I feel bad writing such a scathing review because of the few employees we encountered who were so nice - hard-working breakfast waitresses, our fridge delivery man (that's right - the mini-fridge is EXTRA!), housekeeping, etc. But this place deserves to be brought to light for what it really is...which is a small-town establishment that happens to be the only gig in town...by far. It caters to towns people who want to golf or people who need to marry in the area. Please DO NOT be fooled by the website like I was...the photos are not representative of the feel or the look of the place. We thought this would be a cute weekend spot to hit with friends of ours who also have young children since it was so close to Toronto. Since both families usually hike up to cottage country for summer thrills, we thought Nottawasaga 'Resort' could be a fun getaway without the 3 hour drive.
The indoor pool
The other people who stay there...enough said.
Condition of the building
Overall, the hotel feels as though it's an outdated conference and sports centre. The hallways are dark and outdated, the elevators are disgusting, and the rooms and balconies are pretty sad. Our coffee maker in our room was in the bathroom 2 feet from the toilet, which is pretty darn disgusting. You have to order a fridge for $10/day should you wish to have one in your room.
The buffet breakfast included in our stay was pretty average. It felt like something off of a cheap cruise ship.
There is no room service, no bellmen to help with luggage, etc., so it's pretty DIY for a resort.
And the best part? The hotel claims in their in-room welcome binder that "there is to be no noise after 11pm to ensure everyone has a quiet and restful stay". We were staying on the third floor (river view, right above the mutual patios on floor 2), which had 10-30 people from 6pm-2am partying with potlucks, guitars, rum and cokes and God knows what else ladies in their 50's and 60's have at parties in Alliston. We called the front desk on both the Fri and Sat night to complain and at one point one of the employees said to my husband (at 1:30am) 'well we can't help it if people are having a good time'. For all of our lost sleep, we managed to get a 10% discount on our final bill (big deal). People were yelling and running through the hallways at all hours and upon their check-in, our friends were greeted by a hen party of women wearing thongs over their clothes doing dares for a stagette. If you have an appreciation for class or like your vacations to feel a little better than a bad Holiday Inn - RUN! We will never return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideal for both meetings & getaways we offer more recreation than any other Ontario resort! 45 holes of golf, NHL arena, indoor pool, waterslide, sports dome & more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Nottawasaga Hotel Alliston
- Nottawasaga Resort Alliston
- Nottawasaga Inn Resort Alliston, Ontario