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Strathcona Motel

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545 Hodder Avenue, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 1V7, Canada
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Strathcona Motel
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We read all the reviews and thought this would be a good place to stay. However, we were sorely disappointed by this motel. It would appear that nothing has really changed here since it was built in 1956 and the decor is non-existent. The bedroom was small and the bathroom was the size of a postage stamp. Yes, it was... More

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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review

Glad you found our homey, cozy suites clean! We're not the Ritz, but we certainly work hard to make sure that people who stay with us get good value for money, which, we understand, is why the Strathcona Motel is so highly rated by its guests. More

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54 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here twice on our trip so I think that says a lot. Ken is very nice and helpful. He does a very good job managing his small motel. The mini suites as some have described them are very nice basic units. Everything is spotlessly clean and functional. Full size fridge is nice as well as the stove. The... More

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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review

We are very glad that you found the facilities, services and surroundings pleasing during your repeated stays with us - you are always welcome! Thank you for taking the time to post this review. More

San Diego, CA., USA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Though the Strathcona Motel's website mentions their included free WiFi, it's not mentioned prominently and could easily be overlooked by the traveler scanning the many Googled hits for Thunder Bay motels. The WiFi is fast and has a strong signal in this small motel with wonderful mini-apartments. Janis, the wife in this motel owner team, booked us even though we... More

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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review

Thanks for staying with us and for your very positive review, and for highlighting the quality Wi-Fi service available at the Strathcona Motel. Always glad to have our American friends and neighbours up to Canada for a visit - please come again! More

Wichita, Kansas
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127 reviews 127 reviews
25 hotel reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

After reading about Strathcona Motel on TA, we made our reservations. It was an easy process, with the owner requesting one nights stay to reserve. We mailed a check and it was processed without problem. The owner does accept US and Canadian payment. Since we had to send a check, the down-payment was US, but we did get Canadian upon... More

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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review

We always appreciate it when our travelers take the time out of their busy schedules to review their experience at the motel - thank you - we are glad you found it to be of good value. Always happy to take US currency! ;) More

Alfred, Canada
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109 reviews 109 reviews
30 hotel reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This is a 50+ year old family-owned motel with only 6 immaculate units. The units are more like mini apartments with full kitchen facilities combined with a living room plus a separate bedroom. Furniture is vintage but great. Value for the price exceptional.. Ken and wife are very accommodating. Located in a residential area with shops close by. All the... More

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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know about your good stay with us. Hope to see you again! More

Wawa, Ontario
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My husband son and I were going through Thunder Bay headed to Minnesota and he was looking for a place to stay in Thunder Bay...We we found this little gem! The owner was so helpful and nice!! The motel itself was super clean and the beds were the nicest I have ever slept in! Book in advance as it seems... More

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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review

This review title made our week of cleaning! Glad to hear you had a comfortable stay with us - please come again! More

Toronto, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This is a very nice and cozy place. I lived in one of these apartments for eight months and never had any problem. The rooms are clean, the vintage furniture is really a good touch, free individual parking spots and the whole building is well maintained. Calm location with amenities nearby (pharmacy, restaurant, gas station, market, robin donuts).The units have... More

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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review

We would like to thank you for your business as well as for this kind review of your time spent recently at the Strathcona Motel, including your positive comments about the quiet location, well-maintained facilities, affordable prices and easy access to amenities, both ensuite and in the neighbourhood. We aim to please and are very gratified to hear that we... More

Prince Albert, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014 via mobile

I recently stayed at the Strathcona Motel while attending Lakehead University. I can you that the stay was perfect and the suite was great! You can't go wrong staying at the Strathcona! Highly Reccomend!

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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review

Thanks for the positive review! Hope you have a great summer! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

If youre staying in Thunder Bay on a tight budget, this was a great stay for the cheap price. They were very friendly and accommodating - asking if there's anything more you need on their daily cleaning. The surrounding area was quiet, with a golf courseand not far away from downtown. It was easy to get to Sleeping Giant Park... More

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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review - we were very glad to read that you found our rates and location pleasing - we take a lot of pride in providing good service at a reasonable price! AND we just got DIGITAL TV at the motel so there's lots to see the next time you come to stay with us. Hope... More

Regina, Canada
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The Strathcona Motel is a hidden gem among the plethora of motels in Thunder Bay. After reading the unanimously positive reviews on tripadvisor, I was both excited to see what the fuss was about yet apprehensively expecting to be disappointed. After staying in the charming mini-apartment, I can't imagine anyone leaving less than pleased. The owners, Ken and Janice, were... More

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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review

Hello and thanks for writing - we are very glad that you found the accommodations comfortable and enjoyed some of the personal touches offered at the motel - certainly a labour of love over a couple of generations! We would be very happy to welcome you back again. More

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Address: 545 Hodder Avenue, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 1V7, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Thunder Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Strathcona Motel Thunder Bay, Ontario

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Family owned and operated since 1956, the Strathcona Motel prides itself on being clean, quiet and affordable. Steps to gorgeous parks, a municipal golf course and other attractions, you won't regret spending the night. We believe that a comment left by one of our guests recently says it all: "Your place here... it's really a hidden gem." We invite you to come and stay with us and see if you aren't charmed too. ... more   less 
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