I had the opportunity to get away for a couples weekend and we chose the Oakwood Inn as our destination. It was our dear friends 65th birthday and we wanted this to be a memorable experience for him.
We booked into the Oak Lodge, Fireplace Suite on the Friday and the room was lovely and tastefully furnished with a double balcony and two fireplaces. My only complaint with regards to the room was that there were no sheets for the pull out bed (we had to contact the reception desk to get sheets and blankets) and that the drinking glasses provided in the room were cheap plastic cups.
We had reservations at The Oak dining room. The website boasted that the “chef creates many sumptuous entrées that are, to say the least, a masterpiece” – well, I’m afraid the “chef” must have called in sick that evening because our party of four had a meal not even fit for a school cafeteria. Lets just say that the Roasted Mushroom Ravioli tasted like the mushrooms came from a can, the Atlantic Salmon portion was miniscule and dry and the Chef’s “Daily Risotto Creation” was a sticky cold mess of risotto and parmesan cheese. Fortunately I ordered a side of shrimp otherwise I would not have eaten at all. Last but not least the dessert was a white cake that must have come from the frozen section of Loblaw’s in which they garnished with a few store bought fruits. In saying this I must applaud the staff the restaurant as they were polite and accommodating to the patrons.
After dinner we went back to our room for a drink and then decided to go to the Clubhouse Pub. We were told by one of the staff earlier in the day that they were opened late and we were encouraged to drop by for an after dinner drink. Imagine our surprise when we walked up to the Pub at 11:30 p.m. only to find it closed! When we inquired at the front desk they told us there were not enough patrons to keep it open. Talk about rolling up the sidewalks early on a Friday night!
On the Saturday we decided to take a walk along the beach but were stopped short by a security guard who informed us we could not proceed towards the beach without a pass in the form of a wrist band that could be obtained at the check in desk – so back to the check in desk we went …
If the Oakwood Inn would like to be considered a world class getaway destination they would benefit from hiring a chef that knows how to cook, check in staff that explain all aspects of the facilities to guests (do not assume we are all repeat visitors) and validate guests when they have a concern or a complaint.
Unfortunately our group of four will not be returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oakwood Resort is a family owned and operated resort located in Grand Bend Ontario. The resort is nestled within a natural setting featuring large mature trees and plenty of green space all just steps away from the beautiful white sand beaches of Lake Huron. With 126 rooms offering a variety of accommodation options including deluxe rooms, suites and cottages. We are the ideal location for a family getaway, a corporate retreat or just a weekend away for two. We also offer a wide range of things to do on site including an eighteen-hole golf course, relaxing spa, dining room and pub, indoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, tennis courts, fitness center, access to our private beach, children's play area and ten thousand square feet of banquet and conference space. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oakwood Hotel Grand Bend
- Oakwood Hotel Sarnia
- Oakwood Resort Sarnia
- Oakwood Resort Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada