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Island Sunset Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Belle Cote
Montreal, Canada
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Yech!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014

This place is a total ripoff. We had ordered their romantic escape weekend, which was supposed to come with wine and fruit and snacks. Instead we got a fruit juice and some hard muffins. The rooms are musty ,cold and damp. The Jacuzzi did not work. There was no breakfast available in their restaurant the next morning and we had to buy lobster from a fisherman on the beach at 8 o'clock in the morning. I know there are not a lot of places to choose from when you're on the Cabot Trail but this place is absolutely the wrong choice... better to sleep in your car. You would still get the view and it wouldn't cost you a fortune as this place charges

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank michelesam
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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London, Canada
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56 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

Booked online. Was not expecting much because there was not much else in area and I am use to staying at name brand hotels. Wow, were we pleasantly surprised, What a beautiful place. Located right on the ocean. There was nothing between our front door and the ocean. We could view it from every window. Our cottage was very spacious and also very clean. The bedroom was large. Only negatives would be that the bed was not very comfortable and the TV was small and old. Having said that, it would be a shame if you went to this beautiful place and wanted to watch TV for any length of time. There is a restaurant on site as well and it was fantastic. Best meal we had on our 10 day vacation.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mdog65
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Angers, France
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2013

I just visited the Island Sunset for the first time in 3 years. The food and service was better than ever! This is easily one of the best places, if not the best place, to eat between the Glenora Distillery and the end of the Cabot Trail. Excellent food, excellent service, great wine menu, a wonderful waterfront view and a modern, cozy design. The "steak and ale" nights they host during the summer months are also a wonderful way to spend an evening, with live music and food and drink specials. The accommodations seemed to have been freshly painted and looked especially nice light up by the solar lights all over the grounds in the evening. This place is a must stop (..even if it was for the restaurant alone)!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mkannmk
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NY
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31 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

I was afraid when I booked the Island Sunset that it would be too far removed from any town and maybe not exactly what I was looking for, but it was great & we were so happy to be there. It is right on the Cabot Trail, close to the entrance of the Highlands National Park. It was extremely clean. It has up to date furniture, wood floors, modern kitchen, spa tub & separate shower. 2 Restaurants on site, one more for lunch, one for dinner.

When we first got there we ate at their Lobster Pound & which is right on their property. It was fantastic, little picnic tables to eat at & the most delicious lobster rolls! That night we ate at their full restaurant which had entertainment (fiddle & keyboardist) which was amazing & lively and the whole place was loving it.
They don't have breakfast here - but down the road there was a great place where we had a fantastic breakfast, (Belle View?). It doesn't open til 8 which is when we got there & were the only people there, not sure why but it was excellent and so glad we chose it.

We had a great experience here and would recommend highly to anyone who is going to hike the Skyline Trail, go whale watching in Pleasant Bay, drive the Cabot Trail and need clean, comfortable, roomy and convenient accommodations.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jeez
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Lethbridge, Canada
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

Cheticamp area is a pretty wind swept and treeless area but has nice ocean views. We paid quite a lot for this hotel and did not find it good value. The rooms were spacious and nicely appointed and the beds were comfortable but the cleanliness seemed to be lacking in the hallway and bathroom areas. In addition there were a huge number of earwigs (creepy crawly insects) that we had to get rid of when we entered the room. Would not recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank albertatraveller11
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
54 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights in August as a family. As a previous reviewer wrote, this place has the potential to be so much more than it is currently and I hope the Management take note. It is in a wonderful, peaceful location for touring this side of the island and for viewing the idyllic sunsets over the water.

The interior of our cabin was comfortable, spacious, clean and well equipped. However, the exterior of the cabin needed some TLC with no excuse (at this nightly rate) for the peeling paint, weed strewn front path and broken light in the porch. Really too bad as the place potentially has a lot going for it and with a little effort it could be great, just felt a little tired and uncared for at present. A fresh coat of paint, some care with the landscaping, perhaps a few pots filled with plants by each cabin door & some picnic tables would go a long way.

We had lobsters from the on-site pound one evening and they were excellent. We also ate one night at the restaurant which was very good.

To call the place a "resort" is misleading - as it is, it should be named Island Sunset Cabins. A "resort" denotes shared facilities such as a pool, excercise room, private lounge & bar, hot tub, golf, beach, laundry etc. but this place had none of these. If you are looking for a resort (for about the same price) then take a look at Keltic Lodge on the other side of the island - this is a resort!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank RoseInCambridge
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Sussex, England
Level Contributor
54 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

Stayed one night when driving around Cape Breton. Lovely location and good walks in the village. Great sea views.

Room was vast and well equipped with all we needed. No wireless internet, but the lady on reception was so helpful with the office facilities when I had an urgent business matter to attend to.

Dinner was very good too in the restaurant. No breakfast available.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank FirstclassSussex
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Property: Island Sunset Resort
Address: 19 Beach Cove Lane, Belle Cote, Nova Scotia B0E-2B0, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Belle Cote
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Belle Cote
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Island Sunset Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on a spectacular coast, poised along the world famous Cabot Trail, this unique seaside cottage resort is one of a handful 4 star resorts in Cape Breton and one of the only resort that are on the ocean with a 4 star restaurant and beachfront casual bistro. Fresh lobster is available onsite live or to prepared on the beach accessible only steps from your cottage. Island Sunset is just off the beaten track yet is the perfect Cabot Trail home for the coastal adventurer. ... more   less 
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