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Close to the US border, on-site golf course, pool and restaurant

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Several reviewers praised the food at the on-site restaurant and lounge
  • Several guests found the location convenient for accessing the bridge to the US and Hwy 402
  • A few reviewers appreciated the on-site golf course
Cons
  • Several guests complained about dated room interiors
  • A couple of reviewers thought that the room rates were expensive
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Dec 21, 2012
Overview
This hotel backs onto its own 9-hole golf course and is within a 1-minute drive of Highway 402. With on-site recreational facilities (such as an indoor pool and hot tub), a business centre and an on-site restaurant, this property may be attractive to guests who prefer a full-service accommodation.

This property is 100% smoke-free and all rooms include free Wi-Fi, a 27" TV with pay-per-view movies, a desk, free local calls, a mini-fridge, a hair dryer, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board and individual climate control. Select rooms also include sofabeds and microwaves. Rooms on the executive club floor include 12-foot vaulted ceilings, 32" flat screen TVs and separate sitting areas. Rooms are furnished with two double beds, one queen bed or one king bed.

Suites provide more spacious accommodations with a kitchenette (microwave, mini-fridge and coffeemaker) and are furnished with either two double beds or one king bed. Select suites also include a jetted tub.

Free parking is available on site and pets are not permitted.

The on-site Bridges Bistro and Freightor's Lounge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

On-site recreational amenities include an indoor and outdoor pool, a hot tub, a sauna and a fitness centre. Other on-site amenities include a business centre, guest laundry facilities, same-day dry cleaning, an ATM, ice machines and safe deposit boxes.

The Point Edward Casino (table games and slot machines) is a 2-minute drive away (or a 13-minute walk), while the bridge to the US is 3 minutes away by car. Downtown Sarnia, which includes shops, restaurants and the Imperial Theatre (performing arts venue), is 5 minutes away by car. The RBC Centre (arena and concert venue) is a 9-minute drive away, while the Lambton Mall (shopping centre) is 8 minutes away by car. The Sarnia Airport (YZR) is 9 minutes away by car. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)
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The Good
Many guests described overall pleasant experiences at this hotel, among the reviews used for this analysis. Reviewers seemed most impressed with room cleanliness and the customer service.

Many reviewers described their rooms as clean, while several guests found their rooms spacious and their beds comfortable. Several reviewers said that their rooms were quiet.

The staff were frequently complimented and guests described the front desk agents as friendly and welcoming.

The food at the on-site restaurant and lounge was praised by several reviewers.

Several guests found the hotel's location convenient for accessing the bridge to the US, Highway 402 and downtown Sarnia. One reviewer mentioned walking to restaurants and shops in the downtown area.

Several reviewers appreciated the on-site amenities, including the 9-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor pools and the fitness centre.
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The Bad
While many guests described positive stays at this property, several reviewers were disappointed by the quality of their rooms. These guests specifically mentioned that they had rooms in an older wing of the hotel and that future guests should request rooms in the newer tower section.

Guests staying in the older wing described dated interiors and one reviewer said that her room appeared rundown. One guest noticed a leaky bathroom sink.

A couple of reviewers complained about an unpleasant odour in their room and one guest said he smelled cigarette smoke.

A couple of guests thought that the room rates were expensive and one reviewer thought that the price should have included a free breakfast.
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Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 4.2 out of 5, with 80% of 5 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #2 out of 14 properties in Sarnia, with an average score of 4 out of 5 from 98 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 7.6 out of 10 based on 10 guest reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
Analyzed by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
7.7
Good

Rated 7.7/10 based on 95 reviews

Ranked #4 out of 1 hotels in Point Edward

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8 out of 10 | John stayed September 18, 2005

"The breakfast vouchers were a nice surprise. A little disappointed that I could not use my Government rate for the hotel rate. An overall great stay!"

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8 out of 10 | Jacob stayed June 20, 2004

"We enjoyed our stay at the Sarnia Holiday Inn very much. The only complaint we would have is possibly the mattress - it was very hard. Access from the highway is not great if heading West but it was accessable once we knew how to do it - and if the line up for the US bridge was not too long to let us by."

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9 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed April 25, 2004

"They need a 'no children' time period in the pool area so adults could enjoy some quiet relaxing. Also, the rooms need better sound insulation."

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8 out of 10 | Thomas stayed January 09, 2004

"My stay was fine. It did the job for me, however, a little frustrating when you book a hotel because of it's service, for example the pool, and it's closed. Maybe a reduced rate in such times or an added benefit. This hotel in Sarnia, as I could see, is around $30-$40 dollars more expensive than others. Also, it shouldn't take three calls to get a steak knife...nothing like a cold steak sandwhich. Thanks for the form...I hope this helps your business and serves me better as a client. Tom"

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9 out of 10 | Mary beth stayed December 31, 2003

"Hard to find off the 402"

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5 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed October 24, 2003

"A non smoking room was requested. Although it was non smoking, it smelled very smokey."

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Map Marker Holiday Inn Sarnia Hotel & Conf Center
1498 Venetian Blvd, Point Edward, ON