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Sir Sam's Inn Eagle Lake

8.7 | Very Good
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On Eagle Lake, great restaurant & staff, clean but dated rooms, no air conditioning

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the quality of the hotel's restaurant
  • The hotel's staff were complimented on their attentive and friendly service
  • Several lodgers were pleased with their clean and well-equipped rooms
Cons
  • A few guests complained of no air conditioning and dated decor
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 22, 2014
Overview
Located on Eagle Lake and about a 4-minute drive from Highway 14, Sir Sam's Inn Eagle Lake is suitable for business or vacation travellers who prefer a lakeside hotel with meeting/banquet space, a spa and wellness centre, on-site dining and easy highway access.

Each of this smoke-free hotel's 10 rooms offers free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a desk, a bathrobe for each guest and a private bathroom with a hair dryer. Rooms with a jetted tub, a fireplace, a balcony, a separate bedroom, a kitchen and a BBQ are available and the hotel is not wheelchair accessible.

Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, a private beach, a sauna, a fitness room, a spa and wellness centre, tennis courts, meeting/banquet facilities, a business centre, a gift shop, free parking and on-site dining at Twin Fires Dining, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Pets are not permitted. 

Sir Sam's Ski area is about a 5-minute drive from the hotel, while Haliburton Forest Reserve can be found 21 minutes away by car. West Guilford Shopping Centre is roughly a 13-minute drive away and Muskoka Airport (YQA) is a 1-hour drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, no pets, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: January 13, 2014)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's food, staff and rooms.

Numerous guests praised the hotel restaurant, describing it as excellent, superb, outstanding, refined, varied and "5-star quality". One patron noted, "The meals were superb, with a great variety each night with a different menu and very flavourful and aesthetically pleasing. The dining room had a very relaxed and still a classy feeling to it".

The hotel's staff were the source of many compliments by reviewers, who characterized them as friendly, accommodating, attentive and helpful. One guest remarked, "The people / service was exceptional. Every member of the staff was so gracious and accommodating".

Several lodgers were pleased with the hotel's accommodations. They described their rooms as clean, well equipped, spacious and luxurious, with great lake views. A few travellers had complaints about their lodgings, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the rooms.

Although several lodgers were pleased with their clean and well-equipped rooms, a few guests had complaints about their accommodations. They reported no air conditioning, small TVs and rooms, dated decor, worn fixtures and noise transfer from guests in adjacent rooms.
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Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.9 out of 5 with an 88% recommendation rate from 194 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #36 of 104 Haliburton hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 335 reviews.

Booking.com
guest reviews rated the hotel 8.1 out of 10 from 21 reviews.

The author called the hotel on January 13, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
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Map Marker Sir Sam's Inn Eagle Lake
1491 Sir Sam's Road, Haliburton, ON