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Friendly staff and easy highway access, but some concerns with price

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free continental breakfast
  • Several guests found the staff to be friendly and helpful
  • The hotel's location was deemed close to the highway and easy to find by several reviewers
Cons
  • Several guests felt their rooms needed an update and reported worn decor and broken/inefficient air conditioning units
  • The room rates were considered overpriced and expensive by several reviewers
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Freebies
Free Wi-fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Rates & Availability
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 30, 2013
Overview
Located off the Trans-Canada Highway and about a 20-minute drive from Neys Provincial Park, the Travelodge Marathon is popular with road travellers passing through Marathon or exploring the area who require a hotel with easy highway access and a free continental breakfast.

This hotel has 51 air-conditioned guest rooms, all of which offer one king, one queen or two queen beds, free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, a desk, a microwave, a mini-fridge, a coffeemaker, a hairdryer, and an iron and ironing board.

The hotel offers free parking and pets are permitted for $10 per pet per day. Wheelchair accessible rooms are available upon request, and a free continental breakfast is offered daily. Other nearby restaurants include A&W and Wok With Chow, which are both about a 7-minute drive southwest of the hotel.

The Peninsula Golf Course is roughly a 3-minute drive southwest of the Travelodge Marathon, while the Marathon District Museum and Marathon Recreation Complex are both a 7-minute drive southwest. Marathon Airport (YSP) can be found 2 minutes northward. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets allowed for $10 per pet per night. (Call date: January 28, 2013).
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The Good
Guest reviews used for this analysis showed a positive response to the hotel's staff and location.

Several guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received at this hotel. They staff were characterized as helpful, friendly and polite, and provided a quick check-in service.

The hotel's location was praised by some reviewers. It was described as right off the highway, easy to find, and next door to a gas station. It was also mentioned some long-term travellers that this was a decent place to stay when travelling by car across Canada.
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The Bad
Negative reviews found for this analysis mentioned the hotel's rooms, value, and free breakfast.

While most reviewers describe their rooms as clean and well-equipped with strong wireless signals, several guests were disappointed with other aspects of their rooms. These lodgers reported old and dated decor, stained towels, broken and inefficient air conditioning units, and broken locks. 

Those staying in pet-friendly rooms found them to be small and malodorous, made worse by the fact that the windows did not open.

The hotel's value was a source of complaint by many guests. They reported the rates as being too expensive, overpriced, and "not worth the cost". The hotel's lack of fitness room and pool were also cited as factors contributing to the hotel's lack of value. It should also be noted that although the hotel's website advertises their restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, it is only open for breakfast.

Some guests were disappointed with the hotel's free breakfast. They described it as lacking variety and hot items, and felt it should be improved in order to make patrons' stays more worthwhile.
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #4 out of 6 Marathon hotels from 57 reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 2.8 out of 5 from 13 reviews.

The author called the hotel on January 28, 2013 to confirm 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
5.4
Mediocre

Rated 5.4/10 based on 60 reviews

Ranked #3 out of 3 hotels in Marathon

Map Marker Airport Motor Inn Marathon
Highway 17 & Peninsula Road, Marathon, ON