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“Great spot in a cool town” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Mabou River Inn
Ranked #1 of 7 Mabou B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great spot in a cool town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

Perfect spot to walk down for a meal and some live tunes at the Red Shoe Pub (owned by the Rankins).

Lovely staff - we missed breakfast but they fed us amazing cinnamon buns, coffee, juice and fruit regardless. Great people!

Rooms are simple but spotless.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Paul D
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • 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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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Regina, Canada
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39 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

We stayed 1 night here after we drove the Cabot Trail. Our room was very clean as well as the private bathroom across the hall. Our beds and pillows were very comfortable. All around - felt comfortable in this room. The next morning we went for breakfast - breakfast was delicious. They offered a variety of items from baking to fruit to eggs. The pizza in the restaurant also smelled very good but did not have any. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank NLH85
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London
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64 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

Our room was very spacious and comfortable. The location was great, walking distance to Main Street and right next to mabou walking trail. Breakfast was great- homemade toast and cinnamon rolls. My only negative is that I think it is overpriced considering amenities and where it is. Otherwise pleasant stay.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Twigtraveller
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Newark, DE
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38 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

Last year we stayed at the Duncreigan and were horribly disappointed at the owners' lack of interest in their guests. So this year we stayed across the road at the Mabou River Inn. It could not have been more different. The owner greeted us warmly, showed around the property, and offered to help carry our bags from the car. Getting information was a snap; there were two whiteboards in the kitchen listing all of the musical events for that day and the next day. We were able to hear about twice as much music as we'd planned because the information was so thorough and well-organized. The owner also helped us find restaurants off the beaten path, so we did not have to fight crowds at the Red Shoe for dinner.

Because the inn was purpose-built as a hotel and not converted from an old house, the rooms do not have nooks and crannies and sloped ceilings to bump your head against that many bed-and-breakfast fans like. The rooms are a little startling in scale--very large and rectangular (about 12' by 30'). But they are furnished like typical bed-and-breakfast bedrooms with old-fashioned substantial wood furniture and pretty wall decor. The king bed was comfortable and the linens fluffy and fresh. Rooms are big enough to have a sitting area with desk and couch as well as a sleeping area. The inn also has a separate communal living room for guests as well as a kitchen and laundry area guests can use. It has a large, wooded garden where you can sit on Adirondack chairs and enjoy the breeze as well as a second-floor patio. So if you were traveling with a group, it would be easy to hang out without crowding into anyone's bedroom.

Breakfast emphasizes baked goods (homemade cinnamon rolls, biscuits, and toast made from homemade bread) but also includes hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, and fruit.

The inn is not staffed at night but there is a phone number to call in case of emergency. I have no doubt that the staff would handle overnight problems with the same concern and efficiency they show toward everything else.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DEtraveler
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Bellmore, New York
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

We stayed at the Mabou River Inn last night. It was a lovely place. The people were helpful and friendly, We went to the Red Shoe Pub for dinner and music then toured around town. The next morning we were dining on fresh-baked bread, biscuits, and cinnamon buns. We sat outside in the sunshine on adirondack chairs and sipped coffee. What's not to love?

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  • Stayed August 2013, 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 Margaret T
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Ottawa, Canada
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16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

My wife and I stayed a week here and had a wonderful experience! The staff went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect. I trailer my motorcycle down and was worried where I could leave my trailer for the week and was told anywhere I wanted to leave it was fine and it will be perfectly safe. Like another reviewer on here, Dave (one of the owners) asked if I wanted to wash my bike as he would supply hose, sponge and soap!. The biscuits, cinnamon buns, and home made bread are out of this world! Great staff, we really felt at home. Dave even gave us a container so we could take some biscuits and cinnamon buns for our drive home!

We will be back!

  • Stayed August 2013, 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 JThompson50
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Skowhegan, Maine
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75 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

This was our second time staying at this great inn (we visited for two nights last year). The location is perfect for a visit to the Red Shoe as you can walk there from the Inn and this is why we came back. Once we got here we immediately remembered why we like this place so much. We received a warm welcome from the owner who immediately offered us supplies (bucket, soap and old towels) to clean off our motorcycles. This was very much appreciated and was not expected at all. Our room - apartment #1 was on the lower level and was spacious, clean and comfortable. There are two separate bedrooms as well as a full kitchen - we wished we had booked for a week! This was obviously more than enough room for the two of us and would be good for a family as long as the kids don't mind sharing a double bed! I would have thought two twin beds in the second bedroom would make more sense. Breakfast is a buffet affair with a good choice of fruit, cereal, yoghurt and juice. Hot buttered toast is also available - I would recommend the homemade porridge bread - excellent. I should also mention the there is access to a lovely trail behind the Inn which follows the river and provides some wonderful views of the village. This is a great trail for walking, running or biking and is another reason we love to stay at this fantastic Inn.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Vicky W
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Property: Mabou River Inn
Address: 19 Southwest Ridge Rd, Mabou, Nova Scotia B0E 1X0, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Mabou
Amenities:
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Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Mabou
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Mabou River Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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