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Close to lake/downtown, on-site dining, friendly staff, mixed room reviews

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Numerous guests enjoyed the hotel's proximity to Bras d'Or Lake and downtown Baddeck
  • The hotel's staff were praised for their friendly and accommodating service
  • Several lodgers were pleased with their clean and well-equipped rooms
Cons
  • Some guests complained of worn rooms and musty odours
  • The hotel's rates were considered high in relation to the quality of the rooms by some
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 23, 2013
Overview
Located about a 5-minute walk from Bras d'Or Lake along Highway 205 in Baddeck's city centre, the Inverary Resort is geared towards road travellers who prefer a hotel with on-site dining, meeting/banquet space, a private beach and easy highway access.

Each of this non-smoking hotel's air-conditioned guest rooms, suites and cottages comes equipped with free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board and a hair dryer. Rooms with a fireplace, a jetted tub, a kitchenette, a separate bedroom and a stereo are also available, as are wheelchair-accessible rooms.

The hotel also offers an indoor pool, a hot tub, a private beach area, a sauna, a spa and wellness centre, a fitness centre, a tennis court, a bar/nightclub, a playground, meeting/banquet space, a business centre, packed lunches (charges apply), vending machines and free parking.

On-site dining is offered at Flora's Dining Room (serving breakfast and dinner daily), and Thistledown Pub, which serves dinner daily. Pets are permitted for an additional $25 per pet, per stay. 

The Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site is about a 2-minute drive from the hotel, while North Sydney Mall can be found 40 minutes away by car. Bell Bay Golf Course is roughly a 4-minute drive away and Sydney/J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport (YQY) is a 1-hour drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets permitted for $25/pet/stay, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: October 15, 2013)

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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with much praise going to the hotel's location, staff and rooms.

The hotel's location was enjoyed by many lodgers. They found it close to Bras d'Or Lake, downtown Baddeck, golf, Cabot Trail, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, highway access, shopping and restaurants. 

Numerous reviewers were pleased with the level of customer service they received, and characterized the staff as friendly, accommodating and efficient. One patron remarked, "The staff here, including the owners and family, go above and beyond in making their resort feel like your home away from home, even offering to personally drive us to the golf course for supper one night".

Several guests complimented the hotel's accommodations. They described their rooms as clean, well equipped and spacious, with comfortable beds, good water pressure and nice lake views. It should be noted, however, that some travellers were disappointed with their accommodations (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some common complaints about the hotel's rooms and value.

Although several lodgers were pleased with their clean and well-equipped rooms, some guests criticized the hotel's lodgings. They reported worn fixtures, furniture and carpets, dated decor, noisy air conditioning, musty and mouldy odours, old TVs and small-sized rooms.

Some reviewers felt the hotel's rates were overpriced compared to the type of room they received, and also found the breakfast to be too expensive.
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Show Sources
Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #5 of 6 Baddeck hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 233 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.5 out of 5 with a 76% recommendation rate from 72 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7 out of 10 from 49 reviews.

The author called the hotel on October 15, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
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Location
Map Marker Inverary Resort
368 Shore Road, P.O.Box 190, Baddeck, NS