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“Float Home in Snug Cove Overpriced”

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Union Steamship Marine Resort
Reviewed September 10, 2013

While the idea of staying in your own float home in the cove sounds very romantic we were sadly disappointed with it's location. It was about 200yds from the car ferry that starts loading at 5 am for Vancouver and left hourly until evening. We could hear every car loading as well as taking in the exhaust fumes in the lineup. Other small craft docked beside our boat were also guilty of leaving their motors running causing more exhast fumes outside the bedroom window.

The floating cottage itself could have been charming as it was complete with flowereing window boxes and a small deck of its;s own with bbq. but was also very smelly which reminded me of mould. It definately needed updating for that alone as I came home with a bit of an allergic reaction.

The linens and towels were of quite good quality but the mattress was poor (and pillows) and caved into the centre. The kitchen was clean and well stocked with dishes and coffee.

My feelings are that it was far overpriced at $150.00 /night and probably shouldn't be renting at all because of the questionable mould problem. A new location on the dock would help also. We would definately not return.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Sharon C
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Oydisn, General Manager at Union Steamship Marine Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2014

You will glad to hear the furniture and BBQ have all been updated. The Float House is one of our most popular rental cottages, but it is an active marina. I would suggest trying one of our other cottages set back from the marina in the future. Cheers

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Reviewed July 4, 2012

We rented cabin #2 over the Canada Day holiday weekend. After checking in, we settled in. There was a bedroom with queen bed and a second bedroom with 2 sets of bunk beds: each with double on the bottom and singles on the top. All the linens and beds were clean and comfortable. The bathroom with clawfoot tub and shower was fine. Lots of fluffy white towels, 2 small bars of soap and no hair dryer. The kitchen was stocked well enough for our weekend with dishes and cutlery for 8 people. Living room was comfortable with TV/DVD player and cable TV. There are only 3 dining chairs for the table and 3 stools at the breakfast bar - so if you've got a bigger crowd, be prepared to eat on your lap. The covered porch with full sized BBQ and seating was where we spent most of our time as it overlooked the property and marina.

Don't think that the floors had been cleaned in very long time as they were FILTHY. There were a lot of cobwebs, silverfish and ants.

We were happy the marina pub was closed as it would have been really noisy. As well, there's an abandoned cabin out back where the locals like to hang out, drink and *whatever*, so there's always noise and people walking by the cabin.

While the place is in a great location to local shops, etc., the price is not so great. We paid $210.00 ($180 for queen + $10 extra per night per bed) a night. I don't mind paying this much....but this place was, at best, worth $150.00 night.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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11  Thank leeloovancouver
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Additional Information about Union Steamship Marine Resort

Address: 431 Bowen Island Trunk Rd | P.O. Box 250, British Columbia V0N 1G0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Bowen Island
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Bowen Island
Price Range: $123 - $221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our cottages are some of the few remaining historic Union Steamship Company cottages, built in the 1920’s, that have been carefully preserved to maintain their original character. The kitchens are fully equipped: with a coffee maker, microwave oven, cooking utensils, cutlery, china, glassware, dish soap and more. We provide linens, towels, firewood and a barbeque. All accommodations have a view of Snug Cove and are child and pet friendly. ... more   less 

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