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Jacques Cartier Motel
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Jacques Cartier Motel
Ranked #4 of 13 Sydney B&B and Inns
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“ew.”
Reviewed 15 March 2010

Do yourself a favor... spend a few extra dollars, and stay somewhere with better accommodations.

The only good thing to say about it, is they had hot water.

Staff was unfriendly and rude - for no reason. They had no cots. Their beds are tiny, and the rooms are dusty and tiny.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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San Diego, CA
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Reviewed 14 October 2009

The first thing I thought when I walked into my room was "you've got to be kidding me." The second thing I thought was "this is exactly like the motels in horror movies." Smell: heavily musty and vaguely of urine. Furniture: ancient, and cheap and tacky even when it was new 40 years ago. Bedspread: you wouldn't even want to accidentally brush it with your bare skin. Door: doorknob rusty, no lock on door. Yes, you read that correctly. No lock on door. The door automatically locks when closed, but there is no lock, deadbolt or chain. Given how seriously creepy this motel is, this is a problem. The worst feature was that there was no curtain, shade or blinds on the bathroom window, which is, you got it, right at eye level to the wide open area outside. There was some gauzy see-through covering that you could see right through, especially at night. Everything was creepy and depressing in that special way that only a roadside motel in a sad little town in the pouring rain could be. No hair dryer, coffee maker or luggage rack (really - no luggage rack?) and even the hangers (no closet, just an open rack) were a hodgepodge of plastic hangers stolen from retail clothing stores (the kind with size indicators and the name of the store on them) and bent wire messes. Really? You can get a dozen new hangers for a couple bucks from Walmart down the street. Even the lamps and light fixtures cast a harsh flourescent light perfect for a horror movie scene. The shower head was the water-saving kind that comes out like a mist and the water never gets hot - only warm. My room had only three features that were not tragic: the heater worked just fine, the bathroom had been renovated, and the bathroom faucet did not leak. Also, the owners were super pleasant. Unfortunately, their being nice didn't make my room decent, although a few very economical upgrades (like an opaque covering for the bathroom window and a slide lock!) certainly might have.

Let me put it this way: I am reallly, really cheap and I would gladly pay twice the $90 rate to stay in a better hotel (and yes, I certainly should have). I would also not stay here again if it cost nothing at all. For bargain hunters with simple needs and relatively low standards, $50-$60 would be a fair price to pay for the room I stayed in. $90 was highway robbery.

By the way, I found all of Sydney very depressing. If I could do it again, I would have stayed in another town (Cheticamp? Port Hawkesbury?) for my trip to the Cape Breton Highlands.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled solo
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Owners were very helpful and our stay was enjoyable.Close to the places we wanted to see and close to eating places and other conveniences.Also as a kitchenette we could do some basic meals in the room.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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This was chosen because of the kitchen facilities and proximity to a family wedding. The owners were very helpful, kind and hard working. The motel is old and does have a musty smell in the rooms. We were able to save by cooking in our rooms, and it was close to the wedding site. The owners went out of their way to help in anyway they could. The rooms were cleaned everyday with new towels and the trash emptied. Laundry room with reasonable prices for wash and dry.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 May 2009

This is a very basic hotel. It needs an update. It is clean, but you should only go there if you want a very, very basic room with no extras. No coffee, no long distant calls, no wifi.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled on business
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Toronto
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Reviewed 29 March 2009

The motel is by far the best in Sydney, The rooms are super clean. The proprietors are very, very friendly. The hospitality was superb. I asked for an extra pillow and got two. I certainly stay there longer next year. Wonderful 'home away from home'

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
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Kingston
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2008

I have been travelling on business and staying at the Jacques Cartier Motel for the past 4 years. The proprietors have always treated myself and my business partner with the utmost respect and courtesy. The rooms are spotlessly clean, comfortable, and the showers are always consistant. Also, the motel is exceptionally quiet, considering it is off a main highway. Overall, I would recommend this motel to anyone. Great rates, excellent service, and a comfortable stay.

  • Liked — Clean, comforable, inexpensive
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Jacques Cartier Motel

Property: Jacques Cartier Motel
Address: 1396 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1M 1A1, Canada
Region: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Sydney
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Jacques Cartier Motel is located on Hwy #4 East. We are 2kms West of the Sydney Airport and 1km East of the Cape Breton University. Our Single(1 double bed), double(2 double beds) and kitchenette rooms are available Year Round. Close to The Cape Breton Miners Museum, Marconi National Historic Site, The Savoy Theatre, Dominion Beach, Lingan Golf Club and The Fortress of Louisbourg. A 30 minute drive to the Newfoundland Ferry in North Sydney. ... more   less 
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Jacques Cartier Motel Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

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