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“Ocean View & Sounds” 4 of 5 stars
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Motel du Haut Phare
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1334, Rte 132 | Cap-des-Rosiers, Gaspe, Quebec G4X 6H4, Canada   |  
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Free breakfast with your stay
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Gaspe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Montreal, Canada
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Ocean View & Sounds”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

We enjoyed this hotel. The room was clean. The hosts were very friendly. Its rooms face the ocean from across the highway. The view of the water is unobstructed. We cracked the window open at night to hear the ocean waves crashing against the shore. It is very close to the tallest lighthouse in Canada. Good Wifi reception. The continental breakfast includes bread from loaves that you toast yourself, but that was fine.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sarasota, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

It's a perfectly OK motel, but was surprised to find it not on the beach but across the highway and with a parking lot in front. Since the rooms open to the view and we were first room off the stairs, everyone going to their rooms coming and going stared into ours or walked in front of us when we sat in the chairs outside. The room was a standard-sized motel room with a smaller than normal bathroom and the kitchenette had been wedged and stacked into closet space. Small fridge, microwave on top of that and toaster and coffee machine on top of that. Two burners on other side of the room, right next to the sink, so no room to actually prepare anything, but ok for heating stuff up.
Still, the view was nice and the owner had two very comfortable chairs seated on either side of a round table in front of the window. He also gave us suggestions on a couple of things to do.
He offers an inexpensive continental breakfast, which is pretty meager, but the price was low.
The location is very close to Forillion Park, so handy for hikers.
To sum it up, we found it perfectly clean, it did have a view, and OK all around--just wasn't the "stupendous" place I had been expecting from reviews.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

My husband and I went here on a motorcycle vacation and was so pleased with the hotel right away, the view is breathtaking, Alan the owner was very accommodating,nice, and knowledgeable about the area. He gave excellent recommendations for meals, things to do in the area, even making reservation for us, We would highly recommend this motel , very clean, and the view unforgettable, Enjoy

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LONG ISLAND, NY
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Stayed here on a trip around the Gaspe. Although I speak no French, the lady at the check in tried very hard to communicate with us and did an excellent job. The owner was very helpful and friendly, having a fire outside that night. The room was spotless and very quaint. You can't beat the location and view. Right across the street is the Tallest Lighthouse in Canada. Oh, did I mention the room was immaculate. Not a speck of dust anywhere. Highly recommend this motel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

We, three families, stayed there for a night as the first stop of our gaspesie trip.
The motel is well located, less than a minute away from a historic site and a beach, only a few minutes driving distance to Forillon National Park and close to Riviere-au-Renard where we bought fresh fish and lobster for dinner.
We had greate time there: the overlook of Forillon National Park from the motel is magnificent; kids found their first fossile stones at the beach; the lobsters cooked by Alain in gaspesie style is the best lobster dinner we ever had and all of us had fun time with "Jack"!
We enjoyed every minute there and it was definitely an excellent start to our trip.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

We made our stop based on previous reviews and really loved this place. I wasn't sure what to expect and honestly I wasn't expecting much. We reached there later than 4 pm...almost around 7ish. Alain was very welcoming. We didn't feel like outsiders there. Thanks to his inputs we could plan our stay there in the best possible way. I am not sure we would have done as much with out his suggestions.

Alain's mom is a magical person and her warmth will be cherished by us.

We stayed in room number 12. It was done up very thoughtfully. It was very clean and had a small kitchenette with required pots, pans and other useful kitchen items. The room has a small fridge, toaster, microwave [with splatter cover :)]
Though the rooms are small we did not feel we were in a match box. We had a comfortable stay.
Though they offer a complimentary breakfast we did not need to take them up on that offer but it was a decent spread.


Every day we had breakfast by the window and had candlelight dinners...It was fantastic!
I don't mean to set up anybody's expectations. It worked out great for us and we would go back anytime - in a heart beat :)

It was a great getaway and we feel nostalgic!
Thank you :)

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, Canada
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

We made this a stop based on TA reviews. The owner was very friendly and knowledgable. Our queen bed was fairly comfy and the room was clean. The view was magnificent, we wish we could rate this higher! We woke up before sunrise the next morning just to see the sunrise over the water, this was totally worth getting up in the dark. This was even more fun as we awoke without power. At first we thought it was just the hotel, but quickly discovered it was the entire area.

On the recommendation of the owner we ended going back into the park and hiking up to the lookout which can be seen from the motel. This climb is not for the faint of heart I have to say. The climb was very steep, mostly on a dirt path and some stairs. Took about an hour to get up, this included a few breaks here and there. The views were totally worth it in our opinion, although we both agree that next time we would do this hike after breakfast instead. We were a little drained as we did this right after watching the sunrise before eating. In our defence, breakfast wasn't until 8am and we were back at the motel shortly after 8. None the less, this is a must for anyone adventurous enough to take on nearly 1000 foot climb over about 2.3km. Coming down was much easier and only took 30 min.

About the only negative thing we found with our room was that it did not have a hair dryer. We were on a motorcycle and my wife wanted to dry her hair before putting on a helmet for the day.

The only other thing worth mentioning is the incredible wind, made for an interesting day on the bike that's for sure. Not sure if it's always like that, but in case you're thinking of doing some kite surfing or hand gliding you should be aware.

According to the owner there are some good places to eat in the area, we didn't check any of these places out as we stopped for dinner earlier at Brise Bise in Gaspé harbour. Excellent service and great pub grub incidentally.

We would both stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1334, Rte 132 | Cap-des-Rosiers, Gaspe, Quebec G4X 6H4, Canada
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Location: Canada > Quebec > Gaspesie Region > Gaspe
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Gaspe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Motel du Haut Phare 2*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Motel Du Haut Phare is one of the most marvellous places to stay in Gaspe. Our motel is located in the very hart of the Gaspe peninsula, at the gateaway to the village of Cap-Des-Rosiers and Forillon National Park just where the International Appalachian Trail draws to an end... One of the lovelies places in the province of Quebec. Here you can always expect a warm hospitality and we will do everything to make people confortable, your host Alain. ... more   less 
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