We just spent a weekend evening (late September 2005) at the Gatway Lodge and had a terrific time. I booked a suite room for my wife and I mostly based on location (< 3 hrs drive time from Cleveland suburbs) and on local activities - Cook Forest and the Allegheny Nat'l Forest 15 miles north.
Gateway Lodge is so much more than its website lets on. Like many travelers to lesser known hotels and b&b's I was a little unsure of the place. The first person I talked to when I booked the room put me at ease right away and we felt well taken care of through our entire stay.
The room we had was a suite on the second floor. They have smaller rooms and cabins in addition to the approximately dozen suites. If you're traveling as a couple, get a suite. I think the cabins can accomodate larger families, but you should definitely check on that with the owners. The decor is rustic but not overly so. The room had a king-sized bed with great comforter and pillows. There's an in-room jacuzzi with room for two, and fireplace. Most of the suites have a walkout of some sort; the second floor has a balcony. We left the door partly open most of the night. The view isn't spectacular but it was a nice place to have coffee on Sunday morning. In the room on arrival was a small basket of treats - crackers, cheese, and sparkling cider. We went to the onsite bar and got some wine relatively soon after arriving.
We had dinner relatively late (8:30ish) and were famished. The food was good. I think it could be great depending on what you order. It's a first class operation with attentive wait-staff. If you are wondering about the food credit that comes with some of the suite deals, do it. I was concerned about being stuck in one place for a room and dinner but it couldn't have worked out nicer. We had time to take our time getting ready for dinner, walking down through some common areas from our room. Not driving to/from dinner and playing checkers on the way back to the room was pretty cool. More on checkers below.
Breakfast was very nice. We ate on Sunday at approx. 10:30am so that was probably their peak in breakfast traffic. We waited just a few minutes for a table and were very happy to get our food. I had the standard couple of eggs, home fries and sausage. My wife had the french toast. I'd recommend either, but personally, would get the french toast next time. From the looks of them, the omelets are huge, by the way. We had hiked a couple of hours earlier in the morning so we were starving and glad for the amount of food we got.
Some other comments or observations: they have tea from 4-5, at least on the day we were there. My wife and I were out on the trails at the time so we missed that. They also have champagne and cheese/crackers at 9, again, at least they did when we were there on a Saturday. We missed that too, but both seem to be a classy touch. Their common areas, back toward the suites, are very comfortable. Large chairs, sofas and a fireplace. Some folks were reading, others playing games. I was 0/3 at checkers, which I haven't played for years. They had coffee and tea sitting out in this area on Sunday morning, and probably do most mornings. Nice touch.
As for activities outside the Lodge, we spent quite a bit of time on the trails. You can rely on the innkeepers/staff to point out interesting things to do. We spent most of our time on the first day at the Forest Cathedral - an awesome old-growth forest in Cook Forest and we split time between the Firetower in Cook Forest and some hikes in the Allegheny Forest to the north on the second day. Within a few minutes on the Lodge are canoeing, hiking, water parks, etc. They have a spa onsite, but we didn't have time for a massage. They could have accomodated us, however. Looking back we probably should have.
Overall, we had a great time. There's not much I could improve on.
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