We enjoyed the remote location, the occasional whale spotting and the communal style of the dinners. It was a nice way to meet new people and have some quality time in nature.
That being said, traveling all the way to Quirpon to stay in an "authentic lightkeepers house" only to find out we were actually staying in another house down over the hill was disappointing to say the least.
In addition, at $375/ a night I expected to be eating more than fish cakes and frozen veggies for supper and soup for lunch made with leftover beef and canned Campbell's vegetable soup. I kid you not, when a guest inquired about the contents of the soup for allergy reasons the lady brought out the can for her to read the ingredients! I don't even feed my kids canned soup at home let alone on vacation for 375/night.
I wish I could say the hospitality made up for it but I would be exaggerating. Although the staff are genuinely nice when spoken to this place could really use a hostess! We were picked up by a guy on the dock (who we later found out was the owner) he never introduced himself or asked us our names etc. just confirmed that we were actually going to the inn. When dropped off at the dock another gentlemen gave us a key, told us our room number and that we could go for a coffee in the main house when we were ready. When we got into the main house the ladies were busy in the back doing laundry so eventually when one lady came out to tell us to help ourself to coffee or tea I asked her if she was the lady I had been corresponding with via email with regards to the booking etc, to which she explained no that lady doesn't actually work there she is in an office in corner brook. This might explain their disconnect with their guests. I mean don't get me wrong the staff are nice and hardworking but a warm welcome, an introduction and an explanation of when the meals would be served was missing. Furthermore, the rooms are not made up (and towels are not refreshed) throughout your stay which is not a big deal for us but may be disappointing for some at this price point.
Overall, while we enjoyed the great views and the quality time in nature, we felt that the quality of the food and the guest house accommodation vs. the main house made it somewhat disappointing and definitely overpriced.
- Also Known As:
- Quirpon Lighthouse Hotel Quirpon Island
- Quirpon Lighthouse Inn Quirpon Island, Newfoundland