I spend a lot of time in North Bay on business travel and always try and book the summer months at the Clarion. It has features not found at the other more recently - built hotels such as windows that open, surrounded by green space and a relaxed kind of "country club" atmosphere.
The rooms are large but a bit out-dated and the furniture has seen better days. There seems to be an effort to refurbish as the TV was a newer flat screen LG model and the bath fixtures were up-to-date.
The staff were as friendly as always although the restaurant staff always seems to be short one person leaving the other to rush around madly. The housekeeping staff also seems to make a point of vacuuming the front lobby at the busiest point of the morning so you have to watch for electrical cords when wheeling out luggage and you have to put up with the noise.
The Clarion also has two features that stand out. One is the model railway - how many other hotels feature a working Northern Ontario themed feature? The other is the almost comical "ramp" at the entrance which is virtually useless as it is pitched at about 45 degrees. Guest with heavy stuff should consider using the side entrances. Either way there are no lifting devices so you will have to cart your stuff regardless.
As a destination or a stop-over, the Clarion is good value for summer travellers.
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