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Great service and clean rooms with kitchenettes, 6-minute walk to the beach

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Many reviewers complimented the staff's friendly and helpful service
  • Several lodgers were pleased with the hotel's proximity to the beach and restaurants
  • The hotel's rooms were praised for being clean and well equipped
Cons
  • Some patrons found the hotel's rates to be too high
  • The free breakfast was described as limited and lacking by some guests
  • Noise transfer was reported by a few reviewers
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated May 9, 2013
Overview
Situated about a 6-minute walk from the beach and a 7-minute drive from Wasaga Beach's city centre, the Donato House is geared towards travellers visiting or passing through the area who require a hotel with extended kitchen amenities and an indoor pool close to the beach.

This hotel has 24 air-conditioned guest rooms, each offering free Wi-Fi, cable TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a hair dryer and a desk. Standard rooms offer two double beds, while rooms with a balcony, a hot tub and sleeping accommodations for up to eight people are also available. All rooms are non-smoking.

Hotel amenities include an indoor salt water pool, a hot tub, barbecue facilities, meeting/banquet space and a free continental breakfast served between 8 am and 10 am. Pets are permitted for a $100 deposit and a $10 fee per pet per night. Parking is free, and the hotel does not offer wheelchair-accessible rooms.

Mosely Street Grill is a 9-minute walk from the hotel, while Wasaga Beach Provincial Park is approximately a 5-minute drive away. Elmvale Jungle Zoo is a 25-minute drive northeast, and Collingwood Centre Shopping Mall can be found about a 21-minute drive west. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is about a one hour and 30-minute drive south. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets permitted for $10/night/pet and $100 deposit, not wheelchair accessible. (Call date: May 8, 2013)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's staff, rooms and location.

Many reviewers were pleased with the level of customer service they received. They characterized the staff as friendly, helpful in offering directions and restaurants suggestions and as very accommodating.

The hotel's accommodations were praised by numerous guests. They described their rooms as well equipped, spacious and clean with comfortable beds.

Several lodgers complimented the hotel's location. They found it to be close to Wasaga Beach, as well as skiing and many restaurants.
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, there were some common complaints about the rates, the free breakfast and noise transfer.

Some guests were disappointed with the hotel's rates, and described them as expensive and high.

The hotel's free breakfast was a source of complaints for some lodgers. They described it as lacking, with a limited choice and no hot items. One guest found the bagels and cereal to be stale.

A few reviewers complained of noise disturbances, and reported being able to hear guests in adjacent rooms.
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Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 8.2 out of 10 from 23 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #9 of 13 Wasaga Beach B&B and Inns with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 17 reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 2.9 out of 5 with a 60% recommendation rate from 10 reviews.

The author called the hotel on May 8, 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
6.6
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1 / out of 3
hotels in Wasaga Beach

Rated 6.6/10 based on 138 reviews

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Location
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  • Bruce Peninsula National Park (139.1 km)
Map Marker Donato House Hotel
1080 Mosley Street, Wasaga Beach, ON