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Best Western Inn On The Bay
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Owen Sound
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Sarnia, Canada
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91 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Nice first time stay”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We were travelling up to a friends cottage on St. Joseph's Island and decided to travel the Canadian way rather than going the American. A first my wife tried to get accommodations in Tobermory as we wanted to be tourists and take the ferry across to Manitoulin Island on the second day of travel. She found that all motels were full, so she tried Owen Sound and found this Best Western Inn On The Bay. Other than all the road construction on highway 21, the trip was nice. We arrived at the motel at 3:30 and our room wasn't ready yet, so we decided to go to the lounge (Bishops Landing) and have a drink and some food. The waitress (forgot her name) was nice and friendly. She was helpful with the menu and suggestions. The food was excellent, hot and service was quick. The room was quite nice with a view of the bay ( which my wife parked herself and watched the boats come and go in the bay. We were on the fourth floor which was a secure floor. the only way to get onto the floor is with your room card. Nice feature and was totally unexpected. We would highly recommend this Motel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jason H, General Manager at Best Western Inn On The Bay, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Hi riccobee,

I am glad that you decided to take the Canadian route to your destination. I find American travellers are often shocked at how much is offered in small cities on the northern side of the border.

The number one comment that we receive from leisure travellers is how much they enjoy the view of the water from our location. We have the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular fishing derby taking place this week and just finished with the tall ships weekend here in Owen Sound. There is never any shortage of activity in our harbour and guests can watch from their room, in the restaurant or even from the whirlpool and spa area. With the hotel being located just feet from the shoreline, it is easy to enjoy the beauty that Georgian Bay has to offer.

I hope that this experience will have you consider taking the Canadian route again in the future. Thank you for taking the time to provide this fantastic review.
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

We travel to Owen Sound quite a bit but have never stayed at this hotel...but boy I wish we had! What a beautiful hotel and the surroundings are lovely, right along the lake. The rooms are clean, the beds very comfortable. It has a dresser, desk, cabinet with fridge and coffee maker, table and chairs, full length mirror, closet with iron & ironing board. The bathroom is clean and modern. The hotel has a lovely restaurant with a patio. It offers free continental breakfast or you can have a hot breakfast that is served to your table. It has a very small spa with whirlpool & sauna. It has a beautiful view of the lake. The fitness room is on the other side, very small with elliptical machine & weights. Friendly staff and I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Jason H, General Manager at Best Western Inn On The Bay, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Hi Exploretheworld11,

I am honestly shocked by how well you describe this hotel and what it has to offer! Your profile suggests that you do a lot of travelling which adds a lot of credibility to your review. I wouldn't be shocked if you were involved in writing professional reviews somehow.

I would like to thank you for writing such a wonderful and descriptive review for our hotel. We have a lot to be proud of here at Best Western Inn on the Bay and I am glad you share our views. We shall look forward to your return in the future.

Thank you again!
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Burlington, Canada
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Excellent hotel that is very clean; restaurant has a great view and is named after a Canadian war hero. Nice hot tubs and there is a bike path. There is lots to do in the area and the drive to Sauble Beach is only a half hour.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Barry S
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Jason H, General Manager at Best Western Inn On The Bay, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Hi Barry S,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. It is true that we have a beautiful location and I am glad you had the opportunity to enjoy it. We are the closest hotel to Sauble Beach which is one of the best beaches in all of Ontario. Did you know that it has one of the top ten best rated sun sets in Canada? We are truly fortunate to be in such a unique area.

Thank you again for your comments.
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Nice hotel, clean and modern rooms...located along the water with a path along the waterway so you can take a stroll...very comfortable bed and pillows...quiet hotel even if full...we didn't have dinner in the restaurant but had the complimentary continental breakfast in the morning which was good with a beautiful view of the water..

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jason H, General Manager at Best Western Inn On The Bay, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Hi Backmannnnn,

I am glad that you and your significant other were able to enjoy a nice peaceful stay at our hotel. Many guests enjoy walking along the paved path at the waters edge or even fishing along the shoreline. We are truly very fortunate to have such a beautiful location for everyone to enjoy and couldn't be happier with all of the positive comments regarding it.

Thank you for your kind review.
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Northfield, Minnesota
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

beautiful setting and comfortable room TV is not as up to date as many hotels offer was allowed to check in early breakfast was served in the restaurant and was very good but not as complete as many hotels we just stayed at on our trip I feel the price of $175 was more than it should be esp. given there is no pool at this hotel

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Charles G
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Jason H, General Manager at Best Western Inn On The Bay, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Hi Charles50MN,

Thank you for your feedback regarding your stay in our hotel.

I am glad you were able to enjoy the beautiful setting of our hotel. Being located right on the shores of Georgian bay is the main driver of the price of our rooms. I couldn't name a hotel located on shoreline property that offered guest rooms at a lower rate than ours.

I apologize that television and pool amenities did not match your needs. We have 37" flat screen televisions in every guest room so I assume that we did not have the programs that you wished to watch. Our cable services do have some limitation in that respect and upgrades are being strongly considered.

Our whirlpool is not large enough to adequately allow swimming but it does provide a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. Our guests thoroughly enjoy overlooking Georgian Bay from our whirlpool and hot tub or while getting a workout on our exercise equipment. The whirlpool may be small, but the environment is second to none.

I can understand that we may have not measured up to some of the hotels you stayed at along your trip, but it is my hope that you saw enough value in your stay to consider staying here again when traveling to Owen Sound. We would enjoy the opportunity to provide you with the great experience you deserve.

Thank you again for your review.
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Pinellas Park, Florida
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Everything was wonderful. Would not hesitate to recommend this hotel. Would stay there again. Everyone was polite and very courteous. The food was above average as was the service in the restaurant. The staff was very helpful with a problem we had and was taken care of promptly . Great hotel for business or pleasure...you will not regret staying here.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Melclee
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Jason H, General Manager at Best Western Inn On The Bay, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Hi Clemence P,

I would like to thank you for taking the time to provide such a boastful response! It is great to see that you enjoyed your stay here enough to provide such wonderful feedback. It means so much to us when guests take the time to provide positive feedback and I want you to know how much we appreciate it.

We will look forward to seeing you again someday in the future.
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

Wonderful hotel and setting. A very relaxing experience. The hotel is close to downtown and the malls. A good central location when in Owen Sound and area. The whirpool and sauna were very relaxing and not crowded. The Breakfast was quite good and had a good selection or you could upgrade to a full hot breakfast. Overall a nice hotel for a couple or family to stay while on vacation. Very quiet at night we felt very much at home.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Richard & Vivia... I
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Jason H, General Manager at Best Western Inn On The Bay, responded to this review, August 12, 2013
Hi Richard I,

Thank you for your kind response regarding your experience at our hotel.

We strive to provide a clean, quiet and comfortable stay for all of our guests and I am happy you were able to enjoy such an experience. The fact that you mentioned you felt at home here is one of the best compliments a hotel can receive. I will be sure to share your comments with the employees at this hotel so each of them can see what a positive impact we can have.

Thank you again for your providing such wonderful feedback.
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Property: Best Western Inn On The Bay
Address: 1800 2nd Avenue East | P O Box 516, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 5RI, Canada (Formerly BEST WESTERN Inn On The Bay)
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Location: Canada > Ontario > Grey County > Owen Sound
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Owen Sound
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Best Western Inn On The Bay 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
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