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“Nice rooms, beautiful place, good value”
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Blue Bay Motel
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Tobermory
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 7, 2014

Tobermory is a quiet village of a few hundred people between Labour Day and mid-June, which teems with people in the summer. The surrounding area is beautiful and still very natural, with bays and lakes, woods, and the Niagara escarpment. Two national parks, one of them marine, are within moderate walking distance or an easy bike ride. The centre of town, which faces the harbour, features retail stores that mainly cater to tourists; the commercial architecture ranges from nondescript to faux quaint. The Blue Bay motel is in this retail area, between the government liquor store and an okay coffee house. (There is no Tim Horton’s in town! Canadians expect one everywhere.) The Blue Bay doesn’t have great curb appeal – it’s a big dull parking lot whose upper portion is defined on three sides by the motel, in two storeys. Some landscaping, or some horticultural accents, might give the Blue Bay a more welcoming look. But past first impressions, our experience was positive. The staff was friendly, readily available, and eager to please. (There aren't lots of services though -- no restaurants, room service, breakfast room, pool, fitness, etc.) Near the office were umbrellas and bicycles you could borrow, and a microwave and ice machine. The buildings look to be a few decades old, but the rooms appear to have been renovated a little more recently and are well maintained. We appreciated that this WASN'T a chain motel built according to a standard formula with cookie-cutter rooms. We had two rooms and these were individually designed. One living area had nice hardwood flooring, the other a utility grade carpet. One bathroom had a stone floor and the other tile. Wall decor was different too. Each had windows on the parking lot side, with different views of the harbour (and parking lot), and also a window on the quieter nether side. The bathrooms were very functional; and both had quite large sinks, which was a welcome touch. The mirrors were apparently installed by somewhat short people. Small bar fridges were included. Beds were comfortable. We stayed in early June, still off-season, and both the motel and the town were very quiet; we’re given to understand that this changes during high season. Prices were reasonable.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

Last September we took a motorcycle trip to Tobermory for a couple of days and stayed at the Blue Bay Motel (Room 5). The Blue Bay is motorcycle friendly and we are recommending it to our friends. We cannot say enough about the service we received. Steve was on duty the couple of days we were there and was more than friendly, and helpful. The room was very clean and the decor warm and welcoming. We relaxed sitting outside on the patio set provided with the view of Little Tub Harbour. We enjoyed our stay immensely. Tobermory is a beautiful place to stay for a few days R&R. We look forward to staying at the Blue Bay in 2014 and enjoying their hospitality once again.
Bryan & Sheryl Elliston
Date of Stay: September 10 and 11, 2013.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank ellistonba
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

Clean room, friendly staff, in the midst of the tourist scene and nice views. Also enjoy the wood oven thin crust pizza from the adjoining pizzeria and something sweet from the sweet shop located in an adjacent property.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 16, 2014

We were off on an adventure and we weren't absolutely sure where we were going to land. By sheer luck we stopped at Blue Bay Motel and were charmed instantly by Kelli, the innkeeper. The motel room provided a nice respite from the hours of travelling to visit the Bruce Pennisula. Not only is the view of little tub gorgeous, but there are many charming shops and restaurants within close proximity. The room was spotless and well equipped with refrigerator and coffee machine. Down in the lobby area a microwave was available for all to use. I absolutely loved the room's decor especially the grouted stones in the shower basin. We had a good night sleep and were able to begin our hiking at the National Park early the next day.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Christine P
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

First of all, let me start off with the amazing service we received from Blue Bay right from the start. They didn't have any rooms available for Friday-Saturday nights available to have 2 consecutive nights. But through e-mail communication, they responded within LESS than 24 hours + they gave us options in terms of what very little vacancies they had left! We ended up having to switch from one room the first time to another room the next, but it allowed us to experience different rooms at Blue Bay especially when every room is unique and different! We had a room on both the second floor and the downstairs floor, and I couldn't event tell you which one I liked better.

The top floor had better view in terms of the tub out in the balcony, but we barely even did that. The bottom floor is convenient because the parking area is right outside of our room so we were able to keep the non-essentials in the car!

They also had free bikes to use for guests in case you just want to go out for a bike ride. (Highly recommend). The staff were all very friendly, the rooms were clean, the amenities were all pretty up to date as well. My boyfriend and I were thinking of coming back to Blue Bay on a yearly basis because of the amazing experience!

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

We stayed for 5 nights in September. Room was clean. Bed comfortable. Perfect location on Little Tub harbour.
Parking in back of the hotel is easier than in the front.
Bicycles are available to borrow.
Rooms are modern. Refrigerator provided.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank 57TravelQueen
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Many lodging choices in Tobermory. Have tried several. No more trying. When you stay at Blue Bay, you have what you need, with location, value, amenities, etc. The room I stayed in was perfect. Finally, I was impressed with Kelly, as Inn-keeper extraordinaire. She's good people, as the saying goes.

- Craig

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Blue Bay Motel

Address: 32 Bay Street | Little Tub Harbour, Tobermory, Ontario N0H 2R0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Bruce County > Tobermory
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Tobermory
#1 Family Hotel in Tobermory
Price Range: $56 - $145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 16
Also Known As:
Blue Bay Hotel Tobermory
Blue Bay Motel Tobermory, Ontario

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