Let's start with the positives at Castle Moffet. The setting is beautiful on a hillside with a babbling brook. Nature is always amazing. The grounds and interior of the building are neat and clean. But like the hillside that this "castle" is perched on, everything from there was downhill.
The phony Castle is a white washed plywood 1990's structure with vinyl windows and glue on brick. The interior does have some wonderful space, but is filled with an eclectic collection of less than valuable old furniture and Kmart paintings. Using the term "castle" to describe the building is truly an exaggeration.
Then there is the Master of the House outrageous fees. Clearly the nightly rate is a poor value. But there are the extra fees. You are encouraged to have dinner prepared by Chef Michael. The meal consisted of packaged food from Costco including their lobster bisque soup (retail price: $12 for 4 generous servings), au gratin potatoes (retail price: $8 for 4 generous serving) and 4 asparagus. The fish, seafood and meats may also come from Costco. The $45 to $60 bottles of wine also sell for less than $15 at Costco. You will never see Chef Michael. I wondered if he was being prepared in a Magic Chef oven. Add on the 20% tip for the Master to bring the meal to the table and to hurry you to finish it, and dinner from Costco is now up to $100 per person. I could have purchased a lot of groceries at Costco. Outrageous.
After dinner you are invited to have a cocktail at the "honor system" bar in the lower level. A wide collection of bottles of fine spirits looks terrific. Each bottle has about 2 shots in it. This is a certain way to be sure that your guests don't over-served, and at $10 per shot, another way to that Master can get into your pockets.
The bedrooms are well scaled with private baths. Most have windows that do not open unless you want to pay an extra $100 upgrade for the "deluxe" rooms. Another opportunity to rack in the money from guests who must pre-pay everything.
Chief Michael will prepare breakfast. This is not a B&B and breakfast is going to cost you at minimum another $30 per person.
The hotel is outfitted with "Internet Service" but the Master seems to turn off the routers. Just as the Master has turned off the hot water heater, so your cold shower will definitely wake you up to hike the Cabot Trail.
I truly felt ripped off and at times insulted by the Master of House southern charm. But the Cabot Trail is wonderful. Hike the Skyline Trail and you will forget Castle Moffet.
- Also Known As:
- Castle Moffett Hotel Baddeck
- Castle Moffett Baddeck, Nova Scotia - Cape Breton Island