We recently spent three nights at Strawberry Hill Resort, which is a combination of rooms located in the old manor house and newer chalets with full housekeeping capacity; the emphasis here seems to be on the latter. We stayed in the manor house, which is beautiful, and the room was lovely - very large, clean, and nicely appointed though a bit dated (with a walk-in closet, what a luxury!). The dining room is beautiful, overlooking the patio and lush lawns, but we discovered they only actually serve dinner there on the weekends. (The food was okay but by no means the best we had during our visit to Newfoundland.) Other days you have to go somewhere else for lunch and dinner, and they have an arrangement with nearby Humber Valley Resort (which seems much livelier); fortunately the food in the family restaurant there was very good. Continental breakfast was included with the room, and it was adequate but nothing special - cereals and muffins. Staff were not particularly friendly or helpful and didn't seem very interested in the manor house guests. We used the resort as a base from which to explore Gros Morne, rather than staying in the park, where the accommodations are less luxurious. We had underestimated the distance so it took us about an hour each day to get to the park; better to have gone for more rustic and closer in retrospect.
Given that the resort presents itself as having had Queen Elizabeth and Pierre Trudeau as guests in the past, all in all, it was somewhat less than what we had anticipated as an overall luxurious experience: I think Strawberry Hill is a bit "over the hill" in terms of service and services (not even a pop machine as far as I could tell!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Strawberry Hill is a luxurious retreat property located equidistant from the Deer Lake Airport and the City of Corner Brook in Newfoundland’s beautiful Humber Valley. The property was originally developed by the British papermaking industrialist, Sir Eric Bowater as a corporate retreat for visiting dignitaries. Included among the long list of distinguished guests have been Lord Alexander, Prime Minister Trudeau, Prince Edward, Prince Phillip and on two separate occasions, Her Majesty, The Queen of England. Come to Strawberry Hill and indulge your sense of adventure. Settled in the beautiful mountains of the Humber Valley an abundance of outdoor activities which are guaranteed to set your senses pulsing all within easy reach of your doorstep. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Strawberry Hill Hotel Corner Brook
- Strawberry Hill Inn & Chalets Corner Brook, Newfoundland