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Somass Motel & RV
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Port Alberni
Victoria, Canada
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29 reviews
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“Family on a Budget”
Reviewed 12 July 2013

For the budget traveler wanting to take their family on a vacation, we stayed at the Somass Motel in August of 2011. We were pleasantly surprised. It looked warm & inviting on the internet, and even better in person. Our unit had a Queen bed room, a bathroom, a hide-a-bed in the living room, a kitchenette & dinette with a stove, fridge, microwave, pots, pans, utensils, coffee maker and also a gourmet pod coffee maker. In our room, there was a flat panel tv's, and another tv in the living room (for the kids), and clean new carpeting. There was a pool, but it was too cool to use it (even though it was August). And to our surprise, there was a Salmon Festival with Fireworks.

The owners are fantastic and go above and beyond customer service. We'll be back!

(Travel option only gave 1 year grace, it was August 2011 when we stayed)

Room Tip: The owners will cater to your needs, just ask them.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

we stayed here for 2 nights so we could take a trip on the HMS Francis Barkley to Ucluelet which involves an early morning start. Reception was very friendly and the grounds very well kept. The room was in a pre-fab type building - can't remember which number but I don't think our room had been updated - as didn't look like the pictures of the rooms by other reviewers - it was a little more dated. Having said that it was perfectly adequate and clean. Kitchen smelt a little of bottled gas. The room got very hot but there was an A/C unit in the living room/area which did cool things down when it was on. Very quiet - adequate stay - good value

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

Before you’ve even entered your room you realize that this is a place owned and run by people who care. My husband and I have stayed here on several occasions and have been totally satisfied each time. Check in is friendly and personable, the rooms spotlessly clean and you can tell that the owners have thought of all the little details that make a person’s stay comfortable. I certainly plan to stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Verwood, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

Clean and comfortable with everything we needed; our hosts were friendly and helpful and always around. We enjoyed our two night stay and were surprised at how quiet it was although it was on a road. Lots of advice about restaurants etc

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2013

We stayed at the Somass Motel in May of 2013. Assigned the task of finding a reasonably priced place to stay before and after our trip down Barkley Sound to Bamfield on the working boat, HMS Francis Barkley, I did my internet research and was impressed with all of the positive feedback. Having stayed at motels a few times and vowing to avoid it again if at all possible, it was quite a surprise to read such great things about the Somass Motel. I bought in and booked our stay. We ended up staying there twice because it was such a great experience. This motel is like no other motel I have ever seen or heard of. I was blown away! As we drove up the first thing to stand out was how great to place looked. New roofs, fresh paint, really nice landscaping....not at all like any motel I have ever seen. Then, even more surprising were the interiors. Beautiful! The rooms were completely redone with perfect bathrooms. All white, new tubs, showers, sinks. flooring and paint. Everything was spotless! The beds are wonderful. Much like a very good hotel. Marriott comes to mind and I have a very high view of Marriott. Nice sheets with good looking bedspreads and beautiful fluffy pillows. I was truly blown away. There was a regular coffee maker and also a gourmet pod coffee maker in our first room, (#10) though just the regular coffee maker in our second room, (#15). The rooms both have small refrigerators and microwave ovens, flat panel tv's and clean new carpeting. #10 was the first one we stayed in and it included wonderful white terry cloth robes, again much like a very good hotel. When we came back and were lucky to score a room again for a few nights we did not find robes in #15. No problem, our gracious hosts provided them as a courtesy. It is good to note that not all rooms come with the robes and pod coffee makers and we did not know so if you want these things you might want to mention it. I would have been very happy without them but after having the robe on the first visit I was a bit hooked and glad they were able to come up with one for me again. The outside of each unit has very comfortable chairs and a table and for the larger cabins there are picnic tables. The flower beds were filled with flowers and the grounds were very clean. In one area fo the grounds there is a little grotto surrounded by trees and flowers with tables and chairs for a group of people to sit. I played my banjo out there and it was magic. There are few BBQ's on the premisses though no one we saw used one while we were there and there is a pool though we were there off season so it was not full and too cold to swim. The pool area looked good though and I am sure it is great at the height of summer. Here is the biggest deal about the Somass...the service is truly amazing. I know a lot about the hotel business and seriously, these wonderful people for sure know the meaning of hospitality. They were so outstanding I do not know where to begin. Okay, maybe I do. The first think they did was completely map for us how to get to where we needed to go to catch our superfine working boat. They figured out where we could safely park our pretty high end luxury car for four days while we took off down Barkley Sound. When they saw there were two of us, out of nowhere one of them appeared at our door with a second robe for my partner and some bath salts for me. Some of my outfits needed a bit of pressing and when we asked if there was an iron we could use, an iron and ironing board were delivered to our room within 15 minutes. This couple is warm, professional and savvy. They also hold the key to truly great hospitality and that is the gift of anticipation. Housekeeping was very good also. In fact, we stayed at three places during our 11 days on Vancouver Island and though one was a hotel on the harbor in Victoria, the housekeeping was by far the best at the Somass Motel. I am very grateful to people who write reviews and am paying it forward here.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Surrey, Canada
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Reviewed 29 March 2013

This is truly a pleasent surprize finding such a well stocked and well cared for motel. It is a smaller and older motel but has been updated. We did not have a reservation and were greeted by a very friendly gentleman. As we had our little dog of about 10lbs with us it nice to find a smaller. No corparate name attached motel that accepted dogs. The room was very clean and well stocked with towels, coffee, tea and even hot chocolate. There was a small fridge for us to use to keep our bevis cold. Our room was cozy warm and quiet. So nice to have a good nights sleep when away from home. The binder with all the info for resturants was a big help. Good area to take walks with the dog. Such a wonderful little motel that we would be glad to return and stay again. The rate was absolutely wonderful. Cudos to the owners!!

Room Tip: I think any room would be just wonderful we had 116 which was for folks with pets and it was just sp...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
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Reviewed 17 December 2012

We found this hotel by chance, as due to weather problems we arrived a day early for the cottage we had booked from Internet. Had we known, we would have stayed there for the whole time we had intended to stay in Port Alberni. This is such a nice and clean place, with much care for details like flowers and with well keps grounds. The owner was very nice and welcoming checking-us in. The rooms are in small cottages, each with an outdoor seating area and a parking space right next to the entrance. We had a kitchen which was well stocked with CLEAN clean dishes and pans and enough of them for a whole family. The beds have been very good. We had a very good and relaxing stay, cooked our dinner and breakfast the next morning and really regretted to have to leave. We sure will be back to this place next time we visit Port Alberni - its a great bargain for what it offers.
Tips for fisherman: they have a dry room for your waders and storage for your catch! And you can leave your fishing gear and catch after checking-out and get them once you have finished the last day's fishing - that's a generous offer!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Somass Motel & RV
Address: 5279 River Rd, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 6Z3, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Port Alberni
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Port Alberni
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Somass Motel & RV 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to our Cottage Style Motel located in the heartland of Vancouver Island's Pacific Rim region. Our central location makes us the perfect base for daytrips throughout the area. Cruise the Alberni Inlet on the MV Lady Rose, ride the summer steam train out to McLean Mill National Historic Site. Our well appointed and air conditioned rooms include 1 and 2 bedroom fully equipped kitchen suites as well as standard rooms with fridge & microwave. ... more   less 
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