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Best Western Inn On The Bay
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Owen Sound
Certificate of Excellence
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Ontario
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Not Worth It”
Reviewed August 15, 2006

We stayed at the Best Western Inn on the Bay on the night of August 12th and picked the hotel based on looking at reviews on this site and looking at their Web Site. The price was higher than the other hotels in OwenSound but we thought it would be worth it. We were wrong!

When I booked the room they told me I could not reserve a room with a view of the bay ahead of time and of course when we checked in they said they had none left. This was disappointing seeing that this hotel charges extra knowing that their location and views of the bay are part of their appeal.

We checked in and when we arrived in our room it was ok but several things were not what we would expect at the rate we paid. The wallpaper was coming off of the wall in one section, the room smelled a bit "stuffy", and the biggest thing - the bed was awful! We couldn't believe that any hotel would equip their rooms with beds like this one. It was obviously very old and very well used - there was no boxspring, no support, and it was completely sagging!

We also noted that on the information card that was on the back of the door in our room it said the room rate was $10 less than what they charged us! When we inquired about this at the front desk when checking out they told us it was an error and weren't going to give us the lower rate until we pressed for it.

The other thing that people should know if booking this hotel is that it is located in an "industrial" section and a good walk from any restaurants or sights. The good thing is cabs charge a flat rate of $6 to go anywhere within the city limits.

The good thing I can say is that the continental breakfast was good and the morning waitresses were very friendly.

I wouldn't recommend staying here but can't recommend where to stay in OwenSound as we haven't stayed anywhere else. The price they charge just simply isn't worth it.

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Windsor, ON
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2006

We recently stayed 2 nights and found the room, although we booked a non-smoking, did smell of smoke. In addition the beds were very uncomfortable and the rooms were not very clean, lots of dust around the TV. The breakfast that was included in the cost of the room wasn't good at all, very limited selection and the hot buffet had powdered eggs and cold hash browns on the table. Also felt the rate of $139/night was very high for the room, all in all a disappointing stay.

  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2006

We stayed at the Best Western Inn on the Bay Owen sound for one night in a suite overlooking the lake and were very pleased with the room and service at the hotel. Reception staff were very helpful. The room was very clean and spacious. Breakfast was excellent too. We will return again.

  • Stayed June 2006
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2006

We stayed at the BW Inn on the Bay for one night last week, and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

Our rooms were in the new block, in a designated quiet area, so we heard no noise from any other guests. We had connecting rooms each with a bathroom - one with two beds and a fireplace, and the second with a king bed and sitting room. All spotlessly clean and nicely equipped with good views over the water.

We were impressed to see that once you exited the lift, the room key was required to gain access to the corridor where our rooms were, which was a very good security measure.

A continental breakfast was included in the rate, which was perfectly acceptable with plenty of choice, but for a couple of dollars you could upgrade to a cooked breakfast (eggs, bacon, sausages etc) which was a bonus. Good, friendly waiting staff in the breakfast room.

Don't be putt of by the approach to the hotel - it's a nice place and well worth the trip. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2006
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2005

It's a very nice place with a great view on the bay. We slept in the newest part of the hotel ane the room was very clean and beautiful. We hope we'll come back another time.

  • Stayed July 2005
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2 Thank ANNIE T
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Reviewed August 15, 2005

I had booked the room and had comfirmed a rate only to get there and they changed the rate. I showed them my confirmation but that didn't seem to matter. They did not try to fix the situation at all, I think the front desk staff where rude. Also the outside of the hotel is not nice, kind of looks like a prison, the rooms where just o.k.

  • Stayed August 2005, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 19, 2005

We had a suite in the new part of the hotel and the room was very clean and comfortable, with a nice view. Alltough, it was quite small for a suite.
The whirlpool and the sauna are great, but they have no pool (altough it looks like ti on the photos) and thy gym is tiny.
The food in the restaurant is good but also very expensive.
All in all, this is a nice hotel but it's not worth the price.

  • Stayed August 2004
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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
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Owen Sound
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Best Western Inn On The Bay 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This Best Western Inn on the Bay hotel gives guests no shortage of pampering along with a fantastic location right on the shore of the Georgian Bay. Owen Sound is located where the Niagara Escarpment meets Georgian Bay so stunning views and fresh air are standard here. We're less than 10 minutes away from three beautiful waterfalls with hiking trails, so outdoor lovers and photographers have struck gold. This is one Bruce Peninsula hotel that never disappoints. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Best Western Inn On The Bay Hotel Owen Sound
Best Western Owen Sound
Owen Sound Best Western
Inn On The Bay
Best Western Inn On The Bay Owen Sound, Ontario

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