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Thriftlodge Cochrane South

Thriftlodge Cochrane South is a 2 star hotel in Cochrane, Ontario, Canada 50/Highway 11 South, Cochrane, ON, Canada
Estimated Price
$77
CAD
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Great location and value, but some concerns with hotel's overall condition
Pros 
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Most reviewers were pleased with the hotel's location
  • Several guests found the hotel to be a good value
  • The hotel's renovated rooms (as of August 2012) were a source of compliments
Cons 
  • Some guests found the hotel's overall condition to be rundown and in need of an upgrade
  • A few guests reported odours in their rooms

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North Adventure Inn (0.8 km)
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Comfort Inn Timmins (67.8 km)
Days Inn and Conference Centre Timmins (68.1 km)
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Timmins (68.1 km)
Travelodge Timmins (69.0 km)
Microtel Inn And Suites Timmins ON (70.0 km)
Timmins Inn & Suites (70.0 km)

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Jul 15, 2013
Overview
Located on the Trans-Canada Highway, the Thriftlodge Cochrane South may be preferred by car travellers who require an economical hotel along the highway, as well as those taking the Polar Bear Express train from Cochrane (roughly a 15-minute walk).

This hotel has 40 air-conditioned guest rooms, all of which offer free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Standard rooms have two double beds, while suites offer one queen and a sofabed, or two double beds and one single bed. 

The hotel offers a business centre, a hot tub and sauna and a meeting room. 

Accessible rooms are available and on-site parking is free. Cats are allowed for $5 per night, and dogs are allowed for $10 per night.

Terry's Steak House Restaurant offers on-site dining, serving lunch and dinner daily. Nearby restaurants include JR's BBQ Ranch (roughly a 10-minute walk north), and New Mandarin Restaurant (a 2-minute drive). The nearest shopping centre is the Porcupine Mall in Timmins (about a 1-hour and 20-minute drive).

The hotel is near the following local points of interest: The Polar Bear Conservation and Educational Habitat and Heritage Village are a 2-minute drive northeast, while the Tim Hortons Museum (located inside the Tim Hortons Event Centre) can be found 6 minutes away by car. Timmins Airport (YTS) is about a 1-hour and 40-minute drive northeast of the hotel. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets stay free. (Call date: Nov. 22, 2012).
Verified with a front desk agent, July 2013: $5 nightly charge for cats, $10 nightly for dogs.
The Good
Guest reviews used for this analysis showed a positive response to the hotel's location, value, and service.

Most reviewers were pleased with hotel's location. They described it as centrally located, on Highway 11 as one enters town, and near the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs trails as well as gas stations.

The hotel's good value was mentioned by several guests. The price was described as fair and affordable, and the hotel itself deemed "good for a short stay between destinations".

As of September 2012, the hotel has undergone and continues to renovate their rooms. Reviews (post-July 2012) describe the rooms as clean and spacious, providing a strong Wi-Fi signal as well as a microwave and mini-fridge.

The Bad
Negative reviews found for this analysis mentioned the hotel's worn-down condition, and room odours.

Some reviewers had complaints about the hotel's condition. They mentioned that although some of the rooms had been renovated, the decor, carpets, windows and doors were still in need of an upgrade. It was also mentioned that the hotel's sign had been blown away and not been replaced, making it difficult to recognize.

There were reports of odours in some of the rooms by a few guests. These guests seemed unable to identify the smell, and mentioned that opening windows didn't seem to help air them out.
Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 3.1 out of 5 from 14 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #6 out of 6 Cochrane hotels from 9 reviews.

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets stay free. (Call date: Nov. 22, 2012).
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

5.9
Mediocre

#4 out of 4
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 5.9 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 28
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

Thriftlodge Cochrane South is #4 out of 4 hotels in Cochrane ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
Guest Recommendations and Comments
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Daniel from Lingen, DE rated Thriftlodge Cochrane South 6 out of 10 on July 23, 2012 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Fair price"
"You get exactly that what you paid for."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Sudbury, ON CA rated Thriftlodge Cochrane South 7 out of 10 on July 31, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Donna from Penetanguishene, ON CA rated Thriftlodge Cochrane South 7 out of 10 on February 27, 2011 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Donna & william from Keene, ON CA rated Thriftlodge Cochrane South 4 out of 10 on April 05, 2010 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"next time, go to the Best Western"
"Nothing wrong with service, room clean, but in very poor repair...mould in tub area, floor uneven, walls need paint, panelling coming loose, mattresses thin and uncomfortable.."
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Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Waterloo, ON CA rated Thriftlodge Cochrane South 8 out of 10 on June 30, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Pillows are too puffy. Very inconvinient."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Toronto, ON CA rated Thriftlodge Cochrane South 8 out of 10 on August 01, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Irene from Gatineau, QC CA rated Thriftlodge Cochrane South 7 out of 10 on April 09, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Cochrane is a very small town with VERY FEW restaurants. Advisable to eat before reaching Cochrane. Re: the motel: comfortable beds, comfortable pillows, easy to find. Please note that the map online was wrong. The motel is situated on Highway 11 south."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Petawawa, ON US rated Thriftlodge Cochrane South 8 out of 10 on August 02, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

Hotel Address: 50/Highway 11 South, Cochrane, ON, Canada

Overview & Amenities


Thriftlodge Cochrane South

Amenities
  • High-speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Air Conditioned
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Sauna
  • Refrigerator
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Golf Course (nearby)
  • Desk
  • Family Room
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Free Parking

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