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Marathon Inn

Box 129 | North Head, New Brunswick E0G 2M0, Canada
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Marathon Inn
Ranked #7 of 8 Grand Manan B&B and Inns
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Barrie, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a wonderfully charming place to stay. We descended on the Marathon Inn with a 16 person hiking group. Jim, the inn keeper, advised us of great places to explore, had a solid knowledge of the island's history, flora and fauna, was a fantastic cook, and, as we learned during our stay, turned out to be a great drywaller. The... More

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Norfolk, Connecticut
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

At almost 150 years old, the Marathon Inn shows every sign of its age, worn and well-used, but it fits like your favorite old sweater---maybe a little baggy, darned and re-darned, with scuffed leather patches at its elbow---that you can't wait to put on in the evening after work. Don't even think about staying here if it's Four Seasons or... More

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Toronto, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
15 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Intersting old place with great stories of hauntings and the like. Old claw foot tub, floor not level. It was one of those eclectic experiences but I wouldn't go back to stay. Probably was wonderful in it's prime.

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Kennebunk, Maine
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103 reviews 103 reviews
33 hotel reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

I stayed in a private hostel room which was vintage. The second floor bedroom had a window overlooking the harbor, adjoining private bath with an old fashioned deep bathtub with a hose to rinse off. Plenty of hot water, another window overlooking the field in back. The legs of my bed, because of sagging floors, were propped up to make... More

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Chislehurst England
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

This hotel is unique and is not really in a great state of repair but that's what gives it its character and charm. If you are looking for luxury you won't find it here but you will find a warm welcome and a lovely atmosphere. The breakfast was excellent and Jim the owner was absolutely charming and went out of... More

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Portland, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Thinking the "annex" might be a newer addition I booked a room for one night. The building itself is very old an in disrepair with a mix of 1800's and 1970's furniture. The floor is so slopped that a glass slid completely off a dresser and smashed on the floor. I love old but I actually felt bad the place... More

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

When we went in the 1990's we made some great friends and had a super time, the food was first class, but like many have said if you want fancy rooms and even floors then go elsewhere. However, if you want a nostalgic feel and character, I'd highly recommend it.

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Fredericton, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

I'll start off by saying this hotel transports you back in time, and that's what i was looking for. I went to GMI to do some family history research, so this was my cup of tea. If you are looking for luxury, stop now and look elsewhere. As you pull up to the island on the ferry, you can see... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

We stayed 2nights at the Inn. The rooms are clean but the whole place needs some major leveling. There is practically no sound proofing between rooms and the stairs and floors are very noisy. If you are a light sleeper, I would skip this one. That said, the staff is very friend and helpful. The food was very good, but... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Stayed here two nights on a birdwatching trip. My room was basic with double bed and separate bathroom. The room smelled a bit musty so I kept the windows open. This is a very old property and has lots of character. There probably isn't an even floor in the building. Enjoyed the family room in the evenings and large wrap... More

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Address: Box 129 | North Head, New Brunswick E0G 2M0, Canada
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Location: Canada > New Brunswick > Grand Manan
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The Marathon Inn is everything you would expect of a hotel originally built over a century ago by a retired sea captain. The Inn has been well maintained over the years and has recently been refurbished. It still retains the charm and leisurely living of another age. Antiques and period decor complement the mood. You will be welcomed and served with gracious hospitality during your stay. The rooms are sun-clean and inviting with private bath. Many of them overlook the harbour. We offer a licensed bar and there is also a solar-heated swimming pool. We now offer High Speed wireless Internet Access. Marathon Inn is Grand Manan Island's Elderhostel/Road Scholar destination. At the Marathon Inn, your comfort and enjoyment is our first concern and your vacation on this enchanting island in Atlantic Canada will long leave fond memories with you. ... more   less 
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