This was our second weekend at Watel. Location is excellent, an hour and a half drive north from Montreal (and this is a Friday 5 pm traffic I am talking about). You are in Laurentians, but still not too far from home. We did not use the 'spa' facilities so I can't comment on that.
ROOM: Both times we had the superior room, with double jacuzzi and fire place. Room was spacious and clean (I checked). Huge windows and the magnificent view. Loved the big bathroom, it even had a night light. There were candles (and matches) provided for the hot tub in the room. Nice touch. I don't know what other rooms are like, but it's definitely worth paying a little extra for the comfort of the superior room.
RESTAURANT: We had supper and breakfast included in our package. Supper was OK. I would not call it 5 course dinner, but it's a solid three-course. I do think they need to review the way the supper menu is written. It's really hard to figure out what things are. For example Mille feuilles de bébés épinards. I thought it was spinach in puff pastry, but it really was a spinach salad. Coquille à la volaille was simply pasta with chicken. Just call the things what they are, fancy names raise the expectations of the diners which, when not met, lead to slight let down. The English translation of the menu also could use some help (and not from google translate). The wine was good and had a fair price. For dessert we had the crème brulèe - it was excellent! The breakfast was also very, very good - eggs, bacon, potatoes, fresh fruit..we loved it.
From the first contact (we made the reservation by phone), to the check-out, including staff in the restaurant, everyone was welcoming and caring.
Overall, this is a great value. We had a great experience and we will be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Auberge Hôtel Spa Watel is an establishment with 31 cozy rooms: 10 with fireplace and therapeutic bath for two. You will find all the conveniences needed for a very pleasant stay: private bathroom, telephone, colour cable television, high-speed Internet, air-conditioning, whirlpool bath, safe, hairdryer, etc. This quality hotel provides a panoramic view of Lac des Sables and the beautiful Laurentian mountains. The Hôtel Spa Watel is located next to the famous theatre Le Patriote and a superb public beach. Relax in one of the four massage therapy rooms or enjoy the indoor and outdoor heated pools, the indoor and outdoor spas or the dry and wet saunas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Auberge Hotel Spa Watel Sainte Agathe Des Monts, Quebec, Canada