing and swimming dock. Canoes, paddle boat, tennis, billiards, bicycles and guest fire ring. Private fireplaces, jacuzzis and guest-room decks overlooking the woods with private breakfast room service. Sumptuous breakfasts, complimentary beverages and snacks. Minutes to Wisp Ski Resort. ... more less