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The Gables Inn

6.1 | Fair
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Basic motel with clean rooms in Sarnia with outdoor pool and restaurant next door

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free wireless Internet and free parking
  • The staff were complimented by numerous reviewers for their honest and responsive service
  • The hotel provided affordable and economical rates according to many reviewers
  • Several guests enjoyed their clean and well-maintained rooms
Cons
  • A few guests complained of inefficient or broken heating in their rooms
  • A couple of guests reported too few electrical outlets in their rooms
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Free Internet
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 13, 2014
Overview
Located about a 5-minute drive from the Sarnia Sports & Entertainment Centre and 2 minutes to the nearest Highway 402 interchange, The Knights Inn (formerly The Gables Inn) is popular with business and family travellers who prefer an economical hotel with extended kitchen amenities and family rooms.

This non-smoking hotel has 28 air-conditioned guest rooms and suites, each offering free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a desk, an iron and ironing board, and a hair dryer. Standard rooms offer one queen or two double beds, and rooms with a kitchenette are also available. Family rooms provide 3 double beds, a full kitchen and a seating area. 

Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, a barbecue and picnic area, free coffee and free parking. Pets are not permitted and the hotel does not offer accessible rooms. 

Restaurants close by include John's (next door) and Olives, which is about a 2-minute walk west. Shopping can be found at Lambton Mall (a 4-minute drive west of the hotel).

Clearwater Arena is roughly a 5-minute drive southwest, while the Point Edward Charity Casino can be found 12 minutes westward. Bluewater Fun Park is approximately a 2-minute drive east, and Sarnia Airport (YZR) is a 5-minute drive northeast of the hotel. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent on March 7, 2013: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets not allowed.
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The Good
The majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive with praise going to the hotel's staff, value and rooms.

Many lodgers praised the hotel's customer service and characterized the staff as helpful, friendly and honest.

The hotel provided good value according to numerous reviewers. The room rates were described as fair, reasonable and the "perfect price for the services offered".

Several guests were pleased with the accommodations at the hotel. They described their rooms as clean, well maintained and well equipped, with comfortable beds and linens and excellent lighting.

The hotel's location was also praised by some guests, who found it close to Tim Hortons, Highway 402, restaurants and shopping.
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The Bad
While the majority of the reviews consulted for this analysis were very positive, there were a couple of complaints about the heat and electrical outlets.

A few guests complained about the lack of heat in their rooms. They reported broken and inefficient heating, as well as having to ask the staff to turn on the room heat.

The rooms' electrical outlets were a disappointment to a couple of lodgers. They described too few outlets (having to unplug the fridge in order to use the microwave), as well as the inconvenience of the ethernet cable in relation to the desk.
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Sources
Hotels.com guest reviews rated the hotel 3.1 out of 5 from 15 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #3 out of 6 Sarnia B&B and Inns from 14 guest reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 6.9 out of 10 from 9 review.

The author called the hotel on March 7, 2013 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
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Location
  • Sarnia Airport (2.4 km)
Map Marker The Gables Inn
1625 London Line, Sarnia, ON