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“A Gem in Stratford”
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The Swan Motel
Ranked #6 of 18 Hotels in Stratford
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 17, 2011

This is not your average roadside motel. The rooms are the cleanest we have ever seen and very lovingly maintained. The air in the room was fresh with no hint of air freshener. We appreciated the no pets, no smoking policy. Landscaping on the grounds is wonderful (would be spectacular in the summer when leaves and blossoms are still out). They have quite simply thought of everything. Would highly recommend and would definitely stay here again. Big bonus, it was very quiet! and only a few minutes drive to the theatres!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2011

I stayed here for a recent showing of Camelot a the Festival Theatre. Knew I was only going to be sleeping here, and not spending much time on the property, and was with my mom, so convenience, cleanliness and quiet was the key this time around. This is definately an old style, L shaped "motel", with parking directly outside your door, which is convenient if you have a lot of luggage. The room was simple but clean, but had something of a musty smell to it. That was taken care of because with near 80 degree weather, we could open the large window overlooking the parking lot, which was great. The TV was aggravating....someone locked most of the cable channels and we couldn't get around it...however, since we were not in the room much, it wasn't that big of a deal...but we wanted to see the news in the morning, and that was a no go. During the night though, we discovered, that our room had the ice machine right outside the door, and periodically I would hear the "avalanche" of ice falling.....which kept waking me up! The beds were decent though. Again, this is a simple "no frills" motel....reasonably priced for this touristy area, and will do if that's all you want is a clean place to sleep. Very close to Stratford proper (not walking distance though) and easy to get to town....that is a plus!

Room Tip: Get a room AWAY from the ice machine if your windows will be open at night!
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

The owners are hands-on at The Swan. The facility is open during the festival season and they spend the winter upgrading the rooms. For a 45 year old building, the rooms are in excellent condition. In addition the grounds are well kept with chairs and tables spread among the trees and around the outdoor pool.
The motel as on the edge of town. While it is quite peaceful, you need to be aware that you will have to use your car to go to the theatre or out for meals.
Each morning, coffee, tea and muffins are available at the motel office. Trays are provided so you can tote the goodies to your room.

Room Tip: All the rooms are the same
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

The Swan, on the outskirts of Stratford, is an old-fashioned, park-in-front-of-your-room motel. The type you'd rarely consider staying at in the USA. But in Stratford, this vintage motel with a soybean field in the back and a pool and beautiful garden in front, is more than acceptable. The spotless rooms are furnished with outdated but well-kept furniture and the forceful softened water is heated to near boilng and is limitless. Free Wi-fi, coffee and muffins. Since we were there to see plays, this room was fine. It is a few-minute drive into town, though.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

Very convenient to town. Exceptionally clean. Rooms are basic but do provide a sink and vanity area outside of the toilet room, a coffee pot, and a small refrigerator. The shower had plenty of hot water with good pressure. Bed was a little too soft for my taste, but that is an individual preference. Grounds are beautifully maintained with a very clean, basic swimming pool. The hosts were efficient and friendly. My only suggestion would be that the motel's neon sign be updated, as web site pictures of this sign make the motel look like it would be somewhat decrepite, which it is not. It would also be nice to have a slightly later checkout time.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

Over the years the Swan has maintained it's friendliness, cleanliness, comfort, neat and tidy yard and gardens and so on and so on ! What a lovely, relaxing setting. Just a word of warning to potential first timers. Book early to avoid possible disappointment for we, as well as multitudes of others, feel that this property is the best in Stratford and area

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

We wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. In 20-plus years, we have always found the Swan to be a home away from home. It's peaceful, clean, welcoming, comfortable. The grounds are stunning, and the Polas are great hosts.

Room Tip: Rooms 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 are slightly larger than the others. All, however, are quiet and well-a...
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Additional Information about The Swan Motel

Address: 960 Downie St., Stratford, Ontario N5A 6S3, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Stratford
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Stratford
#3 Family Hotel in Stratford
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Swan Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For over 40 years our family has been graciously welcoming theatre patrons to our special place. Enjoy a quiet, adult atmosphere nestled in a private country setting just minutes south of the Avon/Studio Theatres. Twenty-four tastefully appointed non-smoking rooms with fridge and complimentary wireless Internet. Stroll among captivating gardens and shady nooks; enjoy our sparkling pool and elegant Victorian gazebo. Share the afterglow and plan your day over complimentary morning coffee, tea and muffins. ... more   less 
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