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Strathcona Motel
Ranked #11 of 33 Hotels in Thunder Bay
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“Excellent!! Definitely recommend!”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

I was on a road trip with my bro from Manitoba to sleeping giant and decided to sleep here after a long day of driving. We were told to be there before 11 pm but forgot about the time zone difference and arrived after midnight. We were welcomed in and had a fantastic sleep! He was very understanding and made sure we were comfortable and well rested. Definitely recommend!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, March 2, 2014
Thank you for your business and for taking the time to write this positive review. We hope to see you again soon and anytime before midnight! :o)
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London, Canada
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

:This place is truly a hidden gem, it is clean well maintained and QUIET. The price is riculously low I paid for seven days what would cost me one night in a major hotel chain. The kitchen had everything I needed, there is a friendly Donut Shop within walking distance plus a pizza place, grocery store drug store etc. The Golf course is accross the road and the beach is around the corner. Nice spot, relaxing stay and the owner made sure I had everything I needed.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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2 Thank ejp139
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, March 2, 2014
We are glad to hear that you had a comfortable stay with us. Thank you for taking the time to write this positive review of the motel and its surrounding area - we think it is a pretty nice and friendly neighbourhood too! Please come again.
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Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Had lots of room and everything was very clean and in good repair. My partner and I enjoyed the restful stay and the owner seemed to go out of his way to make is aware of the sights near by. It's also in a nice part of the city which makes evening walks feel safe.

  • Stayed July 2013
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1 Thank WpgZygon
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, March 2, 2014
Thank you for this positive review - we are very glad to hear that you had a restful stay with us in our quiet, friendly neighbourhood. Hope to welcome you again soon!
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2013

If you're looking for an inexpensive and comfortable stay in Thunder Bay, you can't do better. My family of four (parents, teen, and kindergartener) spent three nights here. Workable kitchenette that is adequately equipped for cooking simple meals, fantastic sheets and towels, simple decor, one bedroom and a small couch that pulls out into a bed in the living area. Friendly, knowledgeable owner and a fantastic location near parks. Sofa bed could have been more comfortable, but we all know what we're getting into with a sofa bed. We'd stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, May 11, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write - we were very glad to read that you had a comfortable stay with us and enjoyed the area. Please come again!
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Waterloo, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed July 21, 2013

The Strathcona Motel will transport you back to a simpler time of old school hospitality and outstanding value - it's the sort of lodging that just doesn't exist anymore in this era of cookie-cutter plastic hotel chains. Located in a quiet residential neighbourhood just off Highway 11/17, the motel includes free parking and free wifi, and the rooms feature charming vintage furnishings and fixtures that are very well-maintained. The kitchenette was fully stocked with a stove, microwave, and full sized fridge - plus a Keurig coffeemaker, which was a lovely touch! After driving 9 hours from Winnipeg, this was the perfect stay for us - clean, comfortable, good location, and very kind, accommodating hosts. Pride of ownership is definitely evident here. I don't believe you will find a better deal than this in Thunder Bay - or the rest of Ontario for that matter.

TIP: The TV only has 1 channel, so bring your laptop and - if you're so inclined - an HDMI cable to hook it up to the TV.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Sue W
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, August 30, 2014
Thanks for your kind and thoughtful review of the Strathcona Motel. We have upgraded to digital tv since your stay last summer, so people can enjoy more programming options. Glad you found the place charming and good value for money. We would be very happy to welcome you back in the future!
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Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Loved the spot.. It's like a little apartment. Very spacious and easily found:) Wasn't sure where to adjust the heat, and the vents make a little squeak noise but not to loud ... I would recommend it to anyone...

  • Stayed August 2012
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, August 30, 2014
Thanks for taking the time to post this positive review of your stay with us. Please come again!
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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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Additional Information about Strathcona Motel

Property: Strathcona Motel
Address: 545 Hodder Ave, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 1V7, Canada
Phone Number:
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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Strathcona Motel Thunder Bay, Ontario

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