JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Stone fireplaces and kitchens in every room
- Access to tee times at the Nick Faldo-designed The Rock Golf Club
- Spa Rosseau’s extensive menu of massages, facials and Vichy therapies and eleven treatment
What To Know
- Located two and a half hours north of Toronto
- This resort is a family favorite and a popular spot to tie the knot
- Five dining venues range from gourmet to market-style
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Canada’s first JW Marriott Resort & Spa is in the heart of Muskoka, a natural, unspoiled lake country beloved by Torontonians. Set on a granite bluff overlooking serene Lake Rosseau, this resort takes cottage country seriously. Rooms and suites come equipped with stone fireplaces and kitchens and are decorated in an elegant country style. Days here are spent hiking, paddling, golfing, snowshoeing, ice-skating and splashing (in the lake, outdoor pool or indoor pool)—or doing nothing at all over a treatment or two in the lovely lake-view Spa Rosseau.
In the Area
The Rock Golf Club is a 6,650-yard par-71 natural wonder designed by six-time PGA Champion Nick Faldo. With outcrops of granite and forest-lined fairways, it’s at its most stunning in autumn when the deciduous forests erupt in a riot of red, oranges and yellows (but it can be played in spring and summer, too). Canoe, kayak or splash down the giant inflatable waterslide at the resort’s private beach. Come nightfall, arrange for a bonfire at the Fish Rock fire pit and have a wonderful evening under the stars.
How to Get There
Really nice Hotel and Resort. The personnel is extremely friendly. The rooms are large enough and nice. The bathroom is large, shower separate from the bathtub, well lit with some French touch as the toilet is separate from the rest of the bathroom. It was a really freezing weather. Not much chance to go outside. You could still see the lake from far. There is an outside pool and whirlpool. One point to improve though: coffee at breakfast. Extremely light. Food is OK, for a resort of that calibre,.
Stayed at this beautifully situated property for five days and four nights in late January. The resort is well laid out and most public spaces are inviting. Rooms are also comfortable albeit a bit rustic and dated. The challenge with this property for groups is the buffet service (nothing was every really warm let alone hot), the lack of food choice for folks just trying to eat well not even counting vegan/Keto etc, and the fact that vegetables other than over oiled green beans and mini tomatoes seemed to be in the Muskoka version of witness protection. As well, this is the first JW Marriott anywhere that I've been where they don't have premium rye or vodka at the bar? The property is amazing four seasons 'round with plenty to do but the food was definitely sub-par and management needs to speak to the chef or make changes ... this was 3-star Holiday Inn food quality at best.
We have only visited this hotel in the winter season, so we are unable to compare it to the summer version which staff say is a completely different atmosphere. The winter surroundings are absolutely breathtaking and everything is preserved and untouched as much as possible for everyone’s enjoyment. Snowshoeing was a lot of fun and you can walk right out onto the lake and over to another island to explore. A definite highlight is the outdoor pool and outdoor hot tub in the winter. Somehow the water is maintained warm enough to swim outdoors comfortably even in -30 temperatures. This resort is very clean and the staff is always attentive to your needs and whatever it takes to make you comfortable. The restaurants are on the pricier side but the quality of food and attention to detail is very superior … your taste buds will thank you. The spa here was another highlight with clean and luxurious amenities, however in the winter season there is no co-ed facilities to enjoy with your significant other, as those are available outside only and the dedicated outdoor pool & hot tub for the spa is closed. There were more complimentary actives included with our stay than we could handle to enjoy in one weekend visit. They really go all out here to keep you entertained.... or you can just enjoy the quiet peaceful surroundings with a hot drink. We visited for our anniversary, and the staff went out of their way to make us feel very special multiple times during our stay. Check in & check out were a breeze. We will definitely return to this winter wonderland again.
Broken, uneven interlocking stone, perennial gardens not weeded. Moss growing between the cracks of the interlocking stone on the balconies.
Rooms were nice. Staff helpful. But the grounds really need work. For the calibre of the resort the grounds should be pristine.
My g/f and I visit the Rosseau once a year, simply based on the beauty of the surrounding area. We are not picky people by any means but this may be the last time we go and wouldn't recommend it anymore. For 1, this place is highly over-priced. Just one night will cost over $300 + they make you pay a resort fee upon check-out. When you factor in the restaurants and drink costs this could very well be a $500 day/night. When you spend that much money you expect top notch service. We stayed there this past weekend on Sat Jan 12th. The room we were given had chunks of dry wall missing and marks all over the walls. On top of that, they block access to their balconies in the winter time. Our room had an amazing view of the lake but we couldn't even enjoy it from the balcony. When asked about this I was told it is to prevent harm from falling ice. The liability could be taken off of The Rosseau by a simple waiver being signed and for the price we pay to stay here, you'd think we have access to the balcony. Plus it was a completely dry weekend with absolutely no precipitation so definitely no 'falling ice'. I've never been to a hotel that closes their balconies in the winter. On top of this, I made a reservation to the 'cottages' restaurant sat night which we were then told (when we asked about it) that is was actually closed for the night and that we'd have to sit and eat in the main lobby. If this restaurant was closed why would it be open for reservations the week prior? In light of this information we spoke with the concierge and booked a reservation at the 'Teca' restaurant instead. When we arrived at Teca for dinner we were told that our names were not on the reservation list and that there was no room for us. The host at the front was a young boy who was completely frazzled by this but eventually after about 20 minutes was able to seat us. Needless to say, when you spend the amount of money that The Rosseau asks for, you expect things to go smooth and to have access to all the perks which definitely wasn't the case for my g/f and I and left me with a heavy feeling of remorse instead of the feeling of relaxation that we expected. I wont be going back and will no longer recommend this place to anyone in the middle-class.