A while back my husband and I made the mistake of booking a room here. We'd stopped in at the strawberry lodge for breakfast a couple of times as a warm treat before setting out on backpacking trips. However, a warm meal when you've just spent the night in the cold snowy weather outside can be misleading. During our stay, breakfast was definitley the high point (and it really isn't anything to shout about). Dinner was passable (if you're okay with food that tastes like a cheap freezer dinner).
The woman who mans the front desk is loud and rude. Once we got to our room, we were somewhat surprised by how basic it was, but didn't expect luxury so weren't too disappointed. However, upon entering the bathroom, our feet stuck to the floor -- it clearly had not been well cleaned for a while. There was no soap to be had. My husband had to go across the road to the convenience shop to buy some!
Later that evening, we discovered that the heat in the room didn't work (which explained the presence of a small very old space heater in the closet). The space heater worked, but definitely was not something you'd want to leave on while not in the room since it looked and smelled like it might catch on fire at any minute.
As I spread the lone blanket that was supplied across the bed (remember there was no heat and it was snowing outside), I was disgusted by the large spider that crawled out. Eww! I recognize that we were in the woods and there are going to be bugs -- but not in the bedding!
After freezing in our room the first night, we decided to bring our sleeping bags in from the car and use those for the second night. I only wish we'd had a tent. Relocating to the nearby campground would have been more comfortable dispite the freezing temperatures outside.
My husband and I will always remember what a disaster this trip was. Pretty much dreadful in every way.
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