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Silver Dart Lodge

7.8 | Good
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Guests praised scenic views and green space around this seasonal, lakeside hotel

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Guests liked the views of the lake
  • Large, clean rooms, according to guests
  • Guests enjoyed a number of the on-site amenities
  • Attentive customer service, according to guests
Cons
  • Aging decor, according to guests
  • A couple of guests felt that they did not receive good value for the room rate
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 29, 2013
Overview
This hotel is located on 90 acres of green space on the shores of Bras D'Or Lake and appeals to guests who seek accommodations in a natural setting.

This hotel is open seasonally (May-October).

There are 90 rooms at this hotel, each with free Wi-Fi, a hair dryer, a coffeemaker and an iron and ironing board. Standard rooms offer king, queen or double bed(s). Some of these rooms have a patio or a deck and many offer views of the lake.

There are chalets and suites available with one or two bedrooms, a full kitchen (fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave, pots, pans, dishes and cutlery) and a deck. Some have a fireplace. They are furnished with king or queen bed(s) and may include a sofa or sofabed. Pets are not allowed at this hotel.

Guests can dine on site at McCurdy's Dining Room, serving breakfast from 7 am to 10 am and dinner from 5 pm to 9 pm daily. A picnic lunch is available if given advanced notice.

On-site amenities include free parking, an outdoor pool, a playground, a BBQ grill, a gift shop with snacks, a fitness centre, a beach with dock, walking trails, use of bikes and a basketball court. There is also a lakeside gazebo and an observation deck lounge featuring games. The lower lobby has novels available for loan, and the front desk rents DVD players and movies.

Highway 105 (Trans-Canada Highway) is less than a 5-minute drive away. Downtown Baddeck is under a 15-minute walk from this hotel. The Alexander Graham Bell Museum is under a 5-minute drive or just under a 20-minute walk away. The Bell Bay Golf Course is a 5-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
Based on the reviews used for this analysis, guests generally had positive experiences staying at this hotel. They commented favourably most often on scenic views and on the size and state of the rooms.

Guests praised the views of Bras D'Or Lake from many of the rooms and from common areas. Guests commented on the glass walls in the restaurant that enhanced the view. Guests also appreciated being surrounded with ample green space and said that the hotel's setting was scenic and tranquil.

Rooms were said to be very spacious, well equipped and clean. Guests said that rooms were thoughtfully laid out and that there was more than enough room to move around. However, there were some complaints about decor (see below).

Guests said that staff were attentive and focused on their needs. Housekeeping staff were noted as being proactive in making sure guests were comfortable in their rooms. 

Guests were impressed with the on-site amenities and appreciated the use of bikes to explore the paths and the grounds. Guests also commented on the outdoor pool, saying that the area was well maintained and that the pool was fun to use.

The food in the on-site restaurant was described as tasty and the service as top-notch. One guest commented on how the chef accommodated her specific dining requests that were not on the menu. However, a couple of guests were disappointed with the prices (see below).
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The Bad
Based on the reviews for this analysis, although most guests enjoyed their stays at this hotel, there were a number of complaints regarding aging decor.

A few guests suggested that the hotel was showing its age and that updates were in order. Guests commented specifically on aging bathrooms and tiles, mirrors, light fixtures, TVs and furniture as needing particular attention.

A handful of guests felt that the room rate was expensive for what they got in return. A few guests also felt that the food in the on-site restaurant was overly expensive.

A couple of guests were disappointed that there was no breakfast included with the room rate.
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Show Sources
Sources
Booking.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel 8.5 out of 10 based on 10 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #2 out of 6 Baddeck hotels with an average rating of 4 out of 5 based on 173 reviews.

Expedia.ca  guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.2 out 5 with a 96% recommendation rate based on 112 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
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hotels in Baddeck

Rated 7.8/10 based on 642 reviews

Ranked #2 out of 4 hotels in Baddeck

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Location
Map Marker Silver Dart Lodge
257 Shore Road, Baddeck, NS