Hotel Killarney Mountain Lodge Hotel 3 star
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3 Commissioner Street, Killarney, Ontario Canada Killarney, Canada -
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Killarney Lodge is a small hamlet of wooden chalets set on the lakeside in the woods. A veritable haven of peace, the lodge comes highly recommended for travellers who want to get away from it all. Not a television in sight and hardly any phone signal, there are enough activities onsite to keep you busy without having to be connected to the outside world. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and the surroundings are absolutely magical. Sail on the lake and catch sight of moose and bears along the mainland. Venture a little further and meet the Native Indians that inhabit the area. A whole other word unravels here; you won't want to head home once you've spent a few days here! Ideal for a range of clientele, from families looking to spend quality time together to couples on their honeymoon.

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The lodge is located in the small village of Killarney (a mere 500 inhabitants!) on the banks of the Killarney Channel. Once you land at Toronto Airport, you must catch an internal flight to Sudbury Airport, from which the lodge is a half-hour drive away through the woods. There isn't much in terms of urban development in the surroundings, but there is a boathouse on the harbour and a small general store that sells anything from toiletries to canned beans and cigarettes.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    The cabins are scattered around the main building, with the exception of the presidential cabin, that is located a little further out and right at the water's edge - this is the ideal spot for watching the sun rise and set and budget-allowing, this is the cabin we would choose if we were to come back! It is very popular though, so advance booking is necessary. The rest of the cabins are far from luxurious, but they are clean and cosy. Low-ceilinged, made entirely out of pine inside and with lots of windows looking out onto the surrounding woods, you can't really go wrong here if your aim is to be at one with nature! The cabins are all slightly different, some of which have large floor-to-ceiling windows, others have larger rooms and seating areas. Although the rooms are cosy, there aren't any mod-cons that you would usually find in a conventional hotel. For example there is no mini-bar or television. The bathrooms are extremely basic and some could do with a renovation. Most have showers and have a few packets of shampoos and soap, so if you like your toiletries, make sure you bring your own. The mesmerising aspect of the cottages is the silence that reins around the clock allowing guests to really get away from it all and have a proper break.

    Overview 9.70 /10

    The lodge consists of a main house, with reception, restaurant, the 'carousel', games room, outdoor pool and sauna. Scattered around the main house are spacious pine chalets. In terms of facilities, the ledge offers a wide range of onsite activities as well as a number of excursions around the channel. The entire lodge is built from pine giving the establishment its cosy atmosphere. As you climb the steps to the typical North American porch, open the creaky swing door (just like in the films!) and step into the pine-scented lobby where every guest is made to feel right at home from the word go.

    Onsite, there is the beautiful round glass-walled carousel; this is where you will find the hotel bar, open throughout the day into the evening. The carousel is one of the highlights of the lodge - furnished with authentic retro modular furniture, there is no design effort here; the furniture just happens to be back in fashion! There is a computer terminal here, free for guests to use. The enormous round space is ideal for curling up with a good book while watching the colours change outside as the sun travels from east to west. The games room, back through the restaurant, doubles up as a library and also has a billiard table, ping-pong and various other games. Outside on the deck is the pool (heated in autumn). As for the offsite excursions, there is anything from kayaking, to hiking around the lakes and islands, sailing, fishing, excursions to nearby native islands?basically, whatever you think up, the lodge can make it happen (with enough advance warning, especially in peak season).

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    The restaurant has a warm and cosy mountain lodge feel and teamed with the staff's friendly service, it is perfect for a hearty home-cooked meal after a day out exploring. The la carte menu changes daily and offers a handful of options ever evening, such as fresh fish caught the very same day, excellent juicy and tender steak, as well a vegetarian option. The breakfast is also delicious and gives guests something to look forward to upon waking up! A choice of oatmeal, fresh fruit, the best eggs Benedict we have ever tasted, as well as omelettes and bacon is on offer - no buffets in sight here! A word of warning for coffee amateurs however; the only coffee here is the watery American sort, so if you like your espresso, have yourself a nice cup of tea instead!

    To know

    The Lodge closes mid October for the winter and reopens in March. It is owned and run by retired couple, Maurray and his wife, Heather, who make sure the lodge retains as much of a family atmosphere as possible. Although there isn't always phone signal, there is Wi-Fi, which is especially fast in the main building and some chalets. The best time to visit the lodge is in summer for the weather, but we preferred the off-peak autumn season just a couple of weeks before the lodge closes up for the winter as there are less guests and the surrounding woods with the turning of leaves makes for an incredible sight that is not to be underestimated! Otherwise, the lodge is non-smoking; observe the no-smoking signs and be aware that smoking indoors, including in your cabin, comes with a fine.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      mountain bike, sailing, kayak, canoe, sports

    advantage

    • The beautiful setting.
    • The friendly service and warm welcome.
    • The activities on offer.

    disadvantages

    • Takes a while to get to.

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    • Overall Score nc/10