We have stayed at Dalvay a few times before, both with and without the kids, and eaten in the dining room many times before. This stay was to be a family end of summer treat. We stayed for three nights. Unfortunately we did not know it is under new management and we were quite disappointed in the change.
On a positive note, the accommodations are still beautiful and comfortable, but again too expensive. The room with two queen beds was spacious and the fine antique furniture is still there. We were offered "turn down service" with fresh baked treats. There are still many things to entertain the kids on the property and we went for two lovely kayaks on the lake. Having the beach right across the road and excellent biking trails (especially Bubbling Springs and Farmlands) can't be beat on the Island.
However, the dining room was a big disappointment. The prices are way too high and the service was way more friendly than it was efficient. The staff were obviously not well-trained. Their knowledge of the menu was poor. The general atmosphere was rather frazzled. The food was not great - I had to return my soup as it was inedible, and my vegetables were too tough to eat. The lobster and steak were good, but overpriced. The kids meals were very good and the only other night I ate there I ordered one of these by the fire in the bar- the halibut I was served was excellent. It would help greatly if there were more casual fare offered in the bar. There was a lounge menu but I was not allowed to order from it as the kitchen was too busy (thus the kid's meal).
The breakfast buffet was quite good, but there was only one hot option - not what you'd expect for what we paid to stay there! My husband couldn't have breakfast there because he can't eat wheat or dairy and there was no alternative offered - even just plain fried eggs and bacon, until the owner was there on the last day.The staff for the most part was frazzled. One waitress was excellent.
Steve who manages the rental bikes was very helpful - although we brought our own he was pleased to help with minor adjustments and directions for trails. We missed the lovely gift shop that used to be by the croquet pitch.
We were hoping to return some time and rent a cottage with other family members, but I'm not sure we will at these prices for what you get. Maybe if we hear things change we will.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Dalvay By The Sea
- Dalvay By The Sea Hotel Prince Edward Island
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dalvay-By-The-Sea, a National Historic Site of Canada, is an elegant Queen Anne Revival home built in 1895 by a Scottish-American oil tycoon. A summer resort hotel since the 1930's, Dalvay By-The-Sea is located at the east end of Prince Edward Island's National Park on scenic Dalvay Beach. There are 25 guest rooms; all are largely furnished in period antiques and all rooms offer a four-piece private bath. Each of our rooms is singular and unique. In addition, there are eight three-bedroom cottages located adjacent to the inn, offering vistas of the ocean, Dalvay Lake and acres of manicured grounds. The inn currently operates from June 1st - mid October, offering both accommodations and dining. ... more less
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