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“Nice Inn, not so nice town.”
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The Woodlawn Inn
Ranked #1 of 7 Cobourg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 September 2011

This is a very nice Inn. I stayed in room 217 which is a big room on the 2nd floor (no elevators) with 3 big windows facing the front entrance, parking lot and Division Street...unfortunately that is not a great view but the room is bright and the lace sheers gave nice privacy while drapes were open. Beautiful traditional room with hardwood (maybe original?) floors, big comfortable king bed, mini refrigerator, fireplace (not operational, no gas supply), t.v. and DVD player, nice little sitting area with desk, antique armoir and nice side tables. I really liked the selection of books in the room, different genres and interesting picks. I LOVED the cheese platter I received in my room upon arrival. Quiet room. Older bathroom but clean and great water pressure. Lord and Mayfair bath products. Sink area had lots of storage.

It would have been nice to be able to have extra blankets and pillows in the room but I'm sure had I called down, they would have supplied them in a minute. Thermostat was not operational which may be why the gas fireplace was not working (since that is how you control the fireplace). Notified front desk with a note as no one was there (no one ever seemed to be there but this is probably due to the fact that the front desk person also assumes other responsibilities such as assisting in bringing luggage to room).

There are DVD's by the front desk that you can bring to your room, what a great idea! There is also a little tea and coffee station in the same area for on the fly beverages. After 10 PM, you cannot access the lobby, bar, restaurant or back garden because the interior door leading there from the rooms is closed and locked. You must go outside via other routes and then you can enter with your room key to gain access.

Dinner was good but not great. I had the veal scallopine with vegetables and homemade pasta. Veal flavour was excellent but oily and some of the veal was very tough though most of it was not. Pasta had zero flavor but vegetables were cooked perfectly. Breakfast was flavorful but lacking in supply, at 9:30am I had to scrape the chafing dishes to get enough eggs & potatoes but the sausage and bacon were fine. Melon was unripe and I couldn't eat it. Decent selection of breads and pancakes looked tasty. Dining room atmosphere is very old fashioned and needs an update, not a place you want to linger after the meal. Service was good but not great.

There is a nice garden out back which I really liked sitting in and reading but it was noisy half the time due to backing on to a residential neighbourhood. Had this Inn been in a different town, I think I would have enjoyed it much more. Cobourg as a town was not my cup of tea. At least a dozen shops on the main street (King Street) were for lease because of businesses going out of business. Many homes are for sale and many apartments are for rent. I arrived on a Sunday afternoon and almost all the shops and restaurants were closed. I was disappointed that there was very little to do. The spas that I could find were either closed Sunday and Monday or I didn't like the looks of them. The beach looked nice but I didn't do more than drive by. I was supposed to stay 2 nights but left after the first night and the front desk staff was very accommodating. It really is a shame that this Inn isn't in a different town, The Woodlawn Inn is definitely Cobourg's gem.

Very clean hotel inside and out. Free parking. Free Wi-fi and strong connection, even out in the garden. Room rate was $174 including breakfast.

Room Tip: Room 217 is lovely.
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

Well worth a stay on any occasion as base for touring theNorthumberland County region . Has a very good restaurant in which the excellent included breakfast is provided. Dinner menu is worth a try employing regional cuisine. The staff is very pleasant and dedicated to true service to their clients!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 August 2011

My family and I had a wonderful dinner at the Woodlawn, paired with an excellent Syrah recommended by the Sommelier Stephen. Vine ripened tomatoes with Fiore di latte and pesto to start, wild boar ravioli and some coffee and a fantastic flourless chocolate espresso cake for dessert.
Remarkably reasonable for the quality. Great service and phenomenal food. The Woodlawn Inn is worth a visit just for dinner!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

Stephen Della-Casa, the Innkeeper was so nice to chat with. He made us feel special. We stayed only one night but wished we could have stayed longer. The room was spacious and clean. The in hotel restaurant was superb and the prices were reasonable. All the staff were great, friendly and down to earth. While there was no elevator to get to our second floor room, the main floor was quite accessible. It is walking distance to the lake, albeit a bit long walk. It is easy to get to the highway upon departure.
I loved the outdoor patio where I could enjoy a cognac and cigar after a delicious meal.
This inn has been in the family for over 20 years.
It is a place we would return to on our next trip through Ontario.

Room Tip: Pack a light bag to bring to the room as there is no elevator that we saw.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

This Inn is so wonderful. As soon as you walk in the main doors you know you have something special. Well appointed spacious rooms furnished with antiques (and a large flat screen tv), very friendly staff and a fantastic breakfast was included. We liked it so much we are going back next month. We booked this visit as we were checking out from out last visit.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 July 2011

The Woodlawn Inn is a nice, quiet little inn within the not-so-exciting town of Coburg. Likely this is a place for older folks (like 50+) and not for people my age (under 30). Also, I don't think young children would be greatly appreciated here (note: it's QUIET), so families may want to steer clear of this Inn.

Here is my breakdown of pros & cons:

Pros
-large room & en suite bathroom
-decent breakfast included in the price per night
-courteous service at the front desk & from the manager (he was especially great as he is apparently a hobby photographer & took some excellent shots for us of my husband, myself & our friends)
-we were at the Inn with our friends (another couple) and they gave us a free upgrade to two rooms that have a separate, private sitting area (basically like a shared living room & then our private rooms & bathrooms were connected to it). This was very nice of them to do without us even asking, however, I can't say we really took advantage of the private sitting area.
-food quality in the dining room for dinner & breakfast was decent, perhaps slightly above average. Please note that we are gourmet/high-quality food people so our expectations are higher than the average person. I would say for the average person, the food would exceed your expectations.

Cons
-no balconies in the rooms (this would have been more appreciated than the private sitting room, since it was July during our stay; I can see how the sitting area would be better in the winter, as it had a fireplace for your use)
-needs some serious updating with their decor (stuck in the 70's & 80's I think; lots of florals, chintz & just very dated, fussy decor)
-funky smells (my friend who we traveled with is pregnant & unfortunately their room was over top the kitchen, so they had a constant propane/natural gas smell throughout their day...much to her delight)
-dining room service was severely lacking. Our dinner server was a very awkward man who didn't know how to speak to people or express himself. There were some issues with our bill that resulted in an error & also he made some assumptions about what we were ordering that were incorrect (and resulted in a higher bill than what we have intended). If he had asked some questions & expressed himself clearly, there wouldn't have been a problem.
-breakfast room service was also lacking. The young lady who sets up the breakfast is well, young, and likely inexperienced for a place like Woodlawn Inn. I think this is just a maturity thing, not really her fault, but more so that of the management who hired her. Also, the breakfast room needs two servers, not just one, so this young lady was over-worked, on top of being inexperienced.
-overhearing staff complaining about wages & work hours. Seriously?!?!? No greater indicator of an unhappy work environment when every time you turn a corner, you see two employees complaining about their pay or time off, etc.

Room Tip: Don't stay on top of the kitchen!
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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SLRShutterbug, Manager at The Woodlawn Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2011

Dear Beachy 82

Thanks for your recent review of our historic property!. I am the person that took the photographs of you, your husband and friends and I’m glad that you found them excellent! I’m sorry that you did not have a great time with us. I will work with the service staff to provide better service and apologize if they offended you. We hope to see you again soon in our lovely, quiet town of Cobourg.

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Reviewed 11 July 2011

We stayed here for 2 nights and also ate at the Inn each evening. The staff is very friendly and welcoming. The room was very comfortable and the food was terrific. A very relaxing visit and I overheard several other guests saying the same thing.

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Additional Information about The Woodlawn Inn

Address: 420 Division St | Ontario, Cobourg, Ontario K9A 3R9, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Cobourg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Cobourg
Price Range: $183 - $222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Woodlawn Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Cobourg's Historic District and close to the waterfront, the historic Woodlawn Inn opened its doors in 1988 and today has twenty generously appointed guest rooms. The Woodlawn Inn is perfect for romantic retreats, girl’s getaways, small weddings and business meetings. The highly regarded Woodlawn Inn dining room is open to the public for intimate dinners or for large weddings of up to 100 guests. Within walking distance, there are day-spas, historic homes, shops and one of the most picturesque downtowns in Canada. ... more   less 
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