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“Great stay from an American Couple” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Strathcona Motel

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Ranked #8 of 33 Hotels in Thunder Bay
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Wichita, Kansas
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142 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Great stay from an American Couple”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

After reading about Strathcona Motel on TA, we made our reservations. It was an easy process, with the owner requesting one nights stay to reserve. We mailed a check and it was processed without problem. The owner does accept US and Canadian payment. Since we had to send a check, the down-payment was US, but we did get Canadian upon arriving and it was appreciated. The owner was very thorough in letting us know how everything worked in the lodging. They have recently updated to cable tv and also offer wireless internet which was nice. The motel is very clean, very, very clean. It is what I imagine it was like to walk in during the 50's when it was started. There have been some updates such as in linen, and the tub was resurfaced, but the the kitchen table was of the period. The price was very good as well. If we ever return to Thunder Bay, we would definitely stay again. No it is not of the same caliber as a modern hotel, but it was nice to have a small kitchen/living room in a clean environment for a great price. And it is much cleaner! It is located in a single home neighborhood, across the street from a golf course with easy on/off access to the highway.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank parentsof5
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, August 30, 2014
We always appreciate it when our travelers take the time out of their busy schedules to review their experience at the motel - thank you - we are glad you found it to be of good value.

Always happy to take US currency! ;)
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Alfred, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This is a 50+ year old family-owned motel with only 6 immaculate units. The units are more like mini apartments with full kitchen facilities combined with a living room plus a separate bedroom. Furniture is vintage but great. Value for the price exceptional.. Ken and wife are very accommodating. Located in a residential area with shops close by. All the positive reviews that you can read on Tripadvisor are true. It is no wonder this is rated best in Thunder Bay. One piece of advice, since there are only 6 units they fill up quickly. Book early and hope you're lucky. During winter months the apartments are usually rented by students. Thanks to Ken and wife for a great stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, August 30, 2014
Thank you very much for taking the time to let us know about your good stay with us. Hope to see you again!
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Wawa, Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My husband son and I were going through Thunder Bay headed to Minnesota and he was looking for a place to stay in Thunder Bay...We we found this little gem! The owner was so helpful and nice!! The motel itself was super clean and the beds were the nicest I have ever slept in! Book in advance as it seems to be full...One of the best places to stay in Thunder Bay!! JUST LOVED IT!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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3 Thank sunshine660
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, August 30, 2014
This review title made our week of cleaning! Glad to hear you had a comfortable stay with us - please come again!
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This is a very nice and cozy place. I lived in one of these apartments for eight months and never had any problem. The rooms are clean, the vintage furniture is really a good touch, free individual parking spots and the whole building is well maintained. Calm location with amenities nearby (pharmacy, restaurant, gas station, market, robin donuts).The units have everything you need to cook, a full size fridge, which is very convenient for a short or long stay. The price too is affordable. Much better in any way possible than staying in a hotel. Overall, you have that feeling that someone is personally taking good care of your stay. Highly recommend Strathcona Motel.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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1 Thank frcesar76
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
We would like to thank you for your business as well as for this kind review of your time spent recently at the Strathcona Motel, including your positive comments about the quiet location, well-maintained facilities, affordable prices and easy access to amenities, both ensuite and in the neighbourhood. We aim to please and are very gratified to hear that we succeeded in making you feel at home. Many thanks and please come to stay with us again!
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Prince Albert, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I recently stayed at the Strathcona Motel while attending Lakehead University. I can you that the stay was perfect and the suite was great! You can't go wrong staying at the Strathcona! Highly Reccomend!

  • Stayed September 2013
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1 Thank J-D7317
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, May 11, 2014
Thanks for the positive review! Hope you have a great summer!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

If youre staying in Thunder Bay on a tight budget, this was a great stay for the cheap price. They were very friendly and accommodating - asking if there's anything more you need on their daily cleaning. The surrounding area was quiet, with a golf courseand not far away from downtown. It was easy to get to Sleeping Giant Park from the location too.
The only downside to the place is they temporarily had one channel on the TV with rabbit ears. We caught the playoff game just in time but it took some playing around with the TV to get it to work.

I'll be staying here again if we come back to Thunder Bay. Id recommend it to anyone passing through or staying for a week.

  • Stayed May 2014
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2 Thank Travis K
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, May 11, 2014
Thank you for the kind review - we were very glad to read that you found our rates and location pleasing - we take a lot of pride in providing good service at a reasonable price!

AND we just got DIGITAL TV at the motel so there's lots to see the next time you come to stay with us.

Hope to see you again soon and thanks again.
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Regina, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The Strathcona Motel is a hidden gem among the plethora of motels in Thunder Bay. After reading the unanimously positive reviews on tripadvisor, I was both excited to see what the fuss was about yet apprehensively expecting to be disappointed. After staying in the charming mini-apartment, I can't imagine anyone leaving less than pleased. The owners, Ken and Janice, were lovely people who made you feel like a guest, not a customer. There was a separate bedroom with a bed so comfortable that it lulled away my chronic insomnia (no small feat by any means). Even the hide-a-bed was of impressive quality. The best part for me, by far, was how personal the space felt. Pictures and stories of the family were the magical touch that made it feel like home. As a child of hard-working immigrants who also ran a family business, I felt a particular fondness for not only the motel, but the family who created it. If I ever pass through Thunder Bay again, I will certainly stay at the Strathcona Motel.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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4 Thank Suzy Y
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Rusnak1956, Owner at Strathcona Motel, responded to this review, May 11, 2014
Hello and thanks for writing - we are very glad that you found the accommodations comfortable and enjoyed some of the personal touches offered at the motel - certainly a labour of love over a couple of generations! We would be very happy to welcome you back again.
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Property: Strathcona Motel
Address: 545 Hodder Avenue, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7A 1V7, Canada
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 to gorgeous parks, a municipal golf course and other attractions, you won't regret spending the night. 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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