We stayed here for 2 nights whilst travelling around Ontario and although we loved our visit to Tobermory we did have a few issues with this motel.
Yes, the price ($157) was a bit steep but then it was August and we did have a prime location overlooking the water.
Our room (UNIT 38) was easily accessed from a corridor (whose walls were covered with carpet !!) and it did have air con but we didn't in fact need to use it so no idea how efficient it was - it looked as if it came out of some museum ! The furnishings were OK but there was a distinct lack of attention to detail - creased curtains and bed valences, sticky marks on the door, dust on the headboard. There were no coffee making facilities provided which I found very unusual in this day and age although we did get included 4 plastic "throw away" glasses. Mind you, we used these on day one and they were NOT replaced for the next - how cheap can you get !
We were able to walk to all the "must see" attractions in Tobermory with ease including Foodland for grocery shopping and a choice of restaurants. A plus for the motel's location.
We made use of the "buy one get one free" offer for the boat tours offered by the motel - a good perk.
We did have 2 main issues with the motel which we did bring up with the management.
One - the motel was 100% no smoking (another plus) but then they allowed smoking on the balcony running past our room. We had opened our window to let in fresh air rather than having to put on the air con but when the people staying next to us sat virtually outside our room smoking we had to close the window to stop the smell of smoke from getting in. Also this meant that if we wanted to also sit on the balcony to admire the harbourfront view we were subjected to their cigarette smoke if they were also around.
Two - and this again was about the balcony use. The key to our room only worked on the door from the passageway not from the balcony - not an issue - we thought this a good idea as it would mean that the area in from of our room could only be accessed by ourselves - BUT NO !! We found that a large group from another room nearby would come out from their room onto the balcony and with no "excuse me" proceed to clamber around us as we sat eating breakfast so that they could walk down to the waterfront. Not impressed.
To sum up - difficult to beat for location but ...........
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are conveniently located on picturesque Little Tub Harbour. We are the closest motel to the Chi-Cheemaun ferry dock and just steps away from the downtown section of Tobermory. We have thirty-six units with a variety of water views and facilities, including some with kitchenettes. All units have cable TV, electric heat and several have air conditioning. (Please note that only the rooms specified have Air Conditioning.) The Harbourside Motel has several patio areas where you can enjoy watching the hustle and bustle of Little Tub Harbour. Enjoy a picnic under our shade trees or soak up the sun as you lounge in one of the motel's many wooden chairs. Blue Heron Cruises tour boats leave from the same property. Blue Heron Cruises offers glass-bottom and jet boat cruises of the Shipwrecks in Big Tub Harbour and tours though Fathom Five National Marine Park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Harbourside Hotel Tobermory
- Harbourside Motel Tobermory, Ontario