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Thunderbird Motor Inn
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Duncan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Great hospitality and owner/host Maureen who is very personal. This is a motel so basic accommodations, but nice to see a well run independent family establishment that takes pride in their business and service. As others stated: good value compared to the chain hotels. Save yourself some money and get the same quality and better service at a very reasonable price. Owner allowed us to check in early and even set up an extra cot for us as we have 3 small kids in anticipation of us needing a bit more sleeping space. Close by to lots of restaurants (great coffee at Java World nearby). We had a great stay.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

We stayed at the Thurnderbird for three nights at the beginning of Oct. 2013. It's a good 3 star motel but no more than that.
The best thing about it was the cleanliness. Everything from the floors to the towels and linens were spotless. The beds were quite comfortable as well.
Then there were the little things. the only place there was to hang your clothes was across a bar out in the open between the wall and the microwave oven.
There was no rummer mat or anything else to put down in the bathtub which made it very slippery. There were no bars to hold on to and it was very difficult to get in and out of the tub or shower.
We were supplied with two tiny little bars of soap and a very very small bottle of shampoo. There wasn't enough there for one person to shampoo their hair.
We would probably go back for a short visit but if you want to stay more than 3 nights look elsewhere.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thunderbird M, Owner at Thunderbird Motor Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2013

Thank you for staying with us and we agree, little things are important too.

Overall our guests find the volume of shampoo & soaps to be adequate and our staff replenish each rooms' supplies (shampoos, soaps, coffee/tea, towels etc) on a daily basis. If an individual requires additional supplies or items, they are always available, including non-skid mats.

Our room layouts do vary; some with dedicated closet space; some with safety handles near the tub and bed. If we were made aware of your needs at the time of your arrival, or at any time during your stay, we would have been able to address them and could have provided a room more suited to your particular needs.

Maureen & I, along with our entire staff, will continue to strive hard to provide very good quality accommodations for our guests and to exceed their expectations of what a "Motel" should be.

Sincerely, Thunderbird Motor Inn

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Reviewed September 17, 2013 via mobile

Excellent stopover, exceptionally clean, great shower, comfy beds, very good price. Don't stop at the chain motels on highway 1, this motel is one block back so avoids most of the noise and is excellent value for money. The hosts were really helpful with information for places to eat and visit in Duncan and helped us plan our 3 day stop in Victoria with a great motel recommendation.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

I organized a group of 24 lawn bowlers who were touring Vancouver Island. We stayed one night earlier this week at the Thunderbird Motor Inn in Duncan, BC. Our group members were all very impressed with how lovely the newly renovated rooms were. And of course, as noted by your other reviewers, the relatively new owners, Maureen and Martin, are so pleasant and accommodating that they add greatly to the overall enjoyable experience. If you are looking for a reasonably priced "find" very centrally located in Duncan this is your place.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

This was a great first night's stay on our way up Vancouver Island. The room was absolutely spotless and the linens and towels were pristine white. The location is great for exploring Duncan or for getting on the road the next morning. The owners are working hard and have a genuine interest in their customers and their business.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We got into town a bit late and needed a place to crash. We checked out one of the chain hotels and weren't impressed so we tried the Thunderbird. The room was spacious but really and truely it was the service that impressed us. Despite being pretty booked up, they went the extra mile to try to make us comfortable and offered us advice on what we should see while we were in Duncan. Customer service is everything and these people get it!! I totally recommend the Thunderbird to anyone!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

My wife and I came into Duncan and stumbled upon the Thunderbird. The owners are terrific people.The rooms simple but clean. The Thunderbird is in a good location. All in all, the Thunderbird in is a great value.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Thunderbird Motor Inn

Address: 5849 York Rd, Duncan, British Columbia V9L 3S3, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Duncan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Duncan
Price Range: $77 - $89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Thunderbird Motor Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Thunderbird Motor Inn is centrally located in the Cowichan Valley; an easy walk to downtown Duncan, the Cowichan Sports Plex, and across the street from the Cowichan Theatre / Rec Centre / Aquatic Centre.We are 40mins north of Victoria (BC's Capital) and 35 minutes south of Nanaimo (The Harbour City) which makes us the perfect stopping point after travelling from the Washington State Ferries, BC Ferries, or the airports.We are close to the Chemainus Theatre, Cowichan Valley Exhibition Grounds, Sports Fields, many Local Wineries, Golf Courses, Shopping, BC Forest Discovery Centre, Vancouver Island University, Maple Bay Marina, Cowichan District Hospital.Located in the City of Totems, in the heart of Duncan B.C. ... more   less 
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