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“Great location and amenities, condos not great.”
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Will O' the Wisp
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Oakland
Reviewed August 26, 2010

A reviewer just mentioned this - and it's true - each condo has a different owner and you don't know what you're going to get. Ours (#505) was a bit rundown (fine for a beach vacation) and smelled of smoke (not good with kids). We called the front desk and they said the ionizer will take it out. If they in fact did it, we couldn't tell the difference. Beds were terrible.
Pool and hot tub are nice - but don't expect the towel rack to ever have a towel on it. Beach is great, view is beautiful and location on the lake is ideal. If you can look past the no-frills and aged units, it's a decent place for a lake vacation. Would I recommend this hotel to a friend? Really depends.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

While the location of the condo and views of the lake are spectacular make sure to check out the units you are looking to rent before you book. They are individually owned and each condo has a different style of decorating, many not updated in years. Our recent stay in Unit 310 was disappointing. The furniture was missed matched and well worn, the carpets were soiled, especially in the stairway, doors did not close properly and they all showed evidence of pet scrathes along the bottoms, patio and closet doors were all off track and the appliances were a throwback to the seventies. Our dishwasher did not work and after a service call from maintainance it leaked water all over the kitchen floor. After a second request for service yielded the same results. Given the asking rental price of $1900 a week, upgrades or higher level of comfort should be a given. On the positive side, we have stayed in the loft units on the 7th floor and have found a greater sense of pride taken by the owners. The desk and service staff are very good and helpful given the conditions of the units. The Four Seasons restaurant offers an excellent menu and the bar area is very comfortable.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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2  Thank D24E
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Reviewed May 14, 2010

We spent the first weekend in May here and it was very nice. Had the studio with the loft and it felt like you were sleeping in the clouds. Great view of the lake. The trees were not out yet so we could still see the lake. Later on in the summer it would have been blocked. The pool and hot tubs were great. The place has been around for a while now and it is showing it's age. The sandy beach area is getting smaller. The condo was very nice for two people and the spiral staircase would not be good for older guests. It was very nice to sit on the balcony and have your morning coffee and look at the lake. It is also close to some good eating places if you don't care to eat on site. The movie theater is also just down the road.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Ejsfish
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Reviewed January 4, 2010

My group of friends (in our late 20's) go on an annual ski trip every year. After staying at ski in-out condos at Snowshoe WV (Powderridge Townhomes) a few years and feeling like we were getting gouged we decided to try somewhere else. We were all glad we tried Will O Wisp and I cant stress enough how much better our trip was staying there. We got a three level condo. It had a real fireplace, two bathrooms, a kitchen with dishwasher, and nice beds. It looked like all the units had views of the lake. The pool and bi level hot tub was immaculately clean and not a madhouse. HUGE difference from the nasty hot tubs at Snowshoe Split Rock pool. It's about a 5 minute drive to the Wisp Resort where the skiiing is.

There's a restaurant attached to the building called the Four Seasons. The food was great, and we didn't have to wait forever. The Salmon Rockefeller is to die for. FYI This was a HUGE difference from eating at Snowshoe restaurants where you have to bribe the waitress to be seated and then you get a so so overpriced meal.

There was a bar in the lobby of the restaurant where we hung out one night. It was a pretty laid back atmosphere.

There's even a racquetball court right down the hall where we played a few games. One of the girl's in our group didn't want to ski and worked out in the weight room and said all the equipment was really nice.

Case in point, we will not be returning to Snowshoe Mountain and have already planned to return to Will O Wisp next year. If you go, request a unit towards the center of the complex so you can get a full view of the lake.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank IndianaMan21
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Reviewed November 11, 2009

My husband and I always stay at Will O the Wisp. We have been going there since 1999. We wanted to have our Wedding there but the place was already booked. The views are amazing.
A family owned business since 1975 that's amazing these days. We thorougly enjoyed the pool and fitness center. We dined at the Four Seasons Dining Room the two nights we were there. Delicious food and scruptious desserts. A young friendly staff. We really enjoyed the manager of the Lounge and Hosts.
We recommend this resort and have already booked our stay for ski season .

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank francis52
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Reviewed September 30, 2009

At Will o'the Wisp some courageous condo owners are renting their renovated condos to complete strangers. These condos are beautiful and make the guests feel like royalty.

I just returned from spending 3 days in Unit 204B. In this tastefully decorated 1-bedroom condo all the rooms are on the same floor, and it has 2 fireplaces and 2 balconies overlooking the lake, a marina, a little white beach and a playground.

Of course, there are all the amenities like 2 TVs (one is a 37" LCD TV), a DVD player, a CD player, a video player and a stereo. But what impressed me the most was the combination of new tan-colored ceramic tiles and berber rug. The living room has a very comfortable sleeper sofa and 2 easy chairs. The sliding glass doors with vertical blinds take up the entire wall in the living room and bedroom, and you can even see the lake and the boats from the bed closest to the window.

The kitchen is equipped with everything you could possibly need including a dishwasher. The spacious bathroom has been updated with bright lights, a big sink and a new toilet. Unfortunately, the old bathtub with pink tiles and glass doors was not included in the renovation. However, the new higher shower head, 2 safety bars and a bathmat are much appreciated.

So this was a very good experience. The only things that I did not like were the hard bed pillows (there are 2 softer ones in the walk-in closet), no space for a suitcase in the bedroom and the empty paper towel holder. If toilet paper and Kleenex are provided, the guests should not have to bring their own paper towels.

Will o'the Wisp also has a large indoor pool and free garage parking. The weekday rates are very reasonable, and there are no additional fees or discounts. Remember to request a renovated condo when you make the reservation.

Stayed: September 2009, traveled solo
Thank Eisbaer1
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Reviewed August 21, 2009

It can be pricey, but it is worth the money. Everything was very clean and there are lake views from nearly every room. My room had a full kitchen which was nice. The only possible problem was that the bathroom was upstairs. That was ok for me, but maybe some would have issues with that.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank 17300Halton
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Additional Information about 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: $50 - $100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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