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Reviewed June 25, 2012

We were in Pictou for a family gathering and the 3 rooms provided a great place for all 5 of us to stay and enjoy peaceful nightly sleeps.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Thank George P
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

This "inn" is not as advertised. It is NOT on the water but a couple of blocks away. It looks out over a pulp paper mill which runs 24 hours a day and emits a powerful, acrid odor. The decor is early garage sale. The beds uncomfortable. There is no elevator and unless the chef is there to help carry your bags, you will have to drag them upstairs yourself. The food is mediocre.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank concordeprincess
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Management response:Responded July 3, 2012

Thank you for your comments. We clearly state in all of our advertising that we overlook Pictou Harbour; we have never claimed to be “on the water”. Northern Pulp is continuing to work diligently to reduce the odour emitted from their plant, recently resulting in a much reduced occurrence of odors. Our top of the line mattresses and box springs are made to our specifications, resulting in many compliments from guests. There are very few inns of our size in North America that have the luxury of an elevator, and therefore we rely upon our staff to assist guests with oversize or heavy luggage. We feel that most travelers who enjoy the ambience of an Inn recognize that elevators are not an option, and if it is an issue with them, they usually check on that option when making their reservation. The Inn was built in 1938, and maintainance and upgrading of amenities is ongoing without destroying the ambience of an Inn of that era. We receive numerous compliments from guests who stay and dine with us, and return on a regular basis; it is therefore a disappointment to us that you did not enjoy our hospitality and the experience of a unique Inn atmosphere.

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Reviewed September 16, 2011

We stayed there as two couples while were tourinhg the area. The hotel is situated on the water front overlooking the main wharf. It was built in 1938 and has been well maintained. We ate in the dining room and waited in the beautiful restful sitting room while our table was prepared. Our meals were excellent and the service was as good as one can get and that was for both dinner and breakfast the next morning. The hotel is very much in it's original format and is a 3 storey building with a wide walk up staircase to our 3rd floor rooms. The rooms are small for the current era, but have A/C, TV, internet and their own bath, quaintly decorated and very comfortable. The staff are definitely there to serve you and make your stay a memorable one. Do not be afraid to stay in this piece of history, but you do need to be capable of using stairs as there is no elevator.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Rosemary H
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Reviewed July 28, 2010

Our room was quaint and comfortable. Nothing fancy but clean and fresh. Comfortable sleep. We had hot water (I read the other review). View of the harbor. Reasonable breakfast included. Staff were all very friendly and accommodating. We ate dinner in the town of Pictou. Handy to everything.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

Pictou is tired town. The centre is replete with empty premises and the local realty outlets vie to sell rundown residences at low prices. It's a shame because the town seems to have lost one heritage and not found much success with tourism. Several of the accommodations we saw on a tour of the town were in need of urgent attention.
The Braeside Inn is typical.....an awful time warped establishment stuck in the 1950's. Claims to be a boutique hotel. In this case that means rooms with appalling dark wood faux furniture, pokey bathrooms with pink tiling, no tea/coffee facilities in room, grubby cream decor,poor housekeeping (dust on many surfaces) and a TV at least 20 years old. The rooms have air-con but when we were there the paper mill across the bay was belching out fumes that carried directly to the hotel and into the air-con units mounted on the outside of the hotel.
The public areas fair no better. The reception area gives depressing first impression of clutter and the general ambience is not helped by the host's trait for liberally sprinkling dolls and soft toys in public rooms and corridors. The dining room abounds with candelabra to which cherubs have been crudely fastened on each electric candle light station. The velour upholstery is well past its sell by date.
Dining was an experience to be missed. The chef's basic method was to add as many incongruous ingredients as possible to each dish and include Monterey Jack with nearly everything. The wine list was limited to Jost's Nova Scotian offerings....OK if you like that style (we weren't smitten) but the 'fine dining' label assumes a rather wider choice would be available. The inclusive breakfast offering was only Continental; a blessing in disguise.
There's a full set of 'Fawlty Towers' videos in the lounge; we wondered if they'd been the inspiration for this establishment.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Natali A
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