Having just returned from 14 nights in Winter Park this hotel exceeded my expectations based on some earlier reviews. Having no choice in my accommodation booking I wasn't confident in what I was in for.
I'm pleased to say that my stay was a good one and would suggest that you give this place a chance. People looking for a 5 star hotel experience need to look elsewhere but in my opinion this place scores a solid 3 stars and since it's owned by Intrawest a number of deals can be made on ski passes, lessons and equipment rental.
This hotel is huge having been extended some time ago. It can be a bit of a maze at times. It's in need of some renovation and the management team are doing just this.
As it stands there are two buildings joined - new and old. Form the inside however the decor and quality of finish is very similar. Rooms in the newer part attract a good premium and I would have to ask why? The new rooms come with a view and are easier to get to than the older rooms but is it worth the premium - I don't think so.
The new rooms are easy to get to from the lobby and underground car park ($14 per day) but unless you use the underground car park or are luck enough to get a place outside the front of the hotel you'll have a walk to the room. Car parks at the rear mean that the older rooms are more accessible.
The swimming pool, hot tubs and fitness rooms were very popular with many of the guests however I didn't make use of them. Other guests informed me however that the facilities were very good.
There is free WiFi in the lobby area but not in the rooms. The access is switched off at 11pm.
The reception and housekeeping staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.
My room was located at the rear of the hotel and was very large with two windows, super king size bed, sofa bed, fridge, microwave, TV, coffee machine, table and chairs. There was a small closet area and a large draw set for clothes etc. The bathroom was small with a tub/shower combo and a separate sink and counter top outside the bathroom. There was plenty of powerful hot water but the shower head while moveable was low at about 5 foot 8 inches. Still this wasn’t a major problem and the tub was big enough to soak in for an hour.
There are some rooms that need to be avoided. Some rooms at the start of long corridors, near the bar, elevators, housekeeping, stairs can be noise traps. Ask for a quiet location when you book.
The noise level between rooms can intrude at times especially the extractor fan and plumbing. If your neighbour is up early you may notice this more.
The hotel staff are quick to crack down of noisy guests in the quiet hours.
In my opinion noise really isn't an issue here however there is one exception.
The snowmobile operator - Grand Adventures- keep their machines parked at the rear of the hotel. The machines are started each morning at 8:30, warmed up and then moved to their start positions ready for tours. 10 to 20 machines at a time make a good rumble. My room was located above this parking place and while it was loud enough to wake me up I didn't find to too intrusive. I quiet enjoyed watching the guys move the machines around.
Bar & Restaurant:
The bar is easy to find and is laid out in a typical sports bar fashion. There's a choice of food and drink but the price and quality is questionable. The bar is a good meeting place and fine for a quick drink but I wouldn't spend the night there.
The restaurant has a wide choice of dishes but I'd suggest you look elsewhere for good food. The restaurant has lost its charm of years ago. If you want something to eat stick to the bar food and bar food menu.
Breakfast is served in the restaurant for $13 each day but sorry but if you want a good breakfast head out of the hotel to Carvers Bakery or Sharky's in Fraser for $10 feast. You won't regret it.
It's a quick 5 minute shuttle trip to the slopes. Use the Green Line bus which drops you at the turning circle at the base and pick you up at the same point when you're ready to head back. You will need to either use the shuttles of have other transport to get to town, bars or restaurants - allow 10 minutes by car or longer if you're waiting for the shuttles.
When all is said and done this hotel was good value. I'd stay here again. There were certainly no problems to report at the hotel and I was genuinely pleased not to experience any of the negatives that others had written about in early reviews.
I've been skiing Winter Park since 1997 and I'm pleased to try and answer any questions about the resort, the surrounding areas and things to, places to go, restaurants and bars etc. Drop me a line. JJ
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