We stayed at Sir Sam's Inn for 2 nights in the Huges Wing, Room #8. Right from our check-in we found the staff to be friendly and hospitable. Upon checking we were greeted by Bo who was responsible for most of the staff service at the Inn for the weekend. He showed us around the place and made us feel welcome.
Though our room was a little on the small side, and the described "Queen" size bed was really only a double, our room was clean and nice. The view of the lake from our room was absolutely outstanding. On the positive side, the room had a wood burning fireplace and a relatively new bathroom. On the other hand, there are a variety of simple details and upgrades that have been overlooked that could really freshen the room up. For instance, insuring the fixtures are not worn or cracked, staining the old pine wood to match the new finishes, and painting the unfinished drywall around the fireplace. All these little things would give the place a bit more of a professional feel.
We booked a package that included breakfast and dinner at the Inn. Firstly, the Inn was very accommodating in that on our first morning we would have to leave the property prior to the start of breakfast in order to go dog sledding. They prepared a breakfast to go package that was tasty and delightful and ready to go before we left. Our dinners in the dining room were satisfactory. My husband and I are pretty dedicated foodies and we found our meals to be well conceived but very poorly executed. It appeared that some of the food had been pre-prepared and left under heat lamps, one of my appetizers was burnt black underneath, my rice was undercooked and the food was not particularly hot. We surmised that this may be the result of the chef not being particularly well prepared for the vast change in the number of patrons from night to night. One night we could not get into the dining room unit 8:30pm and the next we sat for dinner at 6:00pm and were one of only three tables in the room. On a positive note, the wine selection is nice and all the staff were polite and capable.
The Inn also describes itself as a Water Spa. In reality, that translates itself into a lovely salt water pool with a variety of jet configurations to choose from. All spa services that are described on the website are contracted out, so if you are interested in these services you must book in advance in order to have them made available. Other than a dry sauna, there are no other spa-like amenities. The pool space is lovely and has a great view of the lake as well as 4 Balanese beds to relax on, but the Water Spa is not really an attraction all on its own as it appears to be on the website. It too, like the Inn overall, needs a bit of attention to detail in the maintainance department.
Overall the Inn is warm and cozy but is not living up to its full potential. It is in need of some TLC and attention to detail in order to freshen the place up and eliminate its dated appearance. It is clear that maintainace of the property is a bit of a struggle for the owners. At times it appeared that one of the staff members Bo, was responsible for almost all of the day-to-day running of the place. He checked us in, was our bartender, gave us a tour, sat us for dinner and served us at times, and he was even at the pool doing maintainance. Though we never wanted for anything, this skeleton staff was a bit disconcerting at times and gave the appearance that the Inn might be struggling a bit. There was no doubt that Bo himself is well versed in the area of hospitality and he was an absolute delight to meet. Sir Sam's is lucky to have him.
Overall, we will return to Sir Sam's mostly for the gorgeous views and proximity to local attractions. Do not be confused, this in not a 5 star resort but it is a nice quaint escape for couples. We were looking for a place that was free of young children where we could enjoy a long winter weekend of relaxation and that is exactly what we got. If you too are looking for the same, this might be the place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Location. Sir Sam's Inn & Spa is an adults-oriented resort nestled in the Haliburton Highlands right in the heart of cottage country at the base of Eagle Lake, Ontario, Canada. This historical boutique Inn was establish in 1919 and is surrounded by quaint villages, majestic hills and more than 6,000 lakes. The Haliburton Wildlife Center and several golf courses are near the hotel. Hotel Features. Sir Sam's Inn & Spa was once the estate of Sir Samuel Hughes, the government minister who led Canada's military during WWI. This stone-and-timber historical mansion is constructed along Eagle Lake's scenic shoreline. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sir Sam`s Inn & Water Hotel Eagle Lake
- Sir Sam`s Inn And Waterspa
- Sir Sam's Inn & WaterSpa Eagle Lake, Ontario