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Thunderbird Motor Inn

2.5 of 5 Motel   |   5849 York Rd, Duncan, British Columbia V9L3S3 , Canada
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Ranked #1 of 5 hotels in Duncan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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54 hotel reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Sparkling clean, modern, very comfortable bed and best price we found in Duncan. Convenient to highway, downtown and local attractions. Try the restaurant on its property--very good. Martian, the owner was very helpful.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've stayed here last year and then earlier on in 2014. This last stay in August 2014, again were not disappointed. We are a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 small kids). We come to visit family a few times a year and book this motel each time. Owner Maureen and Husband are friendly innkeepers who make their guests... More

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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

10 ladies from a ball team stayed for the night staff is fantastic. rooms are clean/ upon arrival the phone was ringing the first 5 minutes in the room to make sure we had enough towels, cups etc for 4 people great service... thanks again and see you next year!!! Diva Gypsy

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Squamish, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pleasant surprise! The staff was very friendly, the room was clean and comfortable.There was a small microwave and fridge in the room. I was traveling with my daughter and two grandsons. I Will definitely stay here again. The price was very reasonable.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not understanding the 4/5 star reviews. It's not that great of a place. It's a motor inn. The owners? Ya, they are ""nice"" but anyone can be nice. Wanted outta there after the first night, but apparently they do not refund for upcoming days that you have already paid for. Was never comfortable there during my whole stay. Was told... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sister and I stayed here and we cannot say enough about the management of this place. The husband/wife team go out of your way to make sure that you are comfortable, answer all of your questions and do whatever they can to make your stay memorable. Yes, the rooms could use some updating, but they were clean and comfortable... More

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was staying at this motel at the same time as the ball teams, and the management handled the noisy parents and players appropriately, including having the police escort one heavy drinker off the property after his belligerence overcame his intelligence. The service was extremely good, and their recommendations for great restaurants were spot on. This is a very clean,... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bad management spoiled a great weekend in Duncan. The owners patrol the car park like prison guards and if anybody is sitting on outside after 10pm you better watch out or you will get kicked out. We were travelling as a sports team along you another team and local officials and were treated as if were second class citizens having... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the Thunderbird with a ball team along with another ball team that was staying there. At night hours the parents of the teams were visiting and sitting outside. The Management came out many times telling us to "quiet down" saying that there are other guests wanting there money back. The manager then said if they get one... More

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed at the Thunderbird Motor Inn often for a work placement in Duncan, from March - July 2014. The hosts (Maureen and Martin) are lovely, and are willing to go above and beyond for their guests, which was much appreciated. I travel a lot for business, and I wish that all of the places I stay at had owners... More

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Address: 5849 York Rd, Duncan, British Columbia V9L3S3 , Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Duncan
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Thunderbird Motor Inn 2.5*
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The Thunderbird Motor Inn is centrally located in the Cowichan Valley; an easy walk to downtown Duncan, the Cowichan Sports Plex, and across the street from the Cowichan Theatre / Rec Centre / Aquatic Centre.We are 40mins north of Victoria (BC's Capital) and 35 minutes south of Nanaimo (The Harbour City) which makes us the perfect stopping point after travelling from the Washington State Ferries, BC Ferries, or the airports.We are close to the Chemainus Theatre, Cowichan Valley Exhibition Grounds, Sports Fields, many Local Wineries, Golf Courses, Shopping, BC Forest Discovery Centre, Vancouver Island University, Maple Bay Marina, Cowichan District Hospital.Located in the City of Totems, in the heart of Duncan B.C. ... more   less 
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