I've been to the Lodge a few times now. On this visit, I came with a friend who had never been before. We got in about 2:30 pm and when we got to the check-in desk we asked what time our rooms would be ready. This wasn't to rush anyone as we were just trying to figure out whether we wanted to wait in the lobby or get items from our suitcases so we could begin enjoying ourselves.
Instead of the polite reply I would expect like "We are at capacity so it is going to be closer to 4:00 pm but we can let you know if it is earlier" we got the stern response "Rooms are ready at 4:00 pm." My friend shot me a "you have to be kidding me" look and we decided to get a few things from our bag so we use the spa area. We could have had a warmer reception.
Here are my observations/comments on the property:
Room - The rooms are nice but nothing over the top. They are clean and comfortable. I did miss having a bathtub and the scent of the in room products could be more calming. If you have any problems with migraines, don't even open them. The scent is overpowering. They could also expand the channel selection on the televisions since there is nothing to do at the Lodge in the evening.
Spa- The spa is very nice and very relaxing. The treatments are excellent and the Whisper Lounge is a great place to sit and enjoy yourself. As I said before, there is very little to do in the evening at the Lodge so it would be nice if things in the spa were open later. I did notice that they leave things open later on the weekends now but for those taking a mid-week break it would be nice to have the same luxury. The products used for the treatments are lovely but, again, the products in the showers are too heavily scented.
Food - The food is excellent and everything tastes incredibly fresh. I like that they have a buffet option at breakfast and at lunch now. On my previous visits, the buffet option was only available at lunch. We had a hard time getting the time we wanted for dinner on two nights of our stay so if you know you want to eat early or late book your meal time when you make your initial reservation to stay.
Classes- The classes here are really great and my friend and I tried a bunch of them. There is an amazing dance class that takes you on a tour of the world through dance which was so much fun. We also took a kayaking class on the lake which was really fun.
Overall, I find the Lodge very nice and it is an easy place to travel to since I don't have to deal with the hassles of a flight. If I were to decide to fly though, there is no comparison between the Lodge and, for example, the Spa at Lake Austin if you like a "warm and cozy" type of atmosphere. The Lodge does not have this feel but I don't think this is their goal and that is fine. This is just a personal preference of mine.
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- Also Known As:
- The Lodge At Woodloch Hotel Hawley
- Hotel At Woodloch
- Spa At Woodloch
- Lodge Woodloch