A family group of 16 ages 6 years to 70 years of age.
Check in: Be prepared to wait for check in. Although check in is at 4 pm, some in our group had to wait until 6 pm for the room to be ready.
New Years Eve Decades Dinner, Show & Dance Party:
The Decades show was entertaining and has some truly vocally talented performers. It does look a bit low budget and some of the outfits look a bit tired, but the show it self is fast past and well put together. Unfortunately, a third of our group were unable to see the visual of the show because of the huge speakers placed on the stage that blocked their view. The show started just after 9 pm and finished at 11 pm with a 10 minute intermission. After 11 pm there was a DJ, who pretty much put us to sleep until midnight. FYI: the kids in our group (ages 6 to 13) barely watched the show as they did not recognize 95% of the songs and although requested more popular songs to the DJ after 11pm, the DJ continued to play for an older (50plus) crowd.
The New Years Eve buffet dinner: The cold selection was plenty and had a great variety of different salads as well as cold seafood. The chilled baby lobster was extremely salty and over cooked. The hot selection was also plentiful. The Quinoa salad and Coquille St. Jacques, piped Yukon Gold potatoes were very tasty, everything else was pretty mediocre. The dessert table was pretty sad, the cakes and pies tasted like they were out of a box. Very little variety of fruit and the trays were usually empty. For $110 per adult, it was somewhat disappointing, but since it was New Years Eve, the food quality and taste was not our biggest concern. We were disappointed that they did not have a kid’s section for the buffet. They had a different party that was geared towards younger children (under 6 years)and families, however, the we should have been told that there would be no food selection for children at this party when we booked. There were lots of kids at this party as well. The chef did go over to the other party and get some kids food; taters, nuggets, mac and cheese all mashed together on a plate, however the kids had one look at the plate and pushed it away. Although the intentions were nice it would have been better to allow the kids to go and get there own food. Considering the child’s ticket price was $55 (plus tax and gratuity), that’s a pretty hefty price to pay for a chocolate fountain, which is pretty much all the kids ate. I would recommend a small kids buffet portion next time.
The rooms: We stayed at the one-bedroom suites in the Summit Lodge. The lodge itself was about a 3-5 minute walk from the main building were everything was, so its not that convenient when you are with kids. However, on the positive side it is more private and less busy. The room it self were pretty clean but much smaller then it appears in the pictures. Beds were comfortable and as with most pullout couches, don’t expect a good night rest. WARNING: Do not stay in the corner rooms near the stairwells at the lodges. The main doors and all interior doors to the corridors are heavy and slam (very loud) every time someone walks through them. This was extremely annoying early in the morning and late at night. (Message to the management: this problem can be fixed by repairing/adjusting the door swings at the top of the doors so that they don’t slam.)
Room Service: unless you stay in the main lodge you will not get room serves, you can order and then go to pick it up yourself.
Cleaning service: expect only for them to change towels and make beds up. You have to ask for anything else. The staircases are full of salt from outside which gets dragged into the front of the room and corridor. We had to ask the cleaning service to vacuum and mop the floors, as this is not part of their cleaning routine. They did not even have a mop with them and used a towel to mop the front area of the entrance.
Activities: The kids really enjoyed the indoor rock climbing (great staff) as well as the outdoor skating (you can rent stakes there). The kids used the pool once and although they had an indoor playzone, we did not use it as we were not in the main building and did not get around to it. It was disappointing that they did not have the tubing available as we were all looking forward to it. Instead we went snow boarding at Hidden Valley (a few minutes away). There were other activities that were available that we just did not get around to trying. You will find plenty to do.
Food: Maple restaurant at the main lodge for dinner: The service was extremely fast and friendly. The food is hit and miss. They have a pretty good menu with variety but the quality of the food will depend on what you order. The calamari was great, crispy and tasty but the local bliss burger was, tough, dry and over cooked. The salads are a safe bet. Stay away from the Sheppard’s pie, it had a layer of grease under the mashed potatoes. FYI: the portions for the kids menu are tiny! Order 2 or order from adult menu. Unless your child is under 3 years they will be disappointed and hungry.
Lobby bar: Chips and dip: tasty. Cheese pizza: almost as good as boxed frozen pizza. 1 large shrimp $3 – pass! Not worth it.
Eclipse: did not try but was wondering if the New Years Eve buffet came from that kitchen, then did not miss much.
The best meal: go down the street to 3 Guys and a Stove, you will not be disappointed!
Spa: did not try the Spa as it was booked ($110 for a 55 minute massage)
Check out: double check you bill and you credit card statement. Some errors did occur at check out but were rectified without hassle. (Great service at the front desk– especially Erin- very helpful).
Would I return? Maybe give it one more chance in the summer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Embracing Peninsula Lake near Huntsville, Deerhurst Resort is your year-round retreat to Ontario’s famous “Cottage Country” lifestyle in Muskoka and has been welcoming vacationing families and couples, as well as meetings and conference guests since 1896. Known for its excellent golf – including Deerhurst Highlands which ranked in the top 50 best you can play in 2016 by Canadian Golf Magazine, fresh, locally sourced cuisine highlighted throughout the four onsite restaurants, and live entertainment throughout the year, Deerhurst resort has everything you need for your ultimate Muskoka getaway. Offering the most activities of any resort in Ontario year-round including canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, skiing and wakeboard lessons in the summer, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and skating in the winter, amazing hiking trails to see breathtaking fall colours and so much more, plus Deerhurst is your gateway to Algonquin Park, just 30 minutes away. ... more less
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- Deerhurst Hotel Huntsville
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