We stayed at Hillside for 4 days while doing 2 weeks of day-hiking in the Canadian Parks. We needed sleeping arrangements for 5 and asked for a kitchen. Let me start by saying I have very mixed feelings regarding my stay.To make a long story short, if there are only 2 of you and you aren't planning to do any cooking, this would be a great place. But it is not big enough for more than 3 people and there are just not enough supplies in the kitchen to cook even a simple meal.The setting was great. These are lovely cabins in a great quiet location. We stayed in the "Grizzly" and it appeared to be pretty new and in very good condition and very clean. So no issues there. That being said, you should be prepared for what this lodge is lacking. We were a family of 5 and we did a lot of cooking on this trip. I explained this when I called to ask about renting a cabin. We were told there was plenty of room for five and the kitchen was fully stocked with everything we would need. There were beds for five. But they didn't tell us that was 2 twins, 1 futon and one full bed. That's ok. We can survive with that. But there wasn't room for 5 people to sit in the living room. The TV is only 15 inch and there is no cable, only DVDs you can rent. The really strange part was there were no top sheets on the bed, no blankets and no box springs. It was just a super thin mattress with a comforter - and a super bad pillow. To say the kitchen was well stocked was the overstatement of the year. No drinking glasses, except for 6 oz. juice glasses, only one small round cake pan for the oven. So cooking bread of any kind was a problem and definitely no casseroles or french fries. The only utensils were a ladel and one spatula. There were no stirring or serving spoons, no wisks, no tongs, no graters. No pitchers for juice or lemonade, and only one small frying pan. We went to the office to request additional kitchen supplies, but the language barrier was so difficult we just gave up. Also please be aware that you have to put the "maid service" sign out if you want your garbage removed and your towels restocked (just the opposite of what you normally do). I guess the thing that bothered me most was that they encouraged you to put your dirty towels and garbage on the porch each morning and they would pick those up and not clean the entire cabin. But they have a bear that lives in the area and he was seen just down the river from us. The rules with bears are simple - no access to garbage. That bothered me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on 20 beautiful acres of riverfront property, we offer 9 cabins and 2 guest rooms. We have an amazing wedding venue - a rustic barn with just enough modern touches and beautiful exposed wood to make any event stunning! It's a must see property with lots to see and do. ... more less