I originally thought this was a terrible choice for a group's annual conference and had low expectations. While I do golf, I am not avid, and the remote location was disappointing as I'm only up for 18 holes about once a week at best. However, the hotel did a great job of coming up with things to do in addition to golf and the standard meetings. They had a cooking class with the hotel chef, we played foot golf (oversized holes and soccer balls - great fun and a workout!), and the food was good regardless of where we ate. There was live music in the lobby/bar on the weekend nights, and pretty views from all the west facing windows. I didn't swim, but I was surprised that there wasn't a bigger outdoor pool - it was packed.
Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures, but the ones posted at the time of this review don't do the lobby or rooms justice. The hotel seems to be in the midst of a major update (although I didn't see any signs of construction other than a poster showing what they've done and are planning). The rooms have been recently updated, white duvet covers on the beds, new furniture, new vanities in the bathrooms, etc. and look like a nice chain hotel. The balconies are spacious and have a table and chairs.
I don't know that I'd seek out a trip to Bellaire, but if you're looking for a venue for a conference or a golf vacation, it would be a great choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Host to the new $10 million Lakeview Hotel & Conference Center renovation, Summit Village offers inspiring views of Lake Bellaire, miles of untouched hardwood forests and out-the-door access to 12 skiing and snowboarding runs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shanty Creek Resorts - Summit Village Hotel Bellaire
- Shanty Creek Hotel