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Bear on the Lake Guesthouse

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10705 Hwy 105 | Aberdeen, Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia B0E 3M0, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This hostel is a friendly place, located close to the start of the Cabot Trail and with a nice view of the Bras d'Or Lake. The hostel is very clean and well-kept, and the manager was helpful and very knowledgeable of the local area. One of the best hostels I've ever stayed at!

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Staying at Bear on the Lake guesthouse reminded me of a big family dinner. The hostel was like a big family home with a variety of ages staying at there. You even had lots of board games to keep you occupied - Twister is a great way of getting to meet your fellow travellers! The area itself is stunning and... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This hostel with its very friendly vibe is located on a slope overlooking the Bras d'Or Lake. Great views from the patios and the common rooms. Staff is very friendly and helpful. We stayed in a private room with a shared lounge and balcony. It is located at the gateway to Cape Breton National Park.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The best private room we have had in a hostel so far. Our private room was more like a suite. The private rooms are on the second floor and share a lounge, washroom and a small deck. The whole property is very clean well cared for. Our bed was comfortable and the room was not crowded. It's was a refreshing... More 

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Antigonish, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The hostel is not very big (compared to others in big cities), suited in a two-story big house, with large kitchen and dining room and spacious living room. This hostel is very well managed - very clean (spotless), staff always there to help, implementing a quiet-hour policy at night, many amenities, including laundry, bike rent, free wi-fi, and free coffee/tea.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We had a fantastic time at Bear on the Lake! Both the private rooms and dorms are spotless and comfortable. The hostel has a gorgeous view over Bras d'Or Lake and is just a five-minute drive from the grocery store. It's also an easy (and scenic!) drive up to the Cabot Trail. There was plenty of good company around the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Had the privilege of staying at this Hostel for 2 nights recently and would have to say it's the best hostel I've ever stayed at. It has everything you want in a hostel and more at an affordable price, and the owner, Carmen, is a wonderful host, thank you for a wonderful stay.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Quiet, almost secluded location - however busy trucks on road at night. Staff are v friendly and helpful. One day may be enough here and then drive on up the island! Place is clean! Beds are grand. Good powerful shower! Nay impressed with the 3% surcharge on credit card payments (not stated prior to our arrival).

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I arrived late as I was unable to find the Bear due to crazy GPS issues but Christiane was still very helpful and accommodating. Nice ambience and good facilities, felt more like a relaxing time with friends. On the downside I didn't have any cash on me so it was a bit of a pain having to pay for my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The private rooms upstairs are a great bargain at $70 - very quiet and comfortable with a shared bath and living room, balcony with a beautiful view of the lake and a outside entry. The welcome was warm and friendly!

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