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Pet-friendly but dated north Thunder Bay hotel with indoor pool and basic free breakfast 

  • Free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Close to shopping and restaurants, according to guests
  • Guests received good customer service
  • The hotel is worn and in need of updates throughout, according to guests
  • Lack of detailed cleaning in common areas and in the rooms, according to guests
  • Some guests complained of unpleasant odours in their rooms
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Nov 9, 2014
Located about a 7-minute drive east of the Trans-Canada Hwy in an industrial area, this hotel appeals to guests looking for accommodations at a lower price point while visiting the Thunder Bay area.

All of the 93 rooms at this hotel have free Wi-Fi, free wired internet, a hair dryer, a coffeemaker and an iron and ironing board. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are available. Guests can choose between rooms with various configurations and bed types (double, queen or king). Pets are permitted for a cost of $20/stay.

There is no on-site restaurant, but guests are offered a continental breakfast daily. There are a number of restaurants located within a 5- to 10-minute drive of this hotel. On-site amenities include free parking and an indoor pool.

Shopping at several big box stores (Shoppers Drug Mart, Chapters, Play it Again Sports, Pet Smart) is within a 20-minute walk or less than a 5-minute drive. Also within walking distance are the Canada Games Complex (6 minutes) and the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium (4 minutes). The downtown Thunder Bay area is about a 7-minute drive away, while Lakehead University is about a 5-minute drive away. This hotel is about a 25-minute drive to Fort William Historical Park (a re-creation of the days of the North West Company and the Canadian fur trader). (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)
The Good
While most of the reviews used for this analysis were negative, guests did have good things to say about the hotel's location and its high level of customer service.

Several guests said that this hotel was conveniently located close to restaurants and big box shopping (Shoppers Drug Mart, Chapters, Play it Again Sports, Pet Smart)

Several guests received good customer service and commented on consistently warm, friendly service delivered at various points throughout the hotel. Front desk staff were helpful in offering advice and directions.

There were a few peripheral comments from guests who appreciated the price point for this hotel.

The Bad
The bulk of the reviews sourced for this analysis were negative. Guests complained commonly about the hotel's general appearance and about how thorough the cleaning was.

Several guests complained about a lack of detailed cleaning and suggested that updates were in order, as this hotel was showing its age. Guests reported that the carpets were worn and dirty, linens and towels were stained, baseboards in the room were in need of a thorough cleaning and furniture and window coverings were in need of a makeover. Bathrooms were particularly dirty, according to guests, and several guests mentioned mold around the tub and the tiles.

Several guests complained of unpleasant odours in their rooms, which some described as musty, while others thought that they were sourced from cigarette smoke.

A number of guests had problems with their TVs. Guests said that the TVs were old. Some complained about the picture, while some others had issues with cable reception and with volume.

There were some additional comments about the quality and selection of food offered at the continental breakfast.

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Sources guest reviewers rated this hotel 3.1 out of 5, or "good", based on 20 reviews. guest reviewers ranked this hotel #25 out of 30 Thunder Bay hotels, based on 45 reviews. guest reviewers rated this hotel 2.9 out of 5, based on 13 reviews. 54% of guests would recommend this hotel.

Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
Guest Reviews

Rated 5.5/10 based on 135 reviews

Ranked #12 out of 12 hotels in Thunder Bay

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8 out of 10 | Dwight stayed August 16, 2009

"There is a fire hazard. In all the rooms the bed is pressed right up against the power bar cord which hosts the bedside lamps. I had to move my bed back away from the wall to feel safe."


4 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed August 16, 2006

"The towels were thin and hard. The bed was too hard. The place seemed a bit run down. The Irish Pub was good."


8 out of 10 | Joy stayed July 02, 2006

"They could replace or repair the wallpaper that is peeling off the wall! The non'smoking hallway still smells smokey, no air conditioning in the hallways! Get nice and sweaty getting your luggage to your room! Continental Breakfast had no fruit or toast. Poor selection."


10 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed March 18, 2006

"Staff went out of their way to help me with whatever I needed. For example, the staff let me store my luggage at the hotel while I was at my meeting even though I was already checked out."


8 out of 10 | Daniel stayed December 04, 2005

"Clean comfortable quiet prompt service."


8 out of 10 | Art stayed October 12, 2005

"The free breakfast was a skimpy but the croissants were REAL and that made it OK. We found a wonderful Italian restaurant nearby and had a wonderful evening. The marina walk was only a mile or so away and was beautiful."


9 out of 10 | Milton stayed July 19, 2005

"I thought the bathroom floor was not as clean as it should have been. However we stayed there due an emergency Dr. appt, and we were very happy with the service. We will be back, Thank you"


8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed June 13, 2005

"Breakfast was lacking. Needs fruit or something more than, cereal and muffins."

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450 Memorial Avenue Oliver and Memorial Avenue, Thunder Bay, ON