I'm not a picky traveller; I've travelled to lots of places in Canada and Europe, and I've stayed in some pretty sketchy rooms. But I have to admit that I expected more from this self-styled "resort and spa". Get a B&B in town, or drive the extra few minutes out of town and stay at a chain motel.
First off, the room brochure states that most rooms are equipped with ergonomic chairs. Mine wasn't; in fact, the seat of my upholstered desk chair had collapsed and was most uncomfortable to sit in, especially since I had two days of computer work to take care of. When I inquired at the front desk, I was told that they didn't have ergonomic chairs, but they did get me a chair from the banquet hall. No better. I ended up sitting on the upholstered easy chair in the room, which I had to cover with a bath towel since it was so covered in dust that I had a crazy allergy attack just sitting in it.
The A/C in the room is anemic; we had it on full blast all night long and it still never cooled off much, which is odd considering it was only about 21 deg C outside. We didn't sleep much anyway; the queen size bed in our room was incredibly creaky and it was tough to find a comfortable position. I tested the pullout couch the morning we left; I should have slept on that instead.
The bathroom was incredibly tiny and awkward to navigate. Lots of hot water, though. Towels are small and getting a little threadbare.
The pool area isn't bad, but the hot tub had an unbelievable toxic smell to it. The wife and I tried to enjoy the hot tub but had to bail, gasping for air. Plus most of the jets in the tub don't work. The sauna has seen better days as well; there are quite a few protruding nailheads in the floor, seats, and walls. Towels left on chairs in the pool area were still sitting in the exact same spot when I went for a swim the next day. Ew.
It rained heavily the second night we were there; the pool roof leaked like a sieve (although I guess if you're going to the pool, you're not concerned about getting wet! Ha!).
We had breakfast both days in the hotel; the eggs benedict are mouthwatering. But I checked out the dinner menu and their prices, and we agreed that eating in town (or at the delectable Port Pub) was a much better deal.
The decor is dated. Perhaps it appeals to an older demographic, but the kitch in the dining hall is a little overwhelming. Try to sit by the windows; the rest of the dining hall is pretty dark.
I would hope that in the future they put a little more effort into maintaining the hotel; at 7:30 am I walked past the reception area on my way to breakfast, and the lady at the desk was very busy with her game of computer solitaire. Perhaps less computer solitaire and more attention to the details of the hotel would at least earn three stars from me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Resort Property centrally located in the Beautiful Annapolis Valley surrounded by Orchards, Tides and Wineries. 100 well-appointed A/C rooms and FREE internet (mixture of Kings, Queens and Doubles with 2 barrier-free) and 29 seasonal cabins. Spectacular views. Dining room, lounge. indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness room, sundeck, tennis; scenic walks. Full service Spa; business services; reception & conference facilities. Bay of Fundy Recommended Experience. 5 km to shopping, golf and major attractions like Grand Pre National Historic Park and Hall's Harbour fishing Village and world's highest tides. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Orchard Hotel Wolfville
- Old Orchard Inn And Spa
- Old Orchard Inn & Spa Wolfville, Nova Scotia