First off, Killarney is beautiful during the fall, that includes both the Village of Killarney and nearby Killarney provincial park.
Killarney Mountain Lodge was a good place to stay after at 9 day back country camping trip.
We stayed in a cabin, which was joined with other cabins by a causeway, but no adjoining walls. The interior of the main room was well-appointed, well maintained and quite nice. The only thing lacking was the bathroom, which was functional, but outdated circa 1981.
The layout of the facility was fantastic and very well maintained. The food was between good and ultra good, but as mentioned before we had come off a backcountry trip of 9 days of dehydrated food, so our first real meal felt extraordinarily scrumptious. All in all the food was good.
The service here was great, staff were really friendly and went out of their way to accommodate you. Our only problem with service was the tipping policy, which basically stated the management would prefer we tip each server directly. I understand the logistical reasons behind this for the management, they don't have to be involved in divying up tips, but I don't agree with it... Primarily because the people who clean the rooms, do the laundry, sweep the floors and stock the shelfs are all service people as well and we don't come into contact with them. These non-customer facing persons support the customer facing staff and inturn make the customer facing staff look good and perform better, so I don't think it is quite equitable or fair to tip out individually, plus that means I have to carry around small bills and distribute accordingly throughout my stay. That said, each invoice has a section to tip a specific server, and one may put a tip on the bill at the end of their stay either for "all" or to be allocated specifically.
The price of this resort was pretty high, and only in the context of the trail we did prior to our stay did we consider the price "worth it". I also think, considering the nightly price, the tipping policy should be even more equitable.
All the negative aside, I have to say again, this resort was fantastic, the service was great and looking at the 2 or 3 other places to stay in Killarney Village, Killarney Mountain Lodge is hands down above and beyond the rest.
Hi highly recommend spending a couple nights here.
Note that there is no fitness centre, at least in a conventional sense, but there is an outdoor pool, sauna, ping pong table, pool table, canoes, kayaks and the great outdoors. I don't really thing there is room service as there are no phones in the rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Return to an era of grace and simplicity..... Killarney Mountain Lodge is a casual resort nestled on the north shore of Georgian Bay. Family owned and operated for over 50 years, the lodge is famous for friendly ambience, a distinctive cuisine and a unique outdoor adventure programme. This comfortable oasis features a charming dining room; nostalgic cocktail lounge with live entertainment during July and August; heated swimming pool, sauna and tennis court. The red granite shores of the Bay and white quartzite hills and sparkling lakes of Killarney Provincial Park beckon the explorer. There are Unlimited opportunities for daily expeditions by canoe, kayak, sail and trail in Ontario's most spectacular scenic wilderness. Killarney Provincial Park has always been considered the Crown Jewel of Ontario Parks. It abounds with wildlife large and small, from squirrels and chipmunks to deer, moose, elk and black bear. As a wilderness park, all forms of resource extraction, motorized equipment and hunting are prohibited. Visitors to the park are therefore assured of peace and tranquility. When exploring the intriguing channels and mysterious islands of Georgian Bay by kayak or aboard the lodge's excursion vessels, stunning vistas are at every hand. Sightings of waterfowl, deer, moose and bear are common. During a restful sojourn at the lodge guests can enjoy a quiet poolside read or a relaxing dip in the solar heated swimming pool. When action is the order of the day local wilderness trails start right at the lodge doorstep. They offer easy access to the outback in just a few short steps. Birdwatchers will find a wide variety of birds on both the lodge property itself and along these nearby trails. A few years ago a highly respected, elderly birder sighted 76 varieties during the course of a spring weekend. Killarney has always been a focal point for anglers. The lodge motto is "big waters mean big fish". We have all the equipment and facilities for a successful fishing trip including guides, boats both large and small and rental tackle. Giant northern pike and muskellunge are favourites for anyone seeking these voracious predators. Northern Georgian Bay's least known rod and reel resource is the unbelievable abundance of small and largemouth bass. These fighting fish lurk in the deep, near-shore pools. Commonly they run to four and five pounds. In recent years down rigging for salmon and trout has become a major activity in the Killarney area and Killarney Mountain Lodge has vessels dedicated to this deepwater style of fishing. Just 4.5 Hours from Toronto via Highways 400, 69 and 637, the lodge is easily accessible. If you take this route to Killarney, a circle tour is available to return to southern Ontario via Manitoulin Island, across the Fitzwilliam Channel to Georgian Bay aboard the Chi-Cheemaun ferry, Tobermory and on to the Bruce Peninsula. This provides a rare opportunity to enjoy some of Ontario's less visited backcountry as well as an exciting trip across the wide expanse of Lake Huron. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Killarney Mountain Hotel Killarney
- Killarney Mountain Lodge Ontario, Canada