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Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cow Head
Reviewed 20 September 2013

This review is for the motel rooms. This is not a luxury or resort property. It is basic, functional, with good attentive service. Location is in Cow Head on the north side of Gros Morne National Park. Its location is just 15 minutes north of the parking lot for the Western Brook Pond trail. Rooms on the west side of the hotel overlook Cow Bay. Stairs from the hotel lead to the beach. So the setting is really attractive. The room was basic, but spotlessly clean. Furnishings were limited to a desk and small table. Lighting was fair, with no light at the desk. Mattress was extremely soft. Heating was with electric floor heaters, which had no temperature settings--just a dial. So adjusting the temperature in the room was a challenge. Soundproofing was poor--hope for quiet neighbors. Window opens. Some second floor rooms have just one access route--which could be a serious hazard if there was a fire. Hotel has a restaurant (not many other choices for food in Cow Bay). There is no traffic noise since Cow Bay is located a short distance to the west of the main highway, which bypasses the town. Gros Morne Theatre Festival office is adjacent.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled on business
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Shall0wBay, Public Relations Manager at Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2014

Thank you for your comments. We appreciate any such comments as they can only help us to improve.

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Reviewed 18 September 2013

We stayed here one night on Aug 4/13 in a two bedroom cabin which was lovely. The cabin was spotlessly clean. The staff is very friendly. There is everything in the cabin you need to cook a meal and we enjoyed a home cooked breakfast before heading out. There is a stove in the living room which would be cozy in the fall coolness. We ate supper at the restaurant on the premises which was average. We attended the Gros Morne Festival Theatre in the evening with young local talent that was thoroughly enjoyable. The cabin area was quiet the night we stayed; we had a good sleep and would definitely stay here again in the cabins.

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Shall0wBay, Public Relations Manager at Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2014

Thank you for your comments. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. You will be pleased to hear that we have hired a chef who will be looking at our menu and giving us some suggestions as to improving our offering. Thanks again!

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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Great motel in the middle of Gros Morne National Park. The room was clean, but could be noisy with a different crowd. Walls are a bit thin between rooms. But great service at the motel and great food in the dining room. The motel appears to cater to bus tours which I was a part of, Not sure if individual travellers would fair as well. Free internet included. Also has a community computer in the lobby.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Shall0wBay, Public Relations Manager at Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2014

Thanks so much for your kind words!

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Reviewed 11 September 2013

We stayed one night at the cabins here. A little more expensive and a lot busier than other places we've been to. The cabins are across the road from the hotel that contains a small pub, a very nice dining room and rooms (nice ones facing ocean). There is also a small but busy theatre with local talent on premises that is worth seeing. Overall not a bad spot to spend a night. Very nice cabin, excellent staff.

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Shall0wBay, Public Relations Manager at Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2014

We are pleased that you enjoyed our cabins. We strive to make every guests experience a memorable one.

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Reviewed 8 September 2013

We booked this hotel as we were travelling with our dog and it was advertised as pet friendly accommodations. We were charged $15 extra for the dog, which we accepted, but we were then given a room in the 2 storey annex across the street. The room was at ground level and we could park right outside the door. However the room was very tired, worn furniture, chipped bathtub, cheap faux tile paneling in the shower area. The room and bathroom were also very dark, only one small window for the whole unit. We also discovered we could easily hear the occupants of the room above walking about their room. We did ask the front desk staff for another room but were told there no other pet friendly rooms available. There were other rooms vacant, but not available to us. Bottom line, value for money was poor, and having to pay extra for this room because of our dog, was frustrating.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Shall0wBay, Public Relations Manager at Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2014

Thank you for your comments. As a result, we have looked into upgrading our pet friendly rooms. As regards the extra charge, you will find that most properties do have an additional charge for pets as there is extra cleaning needed after a pet has stayed. Not every guest keeps their pet in a crate or carrier and hairs, as well as the occasional "accident" have to be dealt with. Please consider us again as a destination. BTW we also have pet friendly cabins!

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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Booked a cabin for 2 nights using bookings.com, they oversold our room for the 1st night and didn't inform us until close to our departure. When they did inform us they offered an alternative, with not a great discount and weren't willing to negotiate very much. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to change travel plans so it worked out but word to the wise. Confirm bookings via telephone if booking online. I wouldn't want this to happen to anyone else.

Other than that, our stay was wonderful, the staff was very friendly once arriving, the beds were actually comfortable (a huge surprise) and the kitchen full stocked. If planning on spending most of your trip in Gros Mourne, Cow Head is a bit out of the way (~30min to most trails and visitor center), but if you don't mind the bit of extra travel it's a great place to stay!

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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Shall0wBay, Public Relations Manager at Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2014

We would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review. We do apologize for the overbooking. We find it always best to get a confirmation of any reservation you make. Thanks again!

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Reviewed 28 August 2013

My friends and I rented a two bedroom cabin...it was very nice, comfortable and everything in it was spotless and new. The kitchen was well equipped. The location was great, with a beach just outside the cottage. The only issue for us was that there were only two beds. We were 3 friends, and only two beds, and the motel didn't have any cots. There wasn't a pull-out sofa, either, so one of us ended up sleeping on the floor. In my opinion, a better configuration would be two single beds in one room, and a larger bed in the second. I'm thinking this would also be better if there were children and parents sharing the cottage.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Shall0wBay, Public Relations Manager at Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2014

We do appreciate your comments. Sorry that we did not have a cot available when you stayed here. Some of our cottages are equipped with cots. I'm assuming that you did not ask for one when you called. We find that it is always best to ask for a third bed when one is required. Thanks again!

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Additional Information about Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins

Address: 193 Main Street | P.O. Box 44, Cow Head, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador A0K 2A0, Canada
Region: Canada > Newfoundland and Labrador > Newfoundland > Gros Morne National Park > Cow Head
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cow Head
Price Range: £74 - £93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Shallow Bay Motel & Cabins 3.5*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the heart of Gros Morne National Park. Home of Gros Morne Theatre Festival, live theatre May - September. Minutes away from breathtaking scenery--Western Brook Fjords Pond boat tour, Shallow Bay Beach, and 18-hole golf course. 84 units--many in room comforts. Our facility offers--free Wireless Internet, Restaurant, Outdoor heated pool, Hot Tub, Sauna, Exercise Room, Gift Shop, ATM and Laundromat. Combining the amenities of a 3.5* motel with luxurious oceanfront rooms. 2 Exits--North & South (drive through community). ... more   less 
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