We stayed at this hotel as part of the baby harp seal pup birthing so after being closed since the summer months, it was re-opened for this special activity. The helicopters were parked on the property to take us out, but unfortunately due to poor weather we only went our once in our 4 day program, which lasted more than a week due to the weather.
As for the hotel, the lobby was bright and cheery with a very small gift area showcasing island made products. There was also a very small area for books, t-shirts and memorabilia. Stock was low since it was off season.
Also to the side of the registration desk were beautiful, comfortable leather couches and an internet desk with one computer, and a large flat screen TV.
Registering was easy and the personnel did struggle with English, but easily understood. There was a woman named Mayumi that spoke English, Japanese, and French and couldn't do enough to make the stay pleasant. She apparently works this hotel only for this two week period.
Our room(357) was two double beds, Simple TV with many channels, a great window to view the water and helicopters, adequate clean bathroom. Initially the room was very cold but within a reasonable period of time the heat worked well. The room was clean and comfortable...but simple. We had chairs, a table, new carpeting--nothing shabby as noted in previous reviews.
The dining room upstairs had a great view and we were able to see foxes roam the property. As for service, well it was a bit slow, but the three women --Micheline, Louise and Dorin had wonderful, friendly personalities--but they spoke very limited English. They were able to take down orders from the menu and get them correct. They are locals from the island. Food was
consistently good and nutritious and these women wonderful.
The facility offers special suits and boots for the seals; has an auditorium for presentations as well as movies; a pool and a jacuzzi.
This is a small, charming island with charming, warm people. The hotel is not a 5 star facility and rated as 3 star via the Canadian Govt ratings. I would rate it more like a 4 from a personal perspective.
We fell in love with the hotel, it's personnel and the island and plan on returning during their peak summer months.
I would not hesitate to return to this hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau Madelinot Ile Du Cap Aux Meules, Quebec, Canada