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Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort

8.9 | Very Good
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Waterfront resort-style hotel with a private beach and water sports

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Guests praised the scenic location
  • Attentive customer service, according to guests
  • Rooms were clean and spacious, according to guests
Cons
  • A couple of guests thought the food in the on-site restaurant was pricey
  • Some guests thought that the hotel was showing its age
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Apr 20, 2013
Overview
This waterfront hotel features a private beach, water sports, a BBQ grill and an outdoor pool and is popular with guests who seek resort-style accommodations.

This hotel offers accommodations during the winter season (November through May), but does not have food and beverage service during that time.

There is a mix of different types of rooms in the 63 units at this hotel. There are oceanside villas and one to three bedroom cottages in addition to standard rooms. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, a coffeemaker and a hair dryer. The cottages and the villas have a full kitchen with a fridge, stove, microwave, pots, pans, cutlery, dishes and dishwasher. Many rooms offer views of the water. Some have a BBQ.

Guests can dine on site at the Pictou Lodge Restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily during the summer season. They also offer a Sunday brunch. In addition to the on-site amenities above, there is free parking, a mini-golf course, a volleyball court, a putting green and a basketball court. 

Caribou and Monroe's Island Provincial Park is a 20-minute walk away. Downtown Pictou is just under a 10-minute drive away. Northumberland Ferry Terminal (for guests arriving from PEI) is just over a 10-minute drive away. The Pictou Golf and Country Club is about a 7-minute drive away. Rainbow's End Esthetics Day Spa is only a 5-minute walk from the resort. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
Based on the reviews used for this analysis, guests had overall positive experiences while staying at this hotel. They commented favourably most often on the hotel's location and on the level of customer service.

A number of guests raved about this hotel's seaside location. They said it was scenic and peaceful. The green space that the hotel was on was said to be well tended and attractive. Several guests appreciated having a beach on site and enjoyed strolling on the beach and enjoying the ocean views. Guests also liked the views from rooms and common areas that the seaside location allowed.

Guests were impressed with friendly and knowledgeable staff who were attentive and committed to meeting their needs.

Several guests commented on the innovative, high-quality food served in the on-site restaurant.

Rooms were spacious, well laid out, well equipped and comfortable, according to guests. Guests also felt that they were cleaned thoroughly.

Guests felt that this hotel was centrally located in relation to the town of Pictou (just under a 10-minute drive) and to the Northumberland Ferry Terminal (just over a 10-minute drive away).
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The Bad
The vast majority of reviews used for this analysis were favourable and guest complaints were only occasional. There were a few common threads among these complaints, mostly about the pricing of the food in the on-site restaurant and with aging decor.

A handful of guests felt that the food in the on-site restaurant was overly expensive.

Some of the guests (apparently in some of the older rooms at the hotel that have not been refurbished) felt that the decor was aging and shabby. They suggested that updates were in order and noted TVs, furniture and linens specifically.

There were some peripheral comments about uncomfortable beds that interfered with the quality of sleep and about noise disturbance from guests in other rooms.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #1 out of 3 Pictou hotels with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 based on 100 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.5 out of 5 with a recommendation rate of 100% based on 21 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 4.5 out of 5 based on 22 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
Guest Reviews
8.9
Very Good
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1 / out of 5
hotels in Pictou

Rated 8.9/10 based on 370 reviews

Ranked #1 out of 5 hotels in Pictou

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Map Marker Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort
172 Lodge Road, Pictou, NS