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“Pleasant surprise that we now frequent”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Will O' the Wisp

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Will O' the Wisp
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Oakland
Elizbeth PA
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22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Pleasant surprise that we now frequent”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2014

We were headed from Pittsburgh to New England for the Christmas holidays and the weather turned frightful. We got out the trusty GPS and looked for local hotels and stumbled on the Will O the WISP. All the units are fully equipped condos with lake view. Non-holiday and non-weekend nights are very reasonably prices. There is a wide variety of rooms that can be configured in many ways, depending on how many are staying and what level of privacy you want. We've rented a one bedroom as well as an efficiency when just my husband and I have stayed.During other visits with the teenager and his fiends, we rented a multi-bedroom set-up so the kids had their own bedroom on another floor (with their own door to the corridor!). There is lots to do at the hotel and in the surrounding area, no matter what time of year. Some advice - the towels at the pool area disappear quickly so grab what you need early so you won't be disappointed. There is a great Shop and Save grocery nearby with wonderful prepared foods. And the theaters down the road have a very reasonable concession prices. It's a great place to stay year round. We love it.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Severn, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was the first time we were at Deep Creek Lake. The unit we stayed in was a bit dated but very comfortable, with a great balcony, and every amenity we could need. The unit was very clean. We enjoyed the pool and the lake too. Dinner at the restaurant was very good and convenient. The parking was a bit weird but would be pretty great in winter if it snowed. We walked to the ice cream parlor and drove to a few attractions. It's pretty well located and not too far from things. We would definitely consider this unit and location again.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Germantown, Maryland
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67 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2014

We stayed in 506G. It was a little cramped for a family of 5 (three teens) but not too bad for 4 days. The staff was always helpful and nice. The room had a great view of the lake, though blocked a bit by trees. The pool and hot tub are clean and not overly chlorinated. The room itself was fine. The carpet, kitchen adn furniture could use updating. It was worn and looks original to the building. But, we would certainly stay there again. The wifi is free and fast. WARNING: If your cell phone uses the Sprint network (e.g., sprint, virgin mobile) you will get zero cell service. AT&T works.

Room Tip: 506G was nice
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Pittsburgh, PA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2014

This sign was on the wall of #306C, and we decided that means YOU the renter, not the owner. We paid more for a week-end here than we ever have before because we were celebrating our anniversary. The weather was supposed to be bleak, but there was a fireplace, movies, cooking facilities, and a nice pool and hot tubs. Imagine our disappointment when we discovered that we had to bring firewood, or go out to buy some if we were going to enjoy the cozy fire we had envisioned! The check-in desk had some fake paper logs for sale, too expensive, I thought, but that wasn't going to provide the ambiance we had anticipated. Well, we thought, we can get a movie from the condo library, and the evening won't be a complete bust. But NO, this condo has a VHS player!! No VHS movies of course, in the condo or in the library! Who uses these things any more? At the price of this condo, things should be up to date. Well, not to despair, there is a stereo - but NO, it doesn't work. Let's sit on the balcony and overlook the lake for a while - NO - no porch furniture of any sort - not even some plastic chairs. Time for bed, let's close the blinds for privacy - NO - the blinds will not close. There is a hideabed in the livingroom, but you wouldn't be able to use it because of the blinds. Morning comes, let's cook breakfast of ham, eggs, and pancakes. Oh yes, there is a cheap set of tiny teflon skillets that have already seen better days. No matter, we can cook one pancake at a time...

The decor is pleasant in the condo, the bed upstairs was comfortable enough. The bathroom was pretty decent, but the door was shredded with laminate peeling off. The whole effect was to leave one feeling ripped off and duped.

The first 18 hours of our stay was just one sad revelation after another until I proposed we just go home. My husband reminded me we had paid over $400 for the week-end and would not be getting our money back, so try to make the best of a bad deal. Since we had been able to purchase some firewood on our excursion to Swallow Falls State Park the next morning, the anniversary dinner was saved by adding a cozy fire which burned for about 4 hours.

The staff at the desk were more than helpful and, when we responded truthfully at check out to the question regarding whether everything was OK, we were contacted personally by the manager and rebated 10% of our stay with a promise that the owner will be urged to make these necessary upgrades.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Safety Harbor, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

We found this hotel/resort, with an in-room fireplace, and full kitchen with a second in-room balcony one of the best in the area. The Staff is more than helpful and courteous. Very Reasonable! Everything is handy there! Restaurant and Boat/Jet Ski rental! We love it!!!

Room Tip: All rooms face the beach and lake!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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34 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

I love everything about this place from the 1970's wallpaper, to the aquatic area to the beautiful lake front views. People are great and Garrett County is neighborly. Situated right on Deep Creek Lake, this hotel is surrounded by a nice variety of shops and beautiful scenery. I highly recommend at all times of the year.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Pittsburgh, PA
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

We ended up at Will O the Wisp after a pipe burst at Silver Tree Suites while on a business retreat and what a disappointment. It was more money, and while spacious, it was pretty outdated. We stopped at the bar on our way out to the Dutch's for dinner and that seemed reasonably priced with great service, but when we returned at a mere 11pm on a Friday night, the bar was already closed up. The desk (who were also packing up for the night) told the 10+ of us we could go to the social area on the 5th floor. What a joke - it was some couches in the hall and with all the fireplaces had the smokiest/strangest smell ever. Our room had an olive green fridge and matching shag carpet. The bathroom seemed reasonably clean but was the least spacious of anything. The glassware in the kitchen hadn't been washed in at least a couple years, so before we had any beverages I had to do the dishes. I believe our room cost was $213 a night. It's a shame we ended up there, would not return.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
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Property: Will O' the Wisp
Address: 20160 Garrett Hwy, Oakland, MD 21550-7133
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Location: United States > Maryland > Garrett County > Oakland
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Oakland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Will O' The Wisp is the premier condominium resort at Deep Creek Lake. The private pool. sandy beach, and enjoyable onsite dining will make you want to take a second vacation! ... more   less 
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