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Drawbridge Inn

Drawbridge Inn is a 3 star hotel in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada 283 N. Christina Street, Sarnia, ON, Canada
Estimated Price
$92
CAD
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Central downtown location, on-site pool, but concerns about dated interiors
Pros 
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Many guests found the location convenient for accessing downtown shops and restaurants on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and helpful service
  • Several reviewers described their rooms as clean
  • A few guests appreciated the on-site pool
Cons 
  • Many guests described the interiors as dated and in need of upgrades
  • A few reviewers complained that the in-room climate control units were not in good working order

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Holiday Inn Sarnia Hotel & Conf Center (1.6 km)
Quality Inn Sarnia (1.7 km)
Chipican Motel (2.7 km)
The Gables Inn (6.0 km)
Fauld's Motel Sarnia (6.2 km)
Howard Johnson Inn Sarnia (6.6 km)
Days Inn Wallaceburg (43.5 km)
Oaks Inn Hotel Banquet & Convention Center (43.7 km)
Saxony Motel & Restaurant (64.6 km)

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Editor's Analysis
Updated on Jan 3, 2013
Overview
This boutique hotel is situated within the downtown Sarnia waterfront area, which includes restaurants, shops, the waterfront trail system and the Imperial Theatre (performing arts venue) all within a 5-minute walk. This property would be ideal for guests who are looking to explore the waterfront area on foot.

Both smoking and non-smoking rooms are available. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, a TV, a table and two chairs and a safe. Rooms are furnished with either one queen bed or two double beds. Select rooms also include a heated bathroom floor. This hotel also offers larger suites that accommodate up to six people.

Free parking is available on site and pets are permitted at no additional charge.

A free breakfast is served daily from 6:30 am to 10 am. This hotel does not have an on-site restaurant.

On-site recreational facilities include an indoor heated pool, an 85-foot water slide (available on weekends only), a sauna and a fitness centre. Other on-site facilities include a spa, same-day dry cleaning, a 24-hour front desk and meeting space. 

Access to Highway 402 is a 3-minute drive away. The Point Edward Casino (slot machines and table games) and the Bluewater Bridge to the US are both about 6 minutes away by car. The RBC Centre (arena and concert venue) and the Lambton Mall are both about an 8-minute drive away. The Sarnia Airport (YZR) is 10 minutes away by car. (All walking and driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on January 2, 2013: Pets are permitted at no additional charge. Select rooms have heated bathroom floors. A free breakfast is served daily from 6:30 am to 10 am.
The Good
Reviews for this property were somewhat mixed, among the reviews used for this analysis. However, many guests praised the customer service and the downtown location.

The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and knowledgeable service. One guest said that "every member of the hotel's staff went above and beyond to accommodate our every request." 

Many guests found the location convenient for accessing downtown restaurants, shops and attractions on foot.

Several reviewers described their rooms as clean and a couple of guests mentioned that their beds were comfortable. A few guests found their rooms to be generally comfortable and a couple of reviewers complimented the "old world" atmosphere.

A few reviewers appreciated the on-site pool and waterslide.

A few guests described the free breakfast as basic and adequate, however several reviewers were disappointed by the free breakfast (see below for more details).

A few reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable, however a few other guests disagreed (see below for more details).

The Bad
Among the reviews used for this analysis, many guests were disappointed by the quality of their rooms. Guests described the hotel as old, dated and in a state of disrepair. Reviewers specifically mentioned that the bathrooms were dated and guests described leaky faucets and rusted fixtures. Reviewers also mentioned chipped walls and ceilings and worn linens.

While a few guests appreciated the free breakfast, several reviewers thought that the breakfast lacked selection. A couple of guests complained about poor tasting coffee. Several guests complained that this hotel did not have an on-site restaurant.

A few reviewers said that their in-room climate control units did not work properly. One guest who stayed during the winter said that her room was uncomfortably cold.

A few guests thought that the room rates were expensive and that the hotel did not offer good value for the money they spent.
Expedia.ca gave this hotel an average score of 3.6 out of 5, with 74% of 54 guests recommending the property.

TripAdvisor.ca ranked this hotel #10 out of 14 properties in Sarnia, with an average score of 2.5 out of 5 from 32 reviews.

Booking.com gave this property an average score of 7.8 out of 10 based on 44 guest reviews.

Verified by a front desk agent on January 2, 2013: Pets are permitted at no additional charge. Select rooms have heated bathroom floors. A free breakfast is served daily from 6:30 am to 10 am.
Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews

6.3
Fair

#5 out of 6
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 6.3 / 10 Details

No. of guest reviews: 100
Guest Recommended: Yes
Guest Ranking Explained

Drawbridge Inn is #5 out of 6 hotels in Sarnia ranked by the ratings provided by guests.
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Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Romulus, MI US rated Drawbridge Inn 8 out of 10 on October 21, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Bramtpton, ON CA rated Drawbridge Inn 8 out of 10 on July 09, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Marianne from St. Catherines, ON CA rated Drawbridge Inn 7 out of 10 on April 14, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"The staff makes this place they are absolutely wonderful. Made it worthwhile"
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Mary from Mt. Clemens, MI US rated Drawbridge Inn 8 out of 10 on March 19, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Sauna was nice.Hotel overall had a cozy atmosphere."
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Ken from Warren, MI US rated Drawbridge Inn 2 out of 10 on February 19, 2006 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from St. Johns, MI US rated Drawbridge Inn 8 out of 10 on August 06, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
John f from Lasalle, QC CA rated Drawbridge Inn 8 out of 10 on July 17, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Nikki from Englewood, ON CA rated Drawbridge Inn 8 out of 10 on February 11, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Parking wasnt great , but the people were friendly and it was close to restaurants. Rooms were a little small but clean.Its a place to sleep."
Hotel review by guest is Positive
John from Midland, MI US rated Drawbridge Inn 8 out of 10 on February 11, 2005 Verified Guest Hotel Review
Hotel review by guest is Positive
Verified Guest from Lasalle, ON CA rated Drawbridge Inn 8 out of 10 on April 25, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"We had a great stay. The hotel is very close to everything downtown (short walking distance to restaurants & bars). The hotel also has a very nice bar and lounge. My girlfriend loved the heated floor when getting out of the shower. The only downside to our stay was that the hot tub was inoperative all weekend."
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Paul from Windsor, ON CA rated Drawbridge Inn 4 out of 10 on January 25, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

"Our room was very damp and the floor was cold. The heat in our room was working, but it did not come out with any force. We had to request a block heater the second night of our stay. We lost power to our room one morning and had no real hot water all weekend. When we expressed our concerns to hotel management on check-out they turned a deaf ear. Swimming pool and restaurant are nice."
Hotel review by guest is Negative
Lisa from Windsor, ON CA rated Drawbridge Inn 4 out of 10 on January 24, 2004 Verified Guest Hotel Review

Hotel Address: 283 N. Christina Street, Sarnia, ON, Canada

Overview & Amenities


Drawbridge Inn

Amenities
  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Pet Friendly
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Sauna
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Coffee / Tea Maker
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Laundry service
  • Rock Climbing
  • Photocopier
  • Full-service catering
  • Massage
  • Spa & Wellness Centre
  • Body Treatments
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Pool Indoor
  • Pub
  • Self Laundry
  • Free Parking

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Nearby Cities
Point Edward (3.5 km)
Wallaceburg (44.8 km)
Chatham (66.5 km)
Ridgetown (67.4 km)
Bayfield (83.5 km)

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