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Budget property across from Canatara Park, concerns about dated interiors

  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Several guests found the room rates to be reasonable
  • Several reviewers complimented the staff for their friendly service
  • A few guests found the location convenient for accessing the neighbouring park and the bridge to the US
  • Several guests described their rooms as dated and in need of upgrades
  • A few reviewers complained that their in-room climate control units were ineffective
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 3, 2013
This motel is situated within a mostly residential area and is located across from the Canatara Park (beach, picnic area and petting zoo). Without recreational amenities and promoting itself as a budget property this motel is well suited for guests looking for basic accommodations and budget room rates.

Both smoking and non-smoking accommodations are available. All rooms include a mini-fridge, a microwave, a TV, free Wi-Fi, free local calls and air conditioning. Rooms are furnished with two double beds. Select rooms are equipped with a tub and shower, while other rooms are equipped with a shower only.

This hotel has two floors with exterior corridors and no elevator.

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

The adjacent Chipican Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Free coffee and tea are available at the front desk.

The nearest Highway 402 interchange is 3 minutes away by car, while the Blue Water bridge to the US is a 5-minute drive away. The Point Edward Casino is 6 minutes away by car. The downtown waterfront area is a 7-minute drive away and features boutique shopping, restaurants and the Imperial Theatre (performing arts venue). 

The RBC Centre (arena and concert venue) and the Lambton Mall (shopping centre) are both about an 11-minute drive away. The Sarnia Airport (YZR) is 12 minutes away by car. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)
The Good
Reviews for this property were somewhat mixed, among the reviews used for this analysis. However several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable and that the staff were friendly.

A few guests found the location convenient for accessing the neighbouring Canatara Park and the Blue Water bridge to the US. A couple of reviewers mentioned that the park was pleasant and a few other guests noted that the adjacent Chipican restaurant served good food.

Guests were divided about the cleanliness of their rooms. While many reviewers agreed that their rooms were dated, several guests found their rooms to be clean.
The Bad
There were several complaints about dated decor and cleanliness inconsistencies among the reviews sourced for this analysis.

Several reviewers thought that their rooms were in need of upgrades and guests described worn/stained carpeting and "1970s" decor and furnishings. One guest said that her room was in a state of "disrepair".

While several guests described their rooms as dated but clean, several other reviewers were not satisfied with the cleanliness of their rooms. These guests described bedding that appeared unclean and one reviewer described his room as "gross".

A few reviewers complained that their climate control units were ineffective. One guest found her room uncomfortably cold, while a couple of reviewers also thought that their climate control units were not properly secured in the windows.

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Sources gave this hotel an average score of 1.7 out of 5, with 0% of 3 guests recommending the property. ranked this hotel #13 out of 14 properties in Sarnia, with an average score of 2 out of 5, from 27 reviews. gave this property an average score of 5.6 out of 10, based on 26 guest reviews.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews

Rated 4.3/10 based on 53 reviews

Ranked #6 out of 6 hotels in Sarnia


3 out of 10 | Sue stayed October 11, 2012


"The doors are not secure at all. I thought I had closed the door and turned the lock. It was a little windy and the door just opened.I thought it was my error and closed the door again very hard. The same thing happened 2 more time. I had to jam a chair up against the door for safety. Slept terrible because I did not feel safe."

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3 out of 10 | Kenneth stayed March 22, 2006

"The heat was turned off during daytime hours. Sink drain lever was broken. Shower glass door track was dirty and doors were not correctly installed. No heat in the bathroom. Pillows old and very thin and flat. Screen door hardware was broken. Refrigerator was a 1950s model. No TV guide. No Guidion Bible."

Map Marker Chipican Motel
1144 Christina Street North, Sarnia, ON