We just returned from a great week at Calabogie Lodge. We had two units. One was a 2 bedroom condo (L420) in the newest building that was used by my son, daughter-in-law and their 3 children. The other unit (A106) was a one bedroom that my husband and myself along with our 13 year old granddaughter shared. This was in the oldest building.
A week before check-in I phoned to confirm my reservation and ask questions re snow conditions, outdoor rink, etc. The girl on the other end of the phone was very helpful, even providing additional information that would help us plan our vacation. You could hear the smile in her voice.
We arrived at the resort, after a nail biting drive through a snow storm two hours before check-in. We were greeted by Crystal who assured us both units were ready for us and were given the keys right away. The friendly, efficient check-in was a good way to start our vacation. Kendell was also very helpful answering questions I had.
On inspecting both units, we found they were very clean and well stocked. The appliances are on the older side but in good working conditions. Both were decorated with pine, giving a warm cottage feeling. L420 was on the ground level. There was a huge walk- in storage closet on one side of the entrance hall with lots of hangers, shelving and space for hockey gear and all the outside equipment that 3 kids require. On the other side of the hall was a bathroom that included a good vanity for storage, plus a shower. There was also a stackable washer and dryer. The kitchen also had more than enough room to store all the groceries required for a family of five. There was double sink, dish washer and tons of counter space. An island separated it from the dining area that had a table with seating for six.. The living room area had a bed chesterfield, a love seat and a comfortable reading chair with foot stool. There was an older flat screen television and a gas fireplace. Along the front of the unit were windows that provided a lot of natural light plus a picturesque view of the frozen lake. There were sliding doors off the living room leading out to a huge balcony running the length of the unit. As the building was built into a hill, you went downstairs to the spacious bedrooms. At the foot of the stairs, there was a great play area for the little ones toy car tracks. One bedroom had comfortable twin beds, a dresser and good sized closet. Windows along the front allowed natural light. The master bedroom was huge, with a king sized bed, dresser, T.V. and comfortable chair. There were sliding doors leading out to a patio area. The big bathroom could be entered from the master bedroom and also the hall way. It had a double vanity, Jacuzzi tub, and a separate shower room with toilet. There were amble towels and face cloths provided. This unit was sound proof, with no noise from adjacent units.
Our one bedroom unit A106 was right down by the lake. You entered from the parking area into the bedroom area. On the right was a hall with a closet on one side and a stackable washer and dryer on the other. This led to the four piece bathroom with a large vanity for storage. Along the front of the bedroom were windows and balcony doors leading to a large carpeted upper balcony with great views of Calabogie Lake and the Calabogie ski hill in the distance. The sunsets from here were beautiful. A spiral staircase led downstairs. This was picturesque but I always ascended and descended with care although the 2 year old granddaughter had no problems with it when visiting. This would not be a unit for anyone physically challenged. The downstairs had an adequate kitchen, dining space that seated 4 and a comfortable living area with a bed chesterfield, comfortable chair and gas fireplace. However, this fireplace was on a timer that was loud and having to reset it all the time was annoying. There was a door leading out to a great porch area that would be a fantastic place in the summer. The only downside with this unit is the lack of soundproofing. When neighbours walked around upstairs in their units, the floors creaked so that it sounded like they were in our upstairs. Also voices could be heard between the walls. As the resort was not busy during the week, we had quiet.
There was a lot to do although the resort did not provide organized activities in the off season. The pool was great, salt water and very warm. There was also a hot tub but in order to get the jets activated you had to knock on the window to the office for staff to do it. I did not use the sauna. The change rooms were clean and adequate. They provided life jackets for the little ones. There was a large skating ring cleared on the lake in front of the resort and all sizes of skates were available to borrow. Hockey nets were also provided. There were also snowshoes, cross country skis and some sleighs and magic carpets for downhill riding available in the front office. They have a computer available in the front office as well but as there is internet access in the units and we had our laptops with us, we did not use it. Upstairs in the lodge there is a games room and library as well. They also have a small exercise room that I did not use as snow shoeing on the lake everyday provided the needed exercise. Ice fishing was also popular and a number of quests had their snowmobiles with them.
A five minute drive gets you to Calabogie Ski Hill. Although we do not ski, we did go over on the Sunday and really had fun snow tubing. The next day we took the 8 year old grandson over for a morning of ski lessons with a great instructor.
Staff at the resort, were very friendly. Even the maintenance and cleaning staff took time to visit and made you feel special. The voice on our T.V. was fuzzy. I mentioned it at the desk and also asked to borrow a blender for smoothies. Within minutes the maintenance man arrived at our door to adjust the sound and he was carrying a blender! We had both snow and freezing rain while there and were really impressed at the job done to clear the driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, etc. Check- out was a breeze. We enjoyed a good breakfast in the Lakeside Café before our drive home.
This winter vacation was really great and I would recommend Calabogie Resort to everyone. It is definitely a four seasons destination
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Year round RCI Vacation Ownership Property, also offers Condominium rentals, nightly or weekly. Call the Resort for pricing, or visit our website to book online. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Calabogie Hotel Calabogie
- Calabogie Lodge Resort Ontario