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Ramada Duncan Cowichan Valley

7.0 | Good | #2 out of 3 hotels in Duncan
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Older Duncan motel with popular restaurant, sports bar and free parking, but mixed reviews

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls
  • Many found the staff helpful and friendly
  • Wi-Fi was rated as good overall
  • Some found the rooms clean and serviceable
  • Guests typically enjoyed meals at the restaurant and pub
  • Guests found the location handy to the highway and the Greyhound Bus Terminal
Cons
  • No elevator to the second floor
  • Many guests felt the motel needed upgrading and renovation
  • Better maintenance and cleaning needed, according to guests
  • Noise disturbances a problem for some guests during their stays
  • Many did not feel the value was there for this motel
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Review
Updated Jun 19, 2017
Overview
About the hotel: This older motel is located on the Trans-Canada Highway, across from shopping and restaurants, a 4-minute drive from the city centre. It provides a budget stay with good highway access and a well-liked restaurant on site.

The motel has 34 smoke-free rooms on 2 floors with exterior corridors and no elevator.

All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a flat screen TV with cable, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and climate control. 

Some rooms include a sofabed, a separate bedroom, a lounge chair, a full kitchen, a living room, a deep soaker tub, bathrobes and a fireplace

Rooms are furnished with 1 double bed, 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed.

Free parking is available on site for cars and oversize vehicles. 

Pets are welcome for $10 per pet, per night. 

Restaurants on site:
The Old Fork Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
River Rock Bar & Grill offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and local craft beers on tap, along with flat screen TVs and a games room. There is live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. 
Room service is available.

Hotel amenities include an ATM, ice/vending machines and a meeting room. 

What’s nearby? The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce is a 5-minute drive. Vancouver Island University-Cowichan Campus is a  4-minute drive. The Cowichan Golf and Country Club is 10 minutes by car. The Chemainus River Provincial Park is a 26-minute drive. 

Getting around: Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is just over an hour away by car. (All travel times: Google Maps)

Confirmed by hotel January 23, 2016: pet fees, all rooms have flat screen TVs
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The Good
Guests provided a mix of positive and negative reviews. The hotel is currently being renovated with management planning to paint, change carpeting and drapes in all rooms by the end of 2015. 

Some guests found rooms they considered clean, a good size and well equipped with comfortable beds.

Many reviewers liked the staff of this hotel. They found the front desk staff to be friendly, responsive to guest concerns and requests, and knowledgeable. 

It was a convenient area: right by the Silver Bridge, a good spot for an overnight when catching the Victoria ferry the next day, near the Greyhound bus terminal and across (8 minutes' walk) from the Duncan Mall.

Guests typically enjoyed the restaurant and pub. Guests mentioned enjoying a good burger on site with very friendly wait staff.

The hotel also had a nice garden, and guests enjoyed sitting in the courtyard under the giant cedar tree.
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The Bad
Reviews offered mixed opinions of the facility and service.

Room complaints found recently were: small rooms, uncomfortable mattresses, dated and worn, completely run down, not enough electrical outlets, dirty bathroom, threadbare carpets, room smelled of smoke, mildew odour in room, mould on the bathroom tiles, dirty looking carpets, old hard stale sugar packets, room did not look like it had been cleaned in a while, sofabed looked old and dirty,TV was horrible, snowy, couldn't even watch it, toilet leaked at the base, room had appearance of needing a serious upgrade.

Some guests were disturbed in their rooms by noise from: yelling and unruly behaviour from patrons of the on-site bar, loud music from the bar, noisy parking lot and a noisy fridge and AC unit.

A few guests complained about the exterior of the hotel. One guest in the summer complained about the grounds being very poorly maintained with weeds and untrimmed shrubbery and others said the entry to the motel was shabby. Another felt the area was a bit rough. 

Some guests mentioned that one had to walk a couple of blocks in order to cross the street (where shopping and restaurants were).

Some guests mentioned errors made by staff such as: double charges and assigning rooms that had not been cleaned from the previous guest.
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Sources
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 2.9 out of 5, based upon 81 reviews.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #5 out of 5 properties in Duncan, with an average score of 3 out of 5, from 183 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 6.6 out of 10, based on 39 guest reviews.
Guest Reviews
Rated by Guests
7.0 / out of 10
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2 / out of 3
hotels in Duncan

The average guest rating for Ramada Duncan Cowichan Valley is 7.0 out of 10 based on 410 reviews from past guests. This average guest rating ranks Ramada Duncan Cowichan Valley at #2 out of 3 hotels in Duncan.

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Map Marker Ramada Duncan Cowichan Valley
140 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan, BC