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“Updated 1950s style motel with river location”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Johnny's Motel

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Johnny's Motel
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Grand Forks
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Gig Harbor, Washington
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174 reviews
58 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
“Updated 1950s style motel with river location”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Clive and Nicky R, Owner at Johnny's Motel, responded to this review, September 26, 2013
Thanks for your review. Yes Johnnys motel was named after its founder Johnnys Goffinet, and although we were originally tempted to rename it, the place has such a history, and a regular following we opted to stay with it. It is still referred to as johnnys motor court by many of the locals , and 9 of the units still have carports.
We do have a selectopn of room types all have fridges and microwaves and access to BBQs , and 7 have kitchens. The family suite used to have a small fridge in the space under the counter,, but then we had guests asking for more fridge space as the room can accommodate 6, and so a large fridge arrived, and stayed by popular demand.
7 units have patio doors, they are single queens; the double queens could not be redesigned to accommodate them so instead we put in an external glass storm door, so this way all of our guests can have a view of the riverbank.
So pleased you enjoyed your stay, look forward to your next visit.
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Management of this hotel are very friendly and along with providing great accommodations, also provided good advice on the town and it's restaurants. I'm not sure what people did before sites like Tripadvisor, as without it's recommendations, I might have driven right past Johnny's Motel. Instead I was treated to a warm and comfortable night in a very clean motel, with a pretty view of the river, by a staff that was very friendly and all at a price that couldn't be beat.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Clive and Nicky R, Owner at Johnny's Motel, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
Thanks for your review, we really appreciate your comments and hope you come back again soon.
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

This facility is near and there is ready access from the Highway #3. Although our room faced the highway, the hotel is set back that one only hears a limited amount of highway traffic noise. There are a number of various types of restaurants within easy walking distance; as well as a bar. We felt safe walking about the neighbourhood at night.
Our room was of a good size, the bedroom is carpeted with a comfortable queen size bed and the bathroom is tiled. The room was clean, well appointed and amply supplied. The linens were of an enhanced standard. An internet connection is provided at no cost. A small fridge, toaster, kettle and microwave were located in the room. There is a wall mounted large screen television. There were a number of BBQ’s also available.
There a heated outdoor pool which is immaculately maintained. Pool toys are provided for the children.
Although this motel was built in 1952, it is well maintained and clean. The owners are a delight. They have done so many little things to make one’s stay pleasant (a giraffe in the soap dispenser, an upscale bathroom tissue dispenser, pool toys). The setting adjacent to a small river adds to the ambience. A great bargain!

Room Tip: A number of the rooms have a car port.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Clive and Nicky R, Owner at Johnny's Motel, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
Thanks for your comments, and pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. We have added a few personal touches along the way, and mostly in response to customer feedback. Some of our rooms are laminate instead of carpet, for those with a preference, and the carports go quickly, so be sure to request at time of booking if this is important to you.
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Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Bunch of stayed here for an old car get together in the Forks....Great 1950s Auto court....not many left..I have stayed there several times over the years. Clive and Nicky are the new owners and have done the place up real nice! Easy walk into town and restaurants.....quite location....some units with carports!
The bunch of us had a great stay and will return next year for our 3 day event...
Great owners...nice rooms.....excellent cleaning staff!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Clive and Nicky R, Owner at Johnny's Motel, responded to this review, September 16, 2013
Thanks for your review, it was great to see all he classic cars, I know all the other guests appreciated it as well. I will pass on your comments to the team, it is always nice to hear that their hard work is appreciated. Look forward to your next visit.
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Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2013

We discovered this hidden gem on our recent Kootenay trip. Access for motorcycles is excellent and there is a wash station. The room was very good. It was very clean with an excellent bed, good sized bathroom, with absorbent towels. We appreciated the microwave and fridge. The "backyard" area off each room was perfect area to enjoy after a long ride. The dog liked the room too, a very important feature for pet owners. The Robinson's were gracious hosts. We will be staying here on our next trip!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Clive and Nicky R, Owner at Johnny's Motel, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Great to hear from you, and pleased you found the room comfortable. We try to keep the bikers happyour carport rooms are especially popular but you do need to ask in advance. As for the furry visitors, we are animal lovers, and love to meet and greet, and feel very privilidged when the pets make themselves at home too.
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Cowichan Bay, BC
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

I'm writing this, using their free wi-fi, as my husband sits at the "back yard" picnic table by the river with his morning coffee reading a book (they have a book exchange in the office). What a beautiful little spot this is. We stayed in room 21 with two queen beds, fridge, microwave, coffee maker. Very clean and comfortable and the owners are friendly and helpful, even providing dinner coupons and maps of the area. We enjoyed our walk through the lovely historic town, and didn't see any other accommodation we would rather stay at on future trips. We would just head back to Johnny's.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Clive and Nicky R, Owner at Johnny's Motel, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
we really appreciate your comments and hope you visit again soon.
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

What a great motel. Stayed for one night while driving from Calgary to Vancouver. Clive and Nicky were so pleasant and very welcoming. We booked early as well and were upgraded from a unit with two queens to the two room unit with a kitchen. Older motel but very, very clean. The pool was lovely as well. Also, a fantastic location to be on the river. Had a lovely evening to bbq dinner and sit on our patio all evening with a glass of wine. We will definitely stay again! The only downfall was the air conditioner in our unit was way to noisy for sleeping even though it was set at the lowest fan setting and could not get the wifi to work to use our laptop.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Clive and Nicky R, Owner at Johnny's Motel, responded to this review, August 23, 2013
Thanks for your comments, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. we just wish you had mentioned to us that you were unsure how to long on top the wifi, its Clives passion upgrading the system and keeping up to date with all the latest technology. As for the A/C if you let us know which unit we can see if it needs replacement or maintenance. We went through last year and put ceiling fans in all the rooms, alot of people prefer them, but as we have renovated the rooms we have tried to position the A/Cs away from the top end of the bed to make for a quieter night. Thanks again.
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Property: Johnny's Motel
Address: 7291 Hwy 3 W | Box 876, Grand Forks, British Columbia V0H 1H0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Grand Forks
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Grand Forks
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Johnny's Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 25
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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