Stayed one night for a local family gathering. Thought the room rate of $119 meant the hotel had perhaps been updated, but quickly found that it was not the case.
Check in was interesting to say the least. The clerk made sure I knew she was frazzled. At least it was swift -- see my notes on checkout below.
Lobby and hallways are dated in decor. There are exposed wires (phone, cable and electrical) running around the reception desk and stairwells. Surely not to code.
The room was a dark, dingy first-floor room with patio doors to the back parking lot (as we had our dog with us, this was our only option). First impression as soon as I walked in was that the room was smoky. An air freshener on top of the closet confirmed that the hotel is well aware of the stink.
The room has a microwave and fridge. There is NOT a remote for the TV, and there's no way to get fresh air in the room (the fresh air dial is removed from the antiquated HVAC unit, which was so grungy and dirty we hardly wanted to touch it). Air conditioning did not work. No screen on the door, so it had to stay closed.
Ceiling, walls, light switches, and doors are filthy, marked up and scraped. Furniture in the room was worn out and filthy. The covers on the beds had a lot of easily visible stains, and blankets had cigarette burns. There were a whopping two tiny pillows on each queen bed.
The bathroom was no better. The bathroom fan made the room MORE smoky when it was on. Tub is filthy and stained, and the towel rack of thin worn out towels is rusty. The water control was falling off the wall.
Checkout took -- no exaggeration -- 15 minutes. "New system", said the clerk. I was in a hurry and would have appreciated a simple apology for the delay, as would the 6 other people in line, but no dice.
Frankly, the place is a dive, disguised by its moderately high pricing (for motels) and its affiliation with the Travelodge name. Hotel management needs to re-invest some money into updating rooms and the ventilation system, as well as a few other things. There are certainly nicer options available in Owen Sound at comparable prices.
- Also Known As:
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- Travelodge Owen Sound Hotel Owen Sound
- Travel Lodge Owen Sound
- Owen Sound Travel Lodge
- Owen Sound Travelodge
- Travelodge Owen Sound Ontario
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