This is one of the few options if you want to stay in Wakefield. it's a quaint, old little hotel with the lobby and restaurant at the foot of a hill and the rooms on the top of the hill. it has that Bavarian feel in decor and hosipitality and you find yourself forgetting you are still in North America at times. It's set in a beautiful wooded ridge.
When I walked into my room, the first, overwhelming impression was - COLD. It was freezing in there! There is a small, radiant-heat unit in the wall, which I immediately cranked. My room remained freezing for the next hour or so until I left and returned several hours later. Then it was fine.
The room was spacious and cozy (once it warmed up!) with nice hardwood floors, a couch and a nice balcony overlooking the restaurant below. There is a door with an interesting leather padding with heart-patterned studs in it. The bed was not the most comfortable one I've had, but it was ok, and the quilt in the closet was a mandatory additon to the coverings.
The bathroom could have used some work. The tiles were cold and the grout was deteriorating and worn. The shower spewed brown water from the rusty pipes for a moment before clearing up. The towels were mismatched and worn, frayed from overuse. The water was hard and soap was tiny, gritty blocks.
Breakfast the next morning, surprisingly, was really great. The bacon was cooked to chewy perfection, the eggs hot and not over or uner cooked, and everything delivered quickly and accuratley. It seems to be a very popular place for breakfast, so best to get there early as it was filling up quickly after opening at 8am.
It's not a great place, there are some improvements needed, but it has character and the setting is very nice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the main street of Wakefield, Riverside Drive, the Alpengruss Motel is literally within walking distance to over a dozen pubs, cafes and restaurants. It is situated close to 3 local ski hills, 2 golf courses and the famous Red Covered Bridge - a well known landmark on the Gatineau River. ... more less
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