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Best Northern Motel and Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 13 Hotels in Wawa
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Brantford, Canada
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Excellent food & accommadations- Just what we needed.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2009

This was our forth time in the past two years that we have stayed at the Best Northern Resort and it just gets better each time.
We traveled from southern Ontario to Thunder Bay to visit our daughter attending school in Thunder Bay and this tastefully renovated motel has been the perfect stop.
We called ahead and were given Cabin #2 which is a rustic, very roomy two bedroom with a kitchenette , TV sitting room and deck with table and chairs. We have also stayed in the motel rooms which have been tastefully renovated and modernized.
We had both our meals ( dinner & breakfast) in the Best Northern restaurant which is licenced and offers meals to suit everyone's tastes and at a very reasonable price.
The food was very good and service was also considering it was a full dining room in the evening and for breakfast. The Kinniwabi Pines Restaurant next store is also an excellent choice for dinner.
If you feel so inclined you can take in a game of pool or relax in the hot tub.
The Best Northern offers everything you need for an overnight stay. Go to the web site to see more, [--XXX.XXXXXXXXXXXX.XX--]

Jim

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2008

The rooms are very clean and just south of town on the highway. The baths are separated into the vanity area, then a door to the toilet and tub/shower; these looked brand new. Each room also has a fridge and microwave and wireless internet. TV worked great. The restaurant is good, crowded though sometimes and service slows somewhat then. I unfortunately never got to see the fun areas, such as the billiards room and hot tub & sauna. The rooms were ok for noise from the highway but did let in noise from the adjacent rooms which is never popular with me.

I would go back though and recommend this one for the Wawa area. Also, there are other motels and restaurants in the immediate vicinity, so even though it is a little south of town, it is not isolated. The spot is great if you plan on visiting Lake Superior Provincial Park too; right at its northern gates.

  • Liked — Rooms have all the amenities you need.
  • Disliked — Some noise from adjacent rooms thru the walls.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
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Pa.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2008

We have stayed at Best Northern several times. They have three very nice cottages that are continually upgraded. Also, there is a very well-done recreation area which includes an outdoor hot tub, sauna, billiards table, etc. Marek has done the work himself, and the craftsmanship is superb. They recently opened an integral restaurant for breakfast and dinner. The food is excellent, without question the best in the area. If you are simply passing through the area, try to do so at dinner time!
Theresa and Marek are very warm and helpful folks. They will gladly provide information about the area and help you have a good time. Check out their website.

  • Liked — very comfortable
  • Disliked — closeness of cabins
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2008

They have a nice fan in the room though. If it's not too hot it might help to keep you cool. The other review here raves about the food. Best cuisine in Wawa?! That's not saying much! There is a restaurant right next door. The night we were there it was almost full. The Best Northern Motel restaurant was almost empty. We looked at the menu at Best Northern and went to the restaurant next door. The small refrigerator in our room made a lot of noise. It was so noisy that we had to unplug it so we could get to sleep. Best Northern is supposed to be a resort. Resort?! No, it's just a motel. Not an especially bad one, however. See the photos. It has a typical motel look, which you won't see on their Web site. And the gentleman at check in was the most humorless chap we've come across recently. He also works in the restaurant. He should try to be pleasant and smile a little, even if it's only a front.

  • Liked — Recently remodeled rooms
  • Disliked — Old-fashioned "Bates Motel" layout.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2008

The Best Northern has the perfect atmosphere , excellent dinning a menu that you don't find just anywhere , fully licensed. Perfect for any kind of stay , pool table , wide screen tv.The Best Northern Motel and cabins has clean nicely laid out rooms .outside hot tub overlooking the river , short walk for catching fish. Snowmobiling and Atv trails are close by The Marina is a three minute drive away .
I look forward to going back , their are so many things on the menu I would like to try .
I had an excellent experience at the Best Northern .

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Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2006

Very nice small cottages but busy and popular. Good location. Lots of work has been done to improve property and buildings. Owners very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed August 2006
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Maplewood, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2006

My wife and I and another couple travelled around Lake Superior on motorcycles and one of our planned stops was Wawa, Ontario. We searched the web and found Kinniwabi Pines Motel and made reservations in advance. We found the place to be very clean and friendly. They even have a bag of clean rags to wipe down your motorcycle, I found this very useful and customer friendly. The outside hot tub was very nice and clean. The rooms were large with a smaller bathroom with a sink and mirror just outside the room with the shower and toilet.

They were in the process of remodeling the reception area and I believe were going to add a small restaurant. The Kinniwabi Pines Restaurant (not affiliated at all) that is next door has about 10 tables(inside) and an outdoor seating area that is on a hill overlooking a peaceful river, has VERY good food and drink (large selection of wines).

  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with friends
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Property: Best Northern Motel and Restaurant
Address: P.O Box 1429 | Highway 17, Wawa, Ontario P0S 1K0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Northeastern Ontario > Wawa
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #6 of 13 Hotels in Wawa
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Best Northern Motel and Restaurant 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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