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Older St. Catharines motel with an outdoor pool and free parking but mixed reviews

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls, coffee in lobby, morning pastries
  • Some guests thought the service was friendly and helpful
  • The location was convenient to the QEW and amenities, said some reviewers
Cons
  • No elevator
  • Many guests complained of rooms that needed better cleaning and remodeling
  • Guests provided mixed opinions over value
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 28, 2015
Overview
This motel-style property is just off the QEW, a 6-minute drive from downtown St. Catharines. It offers budget rooms with an outdoor pool and free parking about 6 minutes away from Port Dalhousie and 15 minutes from Niagara Falls by car.
 
Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available. All 50 rooms come with free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a flat screen cable TV with ESPN and Showtime, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk and chair, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and air conditioning. Rooms are furnished with 1 or 2 double beds, 1 or 2 queen beds or 1 king bed. Some rooms offer balconies and drive-up access.

Free parking is available on site for cars and oversize vehicles. Pets weighing less than 25 lbs are permitted to stay for $10 per day.

Guests are offered morning pastry and orange juice or coffee, and free coffee and tea are available in the main office. Nearby restaurants in walking distance include Wildfire Grill House & Lounge, McDonald's, KFC, Tim Hortons and Jack Astor's Bar & Grill, all within a 4-minute walk.

Hotel amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool, an on-site BBQ, a 24-hour front desk, wake up service and fax and photocopy service. 

Shopping is available at Fairview Mall, a 5-minute drive east of the hotel. Port Dalhousie is 6-minutes north by car. Morningstar Mill, a historic grist mill, living museum and park attraction, is a 15-minute drive south of the property. Niagara Falls is a 15-minute drive away. (All walking and driving estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with front desk on August 27, 2015: no coffeemakers in the rooms but supplied in the main office, no pay-per-view movies, the hotel is air conditioned.
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The Good
Guests offered mixed opinions on their stays.

Some guests said their rooms were clean, comfortable and well equipped with mini-fridges, microwaves, working air conditioners and Wi-Fi, but there were some complaints on these points as well (see below for more information).

The service was friendly and the staff were helpful, according to some reviewers.

Some reviewers agreed that the location was convenient to the QEW, shopping and restaurants.


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The Bad
The reviews showed mixed opinions from reviewers when it came to the comfort of the rooms and the room price. 

Some guests were very disappointed with their rooms which they said were old and tired and sometimes smelled of smoke or musty. 

Some complaints listed in the reviews regarding the rooms were: no outlets for charging devices, a mouldy shower curtain, a peeling tub, a dirty ring in toilet, old and stained bedding and dirty carpets, AC units inefficient, mattress did not fit bed, traffic noise from the QEW, a non-working mini-fridge, poor Wi-Fi, doors that did not lock properly, non-functioning remotes, ants in the rooms and improperly cleaned rooms.

Although some guests thought this hotel was reasonably priced, some guests felt they had overpaid. As well, the sign on the outside of this motel, with a very low room rate displayed, gave the impression to some guests that the price was much lower than they were ultimately charged upon reserving, which they felt was misleading. (The manager explained that the low price posted on the sign was not a regular nightly rate but an extended stay rate.)
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Hotels.com rated this hotel 3.2 out of 5 based on 5 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com ranked this hotel #4 out of 8 hotels in St. Catharines based on 24 reviews.

Booking.com rated this property 7.2 out of 10 based on 24 reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Jennee R.
Analyzed by Jennee R.
Jennee loves to travel and loves to live vicariously through others to help them find the right place to rest their heads while away from home.
Guest Reviews
5.9
Mediocre

Rated 5.9/10 based on 273 reviews

Ranked #6 out of 6 hotels in Saint Catharines

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420 Ontario Street Queen Elizabeth Hwy Exit 47, Saint Catharines, ON