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Sand Castle Suites Motel
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Port Elgin
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Nice Weekend coming up? then decide at the last minute to call up Sand Castle for a weekend stay. Will enjoy the having a hotel room that has two separate rooms with the beds in and still a little cozy couch, coffee table, end table and TV section to watch the news while others are sleeping. Make a cup of tea in the kitchenette. Rooms are like a little bachelor apartment and a must for a family. The backyard was also available for the kids to walk around while you drink your coffee at the picnic table. Hosts are wonderful people and the building is accommodating for a homey comfortable stay to enjoy the town and beach. If you are used to being catered, pampered and Ritz'd then need to stay there not here. This is for those people who are thankful for a nice cozy place to put their feet up and sleep in a comfortable bed..

Room Tip: I was in the basement near the backyard and found it convenient and away from other guests who didn...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We decided to book at Sand Castle Motel because of the the apartment style suites. Upon entering the place, there was a funky moldy-like odour mixed with plug-in deodorizer smell. Most of all, we couldn't help seeing how dated the motel was. The hallways had minimal lighting with the bad odour lingering there.

We had the 1 Bedroom Deluxe suite which included a full kitchen (full refrigerator, 70s style stove, utensils, dishes, glassware, a few cookware) with a Queen bed. The bed was the bonus because it was very very comfortable. The bedroom included a noisy air conditioner box and a tiny CRT tv in the corner.

In the living room, there was a 70s style couch with a CRT tv in a huge cabinet. There was a non-working thermostat. Thus, the A/C or heating didn't travel to the living room.

The bathroom had the most annoying and very noisy fan we had ever heard! The water pressure was so-so with a very dated shower faucet.

Despite the old school facilities, the room was clean and the Wi-Fi worked well.

We didn't like the blatant note above the kitchen sink that if we didn't clean the dishes and put them away, we would be charged $12 extra on our credit card. If we didn't feel like cleaning the kitchen, management advised us to leave a $10 bill for the housekeeping.

Mainly, we stayed here as an overnight stopover. If you can get over the funky odour and dated decor, the place is ideal if you just want the basics plus a little homey comfort.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

From the moment we arrived we were made to feel at home. Bob showed us several suites available. We chose the one that suited our family needs. The apartment style suite was perfect. The beds were comfortable. Very clean and affordable. The kitchen and living room were nicely decorated and fulfilled our needs. Nice to have a full size fridge with two teenage boys. Each room had its own tv. The back yard was huge with a nice gazebo lotts of bbq's for guests. Horseshoe pits, badminton, picnic tables. All shopping within walking distance. We will defiantly be returning.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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1  Thank DCookOshawa
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We enjoyed our recent stay at the Sand Castle. The facility is older but the owners have been doing work to update. The important thing to us was that it was clean since we were only there to sleep. The balance of our time was on the beach and touring around. You could spend more at surrounding establishments, but not really get more. We would return.

Room Tip: If you be having people visit, consider the two bedroom suite with the seperate living room.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank DDD0828
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

The Motel is a 2-storey building and each room is a suite with a kitchenette (some 1 and some 2 bedrooms). It was great to be able to make breakfast and snack and not eat out all the time. The full size fridge came in handy. It's clean and conveniently located a short drive to the beach (about 3km). Shopping and restaurants are across the street - very convenient. We spent a beautiful weekend in Port Elgin, but I was really hoping for more comfort. The bed was really soft. The hotel is clearly in transition, some of the decor is quite nice but the kitchenettes and bathrooms are dated. I am not a fussy person, but the lack of water pressure was really frustrating. It was like showering on the 'maid of the mist'. I couldn't wait to go home and wash my hair properly! The management seems to be investing in flat screen TV's, but I would much rather prefer a good shower, soft towels, and duvet linens instead of the flowery bed questionable bed covers. Also, the manager was abrupt - it was hot outside so maybe he was just grumpy. We asked for extended check-out, the hotel was empty and he told us that our rooms specifically had been booked and we had to check out - yeah right....Overall, I would go back, but I really hope management reads this and at the very least fixes the showers:)

Room Tip: Rooms on the first or second floor have a balcony.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank jo k
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Additional Information about Sand Castle Suites Motel

Address: 217 Goderich St, Port Elgin, Ontario N0H 2C1, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Bruce County > Port Elgin
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Port Elgin
Price Range: $60 - $81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Sand Castle Suites Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and enjoy the golf courses and the beautiful sunsets!The Sand Castle Motel offers 1 and 2 bedroom apartment style Suites Each Suite is furnished with fully equipped kitchens, separate bedrooms, 4 piece. baths and large living rooms. Most of the units have recently been renovated. Yes, we do have cable colour TV in all the units. The Sand Castle Motel is located within easy distance to all your favourite activities, such as the shopping across the street or to the shops located downtown. Many of the local restaurants will deliver food to the motel or you just may want to take a stroll and dine out. ... more   less 
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