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Basic Baie-Sainte-Catherine motel with views of the St. Lawrence River and on-site dining

Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Many guests praised the hotel's beautiful surrounding and proximity to the St. Lawrence River
  • The hotel's rates were found to be affordable and reasonable by several reviewers
  • Several guests were satisfied with their clean rooms and great river views
Cons
  • Some guests reported worn rooms and no air conditioning
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 13, 2014
Overview
Located along Highway 138 on the St. Lawrence River, Motel le Vacancier is geared towards car travellers who require a pet-friendly hotel with on-site dining, a private beach and easy highway access.

Each of the hotel's guest rooms offers cable TV, a balcony, a ceiling fan, a table and two chairs and a private bathroom. Hair dryers are available upon request. Cottages are also available and provide a kitchenette. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are available. 

Hotel amenities include a private beach, BBQ facilities, a playground, a free shuttle to nearby whale-watching facilities, free parking and an on-site restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The hotel is wheelchair accessible and pets under 20 lbs are permitted in cottages only, at no charge.

Pointe-Noire Interpretation and Observation Centre is about a 3-minute drive from the hotel, while Club Nautique de Tadoussac and whale watching can be found 30 minutes away by car and ferry. Charlevoix Airport (YML) is roughly a 1-hour and 11-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, pets under 20 lbs permitted free of charge in cottages only, wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: January 11, 2014)
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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's location, rates and rooms.

The hotel's location was praised by numerous reviewers, who described it as easy to find and beautiful, as well as close to the beach, Tadoussac, whale watching, hiking and the ferry. One patron noted, "Small hotel on a dune above a beach in a tiny village. Close to everything a tourist might need, in the middle of a spectacular region".

Several travellers were pleased with the rates they received for their stay. They described them as affordable, budget friendly and reasonable.

The hotel's accommodations were enjoyed by several guests. They found their rooms to be clean, cozy and quiet, with breathtaking river views. Some lodgers were disappointed with their rooms, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were some complaints about the rooms.

Although several guests were pleased with their clean rooms and great views, some reviewers criticized their lodgings. Complaints included: no air conditioning, uncomfortable beds, worn carpets, dated decor, poor Wi-Fi signals, small TVs, and noise transfer from guests in adjacent rooms.
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Sources
Expedia.ca guest reviews rated the hotel 3.6 out of 5 with an 89% recommendation rate from 131 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #3 of 4 Baie Sainte-Catherine hotels with an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 from 47 reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.3 out of 10 from 41 reviews.

The author called the hotel on January 11, 2014 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.
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hotels in Baie Sainte Catherine

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Map Marker Motel le Vacancier
329, Route 138, Baie Sainte Catherine, QC