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Dalvay by the Sea Hotel
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

This is a beautiful property ... gorgeous and well-maintained. The setting is peaceful. Somewhat isolated, which can either be good or not-so-good depending on what you are seeking. The beach is just across the street, so that is super convenient. There is also kayaking available on the property which was a great activity (no additional charge). The room we stayed in was larger than would have expected, lovely decor, beautiful and newly renovated bathroom with claw foot tub. Overall positive experience. Staff was very pleasant and helpful. Dinner in the restaurant is expensive (and food was average) ... so be mindful of that when considering the cost. Also, be forewarned that no air conditioning in the rooms ... the cool evening breeze was enough to make the room comfortable.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

My wife and I picked Dalvay by the Sea to stay for our honeymoon in July 2014 as it looked beautiful from the pictures and we also liked the fact that we would be staying in the famous 'White Sands Hotel". We ultimately came to regret our decision due to the heat and the bugs.

We were a bit worried that the place did not have air conditioning and it might be to hot and humid to stay in comfortably in the summer, however the individual we booked our reservation with indicated that the cool ocean breeze regulated the temperature nicely in the summer. Shame on us for believing them.

When we got into our room on the third floor we found that the 'ocean view' consisted of one small window which could only open halfway due to the age of the building, the small window did not allow much natural light or breeze in which made the room dark and humid. The room was so hot during the day that we couldn't stay in it for too long during the day without sweating buckets and when we got back in the evening we found that the temperature did not improve.

To cool down we went into the main lobby but found that we were being eaten alive by several mosquitos that were being let into the hotel due to the front doors which did not close completely on their own. Ultimately we were able to switch rooms for a couple nights to one on the main floor which was cooler than the third floor but we still had to deal with several large (on steroids) ants in the bedroom and had to constantly keep the door closed to avoid having bugs get into the room from the hallway.

Eventually we had to move back to our original room on the third floor and were disappointed as it was still quite hot. The last straw however came we had to kill at least 4 of the steroid sized ants which seemed to have infested the hotel and found a large black beatle on the bed. We stayed in another room that night and checked out the next day.

The manager and the rest of the staff were quite friendly and understanding of the situation and tried whatever they could to address our complaints. However no amount of friendliness can mask the underlying problems of the hotel: it is badly in need of renovations to make it more comfortable for guests during the hotter days of summer and there needs to be measures taken to reduce the amount of bugs in the summer time. It shouldn't be up to the guests to monitor the doors to ensure the bugs don't get in from the outside and the fact that there is an ant infestation on the third floor indicates a very strong insect presence already in the building. Dalvay might not be a premium hotel, but for the amount of money being charged for the rooms you would expect more than a bad motel experience.

Room Tip: Visit. Do not stay!
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Joshua M
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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

Great location. Charming with its antique furnishings.

There is bike rental on the property, which is very convenient. Because there is a great bike path for about 12km out.

But be warned, there is No room service, TV, spacious showers or counter top space in the washroom.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This was my third visit to the Dalvay which I last reviewed in 2007. My companion and I had a small room with a fantastic view over Dalvay Lake and the sea on the second floor, with a comfortable bed, clawfoot tub and shower and good cross-ventilation so the absence of AC was not notable. The staff was gracious if somewhat inexperienced as many of the employees are summer workers from various colleges or universities in Charlottetown. The grounds are still lovely and relatively free from Canadian Goose mines. I wish they would change out the somewhat cheesy and incongruous furniture that populates the main public room, but as it has been there for at least 25 years, I expect they won't. This is still the nicest and best located place on the North Shore inside the Park.

So what's wrong? The restaurant. The nearby dining choices are non-existent and so you will want to take your main meals here. We had two breakfasts and two dinners. The breakfasts were average and expensive. The dinner selections looked interesting on the menu, but other than a mushroom salad that my companion thought was pretty good, the other appetizers and entrees we had were either pretty tasteless (stuffed eggplant), weird (escargot in what tasted like Campbell's tomato soup) or forgettable (seafood chowder with very little seafood). Our dinners with wine ran around C$200 with tip and this was a sad and disappointing state of affairs, particularly given the lovely atmosphere of the restaurant. I hope they will fix the food problem. Happy Trails.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank TruthTraveler
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

We have been to this lovely, quaint resort several times for their famous Dalvay Pudding dessert and love it. On our last trip, we had time to stay for lunch and it was well worth it.

The lodge is an elegant, restored Queen Anne Revival home and a National Historic site in Canada. Dining seating is in a large room, surrounded by windows overlooking the lawn and lake. It has a large fireplace and honey-gold wood ceiling. It’s like stepping back in time. Turn off your cell phone and relax.
The food is wonderful and well worth the trip even if you are not staying at the lodge. For our lunch, we had the Duck Confit Club (rich, moist and tender), the Warm Salmon Sandwich on a crunch foccacia bread with avocado and smoked bacon (to die for!), Crunchy Haddock and Frites with the house breading, and served with chipotle aioli, and mussels in white wine and garlic. Of course, we had to finish off with the famous Dalvay-by-the-Sea pudding, a sticky date pudding with a warm toffee sauce & vanilla bean ice cream. The dessert alone is worth the trip to PEI.
This is truly a memorable place to visit for lunch or High Tea in the afternoon.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank DanoCanada
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