Length of Stay - One night, Thursday Oct 15.
Group - Me and my two daughters, plus a friend and his daughter. Kids age 11-14
Location - A mile or so up Hwy 61 from Silver Bay. Kind of off by itself on the side of the road, and nothing really within walking distance. But the hotel had delivery menus available from nearby restaurants.
We had been camping and bailed out due to the weather, so we did not have reservations anywhere. We were a bit concerned as this was the start of MEA weekend (a statewide school holiday, during fall color season, so north shore travel is very popular). We arrived about 2:00 pm and the extremely friendly and helpful hotel manager checked us in. We were able to get two adjoining rooms (so kids could be in one, adults in the other) and on the first floor (so we didn't have to lug all our wet camping gear up the stairs). We also used the dryer in the Guest Laundry for some of our wet things.
The rates are higher here than some of the other options like the older motels and cabins, but not as high as some of the newer resorts. But the Manager told us about a fall discount without even asking, so we did save a bit of money. I think each room was about $115 after the discount.
Room Type - 2 Queen Bed with micro and fridge. Lakeside. The rooms were very clean and everything worked fine. Because we had been camping we had food with us, so we actually used the fridges and microwaves to prepare our dinner.
The Pool - There was a steam sauna, a whirlpool, and a pool with a long twisty slide. The pool was a little on the chilly side, but not bad. The hot tub was warm, not hot, but not bad. The slide is only open during set hours and was staffed by a lifeguard. I think the pool was open all day though. There were a handful of tables set about in the pool area, and a coin-operated air hockey table.
Since we arrived so early we pretty much had the pool to ourselves for a few hours. But it certainly got very busy as more people checked in (I think the hotel was fully booked by the end of the day) and the weather was bad so I think more people stayed in. And at one point there was a large group of kids that used the pool out of the adjoining Hospitality Room and I don't think they were actually staying there, so maybe it could have been a birthday party or something? Anyway, the pool is only medium size so it got pretty crowded during the peak time, and there weren't enough tables to go around. But there were plenty of towels. I think that normally it wouldn't be so crowded at the pool.
Breakfast - A slight cut above "standard". They had cereal, toast, pastries, etc..., plus two waffle makers and sausage gravy (oddly there were no biscuits, so I used an english muffin). The breakfast area is pretty small but we waited until about 9:00 am and then had no problems, otherwise it was packed as we passed through each time to load up the car. But there were lots of hotel staff constantly attending to the area and restocking though.
Other - The Guest Laundry was one washer and one dryer, and in a large clean room. There was a public computer available and that evening it was speedy, but the next morning it was dog slow. Not sure why.
All in all it was a very good stay. We really just need a place to get out of the rain (snow!) and everything else was just a bonus. Everyone we dealt with with helpful and friendly (the Manager was great). the place was clean, breakfast was good, and I would say it was a good value.
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