The Driftwood Cabins are awful. We did something that I have never done anywhere else - we actually left mid-week (with two small children!) and looked for a different place to stay. We stayed in the Hemlock Cabin. The cabin was TINY (and we are from NYC so we are used to small living spaces), living area and bedrooms were clean, but both the kitchen and bathroom were filthy (other people's hair and other people's crumbs--gross).
The 'fully' equipped kitchen did not have matches -we got there at night and realized that we had no way to light the stove, when we asked for some in the morning they were begrudgingly given to us by the owner, with the comment to make sure we brought them back. The kitchen also did not have a garbage pail, the silverware was cracked and disgusting and there was an ancient, greasy wooden cutting board that I was afraid to touch. The bathroom sink did not drain and gurgled anytime water was run in the kitchen sink or when the toilet was flushed- the toilet did actually flush- a miracle that I will be eternally grateful for. The shower was warmer than cold, but was certainly not hot. And the bathroom smelled bad and had obviously not been cleaned since the last people had stayed there.
They did provide wood for the cabins but no kindling wood, or newspaper (and no matches). When I asked about kindling I was told to go gather it in the woods-no joke.
The website does say ' Firewood is provided at no extra charge'. To not also provide matches and kindling seems sort of passive-agressive.
The bed was very uncomfortable. We asked for the 'linen service' and arrived to unmade beds with a bunch of folded sheets in a basket in the living room. Were they clean? They smelled OK but were so worn that it was hard to tell.
The cabins themselves are quite close together and are perched on a very steep piece of land above a fine lake. Because the land is so steep there is nowhere to really hang out and sit and relax. There is a rocky beach and a dock that is attached to some fairly flat rocks, and a lean-to with some chairs, but all of this is so shabby and depressing and unkempt that it is not a very pleasant place to spend any time in. One plus-there were rasberries growing near our cabin-that was a small source of pleasure in an otherwise dismal experience.
Just to give a little bit of context: I like to backpack and hike and I am OK with a bit of roughing it. I've also travelled quite a bit. So I am not so particular about where I stay but this was unbelievably bad- almost as if the owners wanted you to have a bad time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unique cottages on 870 feet of wooded Indian Lake shoreline ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Camp Driftwood Indian Lake