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“Bit of a weird place” 3 of 5 stars
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Country Squire Resort & Spa
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   715 King Street East, Gananoque, Ontario K7G 1H4, Canada (Formerly Best Western Country Squire Resort)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Gananoque
Belfast, Ireland
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Bit of a weird place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2005

Stayed overnight en route from Toronto to Montreal. This place is an average motel with an indoor and outdoor pool and gym facilities. The room was clean with two double beds and aircon and the restaurant served good food. The surroundings were somewhat dilapidated but this did not take away from the nice welcome provided by all staff. The location is on a strip leading into Gananoque, too far out to do anything without a car, but why would you be in a motel otherwise?
Next time round I would book the Gananoque Inn for its location and ambience, but the Best Western was definitely great value for money.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Burlington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2005

In 1990, after a week camping in upstate New York, we were driving home to Burlington along the 401 when we saw a sign for the Squire. We made a snap decision to stay for one night, to end our trip in relative luxury (compared to a tent). Being slow that time of year, we were offered a deal to upgrade to one of the deluxe jacuzzi rooms. We just loved it. Recently, we decided to get away midweek for a few days, and remembered the Squire (how did 15 yrs go by so fast?). We booked a two-night package, including meals, a round of golf, a boat cruise, etc. We added on a massage at the Tranquility Spa as well. Driving there, we wondered if it would be as good as remembered. Well, we weren't disappointed. There may have been some small details lacking (pop machine empty, etc) but the rooms were clean, the staff is great, and we love the facilities there...2 pools, exercise equipment, hot tub, steam room. Also, we found the food at Charly's very good (esp the Eggs Benedict). I have heartily recommended it to people since we returned. Gananoque itself is a great little town as well. We will definitely be back, and it won't be another 15 years!

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2005

Sometimes when you make an overnight stop in a small touristy town you get lucky. Which is definitely the case with the Country Squire. A couple of kilometers off the 401, it was one of the 3 or 4 motels you first see. It's nothing special from the outside, but we stopped, the rates sounded good and the desk staff were friendly, so we booked for the night.

We honestly felt as though we were staying at a friend's cottage for the night. Clean and comfortable rooms which open to a beautifully landscaped courtyard behind the motel, which is like being in the country. Loads of amenities and activities, charming staff (whether at the front desk or the maids or the guy who mows the grass). Complimentary breakfast during the week, and we found the in-house restaurant (kind of a country-style place) superb. Really REALLY good food!

We were honestly sorry to leave in the morning and will definitely be making a point of going to the Thousand Islands later this summer for a long weekend and will DEFINITELY be staying at the Country Squire.

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Hamilton, Ontario
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2005

Talk about your hidden treasures! From the street, this is just another in a string of unremarkable motels. But step inside and you are in for a treat! We have now stayed at the Country Squire for the past four Victoria Day weekends; what started as a one-shot weekend in the 1000 Islands has now turned into one of our family traditions. Aside from the nearby attractions, what does this motel have to offer? Welcoming staff (EVERYONE is obliging & friendly, from the front desk to the room maids to the groundskeepers!); a lovely choice of rooms (we have now tried four rooms--- one with screened-in porch, one with patio and two with sun-decks); absolutely spotless rooms & bathrooms; very reasonable room rates; beautifully landscaped & maintained grounds; a great family-style restaurant; complimentary breakfasts; loads of amenities (spa, indoor & outdoor pools, squash, basketball, trampoline etc.); walking distance to all kinds of restaurants and the casino; loads of parking; and a quiet, welcoming environment. Who knew all this was behind such an ordinary exterior? Two special notes: (1) our family dog has always been welcomed, and enjoys his stay with easy access to the beautiful grounds, and (2) on our second trip there, I realized I had forgotten my toothbrush and called down to the front desk to see if I could buy one. Before I could even get my shoes on, a new toothbrush was hand-delivered to our door. Amazing! We have stayed at much fancier (and more expensive) hotels where we have not experienced such a welcome. We cannot recommend the Country Squire highly enough & look forward to our stay this coming Victoria Day weekend! Bravo!

  • Stayed October 2004
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2005

What a surprise. We stayed at the Country Squire at the end of Novmber for one night, I must say that I was not impressed by the outside, do not judge a book by the cover! Once Inside the front door it is a differnt story, The scent from the spa is fantastic and everything is so clean, the rooms are very big and nicely decoratated, and I'm sure the grounds are very nice, but it is hard to tell in November. The staff were very friendly and the food was good, the only thing that I would change in the restuarant is that they should use place mats on the tables.

  • Stayed November 2004, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pembroke Ont.
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2004

Stayed there this past weekend for Murder Mystery night. I have everything good to say about that night. It was well done, presenters were very professional, food was excellent. I also want to state that ALL staff were courteous and polite and couldn't do enough to help you. Room that we finally ended up with was clean and no problems in it.

Now to the negative.

When we first arrived was put in older part of hotel with 2 double beds, smelled awful and was dark. Went to front desk and they were very helpful in getting new room, at a greater price of course, but it was worth it not to be in first spot.

Most Important - smoke detector NOT WORKING!!

Also carpets need to be replaced in older section or at least CLEANED.
Food in restaurant was always cold and inferior food.

I would not stay in this hotel again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2004

Duting our recent stay @ The Squire, we were given outstanding service and hospitality. The restaurant service and meal were great. We have stayed there several times before and have never been disappointed. Highly recommended!!!

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Address: 715 King Street East, Gananoque, Ontario K7G 1H4, Canada (Formerly Best Western Country Squire Resort)
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Gananoque
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Gananoque
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Country Squire Resort & Spa 2.5*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay at this Gananoque hotel and enjoy a host of convenient amenities while traveling in Ontario, Canada. Country Squire Resort & Spa is conveniently located to Highway 401, Highway 2, and Thousand Islands Parkway with easy access to key area attractions and business locations. Visitors will be just a short drive from OLG 1000 Islands Casino, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Boldt Castle and scenic boat tours of the area. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Western Country Squire Hotel Gananoque
Best Western Gananoque
Gananoque Best Western
Country Squire Resort & Spa Gananoque, Ontario, Canada

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