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“Superior View But Just OK Otherwise” 3 of 5 stars
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Rum Runner Inn
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   66 Montague Street, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0, Canada   |  
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Ranked #5 of 6 hotels in Lunenburg
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Ann Arbor, MI
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“Superior View But Just OK Otherwise”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2009

My wife and I stayed here one night during a weeklong vacation in Nova Scotia. As other reviewers have stated, the view of the harbor is very pretty. But not much happens there. The Bluenose II goes out once each day briefly to take tourists for a ride, but there are only three working fishing boats in Lunenburg. So if you're expecting to find a busy fishing port, this isn't the place.
A few disappointments. Although we booked a room with a 'private veranda', it is only partially blocked so that you clearly hear conversations and whatever from the other rooms on your level. There is no on-site parking, only paid parking or meters, unless you want to hunt for something farther on a sidestreet. The front desk closes earlier, I believe at 8. So good luck if you're a late arrival. The lady there was VERY helpful as to what to see and do, but she also clerks the public gift shop so she's very busy as well.
There doesn't appear to be a whole lot to see and do in Lunenburg either, at least on a weeknight in September. Shops close early and the town goes to bed. If there's any nightlife, I imagine it would be a drive to find it. The museum across the street is outstanding if you want to learn about the fish and fishing. I recommend it highly.
I should add that the room itself is very clean, roomy and well decorated. But you're really paying for the view.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2009

I stayed here for one night and found that although the hotel was a little run down, it was still interesting and fun. The building itself is quaint, and is located perfectly, right on the harbour of Lunenberg.
The room itself was nothing amazing but I found it was good value.
I would recommend this hotel for short trips but only for those who are looking for something a little unusual.

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2009

I would definitely stay there again. Not fancy but comfortable and clean

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2009

Excellent little Inn with new owners and many updates! The rooms were extremely clean and comfortable. The restaurant has been completely renovated from top to bottom and features fantastic international dishes and yummy seafood! I was travelling with my husband, our three year old daughter and my parents. We got two spacious rooms with a private veranda overlooking Lunenburg Harbour. We felt very welcome and we would certainly stay there again!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2009

We really enjoyed our stay here, great location , right in the heart on Lunenburg, with a perfect view, the staff was awesome (front desk and cleaners) I was there as a weekend getaway with a senior and the staff was awesome, they did everything they could do to may our stay enjoyable. I would recommend here for a stay with a senior or disabled traveller as it has easy access, and they can enjoy all Lunenburg has to offer with short walks or drives. It is more expensive that other places in this area but if the stay is short the location might be worth it for you. I would stay again if I was traveling with a senior or disabled person but if I was alone or with someone who was in good health I don't think I would spend the extra money if the stay was longer than a few days. Parking is a bit of a pain (you have to park on the street).

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2009

We spent 4 nights in September and enjoyed it so much are going back again this June.

The Rum Runner has possibly the best views of any place in Lunenburg. The rooms had everything we needed. A very comfortable king sized bed, fridge, internet access, good space, very clean. A bonus, especially if the weather doesn't co-operate, is having inside access to arguably the best restaurant in town.

Not only is Lunenburg a destination of its own, to us this represents a far better jumping off point for touring around Nova Scotia than, for example, Halifax. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to reach Lunenburg from the Halifax airport.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sidney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2009

We and our friends had an awsome experience during our stay at the Rum Runner Inn. We were booked in a room with glassed in veranda and the view was exactly how it was advertised on the web. It was a very comfortable king size bed and we had the best night sleep during our vacation in Nova Scotia. The rooms were exeptional clean and quiet. Also, our dining experience was fantastic. We had the dinner for two with a lot of fresh seafood. You could not beat that. The staff was very friendly and we can highly recommend the Rum Runer Inn and we will definetly stay there again.

  • Liked — Location, view and reataurant
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 66 Montague Street, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Southwest Nova Scotia > Lunenburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 hotels in Lunenburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Rum Runner Inn 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Directly located on the waterfront, we are pleased to offer our guests 13 individually appointed rooms. Enjoy our panoramic view of Lunenburg’s harbour, golf course and the local architecture.The Bluenose II is undertaking a major rebuild. She will return to sailing in 2012. We, in Lunenburg are very proud that this project is taking place at the Lunenburg Shipyard, the same site of construction of the original Bluenose in the year 1921.The Rum Runner Inn is located in the building where the sails for the original Bluenose were manufactured. From your veranda, watch the ever changing enthralling play of light and sea life against the marvelous backdrop. ... more   less 
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