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“Great Muskoka Getaway”
Review of Deerhurst Resort

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Deerhurst Resort
Ranked #3 of 18 Hotels in Huntsville
Reviewed 5 November 2012

Just enjoyed a nice weekend with my girlfriends of 20+ years! We get together twice a year so I am sure we'll consider Deerhurst again. Great rooms (really comfy beds) and the food in the pub was excellent along with great service. The Muskoka art displays in the lobby and along the hallways are a very nice touch. One thing I noticed about the rooms is that you cannot hear the people beside you - very quiet! Highly reco resort!

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Teamdeerhurst, Guest Relations Manager at Deerhurst Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2012

Sincere appreciation for posting a review and the 5 star rating! We are glad you and your girlfriends enjoyed the resort and more importantly your time together. We look forward to your return and recommend you consider our Girls Spa Getaway Package that includes accommodation, a welcome tapas platter and cocktail in the Lobby Bar, Shizen Spa credit and glass of wine during your spa experience. Please feel free to contact us direct or visit our packages page on the web to learn more about this great new offering. Hope to see you soon!

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Reviewed 4 November 2012

This beautiful Muskoka resort was perfect for a mini 3-day family gathering - 2 couples stayed in the hotel, 3 couples stayed in the newly renovated Summit Lodge #54. Meals in the hotel, especially the breakfast and Sunday brunch, were delicious, filling and good value; service attentive and friendly; pool perfect temperature; our third floor corner one-bedroom suite was very comfortable: filled with light and large enough for the 5 couples to meet for conversation and cocktails before dinner. The fireplace in the living room was a real plus. Next time we'll arrange an outing so we can play golf as the courses are GREAT!

Room Tip: Corner suites have lots of light; the third floor (back) provided great view of the property. Other...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Teamdeerhurst, Guest Relations Manager at Deerhurst Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2012

Thank you so much for posting your Deerhurst review. Glad your family enjoyed our Resort including the accommodation, hospitality and food. Please do consider a return trip to our corner of Muskoka for a golf getaway next year. Our guests have the choice to play two 18-hole golf courses, the picturesque Deerhurst Lakeside or the famed Deerhurst Highlands. We look forward to your return and recommend you check our website for packages, savings and best available rates online.

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Reviewed 4 November 2012

The peronnel at this hotel were absolutely great. Great service and excellent food!
The wekend included two breakfasts and two dinners. The evening meals were recipes form Chef Michael Smith's new cookbook. The atmosphere and the people were great. I will definitely go back next and I have many friends upon hearing about it, want to come.

Room Tip: I like staying at the hotel instead of a condo because I don't have to wear a coat to go for bre...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Teamdeerhurst, Guest Relations Manager at Deerhurst Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2012

So glad you enjoyed the Chef Michael Smith Weekend. We are overwhelmed with the positive feedback we have received from our guests and are looking forward to planning the next event.
Thank you for posting a review and giving us a 5 star rating!

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Reviewed 2 November 2012

We stayed in the renovated Sports Villas/Summit Lodges, in a "junior one bedroom suite".
Although not ultra luxurious, the accommodations were just fine: clean and spacious with a kitchen, separate bedroom with second TV, and gas fireplace. The central lodge lounge was gorgeous, with cozy couches and a big screen TV. Our room was very quiet, but there were very few people in our building, so not certain what the noise level would have been if others had been utilizing the lounge space.

We were part of the chef Michael Smith weekend. The Friday night "marche" dinner was a huge disappointment. The offerings included poutine, various sliders, basic fresh or pasta salads and bland desserts. For $1000 per couple for two nights, especially given the "foodie" theme of the weekend, we expected better. The dinner on the second night was great thankfully, but Deerhurst should have made sure all meals were up to snuff. A little highway restaurant a mile away served us an infinitely better lunch at a bargain price (Three Men and a Stove). Also, it seemed like the resort "oversold" the event, and what was presented as more of an intimate weekend with a celebrity chef included over 350 people, with a lot of standing in line for check in/breakfast/dinner etc.

Chef Michael ultimately made the weekend a success. His down home style and personality made everyone feel welcome, with lots of laughs and personal stories.

The weather was too dreary to make use of any resort facilities. We went into town for some shopping to pass the afternoon. Several nice muskoka theme stores for window shopping in Huntsville.

Room Tip: We like the corner rooms in the Summit Lodge.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Teamdeerhurst, Guest Relations Manager at Deerhurst Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2012

We are glad you enjoyed your stay in one of the newly renovated Junior One Bedroom Suites, our charming town of Huntsville and the Chef Michael Smith Weekend. The events were designed so that our guests had the opportunity to see Chef Michael Smith up close, interact with him along with other guests, learn new recipes and techniques in preparing menu items under the guidance of Chef Michael himself. We are disappointed that the Friday night ‘Marche’ did not meet your expectations. The menu that evening was quite extensive. In addition to what you outline in your review it included a variety of interactive stations such as Oyster shucking, Wine & Beer sampling, carved roast New York Striploin, assorted soups, salads, desserts and many of our local Savour Muskoka partners offered samplings. We hope you had the chance to meet Chef Michael Smith directly as many of our guests did and that you will join us in the future for another special event.

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Reviewed 2 November 2012

The room was adequate, with a decent bathroom, but nothing exceptionally nice. In fact, the furniture has seen better days and could use an upgrade.The bedding was average, but the pillows were terrible! I had problems with the reservation and the girl looking after that by phone was absolutely rude, but at check-in, they were very nice and helpful.The stage show was the highlight of the trip. The performers were extremely talented, and so funny!!! We loved it! Well worth the money. We enjoyed the spa treatments but found it far from the rooms. The Sunday buffet was ok, but again,nothing different or exciting. We waited quite awhile to be served as we were "between two stations"?? I had to ask for coffee 3 times.Really? I wouldn't go back.again. I was there 20 years ago with my husband and really loved it! Too bad.

Room Tip: Not sure if any rooms are better.................only saw ours in the main lodge.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Teamdeerhurst, Guest Relations Manager at Deerhurst Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2012

While we are glad you enjoyed the Decades Live Show, Shizen Spa treatments and our welcoming front desk staff. We are concerned that a portion of your stay did not meet your expectations or our standards as well. We would like the opportunity to speak with you directly to learn more about your experience so that we can actively address the details you noted. Please contact us at info@deerhurstresort.com. We hope that we will have the chance to welcome you back in the future to ensure you leave with a more positive impression and in keeping with what you experienced in the past.

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Reviewed 1 November 2012

Deerhurst has undeniably ticked the box for location- sat on the shores of one of Muskoka's many beautiful lakes, it's a great base to explore the local area from. However the resort itself was not up to the other resorts you get across Canada.

Firstly the kids area is crazy crowded, especially in Summer when my family and I visited. The beach isn't quite large enough for the number of guests, so it's better to get away from the resort if you want to spend some time by the lakeside (I recommend Arrowhead National Park, only 20 mins away- there's a great area you can hire canoes/kayaks from for a small cost or swim and a nice little river to take the canoes down).

Secondly if you're a golfer it's heaven. Unfortunately none of my family are (I travelled with my brother and parents, my brother and I are in our early 20s). Clearly this is a resort geared towards the wealthy Torontonian businessman who wants to get out on the weekend and play some golf. Not saying this is necessary a negative, it's just not for us.

Thirdly, the motorised boat rentals is a bit casual. My brother and I tried to get jetskis out, but after a lot of faff, some kid said 'oh they've been taken away now, come back tomorrow', we came back and apparently they actually only have one. On the other hand, it is really easy to take out a normal motor boat, which would have been nice.

That's the negatives out the way, on the other hand the resort had some bonuses. Our rooms were really lovely, we stayed in Junior suites which have recently been renovated, but mind they're a walk from the main resort. Nonetheless, there's parking all outside so you don't have to walk far to get your car (if you rented). Also the food is great, but be prepared to pay! The main restaurant was where the UN ate when they came to Canada- although that's quite exciting, the bill is not.

I don't want to sound overly critical, but having stayed in similar resorts before (on the west canadian side), this was a bit of let down. Nevertheless, if you want a nice location, you're a young family/ golfers or you just want a good base to explore Muskoka, this place is probably the best of it's kind in the area around Huntsville.

Room Tip: The Junior suites have recently been renovated and are lovely, but quite far from the main resort.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Teamdeerhurst, Guest Relations Manager at Deerhurst Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2012

We’re glad you enjoyed our lakeside location! Thank you for posting a review and the compliments on accommodation and food. The waterfront area of the resort is quite expansive and does include a sandy beach with designated swim. This area will be expanded and have a refreshed look by next summer with a few other areas around the resort. Deerhurst Resort does cater to all guests, couples and families alike and our guests do have plenty of leisure and activity options to choose from. The summer season is typically busier with families as many take vacations at that time of year. During the fall we tend to welcome more couples to enjoy what our destination has to offer and appreciate the packages we have available designed to offer a soothing getaway packed with relaxation and romance.

For future guests: Deerhurst does have a variety of different types of accommodation and in various locations around the resort and should a guest prefer a different type, style of room, or location our reservations agents would be pleased to assist and answer any questions you may have.

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Reviewed 30 October 2012

Recently returned from a relaxing, stress free enjoyable stay at deerhurst

3 nights in the pavilion with very nice rooms, great beds and all comforts you'd expect from at least a 4 star standard room

Have to disagree with the post saying rooms need facelift .... Found the room excellent... Better than my recent stay at the Marriott in Toronto !

Staff were very good the whole stay,,, special mention to Richard and meggan on front desk... Always extremely helpful and willing to go the extra mile !

Food in the restaurants was great... Still yet to find better chicken wings anywhere in Ontario !!

For a relaxing... Comfortable stay in ideal location it doesn't get any better than deerhurst ... :)

Room Tip: Would recommend pavilion room purely based on the location inside the main building
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Teamdeerhurst, Guest Relations Manager at Deerhurst Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2012

Thank you for taking the time to share your kind review of Deerhurst Resort and in particular recognizing our colleagues for the level of service they provided you. We appreciate your business and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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Address: 1235 Deerhurst Dr, Huntsville, Ontario P1H 2E8, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Muskoka District > Huntsville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Huntsville
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Huntsville
Price Range: £123 - £178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Deerhurst Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 330
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover Deerhurst Resort's idyllic lakeside setting in Muskoka cottage country. This 760 acre, year-round retreat is minutes from Algonquin Park and historical, culinary, sporting and cultural attractions like Huntsville's Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery and neighboring Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area. Known for its two 18-hole golf courses, Deerhurst offers the most on-site activities of any Eastern Canada resort, from indoor rock climbing, Treetop Trekking, paintball, ATV tours and snowmobiling to water sports, spa and a live entertainment. ... more   less 
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