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Atlantica Resort and Conference Centre - Oak Island

8.0 | Very Good
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Waterfront resort hotel near Chester with spa, indoor and outdoor pools and fine dining

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • The location was convenient for exploring the area by car, said several reviewers
  • Many guests thought the hotel was well kept, clean and offered several activities and amenities
  • The staff were welcoming and helpful, said many reviewers
  • The on-site restaurant had good food and service, according to several guests
  • Some guests thought the rates were reasonable
Cons
  • According to some guests, the room decor and furnishings were dated
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Dec 11, 2014
Overview
Located on the shores of Zwickers Cove, this hotel may be a popular choice with leisure travellers who want a waterfront property. The on-site marina makes this a great choice for boaters. With several local attractions within a 17-minute drive (see below), this hotel is well situated for guests who want to explore the area by car.

This hotel features 105 guest rooms, some featuring balconies and ocean views. It also offers 13 oceanfront chalets and 3 seaside villas with three floors.

Standard rooms come with a private balcony, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board, cable TV and a hair dryer. Suites feature a sofabed and a separate sitting area in addition to standard room features. Chalet accommodations are also equipped with a mini-fridge, a microwave, a private BBQ and a fireplace. One wheelchair-accessible chalet is available. Villas are condo-style and feature a full kitchen and waterside private entry.

Parking on site is free and pets are permitted to stay at this hotel free of charge.

Additional hotel features include an indoor pool and an outdoor pool, an on-site spa (Aqua Spa), a fitness centre, a sauna, a mini-golf course, tennis and basketball courts, a gift shop and guest laundry (available from May to October only). There is a marina on the grounds with kayak and bike rentals, boat and fishing tours, sailing lessons and more.

Dining is available on-site at La Vista Dining Room for breakfast, lunch and dinner. La Vista features a fireside lounge as well as a large outdoor patio overlooking the ocean and facing the sunset. Kids eat free if they are guests of the hotel.

Chester Golf Club is a 16-minute drive away. Graves Island Provincial Park is a 17-minute drive from the hotel. Local attractions like Eleanor Pew Memorial Arena and Lordly House Museum are both a 14-minute drive from the property. (All driving estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with a front desk agent on March 19, 2013: Free Wi-Fi, pet policy and on-site dining options.
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The Good
The vast majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive with guests favouring the general state of the hotel and amenities, the staff, the restaurant, the location and the rates.

Many guests were impressed with the general state of the hotel and thought the grounds were well kept and clean. Additionally, several guests felt the amenities and on-site recreational activities offered were ample and enjoyable. 

The staff received compliments from many reviewers and were described as welcoming and helpful. A few guests claimed that the check in and check out process was efficient.

According to several guests, the on-site restaurant offered good food and great service. Some guests felt the restaurant was laid out well and had nice waterfront views. However, there are some mixed reviews about the restaurant (see below for more details).

Several reviewers thought the location was convenient for exploring the area by car. Some guests thought the surrounding area was beautiful.

Some guests thought the room rates were reasonable and the hotel offered a good value.
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The Bad
As mentioned above, most of the reviews consulted for this analysis were positive and there were very few negative reviews. Negative comments seemed to be isolated incidents but there were some common complaints from guests about the room furnishings and the restaurant prices.

While most of the feedback regarding the rooms was positive, some guests felt the furnishings and decor could use updating. One reviewer felt the room could use a "face lift" while another described the furnishings as shabby.

Although the majority of comments regarding the restaurant were positive, some guests felt the food was overpriced and the menu was limited.
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Sources
Hotels.com rated this hotel 4.2 out of 5 based on 40 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #1 out of 1 hotels in Western Shore based on 126 reviews and an average rating of 4 out of 5.

Expedia.ca rated this hotel 4.3 out of 5 based on 35 reviews with a 94% recommendation rate.

The author called the hotel to verify some information on March 19, 2013.
Editor's Analysis by Jennee R.
Analyzed by Jennee R.
Jennee loves to travel and loves to live vicariously through others to help them find the right place to rest their heads while away from home.
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Map Marker Atlantica Resort and Conference Centre - Oak Island
36 Treasure Drive, Chester, NS