Travelling with family(3 young kids) and wife this weekend for an extended weekend. Normally don't have a problem checking in early, but here we had to wait right until 4, but the hotel allowed us all the amenities. As we walked down what appeared to be a newly renovated corridor of rooms and were able to peek inside, we were somewhat disappointed with the older style room we got, but it was still nice and comfortable. The property was beautiful and well maintained with a few exceptions....the sauna did not seem to work and the staff I asked told me it was working, but clearly since it was cold inside and not heating up at all, it was not. Parking was an issue, not that there wasn't parking, but we had to walk quite far to the nearest space since most of the parking is reserved for the condo/timeshare units. If you are a light sleeper like myself, who doesn't like air cond. in Muskoka and sleep with the windows open....you will need a room on the lake-side....the hotel's vehicles and staff and guests vehicles and staff are not very considerate of late night and early morning loudness in the parking lot adjacent to the "resort-view" rooms. There was some inconsistency in the programs offered which was a bit annoying....some of the "scheduled activities" appeared to be forgotten or staff was not around to initiate. In particular, we looked forward to the bonfire Sunday night....we went into Gravenhurst for dinner, only to return to the hotel in time for the fire, to find out it had been cancelled earlier due to weather( a few light sprinkles???) The kids were heartbroken to miss out on s'mores, and heck, the hotel and surrounding areas experienced a blackout for the next 3 hours....what else was there to do....what else would have entertained some otherwise bored guests during a blackout?
Checked out the next morning but stayed around for most of the day to enjoy the factilites of the hotel....was very perturbed to find out that we missed a FREE breakfast offered to all guests(but us?) to compensate for the inconvenience of the blackout the night before.....we had to avoid feeding our family at the hotel since the menu was a bit overboard expensive for a family of 5....breakfast, we figured would set us back a minimum of $120....for kids ages 9,6, and 5! They really should have put a little memo under everyone's door overnight to inform them of that "treat." I just felt like we missed the boat even though we suffered through the blackout like everyone else.
Anyhow, the beach was great, for younger kids especially, you could walk to 250 m at least and still be waist deep(kid waist). The trails were beautiful and would have been fun if the person at the activities centre had checked the bike they gave my son first....the chain was about as loose as could be and the thing fell off about 40 times over the course of the trail....needless to say it was more trouble than it was worth.....check your chain before you head out is the lesson here! Overall, we had a very nice time at Taboo....the facilities were pretty nice, but they could use some work on some of the "details." The staff btw, were all very pleasant and very helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Taboo Muskoka Resort is located right on beautiful Lake Muskoka, only 90 minutes north of Toronto. A year-round retreat, Taboo is known for its personalized service, sleek modern accommodations and championship golf. This Muskoka gem is an ideal place to relax and have fun while enjoying dozens of activities ranging from tennis and golf to hiking and biking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Resort Taboo
- Taboo Hotel Gravenhurst
- Taboo Resort Gravenhurst
- Taboo Muskoka Resort Gravenhurst, Muskoka District