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Best Western Inn On The Bay
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Owen Sound
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Fergus
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Loved It !”
Reviewed May 15, 2007

We stayed here after a day of hiking and sightseeing around the bluffs and waterfalls of Owen Sound. We stayed in a two-person jacuzzi room with a fireplace. Although it is a little on the expensive side, it is well worth the money. The room was clean, the bed was comfortable and the jacuzzi was very relaxing.

We also had dinner in the restaurant. The food was very good and (relative to other hotel restaurants) reasonably priced. The wait staff was very friendly and accomodating.

One down side was that there was supposed to be a "lake view,", but it truly wasn't. All in all, however, the hotel, staff and amenities is exceptional.

Stayed April 2007
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Brantford, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2006

Was really impressed with this hotel. Stayed in room 361, with a great view of the water. This section of the hotel required room key access even to get into the hallway, which was a great idea since while checking in, we did notice a couple of minor hockey teams checking in as well. But after that initial contact, never heard or saw them again.

Room was huge! large bedroom with a true King sized bed. Good size bathroom, with good shower. A galley kitchen with microwave, and mini fridge. Dishes and utensils as well. Also a full sitting room with desk, pull out queen sized sofa and another television. Overall, a really great hotel, clean, comfortable, and friendly staff. Restaurant on site was good as well.

  • Liked — room was huge!
  • Tips/Secrets — try and get a room on the 3rd or 4th floor of the newer addition
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank toddbtfd
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Hamilton Ontario Canada
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221 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2006

Stayed for 2 nights over the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Had a large clean room with 2 queen beds and a fireplace. Continental breakfast was included. Room had a great view of the Bay and of the colourful fall foliage on the opposite shoreline. I would recommend staying in the newer part on one of the higher floors (3 or4) to get a better view.

  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
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2 Thank wigsy
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Lower Michigan
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586 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2006

Our friends had their wedding on the grassy area by the lake and the reception was at the hotel. We stayed at the hotel as well. Had a king room that overlooked the water. Was a nice room. Hotel staff was helpful with the wedding plans. They really went out of their way for the bridal party and guests. Food was great at the reception. We liked hanging out in the comfy chairs in the bar area of the restaurant.
Nice views and great location for a wedding. This is the second time we have stayed at this hotel. It is kind of expensive for the room you get, but it is also about the nicest place in town.

  • Liked — Views of water from room.
  • Disliked — Hot tub is a disappointment. Tiny and there is no pool.
  • Tips/Secrets — Get a room with a water view.
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank MissMyDog
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Ontario
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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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6 Thank crazykids
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london england
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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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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 Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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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
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