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“Very Expensive !! Meager Accomodations!!” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Festival Inn
Ranked #14 of 18 Hotels in Stratford
Windsor, Canada
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35 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Very Expensive !! Meager Accomodations!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

We stayed at this motel on Aug 10th 2013. It was a very expensive stay and the accomodations were meager at best. Two double beads instead of queen beds in the room. The beds were hard and not very comfortable.

The rooms were clean but other than that there was nothing that would justify the $159.00 per night fee.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Oakville, Canada
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173 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

You can't actually complain about this tired property --companion to the Arden Park Hotel . But there's a reason why three times this year they've had room and the Arden Park didn't. Room 135 is a LONG way from the lobby. Room was acceptable. Air conditioning unit worked -- but not well -- and no thermostat. Just hi, medium and low. Waited at the dining room for seating at 8:30 am on a Saturday. There were five or six tables occupied and we waited and waited and waited. Then left to eat at McDonald's next door. Decent value for the price. These places need some stiff competition -- and there really isn't much .

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Julian W
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Mississauga, Canada
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107 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013 via mobile

Comfortable, clean, reasonable for Stratford. A bit worn looking in places. Really too bad about lack of wifi in the rooms. Good proximity to the theaters. Check in process and check out process was courteous and efficient.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

My daughter and I spent 2 nights here. Great place great beds. Staff was very courteous and helpful. We had breakfast there two mornings and dinner one night. Food was good. Staff great.
We will stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank LadyP2013
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Stratford, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2013

We are currently staying at the Festival Inn on a long term stay. What has been a very stressful situation has been made easier by the wonderful staff. They have gone out of their way to make us comfortable. The long term rate was much better than expected. They are a pet friendly hotel, so my advice to anyone with allergies to dogs ( they do not take cats ) find another hotel to stay at. You pay a one time fee of 45.00 for special cleaning of the room when you leave, and that is it. No extra fees per night ! The rooms are very clean and comfortable. We have a room with 2 double beds. The room has been updated, and has a flat screen television. The bathroom is a bit old but also very clean, and that's more important. If you complain about the cost of their rooms the rates are competitive with other hotels in the area. Stratford caters to tourists, and the Shakespeare Festival so it is more expensive than other places in Ontario.

I had a favourite pillow go missing, and the housekeeping staff went out of their way to look for it. It turned up 4 days later, and they were genuinely excited about the fact it had been found.

We are here with our dog, and the staff go out of their way to say hello, and show her some attention. There is a lot of green space to let your dog run, out back, and there are picnic tables scattered throughout the property which makes it nice on a warm summer evening.

The restaurant menu is small, but reasonably priced for Stratford, and I have never had soup as good as what their chef makes. They have daily specials except for Sundays when the restaurant is only open for breakfast. The bar area is small and quaint.

I can not recommend this hotel enough, and would highly recommend it. There will always be people who like to pick things apart, and never seem to be happy, but my family and I have enjoyed our stay immensely.
The pool area is much nicer than most hotel pools, it is larger and deeper than most. The doors that open on to a patio from the pool lend a feel of being in a outdoor pool.
The beds are very comfortable, even if we are used to our king sized bed, there is a closet as well, something not many hotels have.

I am very grateful to the wonderful staff for making things a bit easier on us, and if the need ever arises again, we will definitely stay here !!!
The only thing I would change is offering room service and breakfast with the room rate, which they do not do...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 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 Cynnie01
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Chicago, Illinois
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50 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

This is our 6th visit to Stratford. We've stayed at 3 b&b's and 2 motels. This was a good experience overall. The rooms are decent sized and clean. {Plenty of parking. The pool area is very nice. As others have commented the wifi works only in the lobby but the desk will supply ethernet cords if asked.
Skip the restaurant except for breakfast. We ate dinner there because we were pressed for time going to a play. Very mediocre.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank windycity_773
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Bowling Green, Ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2013

I hadn't stayed here in many years and thought I would try it again as my usual Stratford hotel was booked. Although there has been an attempt to renovate the rooms since I last stayed here -- other than a new TV and bedding I don't see much difference. The check-in staff is not very friendly and we had the fire alarms go off 3 times after midnight in the same evening and not once did any hotel staff come around to tell us that there wasn't a problem or that it was merely a false alarm (a rumor we had heard from another guest that a drunken baseball player had tripped it for fun) -- so there was a bit of an unease the rest of the evening. The king size bedded room was spacious, but there were ants in the room, some fraying of the carpet, and an odd relief on the ceiling, pinkish bathroom fixtures, and paper thin walls -- you could hear EVERY conversation in the adjoining rooms and hallways and every time the plumbing was used next door or above. There are many other hotels in Stratford that are much better and better run.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank figaromusic
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Additional Information about Festival Inn

Property: Festival Inn
Address: 1144 Ontario St, Stratford, Ontario N5A 6Z3, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Stratford
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 18 Hotels in Stratford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Festival Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 182
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