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Older Cochrane motel near snowmobile trails with basic rooms and well-liked restaurant

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking
  • Guests typically found their rooms to be clean and spacious
  • The restaurant was well liked by guests
  • Guests thought the hotel provided good value
  • Location the best for snowmobilers, near the trail and gas station
  • Friendly and helpful staff said guests
Cons
  • Dated property and rooms in need of renos said guests
  • Some guests complained of smelling smoke from smoking rooms nearby
  • Online booking issues a problem for a few guests (booked non-smoking and got smoking)
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jun 24, 2015
Overview
Located on the Trans-Canada Highway, 2 minutes south of the town centre, this motel offers an economical stopover along the highway, a convenient base for snowmobilers accessing nearby trails and travellers taking the Polar Bear Express train from Cochrane.

The hotel offers both smoking and non-smoking rooms. All 40 rooms offer air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Rooms are furnished with 2 double beds, 1 queen bed, 2 queen beds or 1 queen and 2 doubles. Room extras include a fireplace.

Free parking is available on site for cars and oversize vehicles. Pets are welcome for $10 per night.

On site,Terry's Steak House Restaurant offers lunch and dinner daily. Nearby restaurants include JR's BBQ Ranch, a 9-minute walk north, and New Mandarin Restaurant, a 2-minute drive away. 

The hotel offers a guest computer in the lobby, a hot tub, a sauna and a meeting room.

The hotel is near the following local points of interest: The Polar Bear Conservation is a 4-minute drive away, while the Tim Hortons Museum, located inside the Tim Hortons Event Centre can be found 5 minutes away by car. Timmins Airport (YTS) is about a 1-hour and 12-minute drive northeast of the hotel. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk on June 24, 2015: pets are permitted for $10 per night
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The Good
Guest reviews used for this analysis showed a positive response to the hotel's location, value, service and restaurant.

Guest 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 a gas station. This hotel was considered the most convenient place to stay when snowmobiling nearby as it offered access to the trail and nearby access to an Esso station.

Some found the rates offered by this motel affordable and fairly reasonable for the quality of room provided.

The restaurant on the property was praised for having good steaks, burgers and rice pudding and being a popular spot for the locals.

Guests typically found the staff and owners to be friendly and helpful, and the rooms to be large and adequate in cleanliness.
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The Bad
Negative reviews found for this analysis mentioned the hotel's dated condition, and stale smoke smell.

Some reviewers had complaints about the hotel's condition. The most common complaint recently had to do with heaters not working. Sometimes guests complained of fixtures needing repair as well.

The hotel has smoking and non-smoking rooms but has not segregated the smoking rooms from the non-smoking rooms. As a result the smoke smell infiltrates the non-smokers areas.

Some guests had issues with getting a smoking room, when they thought they were getting a non-smoking room, from a third party booking site. Because the hotel was busy, they were not able to accommodate them and guests were understandably very upset.
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Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.1 out of 5 from 42 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #5 out of 6 Cochrane hotels, with a  3 out of 5 guest rating, from 43 reviews.


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
6.2
Fair

Rated 6.2/10 based on 65 reviews

Ranked #3 out of 4 hotels in Cochrane

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Map Marker Thriftlodge Cochrane South
50/Highway 11 South, Cochrane, ON