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Strathcona Motel
Ranked #11 of 33 Hotels in Thunder Bay
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67 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Great place to stay”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

What a Gem of place. We had seen the reviews on Trip Advisor and stopped early in the morning on our way to Pearl, to see some friends and go to an Amethyst mine. The owner was there cleaning and we were able to get a room for that night. The rate was more than fair, the accomodations, which consist of a small apartment were immaculate, and the owner was very helpful and informative about places to eat and things to do in Thunder Bay area. He was there the next morning also cleaning and we enjoyed visiting with him again. The only drawback to this place is it is small enough I'm afraid we won't be able to get a room next time!!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank traveler1075
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, August 30, 2014
It is reviews like this that make running a small, independent, family-run business so enjoyable - thank you for taking the time to post. We recommend booking in advance to guarantee a room in the summer. Please come again!
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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We stayed here for a pleasure trip...twice...great value....awesome service, clean suite with everything you need from stove, fridge, microwave, coffee, toaster.... and close to anywhere you want to go.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, July 7, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review; we are very glad to hear that you had a pleasant stay with us. Please come again!
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

If you are looking for a stylish accomodation with lots of unnecessary extras like a bar, pool etc and are willing to pay 2...3 times the money you pay here, look somewhere else. If you want a clean, friendly run simple accomodation incl cooking facilities for small money THIS is your place. So far the best (priceworthy) place i have stayed in, during those first four weeks in canada!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Thank KUOch
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, March 2, 2014
Thank you for your kind review - we definitely strive to provide good value for money at the Strathcona Motel and are happy to receive feedback that our guests are satisfied. Please come again!
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Winnipeg
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

I almost don't want to write this review, because this place may become too popular, and result in no availability when we want to stay here in the future! Everything that everyone has said already about this place is true. We are here from Winnipeg, visiting family & friends. I grew up in Westfort, and was not familiar with this side of the city, except to frequent places like Trowbridge Falls and Centennial Park, but this a great location, the neighbourhood is quiet and inviting. We have done a fair amount of travelling, and this is one of the best places we've had the pleasure of staying in. It truly feels like a home away from home. We will definitely come back here for future visits to Thunder Bay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, March 2, 2014
It is thanks to terrific reviews like yours that we have certainly become less of a secret and very busy these days! Thank you for taking the time to write - please come again soon.
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Kingston, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

This charmer has great value. I was really pleased with my stay here. Five minutes off the Trans Canada and less than ten minutes to the downtown/waterfront area, and a golf course across the road if that's your thing.
The rooms have a very nice and very clean kitchenette set-up.
Wifi was a little spotty for those, like me, who care.

I didn't reserve a room but I was lucky. By 6:00pm on a Tuesday night the No Vacancy sign was lit.
At the price of $60/night you really come out the winner here.

Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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1 Thank SteveB15
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, July 7, 2013
Many thanks for your positive review and constructive feedback. We have worked to address the internet connectivity issue in that particular suite with our service provider (Tbaytel) and then with a little, old-fashioned elbow grease... G2G now!
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Ottawa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 25, 2013

My wife, our 6 month old and I were looking for a decent place to stay while visiting friends and relatives in Thunder Bay. We decided to stay here based on previous reviews. We were not disappointed! The owner was very friendly and the accommodation was extremely clean and well kept up. It is by no means fancy but we impressed by the fact that it was like a small apartment - separate bedroom and kitchenette. Overall, great value for the money and it left us with a positive impression. Natasha, George, Stephen

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank Steve-Liuba-Daniel
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Thank you for this wonderful review and glad you found our place to be good value for money. We would be very happy to have your family back again anytime!
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Terrace Bay, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2013

This is probably the best accommodation value in the city. $60 per night, $100 for two nights, $300 per week. This is a family business which started over 50 years ago, with lots of memories. Not high-end, but well-maintained and clean. Quiet neighbourhood, full kitchen with gas stove and microwave, separate bedroom, comfortable couch. Keurig coffee maker. WIreless Internet. Hi-def flat-screen TV with rabbit ears (3 channels!). Robins Donuts nearby. Open May to August. No credit cards accepted, deposit required with reservation.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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3 Thank Ursamax
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to write and glad you enjoyed your stay. Please come again.
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Property: Strathcona Motel
Address: 545 Hodder Ave, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 1V7, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Thunder Bay
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Thunder Bay
#1 Romantic Hotel in Thunder Bay
#2 Green Hotel in Thunder Bay
#5 Family Hotel in Thunder Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned and operated since 1956, the Strathcona Motel prides itself on being clean, quiet and affordable. Steps (or cycle) to gorgeous parks located in the Current River Greenway, an 18 hole municipal golf course and other attractions, you won't regret spending the night in this residential setting. We believe that a comment left by one of our guests recently says it all: "Your place here... it's really a hidden gem." We invite you to come and stay with us and see if you aren't charmed too. ... more   less 
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