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17-minutes from Port Dover, friendly staff but decor and furnishings could use upgrades, guests say

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, breakfast and parking
  • Convenient location to fast food and outdoor attractions, according to several guests
  • Friendly, helpful, efficient staff, some guests say
  • The rooms were clean and comfortable, according to some reviewers
  • Some guests liked the picnic area, specifically those with pets
  • Breakfast was enjoyable and the selection was good, according to a few guests
Cons
  • The hotel could use upgrades, according to several guests
  • There were concerns about the small breakfast area from a couple reviewers
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Freebies
Free Wi-fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Rates & Availability
Editor's Analysis
Updated Jan 10, 2013
Overview
With several recreational attractions nearby like Turkey Point Provincial Park and Port Dover Beaches this hotel would be ideal for the leisure traveller who requires a centrally located hotel and wants to explore the area by car.

Each of the 61 air-conditioned rooms come with cable TV, a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee/tea maker and an iron and ironing board. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi and free local calls. Select rooms have patio door access. Smoking and non-smoking accommodations are available. 

Free parking (with cold-weather hook ups) and free continental breakfast are offered at this hotel. 

Pets are permitted to stay at this hotel free of charge (select rooms only). 

Other amenities include copy and fax services for guests, currency exchange, a picnic area with BBQ and valet dry cleaning service (additional fees will apply). 

This hotel participates in "Support Green Practices", an environmental program that includes use of energy efficient lighting, guestroom towel and linen re-use and on-site recycling.

A variety of fast food options are within walking distance like Pizza Hut, Fast Eddie's and Tim Horton's (6-minute walk). The Hamilton International Airport is a 48-minute drive east from the hotel. Turkey Point Provincial Park is a 25-minute car ride west, while Port Dover Beaches is 17-minutes west by car. (All driving and walking estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with the front desk January 8, 2013: pet policy, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and dry cleaning service.
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The Good
Generally reviewers were happy with their stay and most of the reviews used for this analysis were positive. Many aspects of the hotel were complimented and reviewers seemed most impressed with the hotel's location, the customer service and the clean rooms.

The hotel's location was frequently praised and was the biggest draw among reviewers. Several guests liked the hotel's proximity to Port Dover and appreciated that fast food options were next to the hotel. 

The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and efficient service.

Several guests thought their rooms were clean. One guest described their room as "pristine". However, there are opposing opinions and mixed reviews about this (see below).

A few guests, specifically those travelling with pets, appreciated the guest picnic area. 

Breakfast was enjoyable and a few guests thought the selection was good.
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The Bad
As mentioned above, the reviews used for this analysis were mainly positive but there was some negative feedback that focused on dated decor and furnishings and the small breakfast area.

The biggest criticism from reviewers was that the hotel needed major upgrades. They felt the furnishings were old and needed to be refreshed and the decor was extremely dated. A couple guests said the decor looked like it was from the 80's.

A couple guests felt the breakfast area was too small and felt the layout could have been better organized.

As mentioned above, the reviews regarding the cleanliness of the rooms were mainly positive but there were a couple isolated claims that guests found insects on the bathroom floor. 
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Show Sources
Sources
Booking.com rated this hotel 7.5 out of 10 based on 19 reviews.

Expedia.ca rated this hotel 4 out of 5 based on 2 reviews.

Hotels.com ranked this hotel 4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com ranked this property #2 out of 4 hotels in Simcoe based on 23 reviews.

Confirmed with the front desk January 8, 2013: pet policy, free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and dry cleaning service.
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
7.2
Good

Rated 7.2/10 based on 66 reviews

Ranked #3 out of 3 hotels in Simcoe


7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed May 04, 2013

"Great"


7 out of 10 | Brendan stayed May 30, 2010

"the room smelled of old cigarettes."

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9 out of 10 | Richard stayed May 14, 2006

"A lot of birders stay at this hotel as birding sites are near. The hotel even agreed to have breakfast ready at 5 am to accommodate birders who are... well... early birds!"

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed March 22, 2006


7 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed February 18, 2006


9 out of 10 | Ted stayed September 29, 2005

"Front staff very friendly and efficient - even though late check in."

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed October 26, 2003

"I found it a little pricey for not having a fridge, pool or hottub"

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Location
Map Marker Comfort Inn Simcoe
85 The Queensway E., Simcoe, ON