We just returned from a one night stay and the only good thing we can say is that we only HAD to stay one night.
When we arrived we were suprised to find that the resort is not secluded at all. It is located on a lake that is surrounded by cottages (both personally owned and time shared). We spoke to one lady that explained that all of the facilities of the Bayview Wildwood are open for all of the time share cottages. We stayed in a two story building about 20 feet from the train tracks and yes - you can hear the trains (although they sound more like a jumbo jet landing beside your bed when you are trying to sleep).
After check in (the lady at the front desk was quite nice) we trotted off to our room. We carried our luggage up the single flight of stairs (no big deal) and attempted to get to our room. Once we moved the vaccuum, bags of towels and swiffer that were all directly in front of (or leaning on) our door we were able to gain entry to our room.
Our room was a good size but dated cannot begin to describe the decor. Oh well, we thought, only a place to lay your head. As we walked in fromt he frozen outdoors we quickly realized that they did not turn on the heat in our room. It was absolutely freezing!! We cranked up the heat and grabbed some blankets to snuggle under while we waited for some warmth. We decided that as they offered free movies that we would check out the movie channel. We soon learned that the movie channel is simply a VCR in the main building that plays movies on all the tv's in the resort. One movie at a time is offered. Oh well we thought, again - it is still a free movie and that's nice. We turned on the tv but the humming on the movie channel was so loud you could barely hear the tv. We called the front desk where the gentleman quickly advised that "there's probably nothing we can do about it but we will send maintenance anyway". Maintenance came about 10 minutes later and didn't even enter the room. He indicated if it's the movie channel the only thing they can do is check the vcr in the main building. Apparently this was done but the humming continued. Oh well we thought, how much tv would we really be watching?
Once we finally had sufficient heating we grabbed out bathing suits and headed for the pool. You will have to get towels at the front desk but it is practically on the way and no big deal. They did give you as many towels as you wanted which was very nice.
All I can say about the pool area is look at the pictures and judge it for yourself. Filthy is all that can be said. The change rooms are old but would suffice if they had a good cleaning and replaced the broken (or missing soap dispensers). The sinks are dirty and rusted.
The pool are is disgusting. The pool itself is fairy clean but the tiles on the inside of the pool could definately use some scrubbing and there was some black debris on the bottom of the pool.
The tiles around the pool were gross. The drain in the picture is the drain directly in front of the chairs in the pool area. The entire floor had stuff all over it and had obviously not been cleaned in some time
We got into the hot tub (extremely hot). We noticed that it appeared not to have been kept very clean as there was a ring around the tub (see pics). Once in, we realized that not only was there a disgusting ring but there was tons of "things" floating in the tub as well. I would be suprised if I was told that this hot tub had been cleaned in the last 6 months. Needless to say - we were out of there!
There are set times for eating and dinner was only served from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Hopefully you had planned to eat at that exact time or you would have to leave the resort to get food. We went down for dinner at 6:00 p.m. and found our way to the dining room where we were promptly ignored. We stood there for quite some time with several people looking at us and continueing on their way. Finally a waitress with someone's soup order yelled over to us from across the room and asked who we were. We told her and she yelled back to follow her to our table. We had been lead to believe that the resort had fine dining - but that is simply not the case. Just because you throw a cherry tomato on the bowl of sour cream for the table does not make it fine dining. We ordered the prime rib and were asked how we would like it. I have no idea why they would ask if they are just going to bring you what they have anyway. We ordered medium well and got rare. Not only was the food not made to order - it was ice cold. The butter just sat on the broccoli and would not melt. We had to ask for rolls for the table and had ordered a birthday cake ($24.00) in advance which they completely forgot and we had to ask for. There were very few people staying at the resort when we were there - it appeared to be 5 other tables of 2 - 4 people and a larger group in the other room. We were not pleased with the dinner dining experience at all and did not feel that we received any "personal" attention.
We stopped by the front desk to check out a game or two for the kids to play back in the room and when we asked if they had games the lady said they did and just stood there. We asked if they had a list or if she could tell us and she simply tossed a list at the kids. We picked two games and asked if it was ok if we returned them in the morning and she allowed this as they were not busy.
We asked what time breakfast was served and were suprised to find out that they do not serve breakfast on Sundays. They only serve Brunch and it runs from 9:30 - 10: 30 a.m. Not great when you have children that get up early and are used to eating first thing in the morning.
We went to the games room which definately needs a rehaul. It is cold, damp and dreary. And - suprise - dirty. We attempted to play shuffleboard but there was no sand for the board. We played a couple of games of ping pong and then attempted to play air hockey. The table is lopsided and broken around the edges so the "puck" keeps getting stuck. Not to mention that there was smeared and dried (what appeared to be) ketchup on the table.
We stayed the night - the beds are uncomfortable but have extra blankets and pillows in the rooms.
Brunch was bland and limited . Fine dining? Definately not. Food was cold tasteless.
As we only stayed one night (and couldn't wait to leave the next morning) we did not get a chance to experience the outdoor activities. There seemed to be quite a few (skating, horse sleigh rides, curling, showshoeing, etc) and everyone seemed to be enjoying these activities. If we could have gotten past the rest of the issues we might have tried them and found them to be fun.
All in all I would not even give this resort a 1* if I had the choice. We wouldn't go back if they paid us.
There are plenty of other resorts in the north that have outdoor activities and I would suggest that you try those.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Stanton family has provided six generations of friendly hospitality, fabulous dining, extensive recreation and beautiful vistas along the shores of Sparrow Lake since the late 1880's at this four-season resort village. Enjoy supervised children’s programs, indoor and outdoor pools, sandy beach, exercise gym, water sports, spa services, tennis, biking, hiking, and golf nearby. Experience Ontario winter activities; snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, skating, sleigh rides and snowmobile tours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bayview Wildwood Hotel Severn Bridge
- Bayview Wildwood Resort Severn Bridge, Canada - Ontario