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Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat
Ranked #5 of 18 Hotels in Stratford
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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26 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Lovely little place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

Was very pleasantly surprised by this motel. The property a few minutes from Stratford, is lovely. Wooded with short hiking trails. Picturesque small lake with boats, a dock, two majestic resident swans and a large gaggle of Canadian geese. A lovely gazebo, seating areas, fire pit and bikes to borrow. Our room was spacious, clean and well appointed. There was a bar fridge, microwave oven, large screen t.v., an iron and board, two comfy double beds and a pull out sofa. The ceiling was embellished with raw edge lumber which made the kids say "wow, this place is cool". Breakfast was plentiful and had a large variety of breads, rolls and bagels, spreads, fruit, cereals and yogurt. The staff were very friendly and helpful. A train passes occasionally but not at night and was not at all disturbing. We would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: We stayed in the family room. It looked much better than in the pictures they showed on line.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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ForestMotelStratford, Owner at Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat, responded to this review, 28 October 2013
Thank you for enjoying your stay with us and your positive comments on the unique room design. We appreciate it.
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Oshawa, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2013

We found this motel quite by accident on a trip to Stratford. All of the main hotels were full and the forest motel had one room left due to a cancellation. We don't usually stay in motels when traveling but we would certainly book in here again! The room had all the usual amenities plus a fridge with freezer and a microwave. Beside the microwave was a complimentary bag of microwave popcorn! The room was spotlessly clean, roomy and comfortable.
The hotel is just outside the city limits, mere minutes away from the Stratford festival. It is situated on a lovely little lake with acres of forested walking and biking trails. Canoes and bicycles are there for the use of the guests. There are also multiple fire pits, gazebos and barbecues set up for guest use. It is a lovely secluded area minutes from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The only drawback to this great motel is being right beside an active railway line...the rumble and whistle of the train at 6 am and again 15 minutes later is a little irritating. Other than that the place is awesome. We would definitely return.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled on business
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ForestMotelStratford, Manager at Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Thank you so much for a wonderful review. We look forward to hosting you again soon!
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 830 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2013

My wife had wanted to stay here for some time, but we don't usually spend the night in Stratford, since our preferred time for the theatre is the afternoon. This time we had performances in the afternoon and evening, and spent the night at the Forest. For a motel it is not cheap, but it is definitely worth staying in. Our room was large and well-appointed, the internet connection was gratis, and the night's sleep just fine. The location is very quiet, and the nearby railway tracks are not a problem: the first train we heard in the morning passed around 8:30. Strongly recommended!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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ForestMotelStratford, Owner at Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Thank you for your kind words. We enjoyed having you and hope to see you again soon!
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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

This lovely, quiet place on the outskirts of Stratford (but still convenient) was a find. The rooms were older, but showed evidence of improvements. More importantly, the room was spotlessly clean!

The motel is located on a lake, with many walking trails. Bikes, boats, and flower filled gazebos are available for guest use. A delight to relax between plays in town at this peaceful, natural spot. It made a week end get away feel much longer, we were able to shed the city and really breathe.

The owner Kim was friendly and welcoming, even joining us during the (free) breakfast and sharing wonderful conversation.

I almost don't want the word to get out about this "serenity spot" as I would like to keep this gem all to myself!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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ForestMotelStratford, Owner at Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Thanks for a great review. We are updating the furniture in our double rooms this year. They will still have a warm woodsy feel but all the modern conveniences. We hope to have you again soon!
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Marietta, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

We love Stratford and have went there for years as a day trip while visiting elsewhere in Ontario. A few years ago we discovered the Foerst Motel and it is now, along with Stratford a favorite destination. The McCarthy House Chalet has a view of a small lake, hot tub on the deck, hiking trails, bikes, comfortable peace and quiet. Outdoor fireplaces for a nice evening along the lake. I can't say enough about this place. Package deal made it a bargain. Owners are friendly and manage the place with pride and dedication.

Room Tip: The McCarthy House Chalet is great, other rooms are okay too.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Nancy263
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ForestMotelStratford, Owner at Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Thanks so much for the kind and thoughtful review. We definitely take pride in our little gem and look forward to sharing it again with you soon!
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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

I've stayed at the Forest Motel many times years ago. I've always loved the quiet location with a lake and scenic wooded area. This was my first time back since the new owners took over, and I was surprised by the amount of continuous improvements they are making. They created a hiking trail around the lake, and they have bikes and canoes for guest use. The rooms have been updated with refrigerators, microwaves, and nice woodworking. The rooms are not fancy, but very clean. I especially liked the extra touches, like umbrellas in the room for guest use, a bag of popcorn for the microwave, and of course the chocolate on the nightstand. My husband and I want to come back in the off season to try out the snow shoes.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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ForestMotelStratford, Owner at Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Thanks so much for your kind review. This winter has been a great one for snowshoes and cross country skiing! We have even offered local horse drawn sleigh rides at a neighboring farm. We hope to have you again soon!
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Sarnia, Canada
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

Just at the tip of Ontario St before entering the core of Stratford is this beautiful hideaway nestled in trees, wooded area with places to sit, enjoy, fish, bike, relax, bbq, hike around the lake. The owners, Kim and Conroy were excellent. The continental breakfast provided was fresh fruit, breads, bagels, English muffins and for the gluten intolerant world, cereal with soy milk. I was in heaven. What a place and I would recommend to all, Great place for the children as well. basketball net with ball and outdoor fire pits and the rooms were spectacular. Don't miss this outdoor retreat for the whole family.

Room Tip: we stayed in 27. our own room at the back of property with use of hot tub ($40/night-saltwater) picn...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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ForestMotelStratford, Owner at Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat, responded to this review, 28 January 2014
Thanks so much for a wonderful review. We treat our guests as family and try to accommodate their needs as best we can. We hope to have you again soon!
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Property: Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat
Address: 2941 Forest Rd, Stratford, Ontario N5A 6S5, Canada
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Region: Canada > Ontario > Stratford
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 18 Hotels in Stratford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Forest Motel & Woodland Retreat 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
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