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Heather Lodge

8.2 | Very Good
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Minden Hills lodge with restaurant offers rooms with a jacuzzi, balcony and real fireplace

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the accommodating and attentive staff
  • The hotel's restaurant was complimented on its quality and variety
  • Several lodgers were pleased with their clean and comfortable rooms
Cons
  • A few guests complained of noise transfer and no air conditioning
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 5, 2014
Overview
Located next to 12-mile Lake along Highway 35 and about an 11-minute drive from Minden's town centre, Heather Lodge is geared towards adult travellers who prefer a hotel with on-site dining, spa service and easy highway access.

Each of this smoke-free hotel's guest rooms comes equipped with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a balcony, a table and chairs and a hair dryer. Rooms with a jetted tub and a wood-burning fireplace are also available. The hotel is not wheelchair accessible.

Hotel amenities include a hot tub, a sauna, in-room massage services, meeting/banquet space, a business centre, a games room, free use of canoes, boat rentals, packed lunches, free parking and an on-site dining room that serves breakfast and dinner daily. Pets are not permitted.

West Guilford Shopping Centre is about a 15-minute drive away, while Minden Hills Museum can be found 11 minutes away by car. Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park is roughly a 26-minute drive from the hotel and Muskoka Airport (YQA) is a 47-minute 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: March 28, 2014)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's staff, restaurant and rooms.

Many lodgers praised the hotel's staff, characterizing them as accommodating, welcoming and attentive. One patron noted, "Maria and James, the new owners of Heather Lodge, were extraordinarily welcoming and accommodating. Maria was a gracious hostess, server, and source of local information, while James concocted the best dinner I have ever had".

The hotel's restaurant was complimented by numerous reviewers, who described it as superb, amazing, delicious and fresh. One guest remarked, "James is the lodges' chef who cooks classic, hearty and well prepared meals. The four course dinner menu, on our visit, had a soup, three salads, three appetizers, five entrees and is considerate of vegetarians".

Several travellers enjoyed their accommodations at the hotel. They found their rooms to be clean, well equipped, modern and spacious, with comfortable beds. A few guests did have 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 complaints about the rooms.

Although the majority of travellers were pleased with their clean and comfortable rooms, a few guests had complaints about their accommodations. They reported noise transfer from the highway and guests in adjacent and overhead rooms, as well as old TVs and no air conditioning.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #2 of 6 specialty lodging in Minden with an average rating of 5 out of 5 from 88 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 9.3 out of 10 from 70 reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 28, 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 Heather Lodge
14483 Highway 35, Minden Hills, ON