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JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Minett
Reviewed May 11, 2009

The reviews say it all. The resort from top to bottom is perfect. The restaurants are top notch. The staff went out of their way to be friendly, accommodating, helpful and genuine. The hiking trails are endless and if you love the outdoors, this spot is for you. The best feature of this resort has to be the rooms.......WOW......a lot of work went into creating a functional, cozy and comfortable "at home" design & feel, and they knocked that out of the park. The beds are to die for. We loved the kitchenette, which allowed us to bring our own foods of choice and make breakfasts and lunch to enjoy on the patio without having to hit a restaurant for each meal. The indoor/outdoor pool was wonderful, although not overly relaxing with the kids "screeching" (an adult pool would have been amazing)....but, we don't have kids, so I am sure if we did....it would be in one ear and out the other. Still a great way to spend the day reading a book. Overall a perfect weekend getaway.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2009

We decided to go to the Rosseau for a last minute get away. We arrived Saturday afternoon without a reservation and were checked in quickly. We chose the cheapest room ($149/night). When we got up to our room it was facing the road side as opposed to the lake. My husband asked to be switched to a lakeview room if possible. They upgraded us to a suite with a balcony (no added cost) facing the lake. The rooms are beautiful. The kitchenette is extremely well equipped. We ate dinner at Teca which was quite good. The atmosphere was relaxed, but still romantic. All of the hotel staff was friendly and helpful. I checked out the rates for the summer when I got home. While they go up considerably I would definitely recommend it even at double or triple the price considering the added value you will get in the summer.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank CD001
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Reviewed March 10, 2009

We stayed here for one week in February. We arrived on the Sunday and the hotel had 100% occupancy. Our room was not ready so we went shopping and returned at around 3:30 as such they upgraded us to a 1 bedroom suite with a view of the lake.
The room was gorgeous and the bathroom was spacious.
The bell boys at the hotel could not do enough for us, as well as the bar men. We had travelled with our 6 year old son and the staff had a lot of time for him and made our stay that bit more special in the absence of other kids at the hotel. ( it was school vacation for Ireland).
We ate at the bar a few times where there was a tapas style menu which was fab! The bar men went that extra mile and seemed genuinely interested in the guests. We also ate in the italian restaraunt which was fabulous!
We were a little challenged with the pool and found it to be freezing one day and then warmer than the hot tub the next day. Thus when we returned on the third day it was freezing.
Also when passing from the internal to external pool my husband was unfortunate enough to cut his head on the partition curtain. The screws which were retaining the partition curtain were not covered. Also the tiles on the fountain externally were falling off.
Also in the ladies changing room in the disabled shower there were holes drilled twice for fitting which had obviously been incorrect and they have not been filled or replaced.
i think this is going to become a really special place to stay once they have ironed out the small issues.
The strength of this hotel will be it's people!!
We have boooked agin for August!

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with family
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3  Thank jenjacknick
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Reviewed February 24, 2009

This past weekend my wife and I sneaked away to Muskoka for a three-day weekend of much needed R and R. We had considered more far-off destinations like Miami, New York or Las Vegas, but came to realize we’d like something close and quiet - where pure relaxation, not activities - would be the goal. We looked at all the better properties north of Toronto to decide where to go; based in part upon Trip Advisor reviews, we chose The Rosseau.

The drive from Toronto is quick and easy, at "get the heck out of Dodge" speeds, it was around 2 hours and 15 minutes from downtown. Most of the drive is quite pretty; once north of Barrie, the drive is very nice. Arriving at the hotel, you are greeted by a lovely building with charming architectural detail. In the winter, it is a very pretty snow-covered facade, in summer, with the gardens planted and fountains in operation, I think it will be really beautiful.

The first staffer we met was bellman Nico, (sorry about the spellin') who right from the start made us feel really welcome with what seemed like genuine care about how we enjoyed our drive. Nico helped us with our luggage and walked us through the beautiful foyer - with the impressive view through to the "conservatory" room - to the check in. Here we met Jessie, who was also very friendly, and made genuine efforts to make us feel welcome. After a quick check in, Nico took us to our room, a beautiful one-bedroom suite.

Now, I have stayed in a lot of hotels, some expensive and some not so much, and this was one of the nicest rooms I have checked in to. Beautifully decorated in a tasteful old-timey cottagey motif, it felt both homey and luxurious. The suite featured a nice big deck (obviously better for summer), a nice gas fireplace, galley kitchen with dishwasher, two big flat-screen TV's, an amazing granite bathroom with double sinks, separate deep tub and shower, and a tucked away WC (one reviewer below is right about the light in the WC. It's a green-minded LED lamp, and er, forget reading on the loo). We were thrilled with our room, and after settling in for a few minutes and unpacking, we went to see the rest of the property.

Down in the foyer we bumped into a charming manager (you know who you are) to whom we gushed about how much we already liked the property, and the suite. Long story sort, she suggested that she could shift us to an east-facing suite where she promised we would be blown away by the sunrise over Lake Rosseau. We said we'd be delighted to take her up on the offer, though the suite we were in was fantastic.

It was worth the time to shift our things; the corner suite was AMAZING. A little bit bigger, with an entry foyer, a larger, even more impressive bathroom with a beautiful round window over the soaker tub. The bedroom was as nice as any hotel I can remember. The only drawback is that it's a pretty long walk from the elevators, but it assured the most privacy - and quiet - possible. She was right, by the way; dawn broke clear on Saturday morning, and sunrise over Lake Rosseau was very beautiful indeed.

We were on a weekend dining plan, so later headed to Cottages for our first dinner. After a quick stop at Lakes, the lobby bar, we got our table. On the dining plan there is a "table d'hote" menu, slightly condensed from the main menu. There were plenty of choices for our three nights' stay. We both enjoyed delicious appetizers, mains and dessert, in a lovely cottage-country resort ambiance. Like the people we had met at check in, all of the staff in the dining room were wonderfully pleasant, and as we were learning was typical of the staff, would do anything they could do to ensure a pleasant experience. We especially enjoyed meeting the managers of both of the dining rooms, who at our invitation, joined us for a few minutes to chat about the property of which they were both clearly proud.

After dinner we retired to our room for an early night, we were both tired from work.

Over the next three days we enjoyed breakfasts in Cottages, which on the weekend had a great breakfast buffet, with so many choices we had to strategize how to try them all during our short stay. We enjoyed the exercise room (most sophisticated treadmills I have ever seen) and the pool. The pool has an indoor and an outdoor portion that are joined by a swim through. Outside was the large hot tub, which was fun to soak in in the cool weather and especially nice in the falling snow. One warning: after the hot tub, the pool feels (brrr!) cold.

Beyond that, we didn't do much. Even in the winter there are lots of outdoor activities for guests, but we were interested in mostly a quiet weekend curled up by the fireplace with a book. Whether in our own room or in the public areas, there were plenty of nice corners with comfy chairs or couches to curl up in and dig into our books.

We had two more dinners to enjoy, one more at Cottages, and one at Teca, the Italian Grille themed dinner spot. At Teca our server was Simon, who clearly loved his job, and was very good at it; from wine recommendations, to thoughts about the many menu items. We were joined that evening by another couple who we had met earlier, and together had a fantastic dinner experience where we could not possibly have asked for more attentive and thorough service, with just the right “casual-professional” attitude. We laughed, chatted and lingered long over a delicious dinner, until we were the last guests in the dining room. After dessert was an unexpected capper – close-up magic performed by the bartender, a delightful close to a wonderful evening.

Monday morning we were sad to be packing up to leave, we had had such a nice time, very peaceful, fun, and relaxing. We truly cannot wait until summer, when we hope to be able to visit again with our boys. I believe the property will be even more wonderful in the summer season.

A couple of reviewers pointed out those things they found wrong with the property. I found that there were a couple of issues consistent with the property being open only a matter of weeks. But to tell the truth, these issues were so minor as to be not worth mentioning here. Once the bugs are all ironed out over the next weeks and months, this property is going to be even better.

In summary: a beautiful, well appointed hotel situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Canada. The staff are hand-picked and consistently some of the most friendly, caring people I have ever encountered. There wasn’t a single one that failed to greet us warmly, or, when appropriate to offer to go the extra mile to ensure we had a wonderful time. Of course, this was not a bargain hotel, so one would expect a certain level of luxury and staff care, but I think that our experience exceeded what one might normally expect of a good hotel.

No, I am not affiliated with the hotel, and yes, we’ll definitely return.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Ricochet
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Reviewed February 8, 2009

My wife and I went to The Rosseau for a weekend away for our anniversary. Despite the fact that the spa was not complete and some other parts of the resort are still being completed, we had a fantastic weekend.
We were given a balcony room with a lake view on the 4th floor. All the rooms at the Rosseau have fireplaces in them which is a great touch. The bathroom was nice as well with a nice sized tub and a seperate shower. A small kitchenette came with the room which I believe is in all the rooms too. Nice to have even though we didn't use all the amenities it came with.
The staff was very friendly and helpfull. After speaking with an employee while waiting for an elevator we had mentioned we were there for our wedding anniversary. To our suprise the next morning we had a knock on the door from that same employee with a beautiful heart shaped cake and two glasses of champagne and orange juice and a small card. That kind gesture topped of our weekend spent there. I'm sure as time goes on and the resort matures a little it will only get better.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Gp_124
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Reviewed January 8, 2009

Spent New Year's at the new JW in the heart of Ontario's cottage country and nothing disappointed. Staff were friendly, suite was beautiful and view across Lake Rosseau from the huge balcony outside our bedroom was amazing.

Supper in the Italian restaurant on property was excellent... good menu and varied wine list. Bar and public areas where great for just hanging out. Certainly be worth coming back in spring, fall and summer to see this great new resort in different guises.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2009

Roaring fires, comfortable rocking chairs, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, floor to ceiling windows, all sorts of nooks and crannies to relax or read in and that is just in the lobby!

Our family just returned from ringing in the New Year at the Marriott Rosseau and we only have good things to report, with both the hotel itself and its extremely friendly staff. Beginning with the doorman, continuing to the concierge and including the bartenders who entertained our kids (ages 12 and 14) with their skill and humor, everyone went out of their way to please all of the guests.

Our room had a full kitchen that included a dishwasher and a fireplace that is more than just ‘show’; it can actually warm the room quickly. The bathroom in our suite was very spacious (his and her sinks), walk-in shower, jacuzzi tub with a smart layout and beautiful decor. The WC lighting is dimly light however, I appreciated this aspect. This way my husband wasn't encouraged to take the two daily newspapers provided by the resort into the "library".

The fitness center has state-of-the-art equipment, with each piece of cardio equipment featuring its own TV. The heated indoor/outdoor pool and outdoor hot tub (just a few feet from the pool) kept our kids busy for hours. The Rosseau Spa was, unfortunately, not ready (we were told completion would be sometime in January), but it appears it will be just as impressive, totally 35,000 sq. feet and occupying two floors.

The staff at the nearby marina, where you can rent skis, skates and snow mobiles was just as accommodating as the hotel staff. We enjoyed ourselves so much we have already booked for this summer!

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with family
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2  Thank Dure
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Address: 1050 Paignton House Road | PO Box 31, Minett, Ontario P0B 1G0, Canada (Formerly The Rosseau, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa)
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Muskoka District > Minett
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Minett
Price Range: $217 - $473 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 221
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JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa welcomes guests to luxurious surroundings overlooking Lake Rosseau. Year-round, experience the beauty and renewal of nature on your terms. ... more   less 
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