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Sherwood Inn
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Port Carling
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 24, 2008

We stayed here for two nights as a winter getaway and the experience was wonderful; I would definitely recommend this hotel, and we plan to visit again in the summer.

We chose the Sherwood because it's one of the few hotels in the area that allows dogs. We stayed in the newer Maplewood building, which was clean and in good repair. Our room was very pleasant, with a wood-burning fireplace and a jacuzzi. It also had a balcony overlooking the lake which would be really nice in the summer.

They have 10 km of snowshoeing/cross-country skiing trails on the property, and they have snowshoes and skis you can borrow for free. We had a lot of fun snowshoeing on the trails with our dog.

We were on the meal plan so we had two breakfasts and two dinners at the inn -- the dinners were really excellent, and reason enough to go back. They were on par with some of the best restaurants in Toronto. (Though with more generous portions!)

The only minor quibbles we had were that our room was not made up on Saturday -- even though we were gone for 5 and a half hours, and the hotel wasn't very busy, so it's not like they didn't have a chance to do it. They actually left us a message in the afternoon telling us to call them if we wanted the room cleaned -- apparently you have to request your room to be made up? Sort of bizarre. Of course, we were out during the day so we didn't get the message. And one woman at the front desk was really a sourpuss, not friendly at all -- but everyone else who worked there was so friendly and helpful that they made up for her bad attitude.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay and will probably return in summer.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2007

Let me preface this review by saying that the Delta Sherwood has great potential. I could see that it was once a grand old lodge with character and charm. I had visions of an elderly old couple that had spent their life there decorating the walls with years of pictures and memories that spoke of the grand old days in the Muskokas. Perhaps even the years of pipe smoke, dark wood and great fishing tales spun around campfires would whisper of their present day renaissance. Sadly this was not the case. This is a resort style Hotel run by a large American Hotel Chain. It left me feeling like Disneyland done badly.

Now I might be a bit scathing because I’ve stayed in many of Delta’s hotels throughout North America and know what standards they can live up to. And for the $300 per night and a average Dinner bill of $150 per couple, I believe it’s very reasonable to expect a little grace.

The list of highlights was short:

- View of the Lake Joesph with the fall colours from the Maplewood cottage balconies.

- Sitting on the boat dock day dreaming of what life would be like to own a cottage on such a beautiful lake.

The list of shortcomings was longer:

We stayed in the Maplewood cottage on the second floor.

The room was spacious and well laid out, but the place was in need of maintenance:

- The balconies were nice a private but were desperate for a good sanding and a coat of stain.

- The generous whirlpool bathtub took about 20 minutes to fill up (low water flow In the tub taps) and had cracks in the caulking where black mould had firmly taken root.

- The coffee provided tasted like they had stolen it from the local penitentiary. At best it was warm and brown. How much extra would it be to set up a contract with Starbucks, Seattle’s Best or good old Tim Horton’s to give a guest a nice cup of Joe in the morning to appreciate the sun rise?

- The remote control on the television set was held together with black electrical tape.

- The so called King size bed was actually 2 singles (including lovely matching single headboards) pushed together and held there with a King Sheet set. Now if you are not into snuggling with your partner, this may suit you perfectly. In my case, I had the privilege of sucking it up in the hopes that my 6 foot frame would be less likely to disappear in the mattress crack.

- The construction of the walls was definitely residential. We heard the child above us doing laps back and forth and the walls were so thin the neighbours conversations and morning frolic were acute. No need for my sturdy alarm clock I guess.

The dining room was a disappointment.

- The ambiance was poor. It had the romantic flair of a festive old folk’s home. Now I might have been slightly biased due to being seated at the fire exit. I amused myself by thinking that in the case of emergency, the lucky couple in these seats would have the fun of throwing open the doors and tossing the table outside so dining room patrons could safely egress.

- The service in the dining room was variable. Our server clearly had better things to do than be attentive. But to the credit of the other staff members, there were several tables that were well attended as I looked on jealously.

- The food was on par with an average GTA restaurant. I’d put it one notch better than The Keg. At least they got the Crème Brule right.


The verdict:

I would recommend you go. But don’t stay. Have a drink at the lovely bar or out on the deck. Soak up the possibilities. And if you see that the situation has improved, please write about it. I’ll be reading again next year when looking for another romantic anniversary spot.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank zander9999
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Reviewed August 8, 2007

We had a wonderful time at this Inn. It was perfect for our weekend get away.

We played tennis. Swam from it's perfectly sized private and groomed beach to lounge on it's floating rafts. Paddle boats , canoes and kayaks are right there for our use. There were many places to sit and enjoy the views of such a beautiful lake.

The room was a bit small but had all of the ammenities we needed for a two night stay. The bed was comfortable but did squeek.

Dinner was good and what we expected. The patio deck could use a little more care and become more of a highlight.

The firepit in front of the entrance is a nice touch and we spent some time by it each night of our stay.

If you eat offsite try out Bacini in Port Carling. The new Italian dining room is well designed and the food was great. Feels like a good big city restaurant but with better views.

Overall a great trip.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2007

We just came back from a weekend at the Delta. It to say the least was fantastic. The rooms were clean and up todate. So I am not sure where the last review stayed but we were exteremly impressed with the staff, the grounds and the facilities. We had an excellent massage at the spa and the food was exceptional.

We were there to check out the facilities for our next company function there. We toured some of the rooms and from the ones we were shown while it was not quite 5 star in that there were some minor deficiencies but none that would deter us.

Overall i would give it an A.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 9, 2006

The only thing worth staying for is the location. Everything was simply so substandard. It is as though none of the managers of the hotels actually spent any time in the rooms they were selling.

We were paying initially almost $600 a night for a run down, shabby one bedroom cottage on the lake. After an ant infestation on the 5th night, they kindly moved us to the boat house suite. But we could not leave the windows open at night because the screen windows did not fit the frames, giving free way to the mammoth dock spiders to come in at night. When I asked the manager about this, she said she was unaware the screens did not fit and was having problems inspecting the rooms because the hotel was sold out for the season giving no time for maintenance.

I also agree with previous writers that the food is average at best. The Sous Chef, who works Mondays and Tuesdays must have numbed his pallet as everything was oversalted. Only good thing I can say is that the Chef tried.

Finally, some staff stood out as extraordinarily helpful whilst others simply did not get it.

This hotel is not worth even half of what it costs to stay there. It is substandard and not worth spending a cent on until they get their ship together.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with family
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1  Thank hwicky
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Reviewed June 20, 2006

My husband and I stayed at the Delta Sherwood Inn on June 10th in one of the inn rooms, using Air Canada Aeroplan miles for payment. I had to wait a few minutes to check-in, behind a couple who were negotiating a future reservation, but the check-in staff were very friendly once they were available to help me (even though I wasn't a "paying" customer).

The room was old fashioned, with a Queen size bed, desk and chair, and TV stand, and attached bathroom. The bed was extremely comfortable, with great pillows and a down duvet. Very cozy, since the temperature hit the single digits overnight. The bathroom had been modernized, with a very fresh look and feel. The shower had lots of hot water at a good pressure. The hotel provided some of their spa toiletries which smelled great.

We had Internet Access in the room, but it was not wireless, and we didn't have a logn enough cable to reach the bed. It worked ok in the evening, but didn't work the next morning.

The grounds were nice, with a beautiful view of Lake Joseph. Had the weather cooperated, there was a firepit near the lakeside, with muskoka chairs to sit in. As with other resorts, the dining room was high class, and somewhat expensive to go with it. We didn't eat there. The nearest places to eat (outside the hotel) were in or close to Port Carling, about 5-10 minutes drive away.

For a great place to eat, try driving down to the Hook and Ladder in Bala. We ate breakfast here, and apparently so did the locals. It has a firefighter theme, with lots of "decor". The food was excellent, good portions and good value.

4  Thank Dparnell
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Reviewed July 20, 2004

Like the previous reviewer, we, too, followed the Karen Carpenter guidebook of inns in Ontario for our first extended trip there in 1999. The Sherwood Inn was on our list and we had a wonderful stay with fabulous food, an extensive wine list and cozy though worn accommodations.

On our second trip two years later and after its purchase by Delta, we were impressed by the updated amenities but greatly disappointed by the food. Our five day stay had only two meals that my husband and I felt worthy of the four diamond status and the service was bumbling at best.

Hoping that this was a bump in the road and after being assured by the then general manager of just that, we returned this past June for our third and final stay. The room we requested (after four conversations with Delta reservationists, we were finally able to book a specific room thanks to the efforts of the on-site receptionist) was the one in which we stayed previously; it was worn, cobwebby, and featured peeling wallpaper. The grounds have not been kept to the quality of the past. But it was the quality of the food and wine list that has put us off this inn for the future. We found over reduced and thus salty sauces, meats that were never served prepared to the doneness that we requested, a limited and singular menu, a wine list that misspelled the name of the inn and featured more "not available" red dots than wines that could be ordered, and a breakfast buffet with dry and overcooked items.

Since its purchase by the Delta chain, the Sherwood Inn is not worthy of its vaunted four diamond status. The exemplary service by a young and helpful staff was the shinning light in a most disappointing stay; we can only hope that they are successful in moving to resorts, hotels and restaurants where they are not constantly having to apologize for the quality of the meals or for a wine list that needed serious updating.

  • Stayed: July 2004
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8  Thank MNWEVER
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Address: 1090 Sherwood Rd, Port Carling, Ontario P0B 1J0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Muskoka District > Port Carling
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Port Carling
Price Range: $114 - $159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sherwood Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled among towering century-old pines at the very edge of Muskoka's sparkling Lake Joseph, Sherwood Inn is a retreat unlike any other. Our charming, authentically Muskoka Inn has 49 rooms and cottages with over 80% of our rooms facing Lake Joseph. We offer a unique and memorable experience for every guest looking to escape to Muskoka. We are well known for our fine cuisine, fine wine selections and superior service. Book a memory filled conference/meeting/retreat/reunion. Golf at two of ClubLink's championship courses - Lake Joseph Club or Rocky Crest Golf Club (just a 15 minute drive.) Among the most authentic Ontario Inns, each guestroom and cottage suite at the Sherwood Inn is decorated to reflect the traditional character of Muskoka, and is complete with every modern convenience you would expect. Many rooms feature cozy wood-burning fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs. Open year round for groups, 7 days a week May through October and weekends only November to April. Sherwood Inn guests can enjoy abundant on-site activities as well many Port Carling Attractions. Visitors to our elegant Inn at Lake Joseph experience gracious hospitality, luxurious pampering, and absolute tranquility. Plan a relaxing getaway today and experience life at one of the most majestic Ontario Inns. Find out why we say...visit us once, love us forever! ... more   less 
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Delta Sherwood Hotel Port Carling
Delta Port Carling
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