Daniels Family Resort
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- Continental Breakfast
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- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews Daniels Family Resort Canadensis
My second time.
To start, let me say this was my second time here at this resort. The first time we were there my family and I had a decent time, most recently however- a little bit of a different story.
The place is in shambles. It smells old and musty, the food is tastless, and the rooms are in desperate need of repair.
We stayed in the main inn. Our first mistake. It was incredibly noisy and smokey. The reservationist told me that it would be better for us to stay in the inn due to the cold weather outside (our children going from the pool to the outside). Well my children didnt sleep at all, from other guests' children running the halls. The bathroom- we'll it was just disgusting. spider webs everywhere. The beds were decent, but because of the dirtyness of the hotel, I was afraid of bed-bugs. The carpets were dirty and worn out. Our window was broken and rattled all night- cold air was blowing in.
The food was tastless, but the service was decent. It is obvious that they try. Our waitress was very pleasant. However, because the food was bad we ended up ordering a pizza from the shop in town. The alcohol prices are reasonable at the resort. My husband was able to buy a six-pack at the bar for $10. A plus! We enjoyed that while the our kids were trying to sleep.
The "resort" is very close to skiing. A plus! All and all if you are looking for a budget place to go while skiing- "Daniels Resort" is probably your pick. However, I don't think we will ever go there again. Too many other options. And "meals included option" - not worth it.
Been going to Daniel's almost 30 yrs
We've been going to Daniel's for almost 30 yrs. now with my family, ever since I was a child, and the 3rd generation is now going and creating thier own memories. The people we've met at Daniel's have become our third family, the one that we've chosen and that is what makes us return year after year. I agree that the accomodations aren't very well-scrubbed--but there's no way I would say that they're anywhere near filthy, either. I guess it depends on what you're expecting--and at thier prices, when you consider that breakfast and dinner are included (& the food is decent, the breakfast is good & there's alos a salad bar at night)--no one should expect the accomodations of a four star hotel. Besides, there's so much to do (skiing, sledding, indoor pool, etc. in winter; softball, volleyball, bocce, 2 outdoor pools, kids' activities, fishing, paddleboats, basketball, horseshoes, tiki bar, archery, etc. etc. in summer) you're hardly ever in your room anyway. The free nightly entertainment is a lot of fun, and there's also activities such as bingo and karaoke. All in all, it's well worth the price for a friendly family vacation!
Stayed at Daniels during President's week. The place was booked I guess due to the proximity of ski areas. We were in a "lodge" a half mile away. We had to drive to the main lodge for everything. Breakfast and dinner is included in the price. The food was horrible and the service was even worse. The toilet was clogged in our room which we complained about 3 times. My husband told them that they needed a "snake" but they just plunged it. It overflowed into our room on the third day we were there. You can't call them because they have no phones in the lodge we were staying in and our cell phones didn't work in the mountains(thank goodness no emergencies occured while we were there). The other people who were staying in this lodge stated that Daniels is one step up from tent camping. I think I would rather go camping than stay here again.
Home Away From Home
If you're looking for a place to create life long memories Daniels is the place. Although it may not be the lap of luxury, it is a place that you will return year after year. You will meet people who will be life long friends and quickly become family. Many families return year after year because of the family activities. It is a place where families can enjoy. There is something for every age. The kids are welcomed at all events and activities. I have been going for 17 years and it is now a place where our children bring their children. Many families keep in touch throughout the year and look forward to seeing one another on special weekends and in the summer. Even the owners, staff and social directors have become a part of our extended family. Come and join us. All can become a part of the Daniels family!
IT'S ALL TRUE... and I'm STILL going back!
All the reviews are pretty accurate (give or take a few cobwebs), but the bottom line is my family and I go back to Daniels EVERY year. That's not to mean that we don't enjoy a nice cruise or something more "comfortable." But Daniels is a fun-filled FAMILY resort. If my kids (ranging from 1 to 13) were told they could go on any other trip (and I do mean ANY other trip) if they would opt not to go to Daniels for the year...then they'd turn down the trip to anywhere and demand to go to Daniels. Now, this doesn't mean my kids are crazy ... but it does mean that Daniels is about a good time. We see the same people (guests and staff) every year and there's a lot of comfort in that despite the acccommodations being a little "uncomfortable". A good time is not limited to the recurring visitors but also the new ones as well, for the "regulars" are always looking to welcome the new visitors and the core staff are DEDICATED to making you feel at home (maybe that's why you have to bring your own towels? ha ha). The social director, Kevin, is EXCEPTIONAL and makes the time at the resort fun for the entire family. As a matter of fact if I had to forfeit Daniels for a trip anywhere...I wouldn't do it either (but don't tell my wife). Love it or hate it...Daniels will definitely make an impact on you and not just be a boring trip to a place with a nice pool. Even if the surroundings are a little run down...you can "laugh it off" and join in the fun.
A Place where everyone knows your name!
We have been going to Daniels for 12 years. We always have such a good time! Every year, we get to see the same group of people, play lots of games, and just enjoy the beautiful area and great people. If your idea of dressing up for dinner means putting on a clean t-shirt, then Daniels is your place!
The property is really pretty on first-sight. Behind closed doors, though, is another matter. Our room was literally crumbling before us: wallpaper peeling off the walls, un-patched holes in the walls and ceilings, linoleum curling up at the edges, and stains everywhere. As soon as we arrived, we removed the many cobwebs around the room ourselves, and scraped a used Band-Aid off the back of one of the doors and threw it in the trash.
During our first meal, we were seated at a table that had remnants of the last diners food all over the table (not to mention the floor and chairs), and no one at any point made an attempt to wipe down the table. We asked for a few extra napkins so we could do it ourselves. They ran out of coffee halfway through breakfast and refused to prepare any more. They ran out of lettuce at the salad bar at the beginning of dinner.
The other common areas are OK. The 'nightclub' area is expansive and accomodates a large number of people. Once the drinks are flowing from the bar, things start to seem a bit nicer. In the light of day the following morning it's another story.
Now, we didn't pay a fortune to stay here. They have a great package for Christmas Tree Weekend and it's very reasonably priced. The addage that 'you get what you pay for' really does apply. I think that with a little bit of elbow grease on the part of housekeeping and food-service, I might have been less inclined to invoke the cliche though and could have left feeling like I'd gotten a great value for the money.
I just returned from Daniels Resort I visited for the 3 day Thanksgiving getaway and had a great time my kids loved it and the Thanksgiving Buffet was excellent. If you are looking for luxury this is not the place for you. I agree the accommadations are a little run down--needs a little TLC. I stayed in a house called BYE-A Brook walking distance from the lodge it is a three bedroom house- very comfortable. The resort is family orientated and with very warm atmosphere full with endless activities they have an indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool,hot tub and sauna and a great game room . We loved it so much that we stayed an extra night which we loved because everyone checked out and we practically had the whole resort to ourselves. I don't agree with the negative reviews I have read. Daniels family resort is affordable with Breakfast and Dinner included, What more can you ask for, so what the accomadations are not out of this world but the idea is to have fun and enjoy the activities that they offer. I believe I got my moneys worth. I can't wait till my next visit which I have already booked.
This family resort has passable outdoor facilities, but the rambling interior looks like it was last updated (and cleaned) during the Eisenhower presidency. The noise in the main lodge was unbearable. The outlying cabins are better, but leave much to be desired in terms of cleanliness. The resort does not provide towels or maid service so be prepared. The food is passable, but not very good. Though the staff tries hard and is generally pleasant, the resort is clearly decades beyond its prime. Unfortunately, the price we paid for this resort was well in excess of the quality.
Best feature is the low price
...but you get what you pay for. Numerous cabins are on a very large piece of property. There are two outdoor pools that are pretty nice, and an indoor pool that gave one of our kids hives. There is a softball field, shuffle board, horse shoes, etc. and we enjoyed using them. The central dining hall serves a good breakfast and a dinner that is honestly pretty bad. (The rate includes those meals.) There is a snack bar for lunch that is so slow it is unbelievable. Now for the cabins. If you don't mind mildew, bugs, broken air conditioners, leaky pipes, dirty bed linens, windows and doors that don't lock, etc. you might not mind this place. But if you are expecting a nice place to stay, this is not the place for you.
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... paths lead to the houses, putting one foot in front of the other trudging through the latest snowfall is the norm here. Actually most do not use the front door in winter and you can see little paths from the driveway to the back. Ruts are everywhere. Tony would really stand out here with his shovelling skills.
Dinner was good, for Tony it was great. After dinner conversation and rehash of the day was better. We ...
... dinner. His handshake is strong. Tony loved his Yellow Fin Tuna.......food is such an important component, especially for me, of holiday/ vacations. Tony is amazed that I eat more when away then when I am home. Yes! Someone is cooking me dinner. Loving it.
We head up, again checking out the photos. Would be a good idea if dates were recorded beside all of the Visitors signatures. Photos are as new as yesterday, as old as the first photograph ever taken. Very cool. More tomorrow.
... at $12.50 per person, it was a little expensive. But we really wanted to get this waterfall, and there are actually quite a few in a short walk around the property. A big winter storm was in the forecast, so we were fortunate to make it before they closed for the season. Talking to the lady who sold us our tickets, she suspected that this would be the last day the falls were open. And with few other visitors, we mostly had the area ...
... hand. It's amazing. (Apparently we aren't the only ones who think so, because some of his work is in the Smithsonian.)
The best part is that he is an incredibly nice guy. He invited all of us (me, Phil, the kids, other cousins, aunts and in-laws) to gather around and watch him throw some of his signature "Shohola Bells" on his wheel in the studio. He patiently answered questions and demonstrated the ancient ...
We had just enough snow for the kids to make a snowman. In this pic, Vivi had shed her coat, but Payson had only just put his on; they worked up quite a sweat rolling up all the snow in the whole backyard. But it kept falling after they went to bed, enough that we had a pretty white lawn in the morning. ...