You have to be of a certain age to know what the term "Auto Court" means. Back in the 1950s, the fledging motel industry largely consisted of one or more rows of one-story connectred units, sometimes with car ports seperating each unit, sometimes parking in front of your unit. Each of these units was kind of like an individual little cabin. By today's standards, they were pretty minimal, even spartan. And there aren't many of that kind of motels left. Johnny's is one of those, dating back to about 1952, and named, I think, for one of the family members.
I feel very ambivalent about this property, pondering long about how many stars to give it -- either 3, for average, or 4, for very good. On the plus side was the most gracious hospitality of the owners, who live just behind the reception/front desk area, the nearness to the river, the nice, man-made sandy beach with a table and chairs for enjoying your afternoon drink and a good book, and the comfortable beds. The owners let us look at three different units before deciding, including an upgrade to a "familyunit with two queens in the main room and a smaller bedroom, also with a queen bed. They let us have that room for just $5 more than the price of our standard room, which was very nice of them.
On the quibble side, although there have been improvements and upgrades with new beds, flat screen TVs, large refrigerator, the famiy unti, although it has a microwave, does not have a stove or oven. Why put in a very large refrigerator if you can't cook the food except in a microwave, and not everything can be cooked in a microwave. There were spaces underneath the counter on both sides, which looked as though at one time there was a small under-counter refrigerator, and perhaps either a stove/oven, or a countertop stove with drawers underneath for pots and pans. One of the units we looked at did not have a window on the river side, just a door to access the grassy area and river. That gave that unit a very closed-in feeling. But they have upgraded some of the units that now offer sliding glass doors out to the grassy area and river, a big upgrade. They have a nice looking pool close to the highway, which we did not use. We did take a stroll into town, which is an easy walk, bought some groceries and had a simple dinner in our room of a pretty good frozen entree and Asian salad.
We were driving in our classic 1957 T-Bird, and it felt like it belonged in a motel of this era. In gthe end, weighing all the pluses and the few minuses, we think it deserves a four-star, "very good" rating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditional Canadian hospitality, 1 blk east of city centre with beautiful riverside location. Air-conditioned, refurbished ground level units, queen beds, DD phones, cable TV, fridges, large heated seasonal pool, picnic tables, bbqs, fax service, reasonable rates, free wireless internet access ... more less
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