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“Functional motel with fantastic view to Gulf of St. Lawrence” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Motel Au Vieux Fanal

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Motel Au Vieux Fanal
Ranked #8 of 17 Hotels in Riviere du Loup
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Vienna
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30 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Functional motel with fantastic view to Gulf of St. Lawrence”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

On our trip to Ontario we stayed here for one night.
The personnel is very helpful, the rooms last equipped in the late 70's (?).
The view to the Gulf of St. Lawrence is awesome, the swimming-pool was a welcome and unexpected extra.
All-in all: good value for money
A tip: there is an excellent french/italian restaurant nearby (2 min. by foot down the road to the right).

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 1060Vienna
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Canada
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90 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

We stopped here on our way to Saint John, New Brunswick. We wanted to stop in Quebec but everything was booked and the places that still had rooms were charging $300/night!!! We drove on and asked two other places in Riviere du Loup (still full) then we found this motel!!! A really nice place!!! Clean, very friendly and reasonably priced!! Just perfect!! She recommended a little restaurant across the street in an old house and it too was great!! We will definitely stop here again!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Chantal D
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Peterborough, Canada
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80 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

We were given the opportunity to look at 2 different rooms before deciding what would work best for us. Traveling with 2 kids, we opted for the one which had a separate bedroom although before we got there I was determined to have a room with a view.
The rooms were clean and comfortable, certainly not too recently updated, but well-maintained.
The property is large and lovely with a view of the St Lawrence. I LOVE the big double swings you see so often in Quebec and they had 5 or 6 of them scattered around the property. I spent an hour reading in one which is so relaxing.
The kids loved the pool which was quite warm. They have a lifeguard on duty which is great but it means very limited pool hours which was a big disappointment for the kids. No before-checkout swims here.
All in all, we would definitely consider staying here on our way through again!
I am rating the service very good because the people were so nice, but of course this is a motel, not a hotel.

Room Tip: If you can get a room with a view of the river, I would definitely choose that.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank onvoyage_3
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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

We were 2 couples who stayed here on our way to NewBrunswick. We were travelling on Motorcycles. The owner was very friendly and even gave us cloths to dry off the Bikes. The rooms were meticulously clean, quaint with everything you need. We were really impressed!!
The heated Pool was spotless and 96f!!
The grounds are clean and the views are spectacular, beautiful sunsets!
Definately we will stay here again next year on our way to NewBrunswick!

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the water
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sunshine4jo66
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Ontario
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

My husband and I were traveling home to Ontario from New Brunswick and at the last minuted decided that we wanted to break our trip up into two days. We called Motel Au Vieux Fanal and made a reservation for the same day! The lady we spoke to spoke good english and was VERY friendly. We were also traveling with our dog, but this was not a problem.
We were put into a room that was close to the front office and this place was SPOTLESS!! I do not often feel comfortable in a hotel room, especially in the bathroom, but this place was SO clean that it felt as if I was in a friends home. We travel a lot and I have never seen a cleaner bathroom in a hotel/motel setting.
It may not look like much from the outside, the room was small, but it was all we needed and it was CLEAN.
The room was also very quiet and the bed was comfortable.
If you are traveling through Riviere Du Loop and need a place to stay, STAY HERE, we will!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Tac0Salad
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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94 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012

When traveling, we much prefer to stay in smaller "mom & pop" places- older places with character. We came across this fab little motel at the end of a long day in which we'd ridden our motorcycles across New Brunswick into Quebec Province from Nova Scotia. We happened across this gem by accident, as we were looking for someplace else! The Owners are VERY nice, and our room was extra clean and comfy, tho small. The great 50s/60s appearance struck a deep chord wit us, and the views of the St Lawrence River were SUPER. The room was painted a soothing sort of green, and there was also a Renoir print on the wall. The owners are VERY nice, and the MRS. spoke English very well, which was a tremendous help for us. Our room, with the sunset view over the river- was only 75.00! This little motel is FANTASTIC! DO stay- you won't be displeased with the hospitality here, in this sweet little older motel!

Room Tip: Ask for one of the rooms out back- with a view of the river.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank TomBanksJr
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Oakville, Canada
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36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012 via mobile

while the rooms are small and sparsely furnished, the beds were of good quality and the room was extraordinarily clean. The owners were very hospitable making certain that we were comfortable and helping us to park our car and trailer. Internet was not accessible from the room but was available in the office. Perfect for a evenings layover, but not furnished for extended stays. A good choice and we would stay here again without hesitation.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Motel Au Vieux Fanal
Address: 170 rue Fraser, Riviere du Loup, Quebec G5R 1C8, Canada
Location: Canada > Quebec > Riviere du Loup
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Riviere du Loup
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful spot with an exceptional view on the river. Most beautiful sunsets in the world. Excellent service. Many excellent restaurants nearby (walking distance). Near downtown. ... more   less 
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Motel Au Vieux Fanal Riviere Du Loup, Quebec

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