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“Nice, affordable, great staff.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Blue Bay Motel
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Tobermory
Certificate of Excellence
London, ON
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice, affordable, great staff.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2009

We only had a short stay in Blue Bay Motel but Kelly the staff was very helpful. The rooms were clean and modern. However room 7 had quite a loud buzz all night caused from a refrigeration unit in the property next to it. Also the wireless internet was unreliable at best. Minor details aside we enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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1 Thank Specialk001
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Barrie, Ontario
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2009

We enjoyed our stay at the Blue Bay. The spacious room was well equipped with table and chairs, dressers, refrigerator and coffee maker. We enjoyed the coffee mugs (not styrofoam) and the drink glasses (not plastic)!! The motel is well located within a easy walk of downtown and sights.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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 Colgan
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23alan
Level Contributor
52 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2009

We were not overly confident about this motel, have preferred to stay in more personal B&Bs, but there was little availability in Tobermory for casual travellers without bookings. We were pleasantly surprised with the luxury room with jacuzzi tub. Although the room was lacking character, as is often the case with motels and hotels, it was clean, large and air-conditioned, although the balcony was shared with other rooms on the first floor.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank 23alan
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InnkeeperK, Innkeeper at Blue Bay Motel, responded to this review, September 21, 2009
Dear guests: Please be aware that only our Luxury Suite offers air conditioning. All other rooms simply feel like they have A/C because we are located on the harbour thus allowing the cool air off Georgian Bay to keep the room temperatures low.
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buffalo
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2009

I didn't know what to expect from this motel. I don't travel alone and was feeling insecure. The inn keeper was wonderful and kind. the room was warm & comfortable, The towels were amazing!!

the room exceeded my expectations and the whole atmosphere made my trip a pleasure.

I loved Tobermory and hope to come back with my husband.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank buffalojinny
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Oakville
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2009

We stayed at the Blue bay motel during our honeymoon. The service was fantastic and the rooms were clean. Our room had been recently renovated with a jacuzzi tub, paint, flat screen T.V. and new funiture, the rooms felt and smelled clean.

The best part of the blue bay motel has to be the staff! Friendly an d always willing to help, especially Kelly the always smiling owner, was vary helpful and friendly.

We will definitly stay at the blue bay motel on our next trip to tobermory.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank agx79
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Newmarket On. Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2009

Having stayed at the Blue Bay Motel for sometime of most of the past 30 odd years ,we do feel that it is like a home.The rooms are always clean and nicely decorated,and we have always felt welcome,by both management and staff,who can't do enough for you.
We enjoy coming so much that we hope that we can continue visiting for many more years to come.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank BARLOW_9
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Fergus, Ontario
Level Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2009

We just returned from the Blue Bay Motel in Tobermory, and have nothing but good things to say.

We went up to Tobermory for a few days of R&R, and stayed in one of the newly renovated rooms on the second floor. It included a king bed, therapeutic tub, LCD television, and electric fireplace. The room wasn’t large, especially with the king bed in it, but it was cozy. We were concerned that there was no air conditioner as it was 30 degrees Celsius in mid-August with incredibly high humidity, but the cool air coming in from the Bay, along with the help of an overhead fan, made the room very comfortable. There is a large, six-drawer dresser and a free-standing cloak hanger, a lounge chair and ottoman, and a small table with two chairs in the corner. The room includes a coffee maker with coffee grounds, sugar, sweetener, and whitener, refreshed daily. Sure helps kick-start the morning! There is also a small bar fridge which is incredibly handy. Everything closes early in Tobermory, so stock up on pop and nibblies for those late-night munchies. (Note: If you like cheese and crackers, make sure you have a small knife with you!) The floors are wood laminate. The tub will only hold one person (unless you are very tiny) but the jets are nice and strong. There is no hair dryer or other amenities in the bathrooms, so bring your own. Kelly, the innkeeper, has a binder in each room which lists things to do in Tobermory and the menus from most of the local restaurants. I found this was the most helpful thing I’ve ever seen! Kelly is really great. She will answer the most inane questions, and has some great suggestions. You can even borrow bicycles to tour around with.

There is no elevator, and there are seven steps, a landing, and then seven more steps to the second floor. There is a long balcony/outdoor corridor in front of each room. The balcony overlooks the parking lot, but gives a great view of the Bay. You can watch the MS Chi-Cheemaun and other ferries (glass bottom boat, tours of the Bay including Flower Pot Island, sunset cruise) coming in and going out. As others have mentioned, the LCBO is right next door. Almost everything you can do in Tobermory is within walking distance of the motel. The beach is about a 5-minute drive.

As motels go, this is the best I’ve been to. I don’t usually write reviews on motels; they are motels, not 5-star resorts. But Blue Bay is worth writing about!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank sunlover1
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Additional Information about Blue Bay Motel

Property: 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 Family Hotel in Tobermory
#1 Romantic Hotel in Tobermory
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Also Known As:
Blue Bay Hotel Tobermory
Blue Bay Motel Tobermory, Ontario

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