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“Poor value, run down cabins, kids like the pool”

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The Cottages at Clear Lake
winnipeg
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Poor value, run down cabins, kids like the pool”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

For $175/night we expected better.
It was a 3 bdrm cottage with kitchen, but I thought it might have been renovated sometime in the last 40 years. Doesn't appear to have been.
Everything is old, worn and tattered.
The curtains were made out of old flannel blankets sewn onto a rod. The mattresses were springy, noisy, sway-backed models from many, many years ago.
Both electrical heaters were broken, though the electric fireplace worked.
The pool was a very pleasant temperature, and fun to play with the kids in.
Location is very good.
Staff are friendly.
But that's about where it ends for the positives.
For not many dollars more, I think you could do a lot better.
I feel at the very least a hotel in this price range could have decent beds.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

This was our third time at the Cottages at Clear Lake and we have loved every experience. Brian and Natasha were perfect hosts each time - even loaning us wine glasses one Thanksgiving. The cottages are not fancy, but basic and comfortable. There is no air conditioning so I would suggest taking a fan for the daytime hours. At night the cabins cooled down nicely. The down duvets on the beds made us feel like we were sleeping "in the clouds". The pool was great - temperature was perfect. The location couldn't be better - you are within walking distance of everything in Wasagaming - the shops, cafes, log theatre and restaurants. Riding Mountain National Park has 32 hiking trails, an active interpretive centre and excellent programs. Don't forget "Poor Michael's Cappuccino and Art" in Onanole - best coffee, books and art around. We can't wait for our next trip!

Liora G.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

Our 3 bedroom cottage was spacious, perfect for our family. The cottages are older but the important elements that make your stay comfortable have been updated: towels, linens, duvets, hot water. We loved the vintage concrete pool, the temperature was always just right. Excellent value for the dollar. Thanks Natasha and Brian for being great hosts!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Our family of seven quite enjoyed our stay. Shower was great. Beds were comfy and bedding was new looking and inviting. We were short of a few utensils but when requested at the office, they were supplied. We found the owner very friendly and certainly tried to make our stay good. Our only concern was the state of the pool. It is very shabby and water quality looked less than appealing. Hopefully they plan to fix it up by next season. These are very old cabins and I am sure that they are kept constantly busy trying to keep up to repairs. I think they will eventually get everything up to a good standard and if the pool is improved, we would stay another year.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Hastings, Canada
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We booked the cottage at the last minute in early summer so we were lucky to get 2 nights that matched our travel plans. The cottage was small but perfectly suitable for our needs. Don't expect "muskoka" standards; expect an older cottage with dated appliances, small rooms and no a/c or fans. That being said, we did enjoy the location and the overall experience. The cottage was clean, linens were clean, the water was hot and plentiful. Neighbours are close but everyone observed the 11pm quiet rule. Value for money in this busy, busy vacation town was good.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

Bryan, Natasha, & Leo - thanks SO much for your Generosity and Hospitality; "56" treated our growing family to a wonderful early May weekend amidst some of the most Beautiful country around! And Bryan, we'll have to hit the JET trail next time we're up! ;) See you folks soon, and we wish well in further growing "The Cottages at Clear Lake"! Cheers, Peter, Linda, Bethany, and Baby X(???) :)

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

I just wanted to let everyone know how great the owners of The Cottages at Clear Lake were and my experience staying at the cabins.

I had planned a short, but relaxing vacation for my mom and I along with my puppy Roscoe. The day before we were to leave for our relaxing vacation Roscoe had to be rushed to the vet and go through unexpected emergency surgery. The next day we were told he would be ready to travel the 2.5hr drive to Clear Lake and enjoy the next few days with us. It turns out the very next morning we had to rush Roscoe back to the vet again for a second unexpected emergency surgery. I called the owners of the cottages that day to let them know the circumstances and that we would not be able to get there that day but would definitely try to be out for the very next morning. Everything turned out great, Roscoe made a speedy recovery, the owners of The Cottages at Clear Lake were AMAZING and so understanding of all we had been through in the past few days. We were greeted with smiles at the main office and well wishes for Roscoe.

The cabins are just as cozy in real life as they are in the pictures. The cabins are equipped with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. An electric fireplace was a real bonus to the comfortable beds with huge fluffy white duvets. The few nights we stayed cooled off during the night and it was a real treat to run the fireplace at night for some extra warmth! A fabulous shower with PRESSURE was a nice way to start off the morning and a warmed pool was a great way to end the day! We definitely noticed all the hard work going into restoring these cabins, as one could imagine this is no easy task. We will definitely rebook next year again with The Cottages at Clear Lake and would like to encourage others to do so as well!

Thanks for everything!
Kathy, Kristen & Roscoe

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Property: The Cottages at Clear Lake
Address: 109 Ta-Wa-Pit Drive, Wasagaming, Manitoba R0J 2H0, Canada
Location: Canada > Manitoba > Wasagaming
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Wasagaming
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled amid the pristine wilderness of Riding Mountain National Park, The Cottages At Clear Lake is a comfortable retreat. We are conveniently located within the historic town of Wasagaming within two blocks of the lake, beach, shops and restaurants. Our cottages feature:• Luxurious new featherbeds, down comforters & quality linens• Fully stocked kitchen with fridge, stove, cookware and dishes• Gas barbecues and access to firepits. We offer weekly and shorter term accommodations for groups of all sizes. ... more   less 
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