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Waterfront hotel with nice decor, comfy beds, pleasant staff and free breakfast

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking and pets stay free
  • Excellent customer service, according to guests
  • Rooms were clean and large, according to guests
  • Guests liked this hotel's waterfront location
  • All rooms feature mini-fridges and microwaves
  • Outdoor picnic area and BBQ
Cons
  • Some guests had problems regulating temperature in their rooms
  • Aging decor, according to some guests
  • No elevator
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jul 10, 2014
Overview
Located on the waterfront of Lake Nipissing, 7 minutes from downtown North Bay, this hotel appeals to travellers who seek budget-friendly and well-equipped rooms in a pleasant and convenient location.

All of the 76 rooms at this hotel have free Wi-Fi, a coffeemaker, a microwave, a mini-fridge, a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Upgraded rooms offer a desk with ergonomic chair, robes and a DVD player. Guests can choose between king, queen or double beds, as well as between smoking and non-smoking options. Accessible rooms are available.

Guests are offered a complimentary continental breakfast daily which includes make-your-own waffles. Other dining options are located within a 5-minute walk of the hotel.

Hotel amenities include free parking (accommodates oversize vehicles), meeting rooms, a fitness centre, a business centre, a guest BBQ with picnic tables, guest laundry, ice machine and vending machines. Pets are permitted free of charge. The hotel does not have an elevator.

Shopping is close by at the North Bay Mall (a 4-minute drive). The downtown area of North Bay (where Main St., the board walk and a number of shops and restaurants are located) is about a 7-minute drive from this hotel. Laurentian Ski Hill is an 18-minute drive away, while North Bay Memorial Gardens (arena and recreation centre) and the Northgate Shopping Centre is a 9-minute drive away. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, pet policy, breakfast and parking (call date: October 1, 2012).
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The Good
Guests generally had a good experience at this hotel, and much of this could be attributed to good customer service and clean rooms.

Staff were excellent, according to guests. Several guests mentioned staff members by name, praising their personal, professional service. Guests said that staff here were proactive in making sure that guests were satisfied and their needs met.

Despite this hotel's age and dated decor, guests seemed to think that rooms were very comfortable and inviting and attributed that to a high level of detailed cleaning. 

Guests liked this hotel's waterfront location, and said that the proximity to the water meant good views and a serene atmosphere. Guests also felt that this hotel was within reasonable distance from Main St. and Memorial Drive downtown (within a 10-minute drive) and their shops and restaurants.

Guests were pleased with the quality and the selection of food offered at the free continental breakfast.

There were some additional comments about comfy beds.
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The Bad
Most of the reviews used for this analysis were positive, but guests did have a few common complaints, mostly centring the air conditioning/heating units.

A few guests complained about loud and ineffective heating/air conditioning units. A couple of guests said that they rattled and caused excessive noise in the rooms. A few guests had difficulty regulating the temperature in their rooms (both for heating and cooling). 

This hotel was older, according to some guests who felt that the decor was dated and in need of updating.

Some guests felt that this hotel was overpriced and expected more amenities for the price they paid. 

There were a few additional complaints about slow elevators and about weak water pressure in the showers. 
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Sources
TripAdvisor.com guest reviewers ranked this hotel #4 out of 25 North Bay hotels, based on 35 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviewers rated this hotel 8.2 out of 10, or "very good", based on 41 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviewers rated this hotel 3.9 out of 5, based on 28 reviews. 79% of guests would recommend this hotel.

Confirmed with a front desk agent: Wi-Fi, pet policy, breakfast and parking (call date: October 1, 2012).
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
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hotels in North Bay

Rated 7.5/10 based on 1922 reviews

Ranked #10 out of 15 hotels in North Bay

1922
Map Marker Lakeshore North Bay Travelodge
718 Lakeshore Drive, North Bay, ON