We stayed at this comfortable little hotel in Tobermory Ontario mid August 2008. Long review, but I want to give you the info you might need to plan your trip...
First, for anyone unfamiliar with but planning on travelling to Tobermory, there are no Holiday Inns or Hiltons here. Other than cottage rentals, everything is motel style and a very few B&B's. My review is based on this class of accommodations.
Great location less than 5 min walk into the harbour/downtown - which also means no crazy traffic in front of you. Easy to find too. Drive to the very end of Hwy 6 and there it is!
We were in room 7. The hotel is built on a "hill" so the "back door" is by the parking lot but the "front door" which is a patio door is on a second floor. In our case we had a partial but very nice view of the lake. I recommend rooms 5,6,7,8 for that reason.
Rooms are equipped with a ceiling fan and air conditoning. And the patio door lets in a nice breeze off the lake.
The room was simply and neutrally decorated, clean and neat. There is a clock and TV with cable.
Friendly and accommodating staff. When I went in at one point to get something the staff member was helping a traveller find accommodations at another place because there were no vacancies here.
TIP: if you are stuck without a place to stay, he said to check with the Chamber of Commerce. It's on Hwy 6 as you enter town, on the left I think. All the hotels/motels etc report their vacancies daily so they have up to date info in one spot. You might just luck out and find a vacancy here!
Hair dryers, iron/ironing boards and pretty much anything else like that is available from the office (they handed me a brand new hairdryer still in the box!). There is always a pot of coffee brewing in the office and pop and ice machines are just outside.
The Sunset Deck across the street and down a flight of stairs is really nice and relaxing. It is for hotel and cottage guests only and we didn't see it being abused by other visitors. It was never really busy anyway.
Other than the kids (see below) we could not hear any other neighbours.
The not-so-positives (in my opinion, nothing here is bad enough to qualify as a negative)...
The wrap around balcony is nice but is shared with neighbours. This only affected us in that one day some kids were running back and forth. No evening or night time traffic.
Just to the right of our room outside was the staff area. And they smoke. I am a former smoker and I admit I still indulge on occasion but with the smell wafting in once in awhile it was not so nice. But note - only once in awhile and it was really only during the day.
The first night the ceiling fan was noisy and kept me up but was fine after that. I did not ask for it to be looked at. I'm sure if I had they would have tended to it promptly.
The linens were clean but tired and if you are there in winter for any reason, I would hope they have more blankets because the comforters were very lightweight. I mention this because in many reviews I have read by others this kind of thing is frequently mentioned. Didn't bother me though.
The Sunset Deck is a long way down and back up again! There is no beach but craggy rocks instead.
There was a very large family group staying one night and unfortunately the kids were in the room directly above. They had a helluva time up there (3 hours) but quieted down at 11pm sharp. I was tempted to either ask them to quiet down or go to the office for them to go up I but did not . The office staff later said they would have dealt with it had I asked. The only reason I mention it is because I think it would be wise for the hotel to have a policy in force that there needs to be an adult staying in the room. (of course maybe the adult came back at 11 and that's why everything went quiet...)
There is no phone in the room. This meant having to go back and forth to the office few times until someone was there. We fortunately had a cell to use to communicate with the rest of our party. The office staff were so nice and helpful l'm sure if you needed to use the office phone you could.
The Cottages (Rustic Cottages and Waterfront).
We didn't stay in them but they really looked nice and well kept on the outside. The Rustic Cottages were right beside the hotel and one of them was adjacent to the parking lot. The waterfront cottage had a fantastic deck and the best views in the world. But there is no privacy at all. It shares the entrance to the sunset deck.
The rates. We shopped extensively for a room (we actually sent an email blast to all the hotels). This was comparable to the rest, and actually a on the less expensive side. Well worth it. It also looked the cleanest newest and nicest. Our other choice was the Blue Bay Motel. Seeing it from the outside only, it is a good alternative.
Dining In town...
Craigies for breakfast. Don't argue, just go. Awesome people, good food (except the homefries were always overcooked) and the waitress's mother bakes the tasty pies. We didn't try the fish but wish we had. Despite the constant flow of visitors, the wait staff remembered our little daughter and greeted her by name whenever we went there. She was thrilled.
** note to earlybirds and late risers. You may have to wait as much as half an hour to get in for breakfast. Tip - go around 9:30 am. The waitress said it's in between the rush times and it worked well for us.
The Crowsnest was a nice pub but the food in general was disappointing. Fries were good, fish was not. Beer is the same as anywhere else.
The Fish and Chip Place: The fish bits were really good and the fish taco was tasty but most everything was served takeout style. My chicken taco was nothing more than a few slices of chicken breast and cole slaw on a tortilla rolled up in paper and unceremoniously dropped in front of me on the table. You can do better elsewhere.
There is a pirate type place. It looked cute and cool but having Alaska whitefish on the menu when Lake Huron is right outside? Hmmm....
The Sweet Shop. Why not, just go. They have a gourmet coffee shop too if you can't do without. And the peanut brittle is quite good.
There is a small but adequate supermarket in the harbour very close to the hotel, as well as a liquor store nearby. There is a farmers market on the Hwy 6 as you pass through Wiarton on the way to Tobermory. Other than the supermarket, it is the last place to stop for fruits and veg (especially if you are doing a vacation rental or just want to stock the hotel bar fridge).
Do enjoy your trip, we did!
PS Dress warmly. Even in August it was cool.
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