It would be easy to rate this 'excellent' simply because of the setting which is astonishingly beautiful. The lodge clearly gets many return guests; they are all misty-eyed about the place and it's easy to see why.
But... it is VERY expensive.
So, is it worth it?
1. We had a Guide cabin which (if occupied by just two people) means you get a bedroom, separate living room and full bathroom.The bed is small - a queen - not that comfortable and a bit squeaky making us very conscious of every movement - which alltogether didn't make for the best night's sleep.
2. The rate includes full board (only pay for wine, beer etc) and the food is superb. We were really impressed with the quality - at every meal. There is very little choice but that does not matter.
3. The staff, led by Alison and Bruce Millar, were excellent - very friendly, helpful, attentive and knowledgeable.
4. The location is incredible - totally secluded (nearest public road is 11kms away - access to the Lodge is by a fire road in their bio-diesel bus). There is no telephone service, wifi or television - you are effectively cut off. And it's this 'solitude' in a truly beautiful setting that draws people to Lake O'Hara again and again.
5. The hiking is brilliant; challenging but worthwhile. Taking it easier, there is a lovely circuit of the lake or paddle out in a canoe.
We really enjoyed our two nights at Lake O'Hara. Very glad we went there. But don't think we will be joining the ranks of those guests who return year after year.
- Also Known As:
- Lake o`Hara Hotel Field
- Lake o Hara Lodge