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“A rip off”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Bungalow Motel

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Bungalow Motel
Upper Hutt
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A rip off”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

This was a last resort. We asked management if we could view the room and the response was that we could only look from the doorway! We wished later we had left and driven to a different location. Windows could not be latched at night. Cracked glass. Main door lock inadequate. Shower: old, damaged, rusty shower rail, rusty soap holder, paint peeling. Towels clean but frayed. (poor quality for money paid). Chipped cups and damaged bowls. Kitchen shelving stained. Sink sealed with mastic! No plugs, generally unclean poorly maintained kitchen. Soap inferior, toilet paper: CHEAPEST quality we've ever come across in 35 years of world travel. Really small toilet/basin/shower space.
Separate bedroom good, bed linen and floors clean. At $135.00 CAD this is the worst value for money we have ever had.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Alberta, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2012

After a 10 hour drive, we decided to stay the night in Harrison Hot Springs. We'd never been there before and we thought it would be a nice change to get away from the highway and soak at the hot springs. That was mistake no. 1: the hot springs are only available for guests who stay at the resort they're located at. That resort was booked for the night, so we had to find another place to stay. Upon checking some reviews on Tripadvisor and driving by the Bungalow Motel, we decided to give it a try. That was mistake no. 2. I've stayed at a lot of places over the years and never gave something a 1 point rating, this is the very first time. Mistake no. 3: we never asked to see the room before we booked it. Lesson learned, I guess.

I'm gonna make it short, here's the good:
- hot water
- a newer bar size fridge
- a working tv

the bad:
- dirty floors
- outdated and broken furniture
- no coffeemaker
- no glasses or cups or anything
- no plug for the sink (I wear contacts and hate rinsing them with the chance of them slipping into the drain)
- no alarm clock
- no shampoo, just small bars of soap
- the shower stall was disgusting

We stayed at budget motels in countries that are poorer than Canada, but even those hotels were better (and way cheaper!) than this one. It certainly has a lot of potential if they spend some money on renovating and updating the rooms, but for now: look elsewhere, Bungalow Motel is not worth your money.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Red Deer
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2012 via mobile

From the road this place looks cute, but from the inside, not so much, it is like turning back to the 70's ugly wall paneling, an old pull out couch that was covered with an old blanket, did not dare to lift up this blanked to see what's underneath it all.and the same for the bed .the room smelled like stale cigarette smoke.(should have figured it out sooner when the owner was in the yard with a cigarette dangling from her lips) the room had no drinking glasses,no nothing, the bathroom was also nasty , we did not sit on the toilet instead we hovered above it. The shower-stall was and rusty metal box we just put the towel on the floor of the stall because we did not bring any shower slippers.Been to some campground showers and they were a lot cleaner.
When you see this place , just keep on driving on, we should have checked the room out before we paid for it , but most trip advisor reviews were not bad. Big mistake.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Bowen Island, Canada
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30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2012

Just stayed here this past weekend. Had cabin #9 - probably the best with a private lakefront patio.

No - its not the Ritz - yes, the shower was tiny, the kitchen smallish, but the sheets were good, towels were fluffy and everything was immaculately clean. It really is the only hotel in Harrison itself that is lakefront. Every other hotel/motel one has to walk across the street.

Service was friendly, sincere and very helpful. Some of the five star hotels worldwide could take a lesson from Jenny.

We loved out stay here and hope to return again.

Thanks for a great weekend Bungalow Motel!

Slocker

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Slocker
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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2012

I will start by saying that the people who run the place are nice, but they have obviously not spent any money on maintaining or updating the units. The showers are preformed plastic cubicles that are stained and cracked and still using some mystery shower curtains. In the heat of summer don't open your windows as you will be eaten by mosquitoes and 'no-see-ems' as they DO NOT supply screens for their windows. Oh did I mention the only cooling in the entire unit comes from a single portable 12 inch fan! If you plan on using the pool after dinner when it's not too hot out, FORGET IT as they close the pool at 6pm. That is only if they had the chemicals on hand to balance the chemicals which they didn't for the first day we were there. The only saving benefit to this place was it's proximity to the beach. Oh Wait, ALL of the hotels in Harrison are close to the beach. For the money spent here, as they have raised their prices again, you would expect service and some modicum of amenities. I know that next year when we go back to Harrison, I will be glad to spend the extra few dollars and get something for my money somewhere else.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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6 Thank dan m
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2012

I had the distinct displeasure of staying in the cabin over the winter and they were filthy and smelled like trash whats more at night rats were running all over the roof and when i complained to management he assured they had no such problem.The majority of tenants in the surrounding cabins were derelict drug addicts looking for cheap accomodations for the winter.I wouldent recommend this dirty eye sore to my worst enemy.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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4 Thank fastcompany
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Delta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2011

Loved the cabins and most of all jenny and andreas for their warm hospitality.I will recommend your wonderful place to all my friends.Look forward to seeing you both in sept.kelli m

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bungalow Motel
Address: 511 Lillooet Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia V0M 1K0, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Harrison Hot Springs
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Harrison Hot Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
Bungalow Hotel Harrison Hot Springs
Bungalow Motel Harrison Hot Springs

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